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Jouster Blog Series – Lady Eliza Jane

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Name:  Elizabeth Jennings riding as Lady Eliza-Jane

 

Heraldry:   Lady Eliza-Jane’s heraldry is made up of three red poppies to pay tribute to the past, present and future Veterans of War.  The red poppies are  positioned above the “black dog” in the centre of the shield which is representative of depression and/or PTSD.

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Did you know?  Lady Eliza Jane is new to the world of Medieval Jousting, marking the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival as her first major tournament. Lady Eliza-Jane is an active member of the Order of the Gryphon led by Sir Luke Binks and trains primarily under the watchful eye of Sir Anthony Hodges. Spending most of her life with horses, Lady Eliza-Jane’s love of horseback adventure begun in the Tasmanian High Country alongside skilled mountain cattleman. She has a diverse background in competitive equestrian pursuits including dressage, showing, eventing, mustering, polocrosse, side-saddle and in 2015 representing the Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop in New Zealand for an Anzac Tent-Pegging Challenge.

 

And there’s more:   Lady Eliza-Jane owns and operates Redgum Walers Equine Facilitated Learning Centre in Calvert Queensland.  Here she  she continues her family tradition of breeding, training and competing Waler horses.  And in addition to horsemanship, team building and empowerment workshops, Lady Eliza-Jane provides  equine therapy based programs to individuals including foster children and veterans suffering from PTSD.

With every hard hit received from a lance, Lady Eliza-Jane will be reminding herself it is just another hit to the “black dog”.

 

To see Lady Eliza-Jane jousting  at the Abbey Medieval Festival 2017, along with our other amazing jousters, book your tickets here.

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Jouster Blog Series – Katherine McWade

Jouster Katherine McWade heraldryName:  Lady Katherine McWade

Motto:  ‘I can, I will, Watch Me!

Heraldry:  Lady Katherine’s  symbol of the Phoenix rising from the ashes shows her determination to succeed no matter what obstacles are  before her. She jousts in 14th centurKatherineMcWade-Shieldy armour. Her motto is “I Can, I Will, Watch Me”

Career highlights:  During a recent skill at arms competition,  she was awarded the “Herald’s Choice for Best Rider.  Lady Katherine’s combat experience spans the ages including both the valiant Australian Light Horse of the 20th Century and the gritty determination of the 14th Century medieval warrior.

Did you know:  Lady Katherine is a genuine ‘Chevalerie‘, personifying the virtues and true horsemanship that became chivalry as we know it today

And there’s more…Lady Katherine is trained as a Equine Myofunctional Therapist (horse masseuse) and has  ridden and trained horses all her life.  She has competed to the highest levels in many disciplines including show jumping at World Cup shows and Equestrian Australia Eventing.

Lady Katherine’s horse:  Lady Katherine will be riding Kit, a very quirky thoroughbred–stock horse cross.  When not jousting Kit and Lady Katherine are training high school classical dressage, competing in HRCAV, working equitation, show-jumping, skill at arms and marching through the streets of Melbourne as part of the Light Horse.

So why don’t you book your tickets here to see Lady Katherine fulfill her motto at the Abbey Medieval Festival!

Katherine McWade riding

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Jouster Blog Series – Sir David Williamson

Name:  Sir David Williamson,

Jouster David Williamson

Motto:   Adapt and Overcome

Did you know: Sir David is a full time dairy farmer and also a member of Kryal Castles mounted Knights. He is also one of the world’s youngest serving knights, having first jousted at the age of 17. Sir David has competed and been successful in various tournaments since beginning his career in 2015 at Kryal castle, including winning the Victorian goldfields medieval faire 2016 and runner up in the 2017 fair, runner up in the Keith Ryal memorial joust 2016 and 2017.

And there’s more….Sir David has recently returned from his first international tournaments, where he travelled to the far kingdom of America to compete with Sir Charlie Andrews and the “Knights of Mayhem”. While jousting in the USA, he did not miss a single lance pass over six shows in three weekends. Sir David has will travel over 1000km from the Victorian town of Ballarat to be at the Abbey Medieval Festival, and along for the journey, his war horse “Buster”, a 6 year old purebred Quarter horse David has owned for 3 years now.

