Royal Armouries Easter Jousting Returns to Leeds

Royal Armouries Easter Jousting Returns to Leeds

Royal Armouries Easter Jousting Returns to Leeds

Trainee knight’s apprentices to appear in run-up to event

For the first time the Royal Armouries in Leeds is throwing down the gauntlet to three knight’s apprentices in a new set of shows which will take place in the lead up to its internationally-renowned jousting competition, the Easter Tournament.

Royal Armouries Easter Jousting Returns to Leeds knight on horsebackThe Royal Armouries introduces the Knight’s Apprentice Horse Shows on 8 and 9 April as three courageous trainee knights compete for the honour of taking part in the Easter Tournament. Under the watchful eye of experts from the Royal Armouries and Atkinson Action Horses the apprentices will face a range of arena challenges designed to test their suitability. Only one will win the chance to squire for one of the world class knights competing in the authentic medieval tournament.

Less than a week later the outdoor arena will resound to the clamour and clash of a live action tournament, as six highly experienced knights battle for the coveted Sword of Honour and the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Trophy in the Easter Tournament (14-17 April).

“An exciting new twist”

As well as individual competitions spectators can get behind their favourite team as Royal Armouries first timers ‘Team Norway’, join event stalwarts ‘Team England’ and ‘Team France’ as they lock lances and the tension builds through the exciting four-day jousting tournament. The Tournament has also welcomed female jousters several times and this year Marie Baron joins the French team. Easter Monday will feature special events, including a mêlée and parade of knights as well as the grand final.

Royal Armouries Easter Jousting Returns to Leeds apprenticeIn a packed programme visitors will also be able to meet the knights and horses, see how knights kit up, visit the Royal Armouries spectacular Tournament collection, watch sword combats and listen to medieval tales.

Rachael Beavan, Event Manager says: “We have introduced an exciting new twist to our Easter events programme with the Knight’s Apprentice horse shows, where audiences will be able to find out just how much work goes in to training to be a Knight. Then we will move on to the international jousting heavyweights to provide the competitive drama over the Easter Tournament weekend. This year we have an impressive first-time team from Norway, a very strong French team including female jouster Marie Baron, as well as our very own Andy Deane, once again seeking glory for Team England and in the individual competition. With the amazing horse skills to add in to the mix it promises to be a great day out for everyone.”

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