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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q?

How long/heavy are the lances and what are they made of?

A:

Our lances are handmade of pine with an 8 foot body and a 3 foot scored tip. This makes them "semi-solid" lances. There is a metal collar holding the two pieces together, making it easy to change out the tips on the field. Our lances average 8-9 pounds each.

Q?

Is the armour hot?

A:

This is the most asked question at events! Yes, the armour is hot to wear.

Q?

What does the armour weight?

A:

A full suit of armour can weight more than 45 kilograms or 100 pounds.

Q?

How old are the horses?

A:

There is a wide age range, typically a horse won't be started in jousting until they are 5 years old. Mane are competitive into their early 20's. Their careers often are longer than their riders. When a STALC horse retires they live out their days on the farm, possibly telling the younger horses that things were a lot different in their day... 

For more information on our horses, check out the Meet our Horses page

Q?

What does the armour cost?

A:

Depends on the suit. A good used historically accurate suit will go for $8'000. A new custom suit of reasonable quality is $10'000 and up.

Q?

Where do you get your armour?

A:

From a reputable armourer! There are currently more armourers making a living making historical armour than there has been since the 1800s. But be prepared to wait. They often have a 2 year wait list!

STALC is lucky to have an armourer in training to do basic construction and repair.

Q?

How long does it take to learn to joust?

A:

An accomplished rider with a background in mounted Skill at Arms could pick up the basics in a weekend. The main hurdle being getting used to riding in a full suit of armour.

 

A person new to riding will likely take at least a couple years of weekly practice.