In September,  Sir David will travel back to America to compete it the annual Estes Park  international “Heavy Armour” solid lance style joust tournament.

Career Highlights:   Sir David won the Victorian Goldfields Medieval Faire, and was runner-up in Keith Ryal memorial joust.  2017 will mark his first international tournament, when he travels to America to compete in solid jousting.

Heraldry: DW heraldry

 

 

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Jouster Blog Series – Sir Anthony Hodges

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Name:   Sir Anthony (Tony Hodges)

Motto:  ‘non ad iniuriam facere ius’  ‘It’s never wrong to do right’

Heraldry: 

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Did you know:   Sir Anthony, a skilled Jouster,  has a lifetime of competing and training horses in  several different disciplines.  He is a member of the Kryal Castle Mounted Knights team in Australia since 2014, where Sir Anthony trains with the accomplished and well known knights  Sir Phillip Leitch, Sir Cliff Marisma, Sir David Williamson and Sir Justin Holland.

And there’s more:   Sir Anthony also  runs training days for riders and their horses in skill-at arms, joust, general horsemanship and other disciplines.  He has now added International status to his achievements due to a recent invite from Sir Charlie Andrews to Sonora Celtic Faire in the United States.  This  style of jousting is known as ‘heavy jousting’ with solid lances.  His aim is to ride that perfect pass and feel the perfect break of the lance.

Career Highlights:  

Winner: 2015  Skill at Arms Timeline festival

Winner:  2016  Iron Fest Joust

4th place: Sonora Celtic Faire USA 2017Jouster Sir Anthony

Top 5: Goldfields Medieval Faire 2016

3rd place:  Abbey Medieval Festival Australia  2016

 

So to see Sir Anthony’s skill as a jouster live at the Abbey Medieval Festival, book here!

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Abbey Medieval Festival Sponsor MBRIT examines Medieval Tourism

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JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS WERE A FORM OF TOURISM IN MEDIEVAL TIMES 

Noblemen and noblewomen, the most exciting season of the year has almost arrived – tournament season that is! Spectators from lands near and far will be travelling from their castles and villages to Moreton Bay Region this July to relive history and witness one of the greatest sporting tournaments to ever exist – the Abbey Medieval Festival jousting tournament! Jousting tournaments were the most prestigious events on the medieval social calendar throughout the Middle Ages and medieval people would often flock to every tournament to watch the knights battle and show off their combat skills to the crowd. Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism is a proud sponsor of the Abbey Medieval Festival, and is very excited about the tourism that events like Abbey provide to the region. The jousting sessions are one of the draw cards for Abbey Medieval Festival and are events you definitely do not want to miss! Jousting sessions are ticketed events that will draw many other nobles to the Abbey Medieval Festival on July 8 and 9. Make sure you and your friends secure a spot in the Jousting Tournament grandstand so you can cheer on your favourite knight in shining armour and tell them to ‘break a lance’!

 

 Jousting as a tourism experienceJousting and the significance of jousting tournaments

 

Jousting was a medieval sport that involved knights charging at each other on horseback. Participating in the tournaments was often their way of earning respect and admiration from the crowd. Crowds would travel from great distances to the tournaments to watch the knights for entertainment purposes – as winning or losing a jousting tournament would often affect a knight’s social status and be a popular topic of conversation after the tournament. Tournaments were a great way for boosting tourism through medieval towns and villages as many people would travel far distances to witness these spectacles.

 Who attended jousting tournaments?

Jousting tournaments in the medieval era were attended by many people of varying social status. Considered to be one of the most important events to attend, many people of royalty would travel to jousting tournaments. Their appearance at such an event was a sign of support to knights, some of whom they may have entered into the tournament to represent their families. Merchants and families predominantly from the noble class would also travel to jousting tournaments to watch the thrilling action unfold. Because of the number of people in attendance, these events helped to support local merchants sell their wares and the greater local economy.

