Me in my new set of armor made by a great blacksmith at the faire, he also made the helm that went with my horse lord armor. As time went on, I started realizing how much I loved acting and stage combat. I started talking with Bryan Beard about possibly jousting in his company one day.
For awhile I traveled to various faires and had alot of fun with my friends around Texas. I eventually learned how to make my own armor and weapons. I didn't make an entire suit of armor, but I learned how to make different pieces which was amazing to actually creat. I made my own sabatons, mace, modified some armor I had and eventually learned to strengthen my armor so that it would last longer. I learned everything from my friends.
Me and Diego getting Sir Roderick ready for a Joust to the Death at Kansas City Ren Faire in 2006. I was head squire at the faire but during the week I would be riding, training, working and learning to joust.
I eventually put my skills to work jousting at Scaroborough faire the following year, which was a honor, the same field where I learn to squire, where it all started. And yes, hitting the ground does hurt sometimes.
Me on Diego losing my stuff and taking a fall against Sir Roderick.
Sir Gawaine of Orkney and Diego riding out for a joust.
In the field of combat at Muskogee Ren Faire.
Jousting is a very hard skill to learn. Alot of people think it is easy to do, because we make it look so easy. Learning to do 10 things at once on a horse and doing it well, requires alot of training.
Jousting Sir Roderick at Scarborough Fair.
Talking to patrons after a show. One of my favorite parts, especially when I see a young child light up.
Here I am jousting Sir William at Scarborough.
Riding in the parade at Scarborough with Sir Micheal.
Another part of the joust is the arming ceremony. Here Sir Roderick is arming me up to joust. After being armed both Knights salute each other after a prayer is said and then go to their ends to began the joust.
Why God gave you feet...so you wont land on your head. Taking a fall after a hit from Sir Roderick.
Riding out on a steed to the Field is such a rush. There is nothing more rewarding in life to be riding out on a fast horse.
Waiting to charge looking to see if the other knight is in the ready.
Sir Roderick and Sir Gawaine in full tilt.
Getting ready for a six man joust. These are one of the most dangerous joust, having multiple horses charging at the same time on the field. Getting knocked off in the wrong place can spell disaster.
In the ready during a six man joust.
One of the most proudest things I have done in my life was becoming a Jousting Knight. The other was becoming a United States Marine in the Infantry. They go hand in hand.