In an article for the New York Times Magazine, Dashka Slater asks the question: "Is jousting the next extreme sport?" The "violent sport" is attracting attention at jousting competitions around the world such as the Gulf Coast International Jousting Championships near Pensacola, Florida.
Many attendees hope to see blood and guts during the joust. "Oh, yeah, this is the real deal," replied the other, a Renaissance-fair regular named Renzy Hill. "There’s a real possibility of getting hurt."
"I want to see another guy get paralyzed," a boy in front of me squealed, waving a toy sword.
Other examples of equestrian prowess are on display at the championship including target spearing.