To this end I have been fortunate to spend the last several weeks speaking to the Arundel Jousting Event Coordinators. This has been one of nicest long-distance conversations I have had in a long time. The following interview took place in starts and stops over the month of June and part of July. I can only hope you receive as much satisfaction reading their replies as I did.-The Arundel International Joust will take place from Tuesday the 23rd through Sunday the 28th of July.
Q: What are the principles behind the Arundel International Joust and how long did it take to create it?
A: The principles behind the founding of the tournament was a desire to create, as close as possible, a 15th Century Tournament with real prizes. Arundel brings teams from around the world to compete against each other, embodying the knightly virtues of horsemanship, sportsmanship, prowess in the field, and chivalry.
Q: How long of a prep time do you have to prepare for the tournament?
A: We have a year to prepare the tournament. As soon as this year's event finishes we will have meetings to discuss how best to grow and add to the tournament. During the year we finalize the competitors, horses, ground crew and schedule. The tournament has been growing steadily of the the past few years, which means the prep work has been growing right along with it. Luckily we have a great group of experienced people with whom we can rely on, otherwise we would not be able to get everything done.
Steve Gagnon-(Team France) Exchanging blows with Wouter Nicolai-(Team Holy Roman Empire)
from the 2012 event.
Q: How many International Jousters will participate in this years event?
A:This year we have six international jousters and two from England. Marcus Hamel and Steve Gagnon are from Quebec and will joust for Team France. Andreas Wenzel from Germany and Jan Gradon from Poland will joust for the Holy Roman Empire. Ben van Koert and Wouter Nicolai are from Holland and will joust for Team Burgundy. Stacy Evans and Mark Caple will joust for Team England, and Dominic Sewell will be the Knight Marshal as he won last years, individual Champion's competition.