Capwell - United Kingdom, Order of the Crescent
Residence: London, England / Nationality:
Jousting in 1993
job - Museum Curator (Arms & Armour), Author, TV presenter.
'Je vive en espoir' (I live in
expert on medieval and Renaissance arms and armour, Toby Capwell
is the Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in
London, one of the world's great museum collections. He has written
a number of books on weapons, including The Noble Art of the
Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe 1520-1630 (2012),
Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour in the Wallace Collection
(2011) and The Real Fighting Stuff: Arms and Armour at Glasgow
often appears on television, most recently writing and presenting
'Metalworks: The Knight's Tale (BBC; Spring 2012) and appearing
in 'Going Medieval' with Mike Loades (History Channel, H2; February
Toby competes in tournaments
all over the world, and has been seen jousting in England, Scotland,
Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, Canada
and the USA.
He is a founding member
of The Order of the Crescent, and has served as its Senator since
its formation in 2005.
Hedgecock - USA , Order of the Crescent
Ramona, California USA / Nationality: American
Jousting in 2003
job - Armourer, President, Historic Enterprises, Inc.
'Honneur seurlement entre egaux' (Honour only among equals)
lifelong passion for all things medieval led Jeffrey Hedgecock
to a career as an armourer, and an avocation in jousting.
As a world renowned armourer of nearly 25 years experience,
Jeffrey has produced pieces for descriminating high-profile
clients around the globe and demonstrated his armouring techniques
in 2005 at the Royal Armouries Museum. Jeff and crew made
the armour for the cult classic "Army of Darkness",
and more recently Jeff has appeared on TV in programmes such
as "Modern Marvels', Mail Call' and 'The Worst Jobs
is a founding member of the international jousting team the
'Order of the Crescent' and his southern California team
the 'Knights of the Golden Sun'. Jeffrey has jousted in Canada,
England, France, Belgium, Scotland, New Zealand, Holland
and at home in California, and also teaches jousting and
medieval horsemanship to students all across north America.
trained and owns 3 of the jousting horses appearing at
the tournament this year, and his newest horse, the Andalusian
stallion "Morro", which he is currently training for
skill at arms and classical equitation, will be ridden by
marshal Steve Mallet.
Luc Petillot - France
Chalo Saint Mars - Nationality: French
Jousting in 1999
job - Lead mechanical engineer for chemical, oil and gas industries
honor est fides " (My honor is my faith)
Luc's passion for horses
and history spans the 14th to 19th century. He keeps 12 horses
at home in France, where he organizes jousting clinics and foot
combat tournaments as well as training horses and riders with
lance, saber, and carbines.
In 2002, Luc formed the
medieval reenactment group '' Excalibur '', which participates
in organized tournament shows and competitions every year, as
well as taking part in historical shows in the French Stadium
at Paris, TV and film work.
Luc frequently travels
to compete in jousting tournaments all over the world. He has
ridden in a number of main reenacment battles in the EU, and
has been proud to ride as part of the famous 17th century winged
Polish Hussars. This year, Luc looks forward to returning to
compete at the Tournament of the Phoenix.
Darth Rimmer - USA
Reseda, CA/ Nationality: American
Jousting in 2009
job - Designer, Sideshow Collectibles
angusta in augusta" (Through difficulties to great things)
Darth's love of historic
arms and armor started at age 16 when he received his first suit
of armor. Shortly there after he became an apprentice armorer
and began participating in historical battles. Over the years
his interest has taken him through many centuries and cultures,
and he has created impressions ranging from Samurai warrior to
In 2008 Darth attended
the 'Sword of Chivalry Tournament', and the jousting bug was
firmly planted. He joined the other hopefuls at Knight School,
worked hard and in 2010 his motto said it all when he proved
himself in the 2010 'Tournament of the Phoenix' against some
of the best jousters in the world. Darth begins his international
competition career in June, when he travels to Belgium to compete
at the Hackalands tournament.
Darth's day job keeps
him busy crafting props, toys, and statues in one of the most
prestigious collectibles company in the U.S., Sideshow Collectibles.
He and his wife Kerry also produce artwork and toys for their
company Lazysmash. He is a founding member of the "Knights
of the Golden Sun".
Dmitry Savchenko - Russia
Residence: Moscow Russia/ Nationality: Russian
Jousting in 2005
job - Historical events organizer
'Ich bin hier!' (I’m here!)
an organizer of historical events, Dmitry says
historical reenactment isn’t just a hobby, but a lifestyle.
Besides jousting, Dmitry portrays a 9th C. Rus
cavalryman, 17th century Moscow Reiter officer, and cavalry
soldier of the Red Army during the Second World War.
Since his first jousting tournament in 2005 he has participated
in all the major tournaments in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. He
believes he is one of the most experienced tournament fighters
in the former USSR, and his last tournament win was in Kiev, Ukraine
Although organizing and participating
in many events within Russia, Dmitry wanted to experience
tournaments outside of Russia. As one of the organizers of
the ‘Times and Epochs’event,
he opened the door which brought European jousting competitors
to Russia, and Russian jousting into the international
spotlight. The success of that event showed that Russian jousting
tournaments are on par with the rest of the world, and that competitors
from Russia are ready to participate internationally. A subsequent
visit to Alix van Zijl and Joram van Essen in Holland made
him anxious to participate in a tournament outside of Russia,
so he applied and was accepted as a competitor at the Tournament
of the Phoenix.
Dmitry says that he is aware of the many famous knights who have
competed in past events, and that participating this year will
be an invaluable experience and a great honor. He has wanted to
visit America for a long time, and is looking forward to October
with great anticipation.
Alix van Zijl - Netherlands
Residence: Holland / Nationality:
Jousting in 2010
job - Veterinarian
'Qui potest esse vis' (You can be who you want to be)
has been riding horses since a child and competed in dressage
before becoming interested in historical riding. She was introduced
to historical riding by Joram van Essen and Arne Koets, and began
training with them in 2003. In 2009 she took the big step of
ordering a custom made museum quality Milanese Armour.
a suit of armour of her own, Alix’s aptitude for the
tournament quickly became apparent. In 2010 she competed in her
first public joust with the most experienced historical jousting
group in the Netherlands, Foundation HEI. In 2012, she fought
in the melee at the Grand Tournament of Sankt Wendl, Germany.
In 2013, she became the only woman in Europe to joust with
solid lances with steel coronels, which she did at the White
Bear tournament in Nyborg, Denmark. She was also the first
female to joust at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, United Kingdom,
also in 2013. Though Alix is proud to have jousted in such
interesting places, she feels her biggest achievement is that
within Foundation HEI, she is just one of the guys.
accomplishments definitely extend outside of the tiltyard.
She is a veterinarian who owns her own practice employing
4 additional vets. Alix is also now a board member of Foundation
HEI. Alix has never been to the USA, and is looking forward to
jousting outside of Europe.