Meet the Horses 2017

We’ve introduced you to the apprentices and jousters taking part in our tournaments over the next fortnight, so let us introduce you to the real stars of the Knight’s Apprentice and the Easter Tournament. NB: A horse is measured in “hands” with each “hand” being equal to four inches. ALFIE Traditional Cob, 15 hands Don’t be fooled by the colouring, the humble black and white cob has been seen in many of the great battles throughout history. Alfie’s short, stockyRead more

Meet Team England: Andy Deane & Steve Hemphill

Our Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Meet Team England, represented this year by Andy Deane and Steve Hemphill. Andy “Old Iron-arm” Deane As a young man-at-arms, in 1985, Andy strode out in front of an audience for his first ‘Trial by Combat’. Nervous, and with sword and shield in hand, he fought hard and well. That was it – he was hooked. As a boy, Andy only ever wantedRead more

Meet the Apprentice: Valentin-Timur Catuneanu

In the latest of a series of blog posts profiling the contestants in this year’s The Knight’s Apprentice Show, we introduce Valentin-Timur Catuneanu, who hopes to claim the honour of appearing in our prestigious Easter tournament. Who will you be cheering on? Valentin-Timur Catuneanu Height: 6’’2’ Weight: 89kg Armour: Milanese export Hailing from Braila, a city on the banks of the River Danube in Romania’s East, Valentin holds a deep interest in recreating military history. Having moved to Transylvania to readRead more

Meet the Apprentice: Ben Green

In the first of a series of blog posts profiling the contestants in this year’s The Knight’s Apprentice Show, we introduce Ben “The Golden Son” Green, who hopes to claim the honour of appearing in our prestigious Easter tournament. Who will you be cheering on? Ben Green Height: 5″7 Weight: 12st 2lb Armour: Beauchamp Harness, Milanese Benedict’s training as a knight, like many boys from well-to-do medieval families, began at the age of four. His ambition to joust bloomed atRead more

Meet the Jouster: Andy Deane (‘Old Iron-arm’)

Age: 51 Height: 180cm (5’9) Weight: 82kg Jousting since: 1993 Personal best/highlight: Leading the Royal Armouries team to victory a record breaking three times in a row for the coveted Sword of Honour in Leeds. Motto: Fortis Labore (Strong work) Strength: Experience. By day: Visitor Experience Team Coach, Royal Armouries By knight: (biography/career information) As a young man-at-arms, in 1985, Andy strode out in front of an audience for his first ‘Trial by Combat’. Nervous, and with sword and shield in hand, heRead more

Meet the Jouster: Jan Gradon

Age: 35 Height: 194cm (6’3) Weight: 100kg Jousting since: 2007 Team: Poland Personal best/highlight: Sword of Honour team championship at Royal Armouries’ Easter Tournament 2015, Team Championship at the 24th Tournament of King John III in Gniew Castle (2015, Poland), Tournament of the Phoenix 2011 (USA) Champion, the second individual position at Arundel International Tournament 2013 and Skill at Arms competition champion at Arundel 2014. Motto: “Amor Vincit Omnia” (Love Conquers All) Strength: Composure By day: Office General Manager ByRead more