It’s a friendly rivalry to be sure, but that doesn’t mean the female and male teams in the $75,000 Battle Of The Sexes at the Winter Equestrian Festival weren’t giving it their all!
An annual light-hearted Saturday night class to kick off the season, riders are divided on to pink and blue teams of 10 riders each to compete head-to-head in match races, relay races and speed classes. This year, for the first time in the 10-year history of the class, the male team—captained by Charlie Jayne—captured the win.
Jayne’s team included David Blake, Andrew Bourns, Jordan Coyle, Alex Granato, William Hickey, Darragh Kenny, Luis Larrazabal, Spencer Smith, and Michael Tokaruk.
It came down to the second-to-last match race and it was Spencer Smith of Wellington, Florida, who secured the win for the men’s team by beating his team captain’s sister, Maggie Jayne. With a 4-point difference after Smith’s win, the riders didn’t need to ride the final match race.
“There have been a lot of years where it comes down to the last rider or the second to last rider, and Spencer really pulled it off for us today,” said Charlie Jayne. “Spencer went in, and he out-turned my sister at the end. Everybody in the match races did a fantastic job. Spencer really sealed the deal for us.”
Nicole Bellissimo led the women’s team of Heather Caristo-Williams, Amanda Derbyshire, Maggie Jayne, Caelinn Leahy, Abigail McArdle, Chelsea Sundius, Annabella Sanchez, Sydney Shulman, and Alexandra Welles.
Check out some of our favorite shots from the night!