Calling all knights: Medieval Times Scottsdale hosts open casting call

A casting call to be trained as a Knight of the Realm will be held in Scottsdale Thursday, Feb. 21. (Submitted photo)

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament will host an open casting call on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River to cast individuals interested in training to be a Knight of the Realm.

These positions will involve knights competing in games, jousting and sword fighting, both on foot and horseback in an arena filled with more than 1,000 fans during each two-hour live tournament, according to a press release. Knight candidates will work closely with Medieval Times’ Head Horse Trainer and stable team to ensure exemplary care and training for the horses.

(Submitted photo)

These positions do not require prior horseback, weaponry, or combat skills, as all Medieval Times’ Knight candidates are enrolled in an extensive training program, the press release stated.

Applicants must be able to travel to Dallas for training during the months of March through June. Knight candidates will complete a three-month training program at Chapel Creek Ranch, a 230-acre ranch where Medieval Times’ purebred Andalusian horses are bred and born.

During their time at the ranch, knight candidates will learn a variety of skills including horse care, how to ride a horse, weapon training, performance/choreography, social responsibility, nutrition and physical conditioning.

“About 80 percent of our knights have never ridden before, and we’re using Andalusians and Friesians –– huge, powerful animals with a mind of their own. I teach the knight candidates to stay calm and relaxed, and the horses get their confidence from their rider,” Tim Baker, director of stunts, choreography and equestrian programs for Medieval Times, said in a prepared statement. “Anyone with some experience in organized sports or martial arts will learn faster. People who know how to listen, and who work as a team, are the ones we want.”

The casting call will be held at Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River located at 5201 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale.

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