Mercer Island Summer Celebration~ Midieval Games

I have never given much thought to going to any of the Renaissance events in our area.  That has all changed now.  I witnessed a small-scale jousting event and hand to hand combat–exhibition style at the Mercer Island Summer Celebration.  The costumes are magnificent and the action is amazing.

I spotted these knights from a distance–they are so colorful.  Oddly they remind me of the “Cylons” from Battle Star Galactica, who might be called knights of the future.

This young knight applauds a youngster who just hit him with an arrow.  The kids were allowed to shoot arrows at the knights.  Most arrows fell to the ground within two feet of the shooter.  With a little help from an adult some of them could even manage to hit the knights.

This is really what drew me to the event–the horses.  I grew up with horses and owned four of them by the time I was a senior in high school.  I rode in western games–events like barrel racing and pole bending–it was so much fun.  I sadly had to sell my horses after I got married.  I still have a four stall stable and 20 acres–but no horse.

The costumes were fabulous–very real and heavy.  This gentlemen had one of the more ornate and heavy of body armor.

The gal pictured here was the only woman jouster.  She was quite capable and rode hard against her opponent.

Wake me up when its time to ride. These horses are so used to this life they are very calm.

This knight told me that his armor weighed 95 lbs.  It was a hot day out and I imagine it made these guys hot not to mention the added weight on the horse–and all that other paraphernalia.

This is my favorite horse.  His is so lively and eager to go.  He was bred for battle and know how to use his hooves to take out the enemy. (Note:  These knights rode with these long reins.  I rode with reins that were just a loop around the neck of the horse–generally used for cow cutting. I would not have to lean back so far to pull my horse up.)  Amazing there is not bit in this horse’s mouth–it can be seen right under the horses jaw–wonder if the bridal broke–maybe that explains his posture on the horse.

Here goes the lady knight into battle.  Now the shield is not light, nor is that long staff they carry as a jousting stick (or whatever it is called).  And then to have to cross over the horse at a full gallop and try to hit just the shield of the opponent is not as easy as it looks. She is a brave woman.

In action.

My heart went out to this horse and the rider.  The horse is balking.  He does not want to go into battle.  As many times as he tried it, the horse balked.  Time to retire him and let him get away from it.

Hand to hand combat-starting our on the friendly side–notice no head-gear.

Not so friendly anymore.

Score.  I really liked this horse as well–one of my horses was small and black and spunky, just like this one.

Oh yeahh–Victory!!

He turns right around and charges again.

The knight in the red was one of the most colorful there.  He was a formidable foe, however he was the kindest knight–completely undoing his opponent then offering his/her sword back to try to take him again. I like this guy.

These two knights rode hard against one another–it was really fun to see them joust.  You can see them taking aim at each other.

Seriously attacking the red knight.

Aw–bit in mouth ready to charge.  Love this horse.

You can see the horse balking in the background.

Between battles.OK–I do love this horse.  So showy.

I hadn’t planned on taking many pictures this day. I took only my 50mm with me.  I was not in the right location to get the best shots either.  Now I know what goes on at those Medieval Festivals and am definitely going to catch more of them.  Exciting and beautiful and then there are the HORSES.

Thanks for stopping by.


About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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