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Explore our site and learn about the sport of ring jousting and its rich tradition in Maryland. Please join us at a tournament to learn more!!!

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The Sport of Ring Jousting ....

A traditional ring joust -- a test of skill and horsemanship where riders pass through a series of arches, attempting to spear three dangling rings and present them to the judges. There are three regulation rides for three rings, allowing a knight or maid to capture nine rings for a perfect score. Starting ring diameters range from one and three quarter inches for novices to one inch for professional jousters. Tie-off rides can be conducted with rings as small as one quarter inch in diameter.

MJTA hosts many jousting tournaments throughout season, the Annual State Championship Tournament and an Annual Awards Banquet. 

Updated 2015 MJTA Riding Rules Now Available

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 the MJTA membership approved the
recommended updates to the riding rules as presented by the 2015
MJTA Riding Rules Committee. The current rules can be viewed,
saved, and printed HERE.

A limited number of 2015 MJTA Riding Rules Booklets have been
printed and will be available to riders at MJTA Jousting Tournaments.

2015 Maryland Jousting Schedule

DATE/TIME JOUST
Sat. May 2, 2015
10:00 am
Double Header Joust
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Sat. June 6, 2015
Postponed
Founder's Day Joust
Track too wet!
Sat. June 13, 2015
Postponed
Double Rock Ranch Clinic & Joust
Rocky Ridge, MD 21778
Sat. June 20, 2015
11:00 am
Hall of Fame Tournament
Mount Salon, VA 22843
Sat. June 20, 2015
10:00 am
Founder's Day Joust
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Sat. June 20, 2015
11:00 am
George Kreutzer Memorial Joust
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Sun. July 19, 2015
12 Noon
94th Petersville Farmer's Club Joust
Brunswick, MD 21758
Sat. July 25, 2015
12 Noon
St. Mary's Catholic Church 139th Festival & Joust
Barnesville, MD 20838
Fri. August 14, 2015
5:00 pm
Queen Anne's County Fair Joust
Centreville, MD 21617
Sun. August 16, 2015
12 Noon
Fairplay Day's Joust
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Sat. August 29, 2015
12 Noon
149th Calvert Co. Joust & Dinner
Port Republic, MD 20676
Sat. September 12, 2015
11:00 am
Independence Farm Joust
Port Deposit, MD 21904
Sat. September 12, 2015
12 Noon
WMJC Championship Joust
Jefferson, MD 21755
Tue. September 22, 2015
11:30 am
Frederick Fair Exhibition
Frederick, MD 21701
Sat. September 26, 2015
1:00 pm
St. Mary's County Fair Joust
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Sat. September 26, 2015
11:00 am
AJC Championship Joust
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Sat. October 3, 2015
10:00 am
Maryland State Championship Joust
Crownsville, MD 21032
Sat. October 10, 2015
10:00 am
National Jousting Championship
Brunswick, MD 21758

View the Complete 2015 Maryland Jousting Schedule Here
Download 2015 Printable Maryland Jousting Schedule (PDF) Here

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"Maryland's Official State Sport"

Jousting is a sport synonymous with Maryland history. It has survived in Maryland since the founding of the original colony.

The people of Maryland enjoy this sport because of its colorful, friendly, traditional aspects. Men, women and children participate often in the same classes, and always under the same set of standard rules. A Maryland Jousting Tournament is unique in its own right, and depicts the motto of the Great Seal of Maryland. It is indeed a sport of “Manly Deeds and Womanly Words”.

During the special February session of the Maryland legislature in 1962, the Honorable Henry J. Fowler Sr., Delegate from St. Mary's County, introduced a bill into the Maryland House of Delegates giving recognition to the sport of jousting as the Official State Sport of Maryland. This bill passed both chambers of the Legislature by an overwhelming vote and was signed into law by Governor J. Millard Tawes. Thus, as of June 1, 1962, Maryland became the first state in the United States to adopt an official state sport. We are proud of the honor and of the opportunity to present for the fine people of Maryland, as well as the tourists and visitors from other states, what we proudly hail as the Official State Sport of Maryland.

Maryland Jousting Tournament Association

The Maryland Jousting Tournament Association (MJTA) was established in 1950.

The purpose of the organization

A. To govern a standard set of jousting tournament rules which are agreeable to the riders and which will be enforced at every tournament.

B. To act as mediator between sponsors in arranging suitable tournament dates that are not in conflict.

C. To notify each member in advance as to the time and place of each tournament.

D. To promote a better understanding between rider, sponsors and spectators.

E. To encourage good sportsmanship and good horsemanship among the members.

F. To encourage a friendlier relationship and mutual understanding among the members.

G. To make every effort to keep alive the quaint, colorful, ancient traditions of the Age of Chivalry which are associated with the sport, and to do as much as possible to make it unique in its own right.