Even more jousting from the Abbey Medieval Festival

So because jousting tournaments were a well loved feature in medieval times, Queensland is proud to bring even more  jousting to you in 2017!  New on the program for this year’s Abbey Medieval Festival,  is the additional Friday afternoon joust tourney.  So you not only have a chance to see jousting on the Saturday and Sunday, but now on Friday 7th July,  gates open at 1.30pm  for as special behind the scenes view of a pre-constructed  Abbey Medieval Festival.  With limited seating, this event will offer patrons – in the spirit of a truly personal tourism experience –  a unique chance to get up close and personal with medieval  jousters.  The rest of the grounds will be off-limits, so prepare a list of questions that you’ve always wanted to ask a Jouster and make this tourism experience your opportunity to interact with a Medieval Knight.  Huzzah!  Get tickets here!

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Jouster Blog Series – Lady Elizabeth Brown

Liz Brown JoustJousters competing at the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival 

Welcome again to our Jouster blog series.  Every week,we feature the wonderful Jousters competing at this year’s festival.  This is a great opportunity for you to get to know our participants,  a little about their background, skill and abilities.  Keep posted!

 

Name:  Lady Elizabeth Brown

 

Heraldry:  Lady Elizabeth’s colours are magenta and blue and her shield bears the Cross of St Columb, Cornwall, England

Did you know:  Lady Elizabeth has been involved with the Abbey Medieval Tournament for over 10 years, supplying and training  the amazing horses that we see each year.    She is more well known for being the Head Marshall.   Lady Elizabeth first took to the field in 2009 and then returned in 2016, when she was the highest hitting female jouster.  She is the owner of Moonlight Manor Horse Riding.

And there’s more:  Lady Elizabeth is also a horse riding instructor, riding in Equestrian disciplines, teaching in Greenbank, South Brisbane.   The Lady Elizabeth hails from England, Canada and Australia and could in fact, represent all three countries.

 

To see the Lady Elizabeth and our other fantastic jousters, don’t forget to book you tickets here.

 

 

 

 

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Jouster Blog Series – Amanda Challen

Jousters competing at the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival

Jouster Heraldry Lady Amanda Challen

In this series of blogs, every week, we feature the wonderful Jousters competing at this year’s festival.  This is a great opportunity for you to get to know our participants,  a little about their background, skill and abilities.  Keep posted!

 

Name : Lady Amanda Challen

Motto: Magnum vel domum ite (Go big or go home)

Heraldry: Per fess quartered dancettu azure and argent

Did you know? This will be Amanda’s second year competing as Jouster at the Abbey Medieval Festival.  Amanda Challen is a Brisbane local, hailing from Strathpine.  Born in Canberra, Amanda never quite grew out of “that horse phase” and while she is relatively new to the jousting scene, her skills have been twenty-six years in the making.   Amanda has broken-in and trained many horses in an array of different disciplines such as competitive trail-riding, show-jumping, dressage, mustering, and droving.   Amanda started out just as a trail rider, moved onto droving and then became a riding instructor.

When not sewing costumes, training horses and researching things historical –  Amanda works for Queensland Racing as Sample Collection Officer.

Horse:  Nyx  – Amanda’s horse ‘Nyx’ has a fondness for bells on her  harness,  which serve as a musical warning when riding out.
Jouster Lady Amanda ChallenAmanda’s interest in jousting started with Nyx’s sire – Fenris, who graced the Saint Michael’ s tourney field for many years.  Nyx is the only horse Amanda has bred and the first horse she’s trained in jousting.  Nyx is 7 years old this year and stands at 16.1 hands high.  Nyx is approximately 652Kg and  is a Percheron cross Clydesdale.  Nyx tends to get quite upset if she misses out on any jousting, so much so that in 2016, not only did Nyx carry Amanda carefully and safely through her first joust, Nyx also carried Sir Luke for  three of his four runs as well.  Nyx was then invited to be used as a jousting mount at the St Ives international joust in September 2016,  where once again she proved herself as competent Jouster.

Nyx and Amanda became Mounted Marshall for the jousting spectacular at the end of 2014, when Nyx’s enthusiasm and calm demeanour, led to Nyx to be invited to be used as a jousting horse for the Abbey 2015.  At this tournament, Nyx carried an array of knights including Sir Cliff, Lady Vikki, Sir Justin and Sir John.  While the knights didn’t come to blows over who got to ride her, it was a close thing!

The following year they were both invited back as jousters:  Amanda’s first jousting tournament.

So,  if you would like to see Amanda, and other amazing Jousters at this year’s festival, click here to get your tickets !

