Jousting, or tilting, is a competition between armoured knights on horseback who attempt to break a wooden lance on their opponent by hitting him with it while riding past him. Originating in the middle ages as a combat technique in warfare, it became a competition sport at tournaments with large sums of money available for the winners. For centuries the only remainders of this sport were ring jousting, or tent pegging, where riders attempt to pick up a ring or pull out a tent pag with a lance. Today full combat jousting is enjoying a revival. The International Jousting Association was formed in 1987, and the first tournament was held in 1999 in New Zealand, Today there are members in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, UK, and USA. Regular sanctioned tournaments are held in countries worldwide. Both men and women compete in the sport.

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