Jousters

Please note*** Jousters confirmed are subject to change depending on injuries sustained during the season leading up to the Faire!***  Also the individual jouster's vacation availability!

Here are the Jousters for the 2017 International Invitational Jousting Tournament!

  Jose Pedro Bernardes - Portugal - first year to Brooks Jose is a protégé of Jaakko and an accomplished rider. He makes his living training hunter/jumpers in Europe and has been instrumental in setting up a jumper training school in China. He can ride any horse effortlessly, and has great targeting. He is known as a humble and quiet man. You probably won't notice him as he walks through the Faire, but you most definitely will notice him on the Jousting List!                







Gunnar Cedarberg - Sweden - first year to Brooks   Gunnar is a rising star in the European joust world who bested his mentor, reknown jouster Klaas Lundberg, to place second overall in the European Championship 2016. Far too young to be this talented, Gunnar is bringing his talent overseas for the first time to compete in Brooks.

     







Ian Darvill - British Columbia - first year to joust at Brooks Hailing from Langley, B.C., Ian is truly a home team jouster. He is from a competitive riding family, and has been with the group since he was a youth. Ian debuted in 2016 at Valleyview, AB. Ironically, his armour (suit of legendary jouster Fred Piraux) and his horse Druid (legendary joust horse from Ontario) has both been in many more competitions than Ian has... so far!

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Jean Francois Drapeau - Alberta - Fifth year to Brooks - 2016 Tournament Champion

Jean-François, or just JF for short, is from Stoneham, Quebec. Before moving west he was an active member of L’Association médiévale de Québec along with his brother Jean-Sebastian. A fearless jouster and competitor, who has been jousting for over 10 years. He came to Brooks for the first time in 2014. JF has adapted to living in the west, and is honing his horse skills every day. He is also a talented carpenter and is busy establishing a ranch with his partner, Lacey Hadford.      









Jessy Dufresne - Quebec - first time to Brooks Jessy has been heavily involved in horse sports in Quebec for 20 years.       Jessy and his wife Isabell DÁnjou own the Jessy Dufresne Equestrian Centre in St. Augustin, Quebec, where they teach English, Western, and other riding styles. Jessy began his competitive life in gymkhana (pole bending), when he was 15, progressing to bareback bronc riding in rodeos all over the E.S. and Canada. He was also part of a demonstration squad that brought rodeo to Greece and Italy. In 2010 he was introduced to jousting, he converted to a new sport. He built his first suit of armour himself and has been organizing and competing in jousting tournaments for the last 6 years. Brooks is Jessy's first International Tournament.          



Nikki Fourtzialis - USA - first time to Brooks The Rock of the East, Nikki's great personality, small statue and easygoing smile don't indicate that she hits like an avalanche. Nikki has jousted widely all across America, Canada, and Europe and has been an active competitor for more years than she admits to. Nikki is welcome at tournaments of many different types and also has a distinguished ground-fighting career.            













Steve Gagnon - Quebec - first time to Brooks A pillar of Quebec jousting, Steve has competed widely internationally in prestigious tournaments in England, France, Germany and Australia. He is the Black Knight in armour, but known for his perseverance, integrity and dedication to his craft. He is champion for many causes, and commits completely to any competition from charity jousts to world class tournaments. He is the Terminator.  







                 



Radar Goddard - Alberta    

Founder of Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry, arranges & jousts at Brooks every year

Radar new 2015 Radar got the jousting bug in 1988 when she saw the sport in Littlecote England. It took a bit of time to come home to Alberta, change careers from Archeology to Fire/EMS, buy a farm, and train her first jousting horse. She then trained with the American troupe “The Free Lancers” run by legendary jouster Roy Cox and debuted in Waxahachie, Texas at Scarborough Fair April 2003. Radar also founded the Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry, Intl. She was organizer and competitor for the Calgary Stampede Sheridan Hughes Memorial Tournament 2005. At the time, it was the biggest international Tournament held in North America. Radar has competed in Maryland, Le Duché de Bicolline in Quebec, Estes Park Colorado, London Ontario, British Columbia and  Cook’s Creek Manitoba. Her strongest contribution to jousting is as a team builder, troupe captain and jousting horse supplier.