 

 

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Jouster Blog Series – Justin Holland

Jousters competing at the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival

In this series of blogs, every week, we feature the wonderful jousters competing at this year’s festival.  This is a great opportunity for you to get to know our participants,  a little about their background, skill and abilities.  Keep posted!

 

Jouster Justin Holland

Jouster Justin Holland

Name:     Justin Holland

 

Motto:      Invictus in Animo  (Unconquered in Spirit)

 

Heraldry: Trois argent fleur de lys, gules ( three white Fleur de Lys on a red field)

 

Did you know?      Justin is one of the progenitors of the modern sport of jousting in Australia, and has  been jousting since 1996, and since then has jousted in most states of Australia, as well as New Zealand, Belgium, France and Poland.

Justin was hired to set up and train the joust team for the new Kryal Castle, Ballarat, in 2012.

Justin now runs Nova Hollandia Entertainment, a historical education and entertainment company in NSW

And there’s more…. Justin has a B.A. Hons in Classical Studies and Latin.  He is one of only six  people to have jousted in Tasmania, and the first!  He personally floated two horses to the Abbey Tournament in 2013 from Ballarat, Victoria….a round Heraldry for Justin Hollandtrip of 4000km!  He has been runner up at the Abbey Tournament 7 times!

Career highlights:  Abbey Medieval Festival Jouster champion 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2016.  Champion Jouster of Castle Gniew, Poland 2010

 

 

So,  if you would like to see Justin, and other amazing Jousters at this year’s festival, click here to get your tickets !

 

 

 

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Balsa Wood In Jousting

Whats the one GREAT thing a Jousting Tournament MUST HAVE?

 

Well, apart from horses, costumes, Knights, armour, and joust a plaisance (old jousting term for ‘friendly tournament’)… one of the greatest things a tournament must have is a lance!

After all, what’s more spectacular than seeing a wooden pole obliterated into a hundred pieces at high speed?

balsa joust

Pieces of balsa wood flying off in all directions in a cloud of timber splinters not only looks really cool, but lets the onlookers in the berfrois (old jousting term for ‘stands for the posh’) know who has made the strike – unless someone gets unhorsed.

And the great thing about using balsa wood for lance tips? It’s soft, explodes on impact and even breaks down to melt away into the soil in just a matter of days.

Historically, ash and oak were the jousting timbers of choice for Knights, but a hollowed out soft wood like pine was also used in tournaments to lessen the blow. And although European knights are usually credited with the use of lances, their use was widespread throughout Asia, the Middle East and North Africa whenever suitable mounts were available for use.

Balsa wood is a recently popularised wood compared to older Europeanbalsa wood plane timbers, coming to prominence in World War II when it was used as part of the construction of aeroplanes like the de Havilland Mosquito (pictured right).

balsa wood shipIn 1947, Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl set off on a raft made of this particular wood to cross the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian Islands. The raft was named after the Inca Sun God, Viracocha, for whom “Kon-Tiki” was said to be an old name (pictured left).

 

Today, balsa wood products are available online from Balsacentral.com in Adelaide. In fact they even sell Jousting sticks to Europe! The balsa trees are grown in tropical plantations using old cocoa bean and coffee lands where crops have failed. As a completely sustainable crop, balsa is widely used by the education, theatre, craft, art and modelling communities in all its various shapes and forms. But the best thing about balsa wood is… it makes the best lance tips for jousting tournaments!

See all of Balsa Centrals amazing products here. 

To see the Balsa wood tips in action, buy your tickets to the Festival and Joust Tournament now!

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Whats new to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2017?

New to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2017

This year we are living up to all expectations some incredible new program additions, authentic groups and amazing stall holders. We have a brand new Friday event – The Friday Joust Tourney – which will give you a very unique view of the festival.

  1. We have updated layout including a new re-enactment village called St. Edith’s Village
  2. Who likes archery? How about horseback archery?  Then you won’t want to miss   Medieval Horse Sports Australia and Knights of Camelot Horse Archery will be demonstrating Horseback Archery.  This incredibly exciting demonstration will feature Australian Horse Archery champions showcasing mounted skill at arms from  three of Australia’s Champion Horse Archers, and will  incorporate the use of bow, sword and lance.  Not to be missed!
  • The 16th century re-enactment group Condottieri will be debuting their new cannon
  • New re-enactment villages including:-
    • Crusader quarter –
    • Dark ages will be redesigning their layout to make an easier throuughfare for the public
  • Trebuchet  – you will not be disappointed

 

And there’s Finger Looping?

