Four talented jousters have been recognized by the Maryland Horse Industry Board for their outstanding individual performances at the 2012 National Jousting Finals held in Maryland last fall. Each jouster received the prestigious Touch of Class Award given to Maryland equestrians who have achieved national and international recognition for their dedication and success in their respective disciplines. All four riders ranging in age, division, and ability, swept all major categories of the competition, making it a proud moment for Maryland and its state sport. The four riders, Lily Fisher-Flaherty, 16, of Calvert County, her brother, Ian Flaherty, 10, Malcolm Macy, 42, of Harford County, and Corey Minnick, 31, of Washington County, were presented their awards by MHIB Chairman Jim Steele.
Lily Fisher-Flaherty is not a new face on the jousting circuit. She is a three-time Maryland state titleholder and continues to be competitive in state competitions. However, this was her first win at the national level where she competed in the Semi-Professional Class. Her brother Ian also competed at the national competition, handily winning the Novice division. Both ride at Tynewydd Riding Club in St. Leonards.
Malcolm Macy, originally from Portugal, is a distinctive individual on the jousting circuit, competing on his Andalusian mare, Rosalita. Macy rides in a traditional Portuguese bullfighters saddle, differing from most other competitors. This was Macy’s first national title, winning the Amateur division.
Corey Minnick is a seasoned jouster. His 2012 campaign led to his fourth national title in the Professional division of competition. Minnick comes from a family of jousters, many of whom compete throughout the state and were present when he was honored with his second Touch of Class Award.
All four jousters were presented their awards at the 92nd Petersville Farmer’s Club Joust at Petersville Farm in Brunswick.