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State jousters earn Maryland Horse Industry Board's Touch of Class Awards

July 26, 2013

BRUNSWICK, Md. — The four reigning national jousting champions — all from Maryland — recently received the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s Touch of Class Award at the 92nd Petersville Farmers Club Joust at the Petersville Farmers Club grounds in Brunswick.

The four Marylanders — Corey Minnick of Washington County, Malcolm Macy of Harford County, and Lily Fisher-Flaherty and her younger brother, Ian Flaherty, of Calvert County — swept all four divisions at the 2012 national jousting finals, which were held last fall in Maryland.

Board Chairman Jim Steele presented the awards during the tournament.

Ring jousting, where competitors on horseback gallop 80 yards and attempt to spear a series of rings with a lance, is Maryland’s official state sport. It is an athletic and cultural tradition, with roots going back to when the cavaliers of England settled Maryland as one of the first U.S. colonies.

Minnick, 31, of Hagerstown won his fourth national title in the professional division and received his second Touch of Class award. Several members of Minnick’s family compete in jousting competitions around the state.

For more information, call Ross Peddicord at 410-841-5798 or send an email to ross.peddicord@maryland.gov.

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