Are you ready to see some photos of yesterday’s driving marathon at the World Equestrian Games? Of course you are!

The layout of both the course and the obstacles was a bit unusual this year, and it was difficult to find a particular obstacle that would photograph well. I ended up on the sidewalk above obstacle 2, which is where I took all these photos. I hope you enjoy the view!

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First off, here’s Germany’s Christoph Sandmann, who won the marathon phase.

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And then we have Australia’s Boyd Exell, the defending World Champion, who is now in first place overall, heading into today’s cones competition …

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… Fewer than three points behind Boyd heading into the cones phase is Chester Weber (USA), the winner of the dressage phase.

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Chester’s two U.S. teammates, as I’ve mentioned previously, are Lisa Stroud (shown in the first two of the four photos below) and Misdee Wrigley Miller (shown, in the second two photos, negotiating a tight corner).

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Many American drivers are also quite familiar with these two, as one has worked in the U.S. for a number of years and the other has served as both coach and chef d’equipe for various U.S. teams at international competitions. In the first photo below is Gavin Robson (Australia) and in the second is Koos de Ronde (the Netherlands).

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Along the sidewalks of two streets, the spectator area of the marathon course was separated from the outside world by a long line of fencing with cloth banners designed to keep the non-ticket-holding public from getting, or even looking, in … but that didn’t completely work as planned. The alternate title for this photo, of course, is “Eeek, the fence is watching us!”

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And, finally, I just love these two photos of the young Hungarian driver Jozsef Dobrovitz, Jr., and his horses …

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It’s about time for me to head out for the Top 10 in the cones competition, so I’ll have more on that later!

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