June 21, 2014 – The CAI 2* is a three-day event combining dressage, marathon (cross-country), and obstacles, and is a qualifier for North Americans for the World Championships. Events such as these keep the traditions and disciplines of the horse-and-carriage alive.
Day 2 consists of the Marathon, a timed cross-country event that includes obstacles and hazards, all designed to test the drivers and their horses. I positioned myself at the water hazard and was instantly transported to the Old West, before anything like settlements or roads or bridges existed. Surrounded by the calls of wild animals, horse and buggy had to negotiate all manner of rough terrain and raging rivers. (OK, a small brook, but still fun to watch.)
As the driver guides the horses through the obstacles, the person perched on the back of the carriage must lean into the turns to prevent the whole kit and caboodle from tipping. This person is also the one to best enjoy the refreshing soaking!
But on a hot summer day, the horses seemed to welcome the cool relief…
…and some just leapt for joy at the sight of water.
Like little children, with complete disregard for their parents, some just dove right in. Wheee!
tvkapherr, Bromont, Quebec, Canada