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Video of the Week: Bareback High Jump

November 1, 2013

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The puissance is a favorite spectator event at some hunter/jumper shows. In it, riders attempt to clear a high jump. If they have a knockdown or a refusal, they're out of the competition. After each round, the jump is raised until one rider remains. At top level competition, the fence heights can exceed 7 feet. The record, which was set in 1949, is a terror-inducing 8' 1".

As if the puissance weren't enough of a nail-biter already, some riders have found ways to stir up the competition. For example, Susan Oakes recently set a sidesaddle puissance record at 6' 7". But why ride sidesaddle when you can ride no-saddle? That's what Robert Whitaker thought, apparently, when he rode Waterstone II to a new bareback puissance record at 6' 9" at the 2011 Stockholm International Horse Show. Well done, Robert. We hope Waterstone does not have prominent withers.

 

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Kelsey    Orange City, CA

11/6/2013 4:26:54 PM

Amazing! I couldn't even do that WITH a saddle! lol

Samantha    Owensburg, IN

11/5/2013 8:07:51 AM

that is soooo COOL!!!!!

kygal    rural, KY

11/3/2013 11:35:22 AM

outstanding feat

Cindy and ~Luna~    Rockford, IL

11/3/2013 5:23:37 AM

This is an astounding feat! That is one exceptional rider.

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