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Jousting Tournaments in the 20th Century
A modern equestrian sport in the spirit of tradition

Although the origins of the sport are European, the evolution and refinement of most of the customs of the ring tournament are decidedly all-American. Nowhere is there another sport that encourages more pageantry, competition and participation in the traditions of a colorful past. As you read these practiced customs and traditions remember they are neither required nor enforced. They are, however, part of the elegance that makes a jousting tournament one of the most unusual equestrian sporting events ever witnessed. The term "tournament" originally referred only to this sport. In the early twentieth century this terminology was adopted by other sporting events such as golf, tennis and other games that were grouped into series of contests. Therefore, for ease of recognition, and because of its history this sport is now commonly referred to as "jousting." 

In 1962 Maryland became the first state to recognize an official state sport--that they chose Jousting is a further testament to this sport's uniqueness.

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The History of Jousting | The Medieval Tournament

Tournaments of Colonial Times | The Romantic Revival

 

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