While enjoying the St.Mary's County Fair, we watched part of the jousting competition and chatted with Mikayla and her horse Tyke. Jousting is the official state sport in Maryland. During a competition, the jouster aims a long lance at 3 separate tiny rings spaced along a straight line, while riding a horse at a fairly rapid pace. The rings have a little powder on them so they don't stick. The powder makes a visible puff when the jouster is successful in spearing the ring.
The only thing missing were the medieval costumes.
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Here are a few photos of Mikayla and her horse Tyke. I enlarged one of the photos so you could see Mikayla's expertise.
A competitor owned a blue eyed mare, that I couldn't resist photographing, even though the fence was in the way.
And by the way, Mikayla did very well. Congratulations Mikayla!