The basic idea of jousting is that a rider gets his/her horse in a trot (a sloooow trot or a fast trot, depending on how good the rider is!) and tries to get a spear through a tiny little loop. There are three gates on the run, and they get three runs. A perfect score would be 9 loops. That's jousting in a nutshell!!
We only watched the youngest and most inexperienced riders, so we learned that next time we'll go later in the day for a more entertaining show. Caleb, however, loved every minute of it!
It was definitely a fun experience! Caleb was slightly disappointed that there weren't real knights, but the real horses satisfied him.