 

Anything else?….we will keep you posted.

The second new Village precinct is the “Crusaders Quarter” which will host specialist re-enactment groups. Here, for your entertainment and education, you can see shows and displays such as Bedouin Coffee Making, Cavalry Tactics and Horses: East Meets West talk, and a Lucet and Weaving Workshop.

new templars

Make sure you visit the Info Booth this year, as we will have a REAL SUIT OF ARMOUR on display. This armour was recently purchased by the Abbey Museum, and is originally from the 15th Century!

 

New in the VIP area is a 2 storey, ‘tudor’ themed viewing gallery for our special guests and Sponsors!

 

  • We have wonderful and very exciting addition to our jouster family with the announcement that we have a jouster travelling from France to compete for the Abbey Tournament Champion title!

new joust

 

The Festival is going green! We are determined to keep the festival as environmentally sustainable as possible, so we strongly encourage you to BYO water bottles.  There will be 4 Water Rehydration Stations for unlimited free re-fills.   However, we will be selling limited bottled water around the Festival, including at the St. Michael’s stall.

 

To see all this and much more, plus all the much loved shows and displays from previous years, buy your tickets now!

 

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MEET THE JOUSTERS – PART 3 2016

Meet the final 2 Jousters for the 2016 lineup!

As we are all getting ready and very excited for this years Medieval Festival, the Jousters are training and readying themselves for the ferocious combat that is the Jousting Tournament! The final 2 Jousters have been named, get to know them before you witness them live at the Festival!

 

The Lady Elizabeth – Australia

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Lady Elizabeth has been in the jousting world more, behind the scenes and Head Marshall, for nearly 10 years, and has previous Jousted in the 2009 Abbey Tournament. Lady Elizabeth may be more recognized through her horse Flash who carried many an international rider to victory.

Lady Elizabeth has been riding for over 23 years now. She has been competing and training in dressage, show jumping and cross country. She is the founder & head instructor at Moonlight Manor Horse Riding, and teaches horses and riders of all ages & disciplines.

The 2016 Abbey Tournament will be the Lady Elizabeth’s return to the field after many years of training.

Motto:  “Victoria venit in” – “Victory comes from within”

 

Jouster Amanda Challen – Australia 

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Amanda has been working with horses since her early teenage years. She started by simply trail riding, and then into trail guiding and droving. She then became a riding instructor and now works in the racing industry. Amanda trains horses for all sorts of disciplines which includes Jousting. She will be astride ‘Nyx’ – the black daughter of the mighty war horse ‘Fenris’ – a well renowned Jousting horse for many years in the Abbey Tournament.

Amanda has been training under Talisien Bleechmore, Luke Binks, and Sasha Buchmann – all well regarded Jousters within Jousting circles. This will be ‘Nyx’s’ second Joust at the Medieval Festival, this time carrying her breeder and trainer!

Buy your tickets to the Festival and Joust Tournament now!

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Meet the Jousters – Part 2 2016

Meet some more exciting new faces for the Jousting Tournament this year! Please welcome Jousters new and old:

Jouster Anthony Hodges – Australia

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Anthony is a full time horse trainer. He has been competitively Jousting since 2014, and is a member of the Kryal Castles Mounted Knights. He is regular participant in Jousting and Skill At Arms Tournaments, and was the 2015 Timeline Skill At Arms Champion.

Motto: “Ad vincere honorem – To conquer with honour”

 

Jouster Kimberly Belcher AKA Lady Freya Erynn – Australia 

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Lady Freya (Kimberley Belcher) is a 25 year old from Queensland. She made her debut at the 2015 Abbey Medieval Tournament, where she got to test her skills against some of the best. Returning this year, she is keen to compete again.

Kimberly has been immersed in jousting and medieval culture from the beginning of her riding. Training alongside the legendary pair, the Lady Elizabeth and her partner ‘Shanks’ and all the wonderful horses at Moonlight Manor, Kimberly has completed her joust training upon the horse Strider .

