Each of the bigger boys chooses a small one and gives, him a "pick a back." These mounted knights divide into two companies who challenge one another to combat, either in separate duels or in a general melee. The "knights" try to pull each other to the ground, and the "horses" may assist by putting their weight into the pull or by charging their opponents. When a rider's' foot touches the ground he may not take any further part in the game. The tournament is finished when all the riders of one company have been unhorsed.

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