Quentin Laurent - France - first time to Brooks

Quentin is a student of Michel Sade who competed last year at Brooks. Chances are that Quentin won't have armour quite as flashy as Michel's meaning that it will merely be spectacular! Quention has been doing very well in Europe, but ironically, this will be the first time he will cross lances with Gunnar and Jaakko. He is excited to be coming to Brooks and to see our corner of Canada.

Ripper Moore - USA -Fourth year at Brooks

Champion in 2013, Champion in 2015 as well!

Ripper Moore Ripper is a twenty year veteran of the list. He has broken lances and emptied saddles from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Vancouver British Colombia, and even down under in Australia. He was Red Team Coach on History's Full Metal Jousting, and got very frustrated just watching. He has won tourneys in the U.S. and Canada, including two World Championships. Ripper is looking to reclaim his title as Champion at Brooks. His personal motto is 'Dum Spiritus Durat'-- 'while breath remains'.  





Anu Nuotio - Finland - first time to Brooks You could say Anu is "just jousting so she can keep her husband company"  but it would be at your peril. Anu is a top notch rider, co-owner of the famous Finnish Rohan Stable, and supremely controlled competitor. You can say what you like, but if you are her competition, you will probably be saying it from the ground right after she decimates you.                    







Jaakko Nuotio - Finland - first time to Brooks Troupe leader for the Finnish team, Jaakko is a jousting legend. His riding skills are legendary and his gentlemanly demeanor add grace to any event that he attends. Jaakko travels widely on the European circuit and is always in the top ranks. The reputation of Brooks International Jousting Tournament is such that this is the first tournament that Jaakko and Anu have ever left Europe for.                      







Stéphane Tremblay - Quebec - invited to Europe for a tournament, will not be at Brooks in 2017.

Stephanek Tremblay Stéphane was raised in the tradition of the romantic knight. Medievalist his career first began in 1999 as a squire in the service of his good friend Damien Martel from whom he learned to handle weapons, the code of chivalry and gallantry. Knighted in the morning of his weapon vigil, he will advocate the values taught also by the chivalrous stories. He took the path of show for a few years and it evolved from the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century in full armor that he made with his friend Serge Lavigueur. He also made the transition from ground combat to the jousting. He took a liking to the competition abandoning the show. With his victory at the joust to the first edition of the tournament the "No weapons of Papegault" he intends to show everyone that has its place among the best! Stephane is excited to be returning to Brooks. He has made it a year long project to train up for this particular tournament. His goal is to win with a smile!



 Judges for the Jousting Tournament awaiting final confirmation!

Fred Piraux - Belgium

20140809_4670Fred is a legend in the jousting community. He is founder of the Hackamores troupe, the Hackaland tournament and the Euro jousting League (now The International Jousting League) He jousted at Brooks in 2013, and has since retired from active competition, in order to focus on supporting the sport through officiating at tournaments. He is entitled to joust under the coat of arms of his city, Liege, Belgium, and is the only modern jouster who has been given the right to bear the device of a medieval city. Fred explaining something to the crowd during a joust in 2014.

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Etienne Grenier - Quebec Judge Lois Hannah - BC Judge  

















Squires and Ground Crew

Dale Laberge - MC 

DSC08308 Dale has been to Brooks many times and does an excellent job of educating us in the sport of jousting! And she has trained and is sharing those duties with Jason Carmody. HUZZAH!

     







Robin Beck - Chief Squire  

20140809_4643Robin has been to Brooks many times. There wouldn't be a tournament if Robin wasn't making sure the jouster's armor was on right!         2016 International Invitational Jousting Tournament Jousters







Nicola Corrarello - Italy - Wanted to be here but.....we'll miss you in 2016! 

Nicola jousters Nicola started jousting in 2005 as a member of the Ordine del Ferro Troupe in Rome. He has jousted in Italy, Belgium, Germany, England and now Canada. He has organized the Viva la Befana (a historical equestrian procession for the Pope), and he is a mounted police officer in Rome. In 2014, while in Canada Nicola was given a traditional cowboy hat, which he has worn all over Rome making him a gentle and well-mannered Italian cowboy!  







So we have Mark Caple - England - First year to Brooks

Mark Caple 2 2016 Mark began jousting in 2006, His image is known all Westland-AB-logoover the world by armour fans, as he wears the finest known reproduction harness of Gothic armour in the world today. In addition to his dedication to 15th century mounted re-enactment, Mark also has a strong passion for the Greek/Roman period, being one of the UK's top Roman riders with the excellent 4th century re-enactment group Comitatus. Mark is highly respected on the UK circuit as an outstanding horseman and formidable jouster. He might well be the secret weapon that will swing the battle for the championship in England's favour.

