Palio of Siena Bareback Horse Race: Photos

Supporters look at jockey Jonathan Bartoletti and his horse, Bened of the Lupa during a blessing ceremony in a church, before the Palio race in Siena August 17. Every year on July 2 and August 16, almost without fail since the mid-1600s, 10 riders compete bareback around Siena's shell-shaped central square in a bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child. The race was postponed to August 17, 2015 due to rain. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Supporters look at jockey Jonathan Bartoletti and his horse, Bened of the Lupa during a blessing ceremony in a church, before the Palio race in Siena August 17. Every year on July 2 and August 16, almost without fail since the mid-1600s, 10 riders compete bareback around Siena's shell-shaped central square in a bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child. The race was postponed to August 17, 2015 due to rain. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Jockey Giovanni Atzeni of "Selva" (Forest) parish on the horse "Polonski", takes a curve on his way to win the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Jockey Giovanni Atzeni of "Selva" (Forest) parish on the horse "Polonski", takes a curve on his way to win the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Riders compete during the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
Riders compete during the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
The Oca (Goose) neighborhood horse Quadrivia and his jockey Enrico Bruschelli, center, receive the blessing prior to the start of the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
The Oca (Goose) neighborhood horse Quadrivia and his jockey Enrico Bruschelli, center, receive the blessing prior to the start of the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
A priest blesses jockey Jonathan Bartoletti and his horse named Bened of the Lupa (Wolf) parish during a blessing ceremony in a church, before the Palio race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
A priest blesses jockey Jonathan Bartoletti and his horse named Bened of the Lupa (Wolf) parish during a blessing ceremony in a church, before the Palio race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
People are seen in Del Campo square during the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
People are seen in Del Campo square during the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Jockeys from "Istrice" (Porcupine) parish, "Valdimontone" (Ram) parish, Chiocciola (Snail) parish and Tartuca (Tortoise) parish compete as jockey Giovanni Atzeni of "Selva" (Forest) parish rides on his way to win the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Jockeys from "Istrice" (Porcupine) parish, "Valdimontone" (Ram) parish, Chiocciola (Snail) parish and Tartuca (Tortoise) parish compete as jockey Giovanni Atzeni of "Selva" (Forest) parish rides on his way to win the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Jockey Enrico Bruschelli of "Oca" (Duck) parish crashes during the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Jockey Enrico Bruschelli of "Oca" (Duck) parish crashes during the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
A rider falls during the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
A rider falls during the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
Riders compete during the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
Riders compete during the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
The Selva (Wood) neighborhood jockey Giovanni Atzeni, nicknamed Tittia, left, riding Polonki, competes on his way to win the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
The Selva (Wood) neighborhood jockey Giovanni Atzeni, nicknamed Tittia, left, riding Polonki, competes on his way to win the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
The Selva (Wood) neighborhood jockey Giovanni Atzeni, nicknamed Tittia, riding Polonki, celebrates after winning the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
The Selva (Wood) neighborhood jockey Giovanni Atzeni, nicknamed Tittia, riding Polonki, celebrates after winning the ancient Palio of Siena, the famous break-neck bareback horse race run, in Siena, Italy, August 17. AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni
Jockey Giovanni Atzeni of "Selva" (Forest) parish celebrates with his supporters after he won the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi
Jockey Giovanni Atzeni of "Selva" (Forest) parish celebrates with his supporters after he won the Palio di Siena horse race in Siena August 17. REUTERS/Fabio Muzzi