Taking the Reins presented by the Midwest Horse Fair® announces the addition of a jousting challenge to the summer event’s line up. The intense competition, Full Metal Jousting™ Armored All-Star Challenge, will be held on August 17 & 18 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. Widely acclaimed jouster, coach and trainer, Shane Adams, host of the Full Metal Jousting™ series on HISTORY®, will spearhead the tournament.
The 8-man challenge will be scored on a point system, which will determine the winner of the challenge. $20,000 in prizes will be awarded. Each round will consist of two dueling jousters taking a maximum of 8 passes along the 6 ft. high list. Points will be determined based on strikes with a maximum of 10 points per pass. In addition points will be earned in a separate round of a timed Gauntlet Race. The total score will be based on the number of points earned minus any deductions.
Many of the contenders will be making their first competitive appearance since the filming of the television series. Confirmed jousters include: Josh Avery, Mike Edward, James Fairclough, Matt Hiltman, Nathan Klassen, Joe McKinley and Rope Myers.
The first round of the competition will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 17 in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. A general admission Taking the Reins event ticket is required to view the preliminary round.
The rivalry will continue on Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 pm during the not-to-be-missed championship round. Prizes and guest appearances will add to Saturday evening’s extreme performance. A separate ticket is required for Full Metal Jousting™ Armored All-Star Challenge on Saturday, August 18. Reserved-seat tickets will be for sale for $10.00 and $15.00 beginning Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). The Coliseum will be cleared before the competition and spectators must have a ticket to re-enter.
Throughout the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the competitors and host, Shane Adams, to learn more about this up and coming extreme sport.
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