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Tilting at the rings sonderborg

Tilting-at-the-Rings (Ringridning) in Sonderborg

Tilting-at-the-Rings, or Ringridning as it is known in Danish, is a Danish tradition that is most alive in Southern Jutland. Sonderborg organises one of the best known and biggest tilting-at-the-rings event, making it a good place to experience it.

So what is it?


In ringridning horse riders gallop towards a suspended ring with an outstretched lance, on which they try to catch the ring. The winner of the event is the person who manages to catch the smallest ring: the rings typically go down to around 4-5mm in diameter, so it is not an easy task!

The event in Sonderborg is typically held on the second weekend of July, with the first tournament held on Friday and the second on Sunday (so you are still in time!), with music on the Saturday. We made it down to the prize-giving on Friday and I was impressed by the pomp and formality with which the event is carried out. Following the prize-giving the riders leave the ringridning grounds to the castle area, where the stables are located, in an organised form, with the riders interspersed with musician to help in the joyous feeling.

I had already seen this event 2 years ago when I visited Sonderborg for the first time (and had no idea that is would ever come to live here). I think it is a quintessential Sonderjysk tradition that is not to be missed, particularly the parade to/from the ringridning grounds, and the tournament itself. And while you are at it, don’t forget to grab a ringridning polse (sausage) for a snack!

Where to watch Tilting-At-The-Ring

Tilting-at-the-Ring (ringridning in Danish) tournaments and festivals are a longstanding tradition in Southern Jutland and during the summer every town has its own tournament. Festivities last throughout the weekends, when local riders compete during the day and party in the evening in the beer tents.

Here are the tournaments in our region:

  • June 29th to July 1st: Kegnæs – parade with tournament on Sunday
  • June 29th to July 1st: Broager – Bike tilting Friday, tournament on Saturday and Sunday
  • July 6th to 9th: Sønderborg Parade and tiliting at the ring friday and sunday.
  • July 13th to 16th: Gråsten – Parade and tournament Saturday and Sunday
  • July 14th: Frydendal – tournament Saturday
  • July 20th to 22nd: Guderup – Parade and tournament Sunday
  • July 21st: Kværs – Parade and tournament Saturday
  • July 27th to 29th: Skovby – Parade and tournament Sunday