WorldJoust Tournaments™ is building
a circuit of competitive historical jousting tournaments within north
America and around the world.
The Higgins Armory Museum has played a key role in developing European
martial arts presentations at WorldJoust Tournaments, by sending
their curator Dr. Jeffrey Forgeng to the Tournament of the Phoenix
for several years. Dr. Forgeng is an enthusiastic practitioner of
European martial arts and has published several translations of historical
fencing manuals, among them are a ground-breaking translation of
Royal Armouries manuscript I-33.
In cooperation with the Higgins Armory Museum, WorldJoust Tournaments
will release a DVD documentary of the Tournament of the Phoenix 2010
in early summer 2011. The DVD will be sold through the Higgins gift
shop and website, and via Historic
Enterprises, Inc., WJT's parent
Enterprises, Inc. is the parent company
of WorldJoust Tournaments, and is operated by owners Gwen Nowrick
and Jeffrey Hedgecock. A costume historian of 30 years
experience, Ms. Nowrick designes and produces Historic Enterprises'
clothing line. She also produces WJT's Tournament of the Phoenix.
Jeffrey Hedgecock is a historical reproduction armourer of 25 years
experience, has competed in jousting tournaments
in 7 countries since 2003, and is co-producer of the
of the Phoenix. Together, Ms. Nowrick and Mr. Hedgecock
operate WorldJoust Tournaments, teach jousting and in what little
spare time remains, maintain a stable of 4 jousting horses.
Much of the equipment used in WorldJoust
Tournaments, such as clothing, caparisons, lances, shields, saddles
and armour are crafted by Historic Enterprises, Inc.
WorldJoust Tournaments recognizes the importance
of encouraging and promoting new participants if a sport is to flourish.
Our monthly Knight School instructional sessions provide new competitors
strong foundation knowledge, while offering seasoned participants
opportunities to train with others or refresh their technical skills.
Knight School is regular monthly training
session devoted to the schooling of horse, rider and support staff
for participation in historical competitive jousting and skill at
arms activities, as practiced in the USA, UK, and Europe. The instructor,
Jeffrey Hedgecock of the US has over 15 years experience in Medieval
Horsemanship and Jousting.
We have been associated with the Royal
Armouries Museum Leeds since 2003, when WJT co-founder Jeffrey
Hedgecock was invited to compete in the Queen's Golden Jubilee Trophy Tournament
in August of that year. That relationship developed, and
in 2007 Royal Armouries staff agreed to award exclusive sanctioning outside the
UK to WorldJoust Tournaments.
Unfortunately due to British government budget cuts, our collaboriation
ended in March 2011 when the Royal Armouries was forced to discontinue
their interpretive and educational programs and with them their annual
jousting tournaments. We wish the Museum the best of luck for the
future and hope to carry on their jousting tradition into the future.
For more background on our collaboration with the Royal Armouries,
please click this link.