Local Knight Wins

Kryal Castle’s Phillip Leitch, the two-time winner of the St Ives Medieval Faire has reclaimed his title from fellow Kryal Castle teammate, Cliff Marisma.  Riding Valiant his black Friesian Stallion, he took out the World Jousting Championship.  This is the 4th consecutive year that Valiant the black Friesian stallion has won at St Ives, last year with Cliff and the two years previous with Phil.

The World Jousting Championships sees Australia’s best jousters go head-to-head with their international counterparts. The Championship aims to replicate the same combat conditions that featured in 15th century Europe, with knights wearing historically accurate armour weighing around 40kg.  St Ives was held  on the weekend of 23-24th of September at the St Ives showground in NSW.  Phil jousts all over the world including Europe and America, where he appeared as a black team assistant coach on the History Channel’s ‘Full Metal Jousting’ TV series.  He won the Ohio International Jousting Tournament in 2015, an event that uses the infamous American solid lances, considered to be one of the most challenging styles of jousting against some of the toughest opponents.  Phil also won the Tournament de Main in St Suzanne in France making him the only jouster to have competed and won in the three main forms of jousting at an international level.

Phil lives at Kryal Castle and works full time as a knight and jousts and fights. He is one of a very small number of people who solely makes their living as a professional jouster.  Phil and Cliff will both be jousting daily at Kryal Castle during these September school holidays and every weekend.  As a bonus these school holidays Lady Caroline from Sweden a world class jouster will be jousting at Kryal Castle.

Kryal Castle is open daily during the school holidays from 10am – 4pm and every weekend, located just outside of Ballarat, Kryal Castle is a great day out for the whole family. www.kryalcastle.com.au