Jean Francois Drapeau - Alberta - Fourth year to Brooks

Jean Francois Drapeau Jean-François, or just JF for short, is from Stoneham, Quebec. Shoppers Drug MartBefore moving west he was an active member of L’Association médiévale de Québec along with his brother Jean-Sebastian. A fearless jouster and competitor, who has been jousting for over 10 years. He came to Brooks for the first time in 2014. JF has adapted to living in the west, and is honing his horse skills every day. He is also a talented carpenter and is busy establishing a ranch with his partner, Lacey Hadford.    







Caroline Egemalm - Sweden - First year to Brooks          

Caroline Egemalm CCF02062015_00000Historical Reenactor, Historical Archer (XV Century Burgundian) XIV Century Knight Reenactor/Jouster. Trainer. Mother. Caroline started riding at the age of 6, where show jumping and dressage had always been her passion, until 1996 when she tried jousting for the first time and was hooked!  Currently she jousts with a XIV Century Harness (Suit of Armour) and is in the process of updating to XV Century Gothic Harness. Caroline lives on a farm with 2 kids - 11 and 13 yrs. - and runs her own company as a hairdresser.   Caroline has jousted in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Belgium, France, England, New Zealand, Australia and Poland. This will be her first time in Canada. Her philosophy on life and jousting: "To prove that I can handle the task at least as good as anyone else. Perhaps it's mostly for myself. When I do something, whatever it is, I want to do it as good and accurate as possible. If I feel that I can't, I won't do it. It's not about winning, but to do it as I wish it should be done."

Radar Goddard - Alberta    

Founder of Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry, arranges & jousts at Brooks every year

Radar new 2015 Radar got the jousting bug in 1988 when she Westland-AB-logosaw the sport in Littlecote England. It took a bit of time to come home to Alberta, change careers from Archeology to Fire/EMS, buy a farm, and train her first jousting horse. She then trained with the American troupe “The Free Lancers” run by legendary jouster Roy Cox and debuted in Waxahachie, Texas at Scarborough Fair April 2003. Radar also founded the Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry, Intl. She was organizer and competitor for the Calgary Stampede Sheridan Hughes Memorial Tournament 2005. At the time, it was the biggest international Tournament held in North America. Radar has competed in Maryland, Le Duché de Bicolline in Quebec, Estes Park Colorado, London Ontario, British Columbia and  Cook’s Creek Manitoba. Her strongest contribution to jousting is as a team builder, troupe captain and jousting horse supplier.

Marc Hamel - Quebec - Fourth year to Brooks

Marc Hamel 2015 Marc is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces EW_gold centers.jpg logofrom Québec. He began jousting in 2006 and made his first international tournament in Belgium 2009. Since then he has been invited to joust in Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, England, and the USA. After Over 20 international tournaments he has won 3 awards. The first as Team jouster champion in ‘Tournois du Lys d'Argent’ Québec 2012. Then in 2013 he won the Chivalry prize at the ‘Tournament of King John III’ in Poland and the Jousting Champion at ‘Revel's Grove Tournament’ in California, USA.  

Sarah Hay - Australia - Fourth year at Brooks

Sarah Hay 2015 Sarah started jousting in 2008 after seeing a tournament at a festival inThwaites Logo Australia. Having always been attracted to all things medieval, jousting immediately took her eye and became her passion….it remains her passion eight years later. In 2010, she made her first trip to Europe to joust at Hackaland in Belgium. Since then, Sarah has jousted internationally at least once or twice every year in New Zealand, USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Poland and Denmark. Her most recent International event was the Harcourt Park World Invitational Tournament in New Zealand where Sarah was thrilled to be the first woman ever to win ‘The Grail of Chivalry’. In Australia she hosts four jousting tournaments each year, the ‘Tournament Australis’ in July and the ‘Southern Cross Tournament Series’ – three tournaments over three weekends in November each year. These events include mounted games, jousting and mounted archery. When not jousting, Sarah works as a full time deputy principal in a large primary school in South Western Sydney. She is passionate about educating children - enabling them to grow up to the best they can be. Sarah lives on a farm with a menagerie including horses, cows, sheep, chickens, a dog and cats. Her goal is to continue competing successfully as an international jouster into the future.

