When jousts stopped being about incapacitating your opponent, ways were needed to determine who had won each bout. In 1466, Sir John Tiptoft wrote his
Ordinances, which set out how points were to be scored. The ideal outcome of a joust was to unhorse your foe, but points could also be won by shattering your lance into multiple fragments on your opponent, indicating that you had struck them.
Penalties could also be inflicted that would move you down the rankings. A spear that caught and broke on the foe’s saddle was bad, but the worst thing a jouster could do was deliberately strike the opposing horse as this led to instant disqualification from the match. Killing a horse could even lead to ejection from the whole tournament. When Nicholas Clifford killed his foe Jean Boucinel in
1381 by hitting him in the throat, however, he suffered no punishment at all – the judge considered it to have been an accident.
“Killing a horse could even lead to ejection from the whole tournament”
Heralds would proclaim your successes loudly if the money was right