Behind the Battle: An Inside Look at the 2018 BOTS

Jan 5, 2018 - 6:40 PM

There’s no better way to kick off the #WEF2018 season than with everyone’s favorite Saturday Night Lights competition! Even better, we’re starting off with the $75,000 Battle of the Sexes (BOTS) presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center! Teams of 10 men and 10 women will battle it out for the champion title.

For the past 9 years, the women have been victorious (2015 ended in a tie). Will the men finally come claim the win this year? We caught up with team captains, Nicole Bellissimo and Charlie Jayne to get the inside scoop on this year’s battle!

How are the teams picked every year for the class?

Nicole: Charlie and I pick each of the teams. We typically choose a few people from the previous year, and then add a couple of new riders. It has turned into a really fun and exciting class over the years, so we usually have a lot of riders who want to participate each year.


The girls have been very successful over the course of the past few years. What do you think has been the reason for all of the success?

Nicole: While I think there are a few factors that contribute to our success over the past few years, I think the major reason is that we keep our heads on our shoulders!  Typically, we are neck and neck with the boys going into the final round (the match race), and the boys always seem to make the most mistakes in that round, getting a bit too ambitious and arrogant.  One year during the match race, a member of the boys’ team thought he won the race and threw his hands up over the last jump, letting go of his reins and losing by fractions because he didn’t kick through the timers…


Will this be the year that the men finally take the lead?

Charlie: Odds are in our favor, we can’t lose every year!


  What is your favorite part about the BOTS?

Nicole: My favorite part of the competition is that it is never over until the last round!

Charlie: My favorite part is how engaged the crowd gets with the competition.



  What is it like riding against one another in this type of competition?

Nicole: We always joke that it is the most difficult night of the year in our relationship!  We are both very competitive people, and so it definitely gets a bit heated throughout the night.  But we have a tradition of going to Coldstone after the class, so even the loser gets something!

Charlie: Emotions are definitely high!



Who is more competitive out of the two of you?

Nicole: We are both highly competitive, but Charlie always seems to get quite a bit more heated towards the end of the night.

Charlie: Me.


Good luck to both teams and may the odds be in your favor!



To read the recap of last year’s Battle of the Sexes competition, click here.

Join us on January 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the $75,000 Battle of the Sexes Presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center.

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