The Lysts at Castleton V
A Mounted and Field Combat Pas
Ansteorran Royal Lancer Competition

April 9 - 11, 2010      Austin, Texas

For this “Lysts at Castleton” we have been fortunate enough to receive affiliation with the International Jousting League.  Each of the 4 equestrian activities at this event is recognized and co-affiliated through the IJL.  All competitors are invited to become members of the IJL and, in doing so, will be eligible to have their scores from this competition listed in the IJL international ranking of competitors.  Entry to this organization is free.  Simply fill out the affiliation form and send to the IJL Secretary before the event to be eligible.

Please contact the Event Steward, Steve Hemphill, for additional information.

IJL-AFFILIATE Application     Go to The International Jousting League

Mounted Combat Tournament

A melee of armed combat on horse will take place on the list field from 5p - 6p Friday afternoon. Each Duke shall field a contingent of armed combatants which will compete against the other team in a grand melee. Each combatant may call up to 3 “killing” blows before retiring from the field. The last combatant standing will be declared the winner for their team and will receive a prize and public renown. Points will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Mounted Combat

Jousting Tournament

Two jousts a plaisance shall be conducted on the list field from 2p to 5p on Saturday. Each Duke shall field a contingent of armed combatants to compete in either foam lance jousting, wooden lance jousting or both. The first tournament shall be conducted with foam lances to be followed immediately by wooden lances. Both styles shall be judged and scored in the same manner. Each team member shall compete against each of the other team members to determine the winner of this competition. The individual with the most points at the end of each tournament will receive a prize and public renown. Points will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Appropriate armour is required and must be appropriate to the type of joust the individual is competing in.

It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure he is adequately armed. There will be an “armour safety check” in advance of each event to ensure all competitors are properly protected.

“Ecranche” style shields are required, with a minimum capable of covering the rider from their armpit to elbow. “Heater shaped” shields are not allowed. Shields may not be rigidly fixed to the wearer’s armour or body, but must be slung from a neck strap with sufficient arm strapping to maintain proper and stable presentation to the opponent.

Shields must be strapped and/or affixed strongly and securely to the rider so they remain in place and in proper position during courses. Unstable shields may cause point loss for the bearer, as it puts opponents at a disadvantage for lance breaking. Scoring zone will be identical on all opponents, regardless of shield shape or size. If a shield moves out of correct position immediately prior to or during a course, his opponent may strike the target zone even without the shield present and the course will be scored appropriately. The competitor whose shield has moved must correct the issue prior to successive courses.

Foam lances must conform to SCA standards and be provided by the competitor.

Wooden lances used will be a standard “shaped” design. Lances will be provided however competitors may bring their own if they meet the following requirements:

  • Distance from the front of the grip to the end receiving the replaceable tip will be no greater than 72”. With the addition of the replaceable 36” long tip, the total length forward of the grip should be no more than 108”, exclusive of the coronel. It is required that only historically shaped lances be used, for fairness, historical accuracy and safety purposes. Straight “pole” type lances are not acceptable.
  • Arrets de lance (grappers) are allowed for the joust. Please declare your arret use to the other competitors before the tournament commences.
  • Lances may be fitted with vamplates at the choice of the competitor. In the joust, use of a steel right gauntlet is at the discretion of the competitors, but it is recommended that all competitors consider a situation that will allow the best control of the lance. All competitors will use a minimum of a leather glove on their right hand during the joust.
  • Replaceable foam and wooden lance tips will be provided by the tournament organizers, made of polystyrene foam or 1-1/4” (32mm) diameter, untapered soft wood, 36” (91.4cm) long. All wooden tips will be sawn twice their length, beginning at the coronel end. All lance tips will be supplied and fitted with coronels.

Foam Jousting

Rules for the Joust

Pass Conduct and Horsemanship:

