Iron Horse Marathon Is Over

No accidents, only one turnover so it was a very successful day.  The overnight rain did make the going on the track a little thick and added a couple of inches to the water obstacles.  The cool, misty temps in the morning gave way to sunshine and humidity in the afternoon.  Horses and ponies were tired.  The officials added 2 minutes to Section E for the Advanced section. and extended the rest halt by five minutes for the advanced horse classes.

Barbara Chapman in the Bridge

Barbara Chapman was the only one in her class, Intermediate Pair Horse and it’s only the second time the horses have competed as a pair

Janelle Marshall in Obstacle Five

Janelle Marshall, representing Australia was second on the marathon. Jada Neubauer ws first, winning five of the seven obstacles.

Eugen Hug in Obstacle Five

Eugen Hug of Canada drove very well to score second in the marathon in the Advanced Four-in-Hand Class. Josh Rector won the marathon. Chester Weber had a groom down in the first obstacle which cost him 10 penalties and the marathon win.

There were a lot of spectators on the hilltop where they could easily see most of the obstacles without much effort.  Although there were a few who chased after their favorite competitor.

Casey Zubek retired between obstacle three and four. Apparently he didn’t walk the track between those obstacles to know that there was a tree in the middle of the track (plenty of room to go around either side) and when the team came upon it, the leaders missed it, but one wheeler hit it.

Everyone is looking forward to the competitor’s party tonight. Something interesting always happens at Iron Horse.

More photos and blog tomorrow.

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3 responses to “Iron Horse Marathon Is Over

  1. Thanks for the blog, casey did it again

  2. Enjoying the blog, next best thing to being there.

  3. I was a little diappointed about the blog and photos for today’s marathon. As I was unable to participate or specatate today, I was highly anxious to view photos of today’s events and horses —11 four-in-hands! The air-conditioned bathrooms? There had to be some spectacular photos to post. Watching with excitement on the hill allows for some pretty tense and amazing moments. Something always “does happen at Iron Horse”, but what was it? signed “baffled blogger!”

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