Tournament of the Phoenix returns to Poway Oct. 26-28
By Emily Sorensen
Travel back in time to experience jousting, horseback riding and history come alive with the 2012 Tournament of the Phoenix, being held Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Poway Rodeo grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway.
Originally known as the WorldJoust Tournaments, the first was held in October of 2007, right after the Witch Creek fire that devastated Rancho Bernardo, Poway and Ramona.
“We thought the fires would defeat us, but instead we have risen, Phoenix like, from the flames,” said English competitor Dominic Sewell, and the tournament was renamed.
Six knights, hailing from the United States, England, France and Canada, will battle it out. An equestrian triathlon, the tournament will test the combatants’ prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in six events over the two-day competition. Events include foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting. This is a competitive sporting event, not a reenactment or theatrical joust.
The tournament also features a Skill-at-Arms tournament, in which eight West Coast competitors show off their skill at the lance, swords, spears and other weaponry as they accumulate points in nine events over three days.
Attendees can also enjoy the Festival of History, which accompanies the tournament, with the historical time frame spanning from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance. Watch authentically armored gladiators give two demonstrations a day, as well as enjoy glasswork exhibited on-site, pony rides and a petting zoo from Zoo4You, shop at local artisans who will be selling their wares, and explore the eight registered charities that will be spreading their messages, everything from Make-A-Wish, Uganda education, animal rescue, historic horses, birds of prey and more.
Friday is Preview Day, and runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., with the competition on Saturday and Sunday running 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets for Friday’s preview are $12 each. Saturday and Sunday are $22 adults, $19 seniors, children 5-12, active military with ID and students. A one-day family four-pack of tickets for Saturday or Sunday is $75.
For tickets and more information, visit www.tournamentofthephoenix.com.
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