Meet The Jousters and Trainees

In recent years the equestrian sport of Jousting has enjoyed quite a revival.

Even though the Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry (STALC) is a jousting troop based in Calgary, that has competed internationally, they have turned up at some unexpected places: They do an educational program for schools in both the  public and separate school system. They have appeared at public events from pig roasts to weddings, parades, stage productions, movies, television and fundraisers. Now they are coming to Osoyoos , May long weekend to entertain at the annual Desert Park Medieval Faire.

We invite you to come cheer on your favourite knights! Bring your family,bring your friends for this unique experience.

Members of the team come from as far away as Quebec and Oregon. Let's meet some of them.

Radar Goddard

Founder, Senior Knight and President

Founder of the Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry, Radar is an EMT in Calgary and a long time fire fighter. Radar got the jousting bug in 1988 when she saw the sport at Littlecote in England. She also has earned a degree in archaeology. Her strongest contribution to jousting is as a team builder, troupe captain and horse supplier. In her spare time she collects rescue horses, most of which compete in games and the joust. Radar was knighted in 2003. From BC to Quebec, Botha to Waxahachie, she has broken lances and bones and not lost her competitive spirit!

Alison Mercer

Knight

Alison started historical equitation in 2003, studying the weaponry and tactics of Alexander the Great's cavalry as an undergraduate. She took up jousting in 2011, feeling it is one of the most 'extreme' forms of re-enactment. Her first international tournament was Lysts on the Lake in Texas, 2012, and she has ridden extensively in western Canada since then. In July 2014, she made her first trip to the Southern Hemisphere to ride at Tournament Australis and Abbey Medieval Festival in Australia.  She was knighted on the field at Brooks in August of 2014.

Marcus Hamel

Knight

Marc is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces from Québec, began jousting in 2006 and made his first international tournament in Belgium 2009. Since then he has been invited to joust in 6 other countries ( Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, England, USA). He has participated in over 20 international tournaments he has won 3 awards.

Dale Thwaites

Knight and VP

Dale's love for all things martial started at a young age and doesn't seem to have waned. As a youth he examined ancient military cultures (primarily Eastern), and when of age, he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has studied classic Sport Fencing, a variety of Eastern Martial Arts (earning himself a black belt) and now later in life; his focus has turned to the Western arts. As an Architectural Technologist by trade, Dale is technically and artistically inclined and has helped STALC repair and redesign some of their equipment. Dale's rookie year of jousting was in 2014.

Jean-Francois Drapeau

Knight

Originally from Stoneham, Quebec, Jean-Francois  (JF to his friends) has now settled in Alberta. A fearless jouster and competitor, he has adapted to living in the west, and is honing his horse skills every day. He is also a talented builder and is busy establishing a ranch with his partner.

Ian Darvill

Knight

Ian has been an integral part of  STALC for many years.  He has progressed from a games rider and all around helper to a squire then assistant chief squire. After many years on the ground, Ian is setting his sights on meeting his next opponent in the list.

Jason Carmody

Knight-in-Training

Jason is in training to move from the ground support and squiring to horseback and jousting. He is also a part of our sister group, Dragon's Own, a re-enactment group working in the art of medieval ground combat.

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