Day of the Knight

In the heart of Pembrokeshire, where the whispers of history echo through the rolling hills and ancient castles, a modern-day knight is bringing the thundering excitement of medieval jousting back to life. Meet Chris Paling, the mastermind behind Knights Equestrian, dedicated to reviving the age-old art of tournament jousting in Wales.

Chris, originally from Birmingham, now based in Fishguard, is a seasoned jouster with over a decade of experience under his belt, and traces his journey back to a fateful day at Kenilworth Castle. “I often get asked how I got into it,” he says. “I love history and knights, and after watching tournament jousting at Kenilworth, I thought ‘I really would love to do that’ and the rest is history!”

But what exactly goes into a jousting event? Picture this: knights clad in real steel armour, mounted on powerful steeds, charging down the lists with lances held high, amid a flurry of colour and excitement. It’s a spectacle that transports you back in time to an era of chivalry and valour.

However, behind every thrilling performance lies hours of dedicated training. “Always training,” Chris emphasises. “Horses are my passion. I have two Friesian horses, and it requires consistent, clear and confident training for both horses and knights to joust.”

Having travelled all over the UK and France, Chris has witnessed the evolution of jousting events. “There’s been less going on,” he reflects. “But there’s a unique opportunity here in Pembrokeshire to establish a notable heritage event that highlights its medieval history.”

Drawing inspiration from historical tournaments such as the one held at Carew Castle in 1507, Chris envisions bringing back the grandeur of authentic jousting to Wales .”It was a truly magnificent spectacle,” he says. “One of the last major medieval-style jousting tournaments held in the country.”

Authenticity is key for Chris and his team – from meticulously crafted steel armour to real wooden lances and highly trained, well cared for horses.

 

But jousting isn’t the only trick up Chris’s sleeve. With the ability to portray various characters and eras, Knights Equestrian offers a diverse range of shows beyond medieval tournaments.

So, if you’re ready to experience the thrill of jousting or witness history come alive, you can contact Chris via the Knights Equestrian website.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for pembrokeshire.online, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says "Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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