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