August 4, 2018
We made custom costumes for Young Living’s jousters, horses and squires in this fantastic project. This is the DGY (David Gary Young) Jousting Team of Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah, and they are amazing.
The open, lattice-like costumes for the horses are called caparisons and their face shields are called chamfrons. We’ve created these with leather cut-work and inlay, embellished with decorative metal pieces, rivets and crystals.
We built the horse gear using chrome-tanned leathers backed with synthetic Rhino Cloth for extra weight, durability and resistance to wear and mildew. Each horse echoes its jouster’s colors and sometimes his or her coat of arms, as in the case of Jacob Young’s dragons in black and red.
The word caparison originates from the 1585–95 Middle French caparasson (now caparaçon) and the Old Spanish caparazón, akin to capa or cape.
We made jousters’ sleeveless surcotes from black bison hide. Each of these tunics laces up its sides and has specialty leather inlay as well as hardware and rivets in either gold or silver.
Our design/build team for this was a big one- our shop’s principle staff plus additional stitchers and craftspeople jobbing in. A great project and so fun to make such fantastic looks for DGY.
Great development by our team:
DGY’s armor in these photos is by Valentine Armouries in Las Vegas, NV.
Visit the Young Living farm events page for more info about jousting dates.
Our thanks to HeadnHome for the leather cavalier hats. These are beautifully made and you were wonderful to work with:)