Bareback Puissance Returns to Great Meadow International

Chris Talley and Wyeth. Photo by Cindy Lawler.

The highly-anticipated Bareback Puissance is returning to the MARS Great Meadow International this summer. Don’t miss the exciting exhibition in the Fleming arena held after dressage on Friday, Aug. 23.

The premise is simple: riders ditch their saddles and jump a single fence that goes up and up and up. Whoever can jump the highest without knocking a rail will be named the winner.

Mane ‘n Tail Equine has generously stepped up to sponsor the jump-off, which is offering a $500 prize.

Chris Talley is a past winner, clearing 5’3″ with Wyeth in 2016, and he’s organizing this year’s event. Interested riders should email him to enter at [email protected].

The Bareback Puissance is one of many features of this festival competition. Saturday night the Beverly Polo Team, who are fresh off a win at the 2019 Piper Cup, will play a match after the conclusion of show jumping.

Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged to attend. Doggone good amenities include the “MARS EQUESTRIAN VIP” area for all the Very Important Pets as well as canine demonstrations, dog-friendly programming and educational events for the whole family.

Held Aug. 22-25, the traditional competition includes CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S classes. Today, Aug. 6, is the closing date.

General admission tickets are still available and can be purchased at this link. Spectators who bring donations, such as pet food and other needed shelter supplies, will receive free admission to the competition.

For those wanting access to the Patrons Marquee, hospitality packages include seating for Thursday morning dressage; a buffet lunch and hors d’oeuvre reception on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; and brunch on Sunday. Click here to view hospitality package options.

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