Alison Mercer - Alberta - Sixth year at Brooks

DSC08126 Riding since childhood, Alison began jousting in 2010 Shoppers Drug Martand rode her first international tournament in 2012. Since then she has ridden extensively throughout Canada and the USA. In 2014, she was the first western Canadian to joust in the southern hemisphere, winning Tournament Australis of the Southern Cross series and making her debut at Abbey Medieval Festival. This year she squired for the fabulous Team Poland at the Royal Armouries Easter Tournament in Leeds, England and will be riding at the Tournoi du Maine in France. Alison is excited to return to the Abbey in Australia this July. She is particularly interested in the history of the joust at the court of Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519) and rides in 1470s Italian armour, done to German taste. Similar examples are seen in effigies and altarpieces across south-west Germany in this period. Alison holds a Master’s degree in Canadian Military History and works as the curator of the Air Force Museum of Alberta. She lives on a farm in southern Alberta with three horses – a Quarter Horse/Paint gelding and two Arab geldings, who think they are too good for jousting. Alison is a seasoned costume designer in her spare time, enjoys morally-ambiguous villains, and is partial to questionable food-court Chinese food.

Ripper Moore - USA -Third year at Brooks, Champion in 2013, Champion in 2015 as well!

Ripper Moore Ripper is a twenty year veteran of the list. BHI Rink Board 2015He has broken lances and emptied saddles from Ft. Lauderdale Florida, to Vancouver British Colombia, and even down under in Australia. He was Red Team Coach on History's Full Metal Jousting, and got very frustrated just watching. He has won tourneys in the U.S. and Canada, including two World Championships. His personal motto is 'Dum Spiritus Durat'-- 'while breath remains'.

Michael Sadde - France - first year to Brooks

Michael SadeBy Day: Michael is CEO of  Le Domaine des Écuyers, a riding school near Westland-AB-logoSainte-Gemmes-le-Robert and president of the historical re-enactment group Les Ecuyers de l’histoire. Michael was former military in the Republican Guard of Paris and he now works as a reenactor rider of eleventh century to the eighteenth century, specializing in the high equestrian school, he trained in fencing and in military riding.   By Knight: Organizer of “Tounoi of the Order of Saint Michel” in France. Michael has participated in tournaments in Denmark, Italy, France, Belgium and Poland and invited this year to Australia and Canada.  





Stéphane Tremblay - Quebec - First year to Brooks

Stephanek Tremblay Stéphane was raised in the tradition of the Shoppers Drug Martromantic knight. Medievalist his career first began in 1999 as a squire in the service of his good friend Damien Martel from whom he learned to handle weapons, the code of chivalry and gallantry. Knighted in the morning of his weapon vigil, he will advocate the values taught also by the chivalrous stories. He took the path of show for a few years and it evolved from the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century in full armor that he made with his friend Serge Lavigueur. He also made the transition from ground combat to the jousting. He took a liking to the competition abandoning the show. With his victory at the joust to the first edition of the tournament the "No weapons of Papegault" he intends to show everyone that has its place among the best!

Dale Thwaites - Alberta - Second year to joust, fourth year to Brooks

Dale Thwaite Dale's love for all things martial started at a BHI Rink Board 2015young age and doesn't seem to have waned. As a youth he examined ancient military cultures (primarily Eastern), and when of age, he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has studied classic Sport Fencing, a variety of Eastern Martial Arts (earning himself a black belt) and now later in life; his focus has turned to the Western Arts. As an Architectural Technologist by trade, Dale is technically and artistically inclined and has helped STALC repair and redesign some of their equipment. Dale's rookie year of jousting was 2014, this will be his first time competing at Brooks.  





 Stacey Wasson - USA - Third year to Brooks

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Stacey has been an avid equestrian for CCF05042016_00000most of her life – since the age of 7 she has participated in countless demonstrations and competitions in numerous disciplines including equitation, hunters, dressage and combined training, sidesaddle and foxhunting.   Jousting since 2002, she has been a stalwart competitor on both sides of the Atlantic, always in the company of her biggest supporter, her husband, Jeff Wasson. Her motto is "Even the smallest flower can bring the valiant to their knees."

