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VIDEO REPORT: Tim's Travels: A Knight's Tale

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

On The Morning Show on Thursday, you may have seen Tim in full body armor. If you missed it, he was our knight in shining armor!

Today, he's taking us behind the scenes of the medieval sport of jousting in Tim's Travels!

Jousting has been around for centuries. First it was used as training for battle. It eventually evolved into a sport. A sport defined by violence, bravery, and honor.

“It's an adrenaline rush, there's nothing like that feeling of that horse riding underneath you,”

For many, jousting would be a terrifying experience.

“It is one of the most extreme sports in the world,”

But for Ripper Moore, this is his life.

“This is what I do, I'm a knight in shining armor for a living,”

Moore travels the country jousting at different events and venues.

“It's a rush like no other,” said Moore. “It's a lot of fun!”

“Some people grow up and wanted to be a firefighter, a pilot, or president, but I wanted to be a jouster,”

For Shane Adams, jousting is more than just a sport.

“For me chivalry is about a true bond between man and horse,” said Adams.

Adams was the host and executive producer of the TV show "Full Metal Jousting" which aired on the History channel this past spring.

“The show Full Metal Jousting was that dream realized and at the same time to build the sport we have to start from the ground up,”

“Oh this is heavy!”

And to get an idea of what these guys do day in and day out.
“Hey, watch the do'!”

Tim decided to try it out.

The armor is heavy, clunky and uncomfortable.

“Do I look cool at least?” asked Tim.

“Just imagine traveling full speed on horse back with all this gear,” said Shane

“Yeah, you guys are nuts,” replied Tim.

These guys are tough.

“Bumps, bruises, cuts, contusions, sprains, and minor breaks do not count as injuries,” said Moore.

And injuries will happen.

“I broke my shoulder in 5 places,”

But putting the experience into words is tougher.

“It's difficult to describe apart from it's awesome,”

If you want to check out these talented jousters, they will be performing at the Alliant Energy Center on Friday and Saturday August 17 and 18!

Midwest Horse Fair is hosting the “Taking the Reins” event. For more information, check out

http://www.takingthereins.net/show/full-metal-jousting-armored-all-star-challenge


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