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The Tournament of the Phoenix™ is a two day, six event sports contest, the original 'extreme' sport. The only event of its kind in the US, it is one of the most prestigious events in the world. It is invitational, and only the
most highly skilled competitors are invited to compete for the coveted Phoenix prize.

Six knights will compete at the Tournament of the Phoenix 2013. Hailing from the US, Poland, New Zealand and the Netherlands, competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. An equestrian triathlon, the tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in six events over the two day competition. Events include foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.

The popular Festival of History complements the Tournament, providing a host of activities for all ages and interests. Costumed interpreters inhabit fully outfitted period camps spanning Rome to the Renaissance. With live music, demonstrations from blacksmithing and falconry to glass blowing and gladiator combat, this event provides fun, food and excitement for all that should not be missed!


  • Squire's Skill at Arms competition- Separate from the Knightly tournament, cheer the Squires on as they demonstrate their prowess from horseback with lance, swords, and spears. There are 9 events over 3 days for this competition.
  • Romans! Fresh from a summer of displays at the Getty Museum in Mailbu, the mighty forces of Legio VI and IX Hispana bring a double barreled 'blast from the past' and an expanded program to the Festival of History
  • Don't miss gladiators, ballista and the might of the Roman army!

NEW FOR 2013 -

  • Improved parking!
  • The ferocious Iron Age Celts of GAESETAE
  • Expanded bird of prey displays from Falcon's Court
  • The Escondido Mounted Posse
  • NEW FOOD- Nana's Heavenly Hot Dogs, Jerry's Mexican, and -responding topublic request- Hunter
  • Steakhouse has added smoked turkey legs to theirmenu!
  • Local Charities- We continue our commitment to donate space to local charities. This year we have partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Ramona and Poway, the Greyhounds of FairHaven in addition to returning clubs.
  • Local artisans- This year, we continue our commitment to assure most of our vendors are local artisans.
  • Ramona based woodworker Mike Bray and and potter Dave Lambert. Start your holiday shopping and support a local artist!

Background -

The "Tournament of the Phoenix" was named at the first WorldJoust Tournaments™ event in October 2007. When the Witch Creek fires devastated Southern California, most of San Diego - including the event organizers and an early arriving competitor- were evacuated and it seemed the event would have to be cancelled.

A decision was made to put the event on anyway, and the day of the event hundreds of area residents turned out to enjoy an entertaining day away from the cares and worries that had plagued so many. Surrounded by a sea of smiling faces, English competitor Dominic Sewell declared- 'We thought the fires would defeat us, but instead we have risen, Phoenix like, from the flames'. And so "The Tournament of the Phoenix" was named.

Since that first tournament in 2007, the event has grown, adding more competitions, displays and exhibitors every year. It has established itself as a unique and valuable opportunity for students and their families to
experience history.

Media -

WorldJoust Tournaments™ is pleased to welcome the media to the 7th Annual Tournament of the Phoenix - 2013. Please present your credentials at the gate for free admittance to the event, and to collect your Press Pass.

We encourage you call to make arrangements ahead of time, and we would be more than happy to accommodate your photography and/or interview needs and requirements.

The media are especially invited to the media Preview Day on Friday, October 18th. The site will be open from 11AM to 3PM, and featured activities are amounted Skill at Arms competition, and of course JOUSTING! Competitors will be amply available for interviews and photos.

Competitors begin arriving in the week prior to the event, and are available for interviews and commentary. Please contact our offices todetermine availability.


For additional media information, please contact -

Jeffrey Hedgecock or Gwen Nowrick at 760-789-2299 or media@worldjoust.com


Video & News stories about the Tournament:

WorldJoust Tournament of the Phoenix 2009 - ShowJumping Unplugged TV

Knights have their day at Jousting Tournament - San Diego Union Tribune, Oct 26, 2009
Sport of Jousting (companion video to above)

Video of the Foot Combat 2009-
Tobias Capwell vs Luke Binks
Dominic Sewell vs Graham Nixon
Jeffrey Hedgecock vs Graham Nixon

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