 

Jeffrey Wasson - USA - Third year to Brooks

Jeff Wasson In his youth, Jeff dreamed of being a knight logo-annetton horseback. As a college art student, Jeff turned his metalworking skills to creating armor and joined a medieval club where he did armoured combat on foot. Jeff finally realized his dream in 2003 when he began jousting alongside his wife Stacy. Jeffrey makes his living as a professional armourer and his skill in the list coupled with his armouring reputation have made his work popular with jousters, re-enactors, collectors, curators and museums. Jeff has participated in tournaments in France, Belgium, Canada and the USA. All of the Wassons are very excited about coming back to Brooks this year!  







 Judges for the Jousting Tournament awaiting final confirmation!

Fred Piraux - Belgium

20140809_4670Fred is a legend in the jousting community. He is founder of the Hackamores troupe, the Hackaland tournament and the Euro jousting League (now The International Jousting League) He jousted at Brooks in 2013, and has currently retired from active competition, in order to focus on supporting the sport through officiating at tournaments. He is entitled to joust under the coat of arms of his city, Liege, Belgium, and is the only modern jouster who has been given the right to bear the device of a medieval city. Fred explaining something to the crowd during a joust in 2014. 20140809_467120140809_467220140809_467320140809_4674

 Etienne Grenier - Quebec

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 Etienne Grenier first entered the medieval re-enactment scene in 2009. He has acquired considerable experience throughout the year, squiring on the fields of several tournaments: St-Coloban, QC in 2009, Lachute, QC in 2011 and 2012; Arundel, England in 2013; Duche de Bicolline, QC in 2014; and Leeds, England in 2015. He is very familiar with the rules and ground work in use during tournaments, and he knows his way around horses and jousters. Ever pleased to learn a new skill, Etienne will be serving as a judge at Brooks.

Always smiling and ready to help, he has a kind nature. It's always a pleasure to have him around as he brings happiness and smiles everywhere he goes!

Squires and Ground Crew

Dale Laberge - MC 

DSC08308 Dale has been to Brooks many times and does an excellent job of educating us in the sport of jousting! HUZZAH!

           







Robin Beck - Chief Squire  

20140809_4643Robin has been to Brooks many times. There wouldn't be a tournament if Robin wasn't making sure the jouster's armor was on right!            







Ian Darvill - Lietenant Chief   CCF03062015_00000

Ian has been to Brooks many times Dragon's Own is the ground crew for STALC and International Invitational Jousting Tournament and have been to Brooks many times. They can also be seen doing some sword fighting in the fighting eric.      







Lacey Hadford  from Strathmore.

Lacey from WilliamHas trained as a jouster, however she is hardly a rookie when it comes to horses. She is a fourth generation horse trainer of international  repute. Lacey and her horses have been appearing with STALC for years in a unique  Warhorse Demonstration (designed by Lacey).   She is currently squeezing in jousting between building a show jumping career and training horses for her own company, Spartan Coulee Equestrian.      

We hope you can make it down to watch these amazing jousters!


 

Here are the jousters from the 2015 International Invitational Jousting Tournament!

 Ole Bach - 2014 Champion at Brooks Medieval Faire

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From Vyborg, Denmark. Most recent competition : Keskiaikaset Hevoturnajaiset.  Ole rides for Rohan Tallit for most of the summer, and has taken leave to come to the Brooks Tournament.  He rides in a broad range of historical tournaments, from the era of 1300-1550. Ole was the winner of the 2014 Brooks Medieval Faire Jousting Tournament, which was his first time jousting in Canada. Ole will be back in 2015 to defend his title!

Marie Baron - France   First year to BrooksCCF28052014_00000

Marie BaronMarie has ridden horses since childhood, horses have always been her passion and through her sport, she re-enacts several historical periods, always revolving around horses: Empire, Musketeer, Civil War, goes side-saddle... etc.This skilled rider has had the opportunity to joust in several countries of the world like:  Poland, Denmark, Canada, Australia and Belgium. We are honored to welcome her at Brooks!







Nicola Corrarello - Italy - Second year to Brooks

Nicola Last year while he was here he was given a cowboy hat, which he logo_heritage_innhas worn all over Rome. We welcome back our gentle and well mannered Italian cowboy! Started jousting in 2005 as a member of Ordine del Ferro in Rome. Has jousted in Italy, Belgium, Germany, and the U.K.  He has organized the Viva la Befana (a historical equestrian procession for the Pope), and he is a mounted policeman in Rome.



