The New Riders of the Golden Age from War Horse Farm in Sarasota, Florida, have been jousting professionally since 1982 and have appeared at Renaissance Festivals, state and county fairs and other events all over the USA and Canada.
The use of Belgian, Percheron, Shire, and Clydesdale horses and full suits of period-designed 16th century tilting armor differentiates the New Riders of the Golden Age from groups and organizations presenting staged theatrical medieval jousts. The use of period equipment allows the New Riders to engage in an authentic full contact joust, and the great horses add an unmatchable sense of power and presence to the joust. Over forty years of developing equipment, refining technique, and performing live at large outdoor venues have polished a unique presentation and confirmed repeatedly that audiences do appreciate the real thing.
When the 10ft solid pine lances meet their target and splinter into pieces and a knight finds himself flying off the tail-end of a horse, that is when one truly finds out what it means to be a knight.
From leather and chain mail to full plate steel armor, riding lessons and reining shows, we continue to hone our skills in all aspects of our profession. Not only as performers but as horsemen as well.
Drinking and blowing combination horns handcrafted from natural horn. Visit our booth at any faire to choose your favorite and then toast the knights as they enter the field of honor.
Who We Are
Based in Sarasota Florida, War Horse Farm has been the training center for our knights and horses alike. Under the direction of Kelly Bailey, assisted by horse trainer Art Grunig, our riders are schooled in horsemanship following the discipline of western reining . Both riding and show rehearsals are held from 4 to 6 days a week. Training ourselves and our horses on this steady schedule is what keeps rider and horse alike at our peak preparation. This will allow us to perform consistently at the highest level.
War Horse Farm is also home to our armory and workshop, where we make and maintain our “hard-wear”. All swords, shields, horse armor, costumes and any other equipment we use are also kept and maintained right here.