Patrick Billes Wins the Bareback Puissance at Aspen Farms, Shirtless

Patrick Billes and the eventing stallion Rabenschwarz cleared 4'9 Patrick Billes and the eventing stallion Rabenschwarz cleared 4'9" for the win! Photo by Equestrian Culture Magazine.

On Saturday, September 6th, Aspen Farms Horse Trials hosted the first Bareback Puissance for eventers in Area VII as part of the evening entertainment. Eleven pairs entered the competition sans saddles to jump the orange Natural Migrations vertical starting at 3’3″ and moving up in height each round. As per the twisted rules laid out by organizer Laramie Maxwell, riders who had a rail or refusal got an optional second attempt if they took their shirts off.

In the end, four pairs attempted 4’9″ but only Patrick Billes and the Intermediate-level eventer Rabenschwarz successfully cleared for the win. For their efforts they took home $700 and the admiration of the enthusiastic crowd.

An impressive number of spectators turned out for the evening spectacle, and it didn’t disappoint. The horses ranged from pony-crosses to Quarter Horses to Warmbloods to Thoroughbreds and the eventers demonstrated grit, stickability, and a sense of humor.

Last minute entries Snap and Annabelle were crowd favorites, clearing 4'6"

Last-minute entrants Copper Field and Annabelle Geiser were crowd favorites as they bucked their way up to the approach, eventually clearing 4’6″. Photo by Chesna Klimek.

Participants in the Bareback Puissance included:

  • Anna Collier on The Green Machine
  • Annabelle Geiser on Copper Field
  • Emily Pestl-Dimmit on Denver’s Shadow
  • Hailey Patno on Renegade Storm
  • Kelsy Smith on Huxley Heights
  • Laramie Maxwell on Hunterville
  • Lucy Pulfer on Kenai
  • Lauren Plog on DaVinci
  • Patrick Billes on Girlfriend BF
  • Patrick Billes on Rabenschwarz
  • Rachael Dart on CL Just Time

Stay crazy, Area VII.

 

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