Jean Francois Drapeau - Alberta - Third year to BrooksCCF20062013_00000

Jean Francois Drapeau The Wolf of the two brothers, originally from Stoneham, Quebec, JF has now settled with a family in Alberta. A fearless jouster and competitor, he has adapted to living in the west, and is honing his horse skills every day. He is also a talented builder and is busy establishing a ranch with his partner, Lacey Hadford.





 Jean Sebastian Drapeau - Quebec - Second year to Brooks

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Martin Shields Mayor 2015The Lion of the fire breathing Drapeau Brothers, he and brother Jean Francois have jousted for over a decade,  and are well known in Quebec. He came to Brooks for the first time in 2014, and established himself as a competitor to be watched. The Lion has a huge gentle heart, and is a kind person, but formidable in the list!

 Martin Shields, Mayor of Brooks  

Damian Dębski - Poland     First year at Brooks

Damein Dubski 2015 DSC07392Established and licenced horse stuntman who has worked in film, theatre and shows, both as a rider and an animal trainer.  He is a renaissance man: jouster, horse archer and fencer, able to build armour, blacksmith and do farrier work. His specialty is Cossack equestrian vaulting, and stunt falls….but not during the joust! He jousts in many styles and is very eager to come to Canada for the first time.

Erin Benson, Chairperson

Brooks Medieval Faire Society 2014/2015  

Dale Gienow - Alberta - Second year at Brooks

Dale Gienow logo_heritage_innDale is passionate about the practical pursuit of historical European medieval martial arts. He has fought in armoured harness on the ground for many years, but it is the art of mounted combat that he relishes. Leveraging skills learned from years working on horseback, and the study of historical treatises by Fiore dei Liberi, Dom Duarte, and others, Dale started jousting and fighting on horseback in 2004. He is the founding president of the IJA Parent Body in 2009. International Jousting Association – Canada and earned his Level IV Jousting Instructor certificate from Dale was also a founding member of the Mounted Archery Association of the Americas is a Member of the International Jousting League and is a Mounted Instructor for the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts in Toronto.  He is an avid archer with the medieval longbow and has practised the ancient art of falconry for more than 20 years. Dale also has a strong interest in heraldry and received a hereditary armorial grant from the Canadian Heraldic Authority in 2010. In 2011, he was knighted  by The Order of St. George. A serial entrepreneur he runs Chivalric Productions, a medieval education and entertainment company, a tactical wild animal rescue organisation and is one of the busiest exotic animal trainers for the motion picture industry in Canada. He resides and splits his time between Bracebridge, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta. 

Radar Goddard - Alberta     Founder of Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry, arranges & jousts at Brooks every year

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Radar got the jousting bug in 1988 when she saw the sport at Littlecote in England. It took a bit of time to come home to Alberta, change careers from Archeology to fire/EMS, founded the Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry ,  buy a farm, and  train her first jousting horse. She then trained with the American troup “the Free Lancers”  run by legendary jouster Roy Cox and debuted in Waxahachie,Texas at Scarborough Fair April 2003. She was organizer  and competitor at, the Calgary Stampede Sheridan Hughes Memorial Tournament 2005 (At the time, the biggest international Tournament held in North America), and has competed in Maryland, Biccoline (Quebec), Estes Park Colorado (three times)  London Ontario, (twice) and several times in Langley BC and Winnipeg Manitoba . Her strongest contribution to jousting is as a team builder, troupe captain and horse supplier, as she has yet to actually win a major tournament!

Marc Hamel - Quebec - Third year to BrooksCCF02062015_00000

Marc Hamel 2015 Marc is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces from Quebec. He began jousting in 2006 and made his first international tournament in Belguim 2009. Since then he has been invited to joust in 6 other countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, England, USA). After over 20 intertional tournaments he has won 3 awards; - Team Jouster Champion (Tournois du Lys d'Argent) Quebec 2012 - Chivalry Prize (Tournament of King John III) Poland 2013 - Jousting Champion (Revel's Grove Tournament) Cal., USA 2013. His motto is "Allons-y" which means "Let's Go" and values honor and friendship over victory.

