The Knights of the Rose are one of the few all women jousting troupes in America. They perform all over the country, and in this case performed at the medieval faire in Bowling Green, IN. Each jouster cares for their horse immensely and everyone has fun as they race at each other from opposite ends of the list.
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Sara Frank and Chaucer pick up speed in the list, the arena where jousting takes place. The Knights of the Rose are one of the few all women jousting troupes in the world.
Laure Post shares a second with Wrangler before mounting up. As the oldest female jouster still jousting, every year she reasseses whether her body is up for another round with the Roses.
Laurie Post post-jousting. After every tournement, Post is reminded why she keeps jousting by that post-joust thrill of adrenaline.
Post takes an introductory run around the List with Wrangler as the crowd applauds. As a troupe that has travelled cross country to major Medeival Faires, this small crowd from Bowling Green, IN is still treated with a good show from the players.
Captain Van Lier, the emcee and head squire of the group, hypes up the crowd. As the troup grows older, things start to become old hat and his introduction is well practiced.
Frank puts on her helmet as the squires check equipment. If the day had been cooler, 100 pounds of steel armor would have also been donned.
Frank and Chaucer ready themselves. The process of getting a horse to joust is a slow one, but the comfort of the horse is above all else.
A squire rushes out of the way as the horses take off. Like in medieval times, one must squire with the Roses before they can joust.
Contact is made as Post and Frank cross. As a light armor event, the goal is only to tap the lance against the opponent’s shield.
Chaucer and Frank share a silly moment. Jousters usually ride their own horse for events, so the two are well acquainted with each other.
Wrangler accepts some congradualatory pets. As a horse of the Knights of the Rose, he has experienced the adoration of many people.
Laurie Post holds onto Wrangler’s stirrup. In jousting, any harm to a horse is sacrosanct.
Somewhere in Bowling Green, IN, surrounded by cornfields and forest, two horses and their riders race at each other with a giant stick in one hand and a wooden shield in the other. There’s the pounding of hooves, a loud smack, and then the applause of the crowd. This is jousting with the Knights of the Rose on a ninety-degree September day.