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Medieval Horseback Spectacular
When I think of extreme sports I think of free diving, skydiving or heli-skiing but what about the medieval sport of jousting – now that's extreme.
The 2019 World Jousting Championship will be staged at Lardner Park, Warragul over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 1st & 2nd June, giving spectators the opportunity to see what the organisers describe as a brutal and spectacular event complete with knights in shining armour going at it with thundering hooves and splintering lances in this, the earliest of extreme sports.
Warragul's Lardner Park will come alive with all the colour and excitement of a medieval tournament for the 2019 World Jousting Championship.
Despite the 'brutal and spectacular' this is billed as a family friendly event with visitors transported back to a historic Middle Ages village, complete with a trebuchet (giant medieval catapult), a birds of prey display, archery, a knight school for kids, Viking battles and a medieval tavern.
In the sport of jousting, the equipment worn and used by the competitors is the real thing – 3.6 metre long pine lances complete with 3-pronged steel tips.
Competitors gallop towards each other on highly trained horses, separated by a wooden barrier to protect the animals, the knights aiming to strike their opponent anywhere from the bottom of the shield to the top of the helmet.
Lardner Park will resound to the thunder of hooves and the clash of wood & metal as the world's best jousters, including the reigning World Champion, Australian Phillip Leitch go head to head in bone-jarring battle.
Knights aim to strike their opponent between the bottom of the shield and the top of the helmet.
Gates open at 9 AM on both days and there's a Grand Parade starting at 10 AM.
There are two sessions daily, the first at 11 AM and the second at 2 PM. The 11 AM session comprises full flying of the birds of prey, Viking battle and World Jousting Championship.
The 2 PM session comprises full flight of birds of prey, Knights Tournament Ground Combat and the World Jousting Championship.
The Grand Final of the World Jousting Championship will take place during Sunday's session 2.
There'll be two jousting sessions daily over the weekend.
A single day pass costs Adults $49, Children (5 to 15 years) $39, Family (2A 2C) $150.
A two day pass costs Adults $79 and Children $59.
Getting There …..
Lardner Park, Warragul is 103-kilometres southeast of Melbourne, just over a 90-minute drive via the Princes Freeway/M1.
Make sure you don't miss out on the 2019 World Jousting Championship over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday the 1st & 2nd of June.