Sarah Hay - Australia - Third year at Brooks

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I started jousting in 2008 after seeing a tournament at a festival in Australia.  Having always been attracted to all things medieval, jousting immediately took my eye and became my passion….it remains my passion seven years later. In 2010 I made my first trip to Europe to joust at Hackaland in Belgium.  At the time I was petrified as I had no idea of how my skills matched those of the Europeans.  Since then, I have jousted internationally at least once or twice every year  in New Zealand, USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Poland and Denmark.  My most recent international event was the world invitational Grail of Chivalry tournament in New Zealand where I was thrilled to be the first woman ever to win ‘The Grail of Chivalry’.  In Australia I host four jousting tournaments each year.  These include ‘Tournament Australis’ in July and the ‘Southern Cross Tournament Series’ – three tournaments over three weekends in November each year.  These events include mounted games, jousting and mounted archery.  The ‘Tournament Australis’ event also has a very special feast. When I’m not jousting, I work as a full time deputy principal in a large primary school in South Western Sydney.  I’m also passionate about educating children - enabling them to grow up to the best they can be. At home I live on a farm with my menagerie including horses, cows, sheep, chickens, a dog and my cats.  I try to provide most of my own organically grown meat, milk, butter, some cheese, eggs and vegetables.  This keeps me busy, but is enormously satisfying. My goal is to continue competing successfully as an international jouster into the future.  I never thought that my sport would take me around the world each year.  It is a privilege to have this opportunity and I look forward to seeing my friends again in Brooks 2015!  

Caroline LaBrie - Quebec - First year to joust at Brooks, judge in 2014

Caroline LaBrie 2015 Brooks Books Caroline has always been a horse lover. She finally realized her dream and bought her first one in 2003, two years after her debut in the medieval hobby  where she was already aspiring to joust. In 2005, she reached her goal and began to sharpen her skill in local tournaments. Sometimes exchanging the armor for medieval gowns. In 2008, she participated in her first international competition in Belgium, the well known IJL tournament “Hackaland” in Seraing. She placed third in 2012 at  les Médiévales de Lachute  in Québec. Caroline loves to travel and meet other horse and medieval enthusiasts. Some exciting new challenges are ahead, like the second jousting season of her purebred Canadian stallion Skippy, new jousting armor and the renewed collaboration between her company, Arion and the Duché de Bicolline for the organisation of the second  International Jousting Tournament for 2016 and other equestrian events. Caroline had the honor to be invited as a judge last year at Brooks, it’s from horseback that she will try to win the hearts of Albertans this year.

Alison Mercer - Alberta - Fifth year at Brooks

DSC08126 Shoppers Drug Mart Alison Mercer started historical equitation in 2003, studying the weaponry and tactics of Alexander the Great's cavalry as an undergraduate. She took up jousting in 2011, feeling it is one of the most 'extreme' forms of reenactment. Alison is particularly interested in the history of the joust at the court of Emperor Maximilian I (1459 - 1519). Her first international tournament was Lysts on the Lake in Texas, 2012, and she has ridden extensively in western Canada since then. In July 2014, she made her first trip to the Southern Hemisphere to ride at Tournament Australis and Abbey Medieval Festival in Australia. And also rode in Brooks Medieval Tournament  that year,  on her horse , Siggy. She trained him so well that he looked like a seasoned pro! Alison is the curator of the Air Force Museum of Alberta and a seasoned costume designer in her spare time.   

Ripper Moore - USA - Second year at Brooks, Champion in 2013, Champion in 2015 as well!

Ripper MooreCCF30052015_00000 Ripper Moore is a twenty year veteran of the list. He has broken lances and emptied saddles from Ft. Lauderdale Florida, to Vancouver, British Colombia, and even down under in Australia.  He was Red Team Coach on History's Full Metal Jousting, and got very frustrated just watching. He has won tourneys in the U.S. and Canada, including two World Championships. His personal motto is 'Dum Spiritus Durat'-- 'while breath remains'.  

Luc Pétillot - France - First year at Brooks

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An experienced jouster from France and organizer of several tournaments , Luc is undoubtedly one of the competitors who has taken part in the most tournaments around the world. An excellent rider, master Jouster, joyful competitor, full of passion, Luc stands amongst the most respected on the circuit.  







Aase Hoejgaard Svendsen - Denmark.

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Rider at Ildhesten. CCF10072015_00000Wife and minder of Ole Bach. Squeezes out time to be a formidable and fierce competitor when not shaking  her head at Ole’s antics. 

