Ochusjob, Chiapas, Chariot 1982 photo by Antonio Turok


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Carousel Operation and Riding Rules

THE SIMPLE RULE OF OPERATION IS TO USE COMMON SENSE AND BE SAFE.
RIDERS ONLY ALLOWED IN AREA OF OPERATION, NO NON-RIDERS INSIDE EXCEPT OPERATOR.
ONE PERSON PER ANIMAL OR SWING SEAT, MUST BE SITTING DOWN FACING FORWARD.
BALANCE RIDER WEIGHT ACROSS RIDE WHEN LOADING.
RETURN ALL RINGS TO OPERATOR.
HAVE FUN.


RING CATCHING GAME ETIQUETTE
THE WAYS OF THE BRASS RING
The origins of this game date back to the very early days of the carousel when it was used as a cavalry training device in the Middle East over one thousand years ago. Soldiers sat on the flying seats of the carousel as it rotated counterclockwise so that their right arm, holding a sword or stick, could swing out at some sort of target such as a straw man or even a live human (captured enemy). Crusader knights learned about this training device and brought one back with them to their European castles where it was guarded as a great secret. Knights would train with this and become better warriors thus defeating their enemies.

When the carousel was first released frome the castle training arenas it became a fancy amusement ride in the pleasure gardens of the royalty. Instead of the riders holding swords they would merely grab for a ring from the dispenser close to the outer edge of the ride. A few hundred years later it was decreed that carousels could be built for the common people, the ring catching trick continued to be used. Added to it was the target receptacle where the riders that caught a ring would try to land it.

Some operators include a ring of a different color with the mix so if a rider catches this ring a free ride is rewarded. All the rings belong to the carousel ride. If a rider would like to take a ring home a ring must be purchased from the operator. Take a look at this Wikipedia article, maybe there is a brass ring carousel near you!

Simple Rules:

1.) Rings can't be grabbed until you've made one whole revolution on the ride.
2.) You can try to grab more than one ring at a pass.
3.) As you pass the target receptacle toss the rings into the holes.
4.) Keep score for yourself and see how good you can get.
5.) Rings cannot be removed from carousel ride area.
6.) Rider who catches the last ring in the dispenser gets a free ride.
7.) Look at this diagram of game when a carousel is not available.

If you're unable to ride a carousel with a ring catcher at the moment, fake it. Form a circle with your group and quickly skip around as if you're riding a carousel animal and grab for a ring or something similar, use a cardboard box for a target receptacle. As a fun craft project colorful components to this game can be made. Ring catching devises are available.

WATCH THESE YOUTUBE VIDEOS BELOW TO SEE HOW IT'S DONE

Ring Toss Game: https://youtu.be/WZ-MSoIdlgM

Flying Horses Carousel and the Ring Toss Game: https://youtu.be/JC0HMZg30y4

Girls Loading Ring Catcher: https://youtu.be/OY1onHboCKM?list=PLt2zGJkVJrG0buJGQuoDYaqYGyEqBhCpC

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