How Parkes, bearing his lance, would have relished the opportunity to charge straight on toward the retrograde Cardinal so as to unhorse
In fact, he went on to unhorse
Graham as managing editor and survived for more than a decade.
The goal is not to unhorse
your opponent, just to hit him as hard and accurately as you can and conduct yourself with skill, bravery and grace.
All night you lay awake listening to your pubic hair grow, fantasizing on veiled damsels, hot to unhorse
Desiderata the Average, whose real name was Needlenose, just because he waved what he called his "enchanted lance" at the King's daughter: He arrives on horseback, accompanied by three Saracens--real angry guys with large black zeros on their backs, rusty chastity belts hanging from their saddles.
The knight unhorses
Calogrenant and then rides off leaving him defeated and ashamed.
When Arthur's retinue comes to the fountain, Owein unhorses
Cei twice, and in the second pass strikes Cei's forehead with the butt of his lance.