Midieval Times

The Horses

The Horses
The Horses
Some of the most talented Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament cast members are our horses. We're proud the magnificent stallions are born performers. Nearly all of our more than 400 horses are raised at Medieval Times' Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas.
Opened in 1991, the 241-acre ranch in North Texas is home to Quarter Horses, Friesians and Menorcans, as well as the Pure Spanish Horses we breed. The Pure Spanish Horse was prized by medieval royalty for its astonishing strength, agility and even temperament.
Training begins early. As weanlings, Medieval Times horses are introduced to lead ropes and halters. Saddles come at age 2. Long reins and simple exercises such as lunging follow. At age 3, the horses move to their new homes -- one of our nine North American Castles -- where they learn advanced-level dressage from a master horse trainer. Then life as a pampered performer begins.
After a few years in the spotlight, the Medieval Times horses move back to the Chapel Creek Ranch. In the serene setting, we make sure our horses live out their lives in royal treatment.


The Weapons

Lance
Lance
Lance

In battle or competition, the best way to unhorse an adversary.


Along with the sword, a Knight's lance is his primary offensive weapon. Lances used purely for competition were made to splinter upon impact, reducing the chances of serious injury to opponents during the joust.
Espada
Espada
Espada

Light. Maneuverable. Everything a sword should be.


During battle, the Knights used the Espada on horseback or in combination with a shield or other weapon.
Mandoble
Mandoble
Mandoble

A heavy, two-handed sword tailor-made for epic swordfights.


Because of its heft, 11th century Knights used the Mandoble on foot, often to deal a final blow to an enemy.
Alabarada
Alabarada
Alabarada

Versatile, but no less deadly.


A cross between a battle-axe and a spear, the Alabarda was used to keep enemies at a distance. Should one miss his enemy on the forward stroke, the point on the back of the weapon can be used to stab with a rearward thrust.
Bola
Bola
Bola

Used on horseback or on foot, it's as fearsome as it looks.


By swinging the wooden handle, the spiked ball on the end of the chain dealt a devastating blow to an adversary.
Mace
Mace
Mace

Armor-crushing force at your finger tips.


The advantage of using a mace in battle comes from the sheer amount of striking force generated by the pointed weight atop its wooden shaft.


The Court

Don Carlos, The King
King Don Carlos
King Don Carlos
Long live the King! Our liege. Our lord. His majesty, the King, Don Carlos! He bears the scepter and wears the crown! His kingdom thrives while he sits on the throne and they know no harm will come to them. He desires peace, but will stop at nothing to keep his kingdom and family safe.
Herald of the North
Herald to the King of the North, Lord Ulrick, the Herald of the North does his master's bidding, delivering a gift to King Don Carlos. He may very well unite two kingdoms together forever with a proposal, or forever cause two kingdoms to be joined in battle.
Princess Catalina
Princess Catalina
Princess Catalina
There's none fairer than the fairest lady in all the realm - Princess Catalina. The King keeps his daughter close because he holds her most dear to his heart. The King would never let harm come to her, nor let her go, until she has chosen the hand of the man she loves. Not one chosen for her.
Royal Falconer
Royal Falconer
Royal Falconer
The Royal Falconer performs wonders with his mighty birds of prey. The tournament includes a live flight of the royal falcon, soaring over the heads of the King's guests - an ancient ceremony dating back to time forgotten.
Lord Chancellor
Lord Chancellor
Lord Chancellor
Introduces the Tournament of Knights, where the King's guests will behold incredible feats of skill and daring performed by the brave champions who hail from every corner of King Don Carlos' realm.
Master of Horse
Master of Horse
Master of Horse
The kingdom is home to a prized collection of magnificent Pure Spanish Horse stallions that are high-spirited, courageous and tempered for battle. Throughout the evening the Master of Horse and his team will present the King, Princess and their guests with several dazzling displays of superior horsemanship.


The Knights

Battle of Champions®
The Black & White Knight
Knight BW
Knight BW
Behold! Don Iofre Santa Creu - defender of the ancient shrine at Santiago de Compostela. Adorned in Black & White, he is mightiest in skill among an order of warrior priests whose arrival upon the field brings despair to the impure of heart. In prayer, humble. In service, loyal. In battle, invincible!
The Blue Knight
Knight Blue
Knight Blue
As a young squire, Don Alberto del Mau earned his place among the Knights of the Realm in a desperate battle. He struck the enemy and rallied the faithful. Renowned as a champion of the defenseless, his blood will not be cooled, nor his vengeance postponed, for those who bring war and unquiet to Valiente.
The Red & Yellow Knight
Knight RY
Knight RY
Lord del Font - champion to the Count of Perelada! Undefeated, unleashed and unafraid. The sword of this invincible soldier has raised him to fame. Defeat and regret have been the reward of the countless challengers who have offered their honor and their shields to the point of his lance.
The Yellow Knight
Knight Yellow
Knight Yellow
In defense of Navarre, Don Eduardo del Rey is the rock. Nay, he is the legend. He is well-versed in the arts of chivalry, yet in attack, he is the lion uncaged! Let the ring of steel herald his arrival and the smoke of battle linger in his wake, for a legend of the Realm walks among us.
The Red Knight
Knight Red
Knight Red
Truest son of mighty Castilla, Baron Ruiz de Roche has been called the "lion's heart" in many a battle. Set him at liberty, and he'll paralyze the enemy! With little pleasure will the ambitious look upon the banner of Castilla hanging in the list. The lion roars in victory and reigns supreme.
The Green Knight
Knight Green
Knight Green
A monument stands upon a hill in Leone honoring one man. It bears his name, carved in stone. No warrior of that mighty realm shall ever die deedless thanks to him.
The bravest of the brave. The Champion of Leone.


The Castle

Lyndhurst Castle
Lyndhurst Castle
The Lyndhurst Castle's elegant silhouette is unmistakable against the urban skyline. Since 1990, Medieval Times' New Jersey castle has been a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby New York City. But it's our dinner show that whisks guests even further away: to 11th century Spain. In the Lyndhurst Castle's grand ceremonial arena, weapons are brandished and an authentic medieval jousting tournament ensues. Our Knights' dazzling displays of skill and athleticism demand the same respect as any on-field heroics as nearby Giants Stadium.


The Lyndhurst Castle is only 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan in New York City.