Film Shoot -Game of Thrones -June 4, 2011
Girl Scouts horse activity camp -August 20, 2011
Servite High School -Anaheim October 6, 8 2011
Cub Scouts camp at headquarters -October 8
Valley Oaks Charter School Camp at Heaquarters -October 11, 2011
Scott Parsons Birthday Party at headquarters -October 23, 2011
Kearney Renaissance Fayre - Fresno November 12-13 2011
Family Fun Day - December 27, 2011
KNIGHT FOR A DAY JOUSTING TRAINING
Jason Nguyen's talented group 6/24/2012
Young living Farms Jousting Show June 30 2012
THE LOCKWOOD VALLEY JOUSTING TOURNAMENT 2010
The first ever at American Jousting Alliance Headquarters
Although December 12 was not the ideal time to stage a tournament, the gamble paid off as the weather turned out great. The temperature was in the 60's and low 70's. It was quite calm and sunny. The calmness didn't last all day however, as the sound of lance hitting shield would send ripples of energy shooting through the air, to the amazement and exhilaration of the people watching.
The jousting was impressive and there were other activities that I'm sure to some, were just as good, perhaps even better. It was really something to see the young people and kids having fun and applying themselves. I saw an eight or nine year old pulling a bowstring back and holding it, making her last minute adjustments, intent on hitting her mark. I watched two teenagers with looks of astonishment and disbelief on their faces as they walked into the ring and took up practice swords from the instructors. I was in the pulling seat (dirt ski pulling seat that is) riding Brutus. I was able to see looks of concentration and accomplishment on the faces of young siblings and in their fathers' case, the look of sheer joy as all three took turns on the dirt skis. I watched kids working hard with digging tools to plant a tree.
That's part of what this event was all about. Not only did we entertain, we also had the opportunity to teach and help build young people's character and knowledge. My thanks to the riders and instructors who helped with this. My thanks to Allan Theroux for singing a heartfelt "National Anthem" the tournament included seven competitors, they were; Anthony Andrews, Heather Bragg, Chris Burk, Marcus Coleman, Brain Ludens, Ariana Machado and yours truly - J.Z.
Everyone rode well, some rode exceptionally well. The games were fun, consisting of Ring Spearing and Distance Spear Throwing. Anthony Andrews won the Skill-At-Arms contest after participating in three tie breaking go-rounds. The first two go rounds were spearing rings out of the brave heart Stan Lucas's hands! The third go-round was the Spear Throw. He got me on that one. The jousting matches had a number of memorable moments. Some of them were: Ariana and Chris hitting and pushing each other sideways, Anthony and Ty thundering down the list at full speed, Chris breaking his lance on Arianna's shield. As for my most memorable moments I shall need to thank Brian Ludens. There is just something about jousting with a true comrade-in-arms with exceptional skills. The respect we gave each other, the intensity of the hits, the trust, it all felt just great! At least in my book, this match will go down as one of the best jousting matches I've ever had! We both knocked lances completely out of the others hands at different times. Watching Brian's lance coming toward me, all steady and confident was like poetry in motion. (Maybe you just have to be a jousting knight to appreciate this) It was the purest form of 'The Joust a' Pleasance' the Joust for the pleasure of Jousting! As Brian had to depart early, our match wasn't scored. There was no winner or loser, (although I felt there were two winners) just exhilaration, adrenalin and satisfaction. Chris demonstrated the best jousting of all the competitors and won a tournament lance for his skill and efforts. Anthony Andrews went home with a sturdy new throwing spear as the winner of the games.
This was the first tourney for two of our war horses. They were the 3 ½ year old stallion Ty and the 3 ½ year old stallion Dakota, both sons of Claudius. My thanks to Marcus Coleman for keeping Dakota focused, no easy task, and Anthony for staying aboard Ty. Chris's war horse Starz showed much improvement from his last jousting matches here at training headquarters. He is now experienced enough to demonstrate obedience, willingness and courage when ridden by the young knight errant. This tournament ended with many happy faces, good feelings among all and a few horseback rides for the patrons. In this day, it seemed that all the warriors' aims, were true. My thanks to all the riders, ground crew, herald, judges, tournament secretary, film crew, photographers and support personnel for helping make this a most memorable tournament here at the 'second happiest place on Earth.'
Photo's courtesy of Debra Scantlin 1-25
Photo's courtesy of Flint Burchardt 26-37 me