Descendant of a light horseman, she is ready to do her heritage proud and compete with honour, as she competes on home turf. The 2016 Abbey Medieval Tournament will be her second competitive joust. Competing in 15th Century German Gothic armour she’s sure to make an impression, and will be easy to spot in her green (Viridis) and blue (Caeruleus) colours, under the banner of the white stag. She’s confident for a great result from this year’s joust.

Motto: “per prudentiam, non virtutem – by wisdom, not power”

Jouster Luke Binks – Australia 

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Luke Binks is Australian born and bred, with a lifelong passion for knights and the chivalric culture of the middle ages.

Luke started to make armour, learn to fight and ride horses in 2001. The next year, Luke was competing in his first international joust. Since then Luke has competed in tournaments in roughly a dozen countries across the globe and lived on three different continents, all in search of like-minded people making “the ultimate pass with a lance, or a skilled clash of a sword.”

 

Stay tuned for part 3 of “Meet the Jousters 2016!”

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New Ticket Prices for 2016

Are you ready for the Abbey Medieval Festival 2016?!

We certainly are! So to get you started, we would love to give you some information on the ticket prices for this year.

medieval festivalTickets will on sale VERY SOON, so make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know!

The Festival will run, like normal, over the 2 day weekend, on the 9th and 10th July, but if you’re just wanting to come for 1 day, your ticket price for an adult will be $31.50 if you prepay online, or $37.00 at the gate on the day.

If you’re wanting the full experience of the WHOLE weekend (both Saturday and Sunday), an adult ticket will cost you just $42.00 if prepay online, or $47.50 at the gate.

To watch any one of our amazing and authentic Jousts, grab your ticket at just $4.00 per person per session.

The Medieval Festival is an entirely different experience than you’ve ever had before, and we can almost guarantee you will find something you absolutely love here, so why not bring the whole family and enjoy a lovely day out, or the whole weekend! For a family ticket for just the 1 day, you’re looking at just $84.00 if you prepay online, or $90.00 at the gate. We would love you to bring the family for the whole weekend, and at just $92.00 for prepaid tickets ($99 at the gate), why wouldn’t you?!

If you are after the FULL experience, in your very own luxury seating, then our VIP experience is what you need. You will be treated to your own private guided entrance into the Festival and a carpark space for VIPs only. Once inside, you will be invited to indulge in a served morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea, along with your own VIP’s only bar. And a VIP only toilet aswell, so no long waits in lines! Premium seating at all Jousts is included in your ticket, so you won’t miss out on any of the action in the arena! A VIP ticket will cost you  $174 for the day, and with meals, drinks, and all Jousts included, this is great value for money.

If you would like to take it up a notch and really immerse yourself even more in the Medieval way of life, attending one of our beautiful Banquets is definitely for you. Gather some friends, have fun dressing up in some amazing and glorious clothing of that Era, and enjoy an enormous Medieval feast at our deluxe banquet tables! We host 2 Banquets, the first on the 25th June and the second on the 2nd July. You can purchase tickets to these Banquets online very soon, from $95 per ticket.

For more information on all tickets types including children, concession and carers, please see our website VERY SOON.

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Meet the Jousters – Part 1 2016

The Jousts at the Abbey Medieval Festival are one of the main attractions, and draw in people with a love of that Era, as well as the general public alike. We welcome the Jousters from previous years, as well as the new faces (and horses) to our 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival!

Please meet some of the Jousters for 2016

 Jouster Alison Mercer – Canada

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Riding since childhood, Alison took up jousting in 2010 and rode her first international tournament in 2012. Since then she has ridden extensively throughout Canada and the USA. In 2014, she was the first western Canadian to joust in the southern hemisphere, winning Tournament Australis of the Southern Cross series, and making her debut at Abbey Medieval Festival. Alison is thrilled to return to Abbey in 2016 and counts Australia as one of her favourite countries to visit, even with the deadly wildlife.

Motto: Fortiter et Fideliter (Boldly and Faithfully)

Heraldry: Representing her family and her affinity for the Holy Roman Empire. The dexter side of the shield represents the Mercer coat-of-arms and the sinister side portrays the triband of the Archduchy of Austria as a homage to Kaiser Maximilian.

