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Maryland State Sport:

Jouster in Maryland - click to see all cultural symbols
Child jousting at Maryland's Talbot County Fair - photo © Bill Thompson on Flickr (used by permission). See All State Cultural Symbols.

Jousting

Maryland designated jousting as the official sport in 1962. Jousting tournaments have been held in Maryland since early colonial times and became increasingly popular after the Civil War.

Retaining the pageantry and customs of medieval tournaments, modern competitors are called "knights" or "maids," and many dress in colorful costumes. Men, women and children compete equally with skill and horsemanship determining the class.

Jousting knight - click to see all cultural symbols
Jousting knight at Maryland renaissance festival - photo © Jeff Kubina / Flickr (use permitted with attribution / share alike).
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Jousting tournaments in Maryland are "ring tournaments" which involve charging a horse at full-gallop through an 80-yard course toward suspended rings. Using a long, fine-tipped lance, the rider has 8 seconds to complete the course and "spear" the rings, scoring points accordingly.

In a jousting ring tournament, rings are hung 6 feet 9 inches above the ground from three equally-spaced arches (rings range in diameter from one-quarter inch to nearly two inches depending upon the skill-level of the contestant). A family sport, jousting skills frequently are passed from one generation to the next.

Source:
Maryland Symbols - State Sport: Maryland at a Glance
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