My son, Alan, had decided that he would like to try out archery as a sport. There are no archery supply companies located in Ottawa so I sent out a few e-mails to archery clubs in the area to see if I could find where we might go to see what might be available. It’s been 40+ years since I was on my University’s archery team so not much knowledge of modern bows and materials that I can pass along. Saturday, we started out the search for equipment by traveling to the closest shop which was “That Hunting & Fishing Store” in Richmond, Ontario, not too far down the highway from our home in Kanata, Ontario.
While my son discussed types of bows, various draw weights, and the cost of arrows, I took a look at the archery range and wondered, for a moment only :-), whether I might still be able to hit one of those bulls-eyes like I did 40+ years earlier. Only in my dreams!
As in the previous year, there were plenty of different clothing styles and colours to see if you keep your eyes open.
The knights in shining armor are not just there as decorations and participate in some pretty heavy duty and dangerous jousting competitions over the course of the Osgoode event.
For the spectators, there is plenty to see again this year. Music is supplied by the Celtic Sea and dance displays are scheduled throughout the day. Unlike 2009, this year, all of the events are in one locations so walking from one event to the other is much easier.
While the knights in shining armor were preparing for the next jousting contest, I continued to wander around the fair grounds photographing the many scenes.
Back at the jousting grounds, the saddles were still empty but spectators and photographers were beginning to claim their peace of real estate in preparation for the action that was soon to come.
Soon it was time to just sit back and enjoy the action as announcements were made, maidens were honored, some preliminary competitions showing speed, horsemanship and dexterity were out of the way, and then it was on to some heavy duty jousting action.
The jousting poles (lances) were ready. What were we waiting for?
Ah yes, before they lose their heads, each knight must select a young maiden to cheer them on and, of course, it is important to protect that head before trying not to lose it!
LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!
When contact is made, the modern day lance is designed to break in a safer manner. Still makes a great sound when lance hits armor and the splinters and parts fly into the air. Maximum points are scored when the opponent is unseated from his horse. This particular day, both riders scored points for serious contact on their opponent’s chest plate but both riders managed to stay aloft.
It was a hot day, and both knights wasted no time getting out of thier armor at the end of th ematch.
Jousting matches were enjoyed by the spectators who soon turned their attention to the other sport – shopping.
Every good Kingdom and just as in the past year, the Kingdom of Osgoode is no different. Always surrounded by beautiful women. Boy, what a royally tough job 🙂
Lots of good times. Hopefully, my travel plans for 2011 will allow me to visit the Kingdom of Osgoode again.