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Today and tomorrow, we’re going back to the CIAT Cuts (held in Cuts, France, back in May). The second morning of the competition featured the “country drive” phase …

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To read more about the entire Cuts competition, see our (A.J.’s and my) article in the August issue of The Carriage Journal. And to see Jacinto Planas Ros (above) and his pair of Spanish horses negotiating one of the exciting driver’s tests during the cross-country drive, check back here tomorrow!

A.J. and I wrote an article about the Cuts CIAT (which, as you may recall, we visited in May) for the August issue of The Carriage Journal. To illustrate it, I went through the several hundred photos that we’d taken over the two days of competition … and selected about twenty “finalists.”

These few, for one reason or another, didn’t make the final cut and so won’t be in the pages of the magazine, but I wanted to go ahead and share them with you here. I do still plan to post more photos from Cuts; needless to say, those won’t be the same ones featured in the magazine. I’m hoping to do this next week, now that the August issue is FINISHED. I hope you enjoy these, and stay tuned for more … both here and in the magazine!

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With the chateau in the background, Dominique Posselle (France), driving a mixed pair to an original-condition dog-cart built in 1899, is heading out on Sunday morning’s cross-country drive …

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Antonio Gutierrez (Spain) brought a traditional Andalusian turnout to the Cuts event. The carriage is a roof-seat break, built by Brewster in 1870. Here, he’s driving up to the third and final judge’s stop in the presentation phase …

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John Brown (Great Britain), shown here on the cross-country-drive phase, drove a pair of Gelderlanders to a demi-mail phaeton built in 1844 …

 

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This was the first year at Cuts for the Percheron stallions of the local state stud farm at Haras …

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Hugo Livens (Belgium) and his pair of New Forest Ponies, put to a 1905 derby cart, are shown here on the cones course. This turnout won the cross-country and cones phases, and the overall award, in the pair-pony division …

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Through the efforts of three CAA members, in three different countries, we now have a stack of (copies of) amazing old photos, more than thirty in all. We believe they’re all from Germany, and they appear to date from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. I’m working on finding out (I hope) whose turnouts these actually were.

We’ll be reproducing a number of these in the May issue of The Carriage Journal, and I’ll be posting a few others here. But I thought I’d start with just a tidbit of one photo. See the off-side passenger, in the top hat? Check out his magnificent sideburns!

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For the final entry in our brief tour of special-order Studebaker carriages, we have this Queen Phaeton …

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In case you missed Friday’s post, go back and read it first …

Then, here’s a special-order Studebaker Spider Phaeton:

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