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Jouster Justin Holland – Australia

One of the progenitors of the modern sport of jousting, Justin has been jousting since 1996, and since then has jousted in most states of Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France and Poland. He was hired to set up and train the joust team for the new Kryal Castle, Ballarat, in 2012. Justin now runs Nova Hollandia Entertainment, a historical education and entertainment company in NSW, has been runner up at the Abbey Tournament 7 times, and Champion 3 times!

Motto: Invictus in animo (Unconquered in spirit)

Heraldry: Trois argent fleur de lys, gules ( 3 white fleur de lys on a red field).

Jouster Marc Hamel – Canada

marc joustMarc is a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, armourer and sculptor. He has been a Jouster since 2006, and has participated in over 20 International tournaments in Belgium, France, England, Poland, Italy, USA and Canada. He was the Team Champion of the Lys d’Argent in Canada in 2012, has the Honor of Chivalry of the King John III (Poland 2013) and was Champion of the Revel (California,USA, 2014).

Motto: “Allons-y” meaning let’s go

Check back again soon for more on our Jousters for 2016!

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Jousting Profiles Part Three: Clifford Formosa

Clifford Formosa is a professional equestrian with a lifetime of experience. Born in Malta, he moved to Australia more than 30 years ago and, since settling here, has become a rider and trainer of National renown.

Clifford has studied classical horsemanship with Fernando Elveras, competed as a rodeo bull rider and for the past twelve years he has indulged his passion for the vaquero method of training at his stud, Marisma, in Snake Valley, Victoria.  It is this experience and his professionalism that has resulted in clients from all over the country seeking out Clifford to train their prized mounts.

For the past year he has turned his hand to jousting at Kryal Castle, Ballarat where he and his Andalusian gelding, Paco, have become firm favourites with visitors to the theme park.

This is his first appearance at The Abbey Medieval Festival where he is sure to be a formidable opponent.

 Cliff and Paco
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Jousting Profile Part Four: Sarah Hay

Sarah started jousting in 2008 after seeing a tournament at a festival in NSW.  Having always been attracted to all things medieval, jousting immediately caught her attention and instantly became her passion….it remains her passion seven years later.

In 2010 she made my first trip to Europe to joust in Belgium.  Since then, she has travelled internationally at least once or twice every year in New Zealand, USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Poland and Denmark.  Her most recent trip was to the World Invitational Grail of Chivalry Tournament in New Zealand in February, where she became the first woman ever to win the Grail of Chivalry.

In Australia she hosts four jousting tournaments each year.  These include ‘Tournament Australis’ in July and the ‘Southern Cross Tournament Series’ – three tournaments over three weekends in November.  These events include mounted games, jousting and mounted archery.

When she’s not jousting, Sarah works as a full time deputy principal in a large primary school in South Western Sydney.  She’s also passionate about educating children to enable them to grow up to the best they can be.

Her goal is to continue competing successfully as an international jouster into the future. She never thought that her sport would take me around the world each year.  Sarah believes it is a privilege to have this opportunity and she looks forward to seeing her friends at the Abbey Festival in 2015!

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Jouster’s Profiles – Part Two

Second in our Jouster’s Profile series is Vikki Subritzky! Jousting Spectacular introducing Vikki Subritsky

Lady Victoria Subritzky hails from Northland New Zealand.

She is from a distinguished line of noble Polish mounted warriors, and wears light armour very similar to what her fierce ancestor Jan Sobieski wore  in the Great Battle of Grunwald. There, the combined armies of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania decisively defeated the Teutonic Knights in a bloody battle that saw Jan Sobieski taking out many of the enemies warriors and horses.

Back to the present, Lady Victoria is a member of the International Jousting League, and has been jousting for 15 years. This is her sixth visit to the wonderful Abbey Tournament.

She is part of the jousting team Guild of the Hawk along with fellow Kiwiman John King, and together they regularly perform in various events and take part in many fundraisers for charitable organisations.

At home Lady Victoria breeds and trains sport horses, runs beef cattle and also runs a farm stay holiday, where people can enjoy a sample of rural life.

Her motto – Ancora Imparo – Yet I still learn.