 







 Dale Thwaites - Alberta -  First year to joust, third year at Brooks

Dale Thwaite CCF30052015_00001 Dale's love for all things martial started at a young age and doesn't seem to have waned. As a youth he examined ancient military cultures (primarily Eastern), and when of age, he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has studied classic Sport Fencing, a variety of Eastern Martial Arts (earning himself a black belt) and now later in life; his focus has turned to the Western Arts. As an Architectural Technologist by trade, Dale is technically and artistically inclined and has helped STALC repair and redesign some of their equipment. Dale's rookie year of jousting was 2014, this will be his first time competing at Brooks.

 Stacey Wasson - USA  -  Second year at Brooks



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Stacey has been an avid equestrian for most of her life – since the age of 7 she has participated in countless demonstrations and competitions in numerous disciplines including equitation, hunters, dressage and combined training, sidesaddle and foxhunting.   Jousting since 2002, she has been a stalwart competitor on both sides of the Atlantic, always in the company of her biggest supporter, her husband, Jeff Wasson. Her motto is "Even the smallest flower can bring the valiant to their knees."

Jeffrey Wasson - USA - Second year at Brooks

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In his youth, Jeff dreamed of being a knight on horseback. As a college art student, Jeff turned his metalworking skills to creating armor and joined a medieval club where he did armoured combat on foot. Jeff finally realized his dream in 2003 when he began jousting alongside his wife Stacy. Jeffrey makes his living as a professional armourer and his skill in the list coupled with his armouring reputation have made his work popular with jousters, re-enactors, collectors, curators and museums. Jeff has participated in tournaments in France, Belgium, Canada and the USA. All of the Wassons are very excited about coming back to Brooks this year!   

Judges for the Jousting Tournament

Fred Piraux - Belgium

20140809_4670Fred is a legend in the jousting community. He is founder of the Hackamores troupe, the Hackaland tournament and the Euro jousting League (now The International Jousting League) He jousted at Brooks in 2013, and has currently retired from active competition, in order to focus on supporting the sport through officiating at tournaments. He is entitled to joust under the coat of arms of his city, Liege, Belgium, and is the only modern jouster who has been given the right to bear the device of a medieval city. Fred explaining something to the crowd during a joust in 2014.

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Jordan Heron - Ontario

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Jordan has always been fascinated with things medieval, and his involvement in historical re-creation goes back well over three decades.  His first joust tournament was in 2003 and since that time he has competed in seven countries on three continents. Jordan jousted at the Brooks Medieval Faire in 2013. He has since turned to announcing in 2014 and this year.









 Etienne Grenier - Quebec

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 Etienne Grenier first entered the medieval re-enactment scene in 2009. He has acquired considerable experience throughout the year, squiring on the fields of several tournaments: St-Coloban, QC in 2009, Lachute, QC in 2011 and 2012; Arundel, England in 2013; Duche de Bicolline, QC in 2014; and Leeds, England in 2015. He is very familiar with the rules and ground work in use during tournaments, and he knows his way around horses and jousters. Ever pleased to learn a new skill, Etienne will be serving as a judge at Brooks.

Always smiling and ready to help, he has a kind nature. It's always a pleasure to have him around as he brings happiness and smiles everywhere he goes!

Squires and Ground Crew

 DSC08308Dale LaBerge - MC  Dale has been to Brooks many times and does an excellent job of educating us in the sport of jousting! HUZZAH!

     

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Robin Beck - Chief Squire   Robin has been to Brooks many times. There wouldn't be a tournament if Robin wasn't making sure the jouster's armor was on right!     CCF03062015_00000   Ian Darvill - Lietenant Chief  

Ian has been to Brooks many times       Dragon's Own is the ground crew for STALC and International Invitational Jousting Tournament and have been to Brooks many times. They can also be seen doing some sword fighting in the fighting eric.

LLacey from Williamacey Hadford  from Strathmore.

Has trained as a jouster, however she is hardly a rookie when it comes to horses. She is a fourth generation horse trainer of international  repute. Lacey and her horses have been appearing with STALC for years in a unique  Warhorse Demonstration (designed by Lacey).   She is currently squeezing in jousting between building a show jumping career and training horses for her own company, Spartan Coulee Equestrian.  

We hope you can make it down to watch these amazing jousters!