Knights of Valour returns to the REACH Centre
CLINTON — Shane Adams, founder and captain of Knights of Valour, wants people to know that they’re the real deal. There’s no velvet costumes, only real leather, metal and, of course, real jousting.
This type of jousting is different than the typical choreographed dinner-style show. The Knights of Valour features full metal jousting, a combat sport. Two participants on horseback start at each end of the jousting field, each yielding wooden lances and then charge at each other full tilt. The goal of the joust is to earn points by hitting the opponent’s shield, breaking a lance or by unseating him. If that sounds dangerous to you, it is.
Injury is a given in such an intense sport. The Knights of Valour have a rigorous training schedule both with horses and in the gym so they can be as prepared as possible. Being equipped with the skill and strength to prevent injury is essential to the success of Knights of Valour and the modern-day longevity of jousting.
Jousting has its roots in Medieval Europe. Knights were put to the test in tournaments, often winning large amounts of money as well as honing their skills for battle. So many competitors lost their lives that jousting was banned in many regions.
Adams founded Knights of Valour in 1997 after spending three years with Medieval Times. He said he felt like an actor and the role didn’t live up to his childhood dream of being a knight-in-shining-armour.
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By Laura Broadley, Clinton News Record, April 13, 2015