Lanton equine firm secures jousting deal

Members of Les Amis d'Onno in jousting gear at Traquair House ahead of Traquair Fayre this Saturday.
Members of Les Amis d'Onno in jousting gear at Traquair House ahead of Traquair Fayre this Saturday.
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A Borders family-run troupe of stunt riders has secured a deal with Historic Scotland to stage medieval jousting shows at Linlithgow Palace.

Les Amis d’Onno, which is based at Lanton Hill Farm just outside Jedburgh, was founded by the Martin family in France in 1999.

The Les Amis team specialises in providing highly skilled, professional performances to thrill and entertain audiences of all ages, including cabaret, equestrian theatre, main arena shows, county shows, jousting and filming, using its own horses and dogs.

Part of its set-up is Jousting Scotland, the country’s only professional jousting team, and its show, which has featured as part of the entertainment at Traquair Medieval Fayre in the past, sees knights test their horsemanship and battle skills in foot combat displays and tournament jousting.

And it is Jousting Scotland which has successfully tendered for the Historic Scotland contract to stage jousting events at Linlithgow Palace this summer and next.

There were only two tenders submitted, with the Borderers’ bid of £10,000 well below the other – a whopping £140,000.

Troupe member and administrator, Sue Zacharias, says the company is delighted to have won the contract.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the news and preparation for the shows is under way already,” she told The Southern this week.

“This summer’s show at Linlithgow Palace will be on July 4 and 5, and also next year.”

As well as Traquair events, local audiences will be familiar with Les Amis d’Onno from its western-themed performances at the Border Union Show.