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Rave Reviews For Full Metal Jousting’s Debut and Fairclough’s Courageous Participation
Written by: Kendall Bierer Client:Jimmy Fairclough Release Date:2012-02-15
Wellington, FL – February 15, 2012 – The Wellington Premiere of HISTORY’s Full Metal Jousting was nothing but a success. A variety of people gathered at Graffito’s located in Wellington, FL, for the event, watching every blow up close on the 64 inch big screen television on Sunday, February 12, 2012. James H. Fairclough II joined the show as a member of the cast for its inaugural season, and he received rave reviews from attendees.
Owner of Graffito’s, Mike Polaski, extended an invitation to Fairclough and several friends to have an exclusive dinner prior to the start of the show’s debut. “I think that the sport of jousting is really interesting,” Polaski stated. “This show was definitely what it had promised to be, and I am proud to have held the premiere at the new Graffito’s. We just recently opened, but it is the perfect place to celebrate and hold events such as this.”
Media Personality Steve Williams coordinated the event, and admitted that he was very pleased with the turnout. "Watching James stretch his horsemanship skills is a blast. When an equestrian has a chance to share what we do with the world its an opportunity for us all. We need to celebrate these experiences."
Renowned jouster Shane Adams is the host of the 10-part series. The show features full-contact jousts with competitors going head-to-head on horseback in brutal tests of power, stamina and bravery in none other than Jackson, Mississippi. High-speed cameras capture every un-choreographed arduous blow as jousters charge and collide at 30 miles per hour. The last man standing takes home a $100,000 cash prize.
The lights dimmed as the show began at 10 sharp, the anticipation lingered in the air as the first episode of the long-awaited show commenced. Fairclough stood facing the screen, reliving every moment of the episode as rigorous training got underway, teams were chosen, battles began and living situations were decided.
After the episode reached its conclusion, Fairclough answered a few questions conducted by Williams as well as the audience. “We had to do a lot of running, and for the first few weeks it was more about contact and how to absorb the blows,” Fairclough explained. “The training was definitely taxing, but it was interesting. We had to do two hours of training in the morning and the afternoon, and a large portion of the training involved ‘no stirrups’ work.”
Codi Lambert, a friend of Fairclough’s, conceptualized the casting of Fairclough immediately after seeing an advertisement on the Chronicle of the Horse Web site. “I have to say that it was Codi who really did most of the work when it came to getting me on the show,” he laughed. “She is the reason why I am on the show, and you would have to thank her for that.”
“I think the show is exactly what I thought it would be. I more pumped up to see Jimmy actually joust, but it was definitely a hard-core jousting competition, just like we were promised,” Lambert concluded. “I am definitely going to tune in for next week’s episode, it’s a great show and it is James’ style.”