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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. Ring diameters range from one and three quarters inches for novices to one inch for professional jousters.

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

Spring Meeting
& Awards Presentation

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Board of Directors Meeting at 10:30 a.m.
General Meeting at 12:30 p.m.

St. Margaret's Church
1601 Pleasant Plains Road
Annapolis, Maryland

2014 Maryland Jousting Schedule

DATE/TIME JOUST
Sun. April 6, 2014
10:00 am
Graham Equestrian Center Jousting 101 Clinic
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Sat. May 3, 2014
10:00 am
Double Header Joust
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Sat. June 7, 2014
11:00 am
Founder's Day Joust
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Sat. June 7, 2014
10:00 am - Clinic
12 Noon - Joust
Middletown Valley Hunt Club Clinic & Joust
Middletown, MD 21769
Sat. June 21, 2014
11:00 am
Hall of Fame Tournament
Mount Salon, VA 22843
Sat. June 28, 2014
10:00 am - Clinic
12 Noon - Joust
Double Rock Ranch Clinic & Joust
Rocky Ridge, MD 21778
Sat. July 12, 2014
11:00 am
St. Margaret's Church Joust
Annapolis, MD 21409
Sun. July 20, 2014
12 Noon
93rd Petersville Farmer's Club Joust
Brunswick, MD 21758
Sat. July 26, 2014
12 Noon
St. Mary's Catholic Church 138th Festival & Joust
Barnesville, MD 20838
Fri. August 15, 2014
5:00 pm
Queen Anne's County Fair Joust
Centreville, MD 21617
Sun. August 17, 2014
12 Noon
Fairplay Day's Joust
Jefferson, MD 21755
Sat. August 30, 2014
12 Noon
148th Calvert Co. Joust & Dinner
Port Republic, MD 20676
Sat. September 6, 2014
11:00 am
Independence Farm Joust
Port Deposit, MD 21904
Sat. September 13, 2014
12 Noon
WMJC Championship Joust
Jefferson, MD 21755
Wed. September 17, 2014
2:00 pm
Frederick Fair Exhibition
Frederick, MD 21701
Sat. September 20, 2014
12 Noon
St. Mary's County Fair Joust
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Sat. September 20, 2014
11:00 am
AJC Championship Joust
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Sat. October 4, 2014
10:00 am
Maryland State Championship Joust
Crownsville, MD 21032
Sat. October 11, 2014
10:00 am
National Jousting Championship
Brunswick, MD 21758

View the Complete 2014 Maryland Jousting Schedule Here
Download 2014 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.