  • All riders are expected to align their mount appropriately to receive their lance at the start of each course, and then signal their readiness to their opponent by lifting the lance. Both competitors will begin their pass with the intent of encountering each other at the center of the tilt, then proceed to the end of the list and stop. It is expected that all competitors maintain at least an even canter or gaited equivalent through their entire course and exercise good control of their mounts and lances at all times.
  • All riders must present their shield in a way that offers their opponent a fair target. Competitors should not “fold” or “table” their shield, even inadvertently, preventing their opponent from having a reasonable opportunity of a good strike to the shield. The marshal and/or judges will alert a competitor of poor shield presentation, and will deduct points for infractions, as necessary.
  • All riders must remain mounted through the entire course. If a rider becomes unhorsed for any reason, he scores no points for that course.
  • All riders must retain their lance until fully stopped at the end of each course, except for a situation where retaining the lance would cause a safety issue or injury to the rider or mount. If a rider releases his lance for any reason other than that resulting from an extremely strong impact or a safety concern, he scores no points for that course. Riders will not cast their lances to the ground (except where safety is a concern), but will hand them to footmen or a mounted squire after stopping at the end of the course. If a rider believes a safety concern exists after the course has already begun, he should move his lance tip away from the tilt and his opponent, indicating that he wishes not to be struck. The course will be immediately re-run and any points scored in the aborted course will be void.

Mercy Passes :

  • Should a competitor raise his tip to avoid striking because he thinks safety is at risk, he should still expect that there is a possibility of being struck by his opponent as they may have not seen it. The strike will not scored but is not illegal either. All riders should try to be aware of your opponent encountering difficulties and not attempt to strike them if at all possible.

Scoring- (The maximum points attainable is 3 for each pass)

  • A Scoring Judge on foot at each end of the tilt will view each course, indicating the area of lance strike to the scorekeeper and marshal. There will be two passes per pair of combatants.
  • A Marshal will be positioned mid-list to measure lance breakage as necessary. The Marshal has the ultimate authority on awarding or deducting points for any segment of the competition.
    • 1 point is awarded for striking an opponent between his neck and waist, including shield, shoulders, body, arms and hands.
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    • 2 points are awarded for breaking the lance on an opponent between his neck and waist, but not on his shield (this includes shoulders, body, arms and hands).
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    • 3 points are awarded for breaking the lance on an opponent’s shield.
  • The lance tip or coronel must be the first part of the lance to contact the target to score. Should a rider fail to present his shield properly, his opponent may strike the target area that would otherwise be covered by the shield, and appropriate points will be awarded at the discretion of the marshal and judges.
  • Improper shield presentation, poor horsemanship, or unchivalrous behavior may cause up to a complete point loss for the pass, at the marshal and judges’ discretion.
  • Strikes to a competitor’s head, below his waist and swipes across the body are disallowed and score no points. Strikes to the saddle bow or any portion of a horse are disallowed and score no points, and on the first occurrence will carry a warning from the marshal. On the second occurrence, the offender will retire from the field for that session.

Balsa Jousting

Ansteorran Royal Lancer Competition

A mounted skill at arms competition will take place on the list field at 10a on Sunday.

Each activity noted below will be performed separately, with all riders completing each activity before moving on to the next.

The following skills will be scored:

Quintain: The rider is required to canter (or gaited equivalent) past the target and each complete revolution of the quintain shall score one point.

Rings: Three rings different sized rings ( 3”, 2” and 1”) will be suspended at roughly chest height, at equal intervals across the field. The rider is required to canter (or gaited equivalent) past the rings and points will be awarded for catching and carrying each ring on the spear. The rings must remain on the spear until the rider stops at the end of the run.  3 points will be awarded for the 1” ring, 2 points for the 2” ring and 1 point for the 3” ring.

Cut and Thrust:  Two cabbages will be placed at equal intervals across the field. The rider is required to canter (or gaited equivalent) past the target and will be awarded 1 point for a clean backhand cut to the first cabbage and one point for a successful thrust into the second cabbage. An additional point is awarded if the rider carries the second cabbage away on his sword.

Thrown spear:  The rider is required to canter (or gaited equivalent) past the target and throw a spear at a circular target placed on a bale of hay. A spear sticking in the center of the ring scores two points; outside the ring but still on the hay bale scores one point.  No points if the spear misses the hay bale.  The spear must stick in the target.  If it falls out after the pass, no points will be awarded.

Ground target (tent pegging):  The rider is required to canter (or gaited equivalent) past a small target on the ground. Each rider shall attempt to thrust into and carry the target on his spear. One point is awarded for striking and a second point for carrying it away on the point of the spear.

Berjas:  A small ring will sit atop a post.  The rider is required to canter (or gaited equivalent) past the target and pass a javelin through the without dropping the javelin or knocking over the ring.  One point will be awarded for catching the javelin on the other side of the ring and another point will be awarded if the ring does not fall over.

Equestrian Skill at Arms