Germany


It’s a good thing that A.J. and I both took a lot of photos while we were in Germany, as it’s allowing me to keep throwing photos up here while I work frantically continuously on the October issue of the magazine (it’s due to the printer in a few days). I hope you’re continuing to enjoy Germany as much as I am!

What we were able to see of the Celle CIAT country drive on Sunday morning was lovely, but we didn’t really end up with very many photographs in the end … what with the on-and-off rain, some limited sightlines through the various shrubbery, too much shade under the French Garden’s avenue of trees, and people wandering in front of us as we tried to photograph the turnouts.

Here are just two photos from the French Garden portion of the drive:

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… And here’s one from behind the new city hall building:

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The final portion of the drive was back at the Landgestüt:

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First, each turnout entered the arena and drove once around the track:

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Then, in the center of the arena was the final “test of the drivers’ skill” for the morning’s drive. The drivers had to come to a complete stop next to a stand that consisted of two platforms (at two different heights) on a pole. On one of these platforms (at the appropriate height for each driver) was a glass of champagne. They had to take the glass, drink the champagne, drive (holding the glass, so one-handed) to the next stand, stop there, and set the empty glass on that platform. Here, you can see one of the four-in-hand drivers reaching for his glass of champagne:

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I’ll have more on this driver’s test in tomorrow’s post …

Next up in our recap of the Celle CIAT is the “country drive” phase, which wandered through a portion of Celle’s lovely French Garden. Before we get to a few of the turnouts, let’s take a look at the garden itself, which A.J. and I both took a few photos of …

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It all looks rather like a painting, wouldn’t you agree?

And, finally (well, for the presentation phase, at any rate): here are a few views of Krzysztof Szuster’s five-in-hand, put to a 1901 Break de Chasse (Hunting Break). The driver, his passengers, grooms, and horses all made the trip to Celle from Poland.

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Today, I offer three of A.J.’s “artsy” photos of a few of the four-in-hand teams that competed at the recent Celle CIAT:

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Henri Hage, representing Denmark, drove his four-in-hand to a new (2008) coach

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Sara Fraziska Schulz, representing Germany, drove an Omnibus, built c. 1900

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Matthias Pfeifer, representing Germany, drove a Wagonette, built c. 1900

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This Celle CIAT recap may take even longer than I’d planned. Both A.J. and I got a little carried away with photographing two of the beautiful tandems competing in the event.

But how can you blame us, really? Both drivers had gorgeous Spanish horses hitched to lovely American-made Going to Cover Carts. And there were even dogs!

Out of four competitors in the tandem division, the first one shown here (the one we took *so many* photos of) finished the competition in first place overall in the division, and the other (shown second here) won the presentation phase among the tandem drivers.

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First, we have Urbain van de Voorde, from Belgium, driving a Going to Cover Cart built c. 1900. We even had the good fortune to meet these two lovely dogs on Friday evening.

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except for an “extra” fifth hoof, this looks like a single, but it is actually a tandem

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you probably can’t read this axle cap, but it says, “Flandrau & Co., N.Y., Broome St.”

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Next up was Danielle van der Wiel, representing her native Great Britain and driving a Brewster Going to Cover Cart, built c. 1890.

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