“Charge, Sir Knight, Charge” Jousting is the oldest equestrian sport in the world and became Maryland’s Official State Sport in 1962. Jousting today has become a civilized game of keen horseman-ship, skill and sportsmanship with the development of “The Ring Tournaments”. Local jousts are held throughout the Caroline, Talbot, and Queen Anne areas. The object of Jousting is to run your horse at a gait greater than a walk down the 80 yard jousting path three times and spear up to 3 rings each time for a total of 9 rings in under 8 seconds (except Novice and Lead line which are not timed). Ring sizes range from 1¾” to 1” in diameter. In the event of ties, rings will drop ¼” in size until a winner is announced. The smallest ring to be caught is a ¼” which is equivalent to a life saver. There are 5 classes: Lead line – 1¾”, Novice – 1¾”, Amateur – 1½”, Semi-Pro – 1¼”, and Pro – 1”.