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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 the season, the Annual State Championship Tournament and an Annual Awards Banquet.

2016 MJTA Fall Meeting
Saturday, November 5, 2016

10 AM - Board of Directors meeting,
12 Noon - General meeting.

4458 Louisville Road
Finksburg, MD 21048

2016 Maryland Jousting Schedule

DATE/TIME JOUST
Sat. May 7, 2016
10:00 am
Double Header Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sat. June 4, 2016
Clinic 10 AM, Joust Noon
Double Rock Ranch Clinic & Joust
Rocky Ridge, MD 21778
Sat. June 11, 2016
11:00 am
Founder's Day Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sat. June 18, 2016
Clinic 8 AM
Thurmont Riding Club Clinic
Thurmont, MD 21788
Sat. June 18, 2016
11:00 am
Hall of Fame Tournament
Mount Salon, VA 22843
Sat. June 25, 2016
11:00 am
George Kreutzer Memorial Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sun. July 17, 2016
12 Noon
95th Petersville Farmers Club Joust
Brunswick, MD 21758
Sat. July 30, 2016
1:00 pm
St. Mary's Catholic Church 140th Festival & Joust
Barnesville, MD 20838
Fri. August 12, 2016
5:00 pm
Queen Anne's County Fair Joust
Centreville, MD 21617
Sun. August 21, 2016
12 Noon
Fairplay Days Joust
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Sat. August 27, 2016
12 Noon
150th Calvert Co. Joust & Dinner
Port Republic, MD 20676
Sat. September 17, 2016
11:00 am
Independence Farm Joust
Port Deposit, MD 21904
Sat. September 17, 2016
12 Noon
WMJC Championship Joust
Jefferson, MD 21755
Tue. September 20, 2016
11:00 am
Frederick Fair Exhibition
Frederick, MD 21701
Sat. September 24, 2016
1:00 pm
St. Mary's County Fair Joust
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Sat. September 24, 2016
11:00 am
AJC Championship Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sun. October 9, 2016
10:00 am
Rain date Oct. 15th
National Jousting Championship
Brunswick, MD 21758
Sat. October 15, 2016
11:00 am
Maryland State Championship Joust
Brunswick, MD 21758

View the complete 2016 Maryland Jousting Schedule here.
Download the 2016 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.