During Koppie X-ing 2016, Mariska and Marie stopped by me with their horse cart en route to a neighbouring farm, as I waited along the course to photograph some passing runners. We chatted about everyday farm life, the weather, their horses (one was giving them problems and they were taking him back to the neighbouring farm) and the fact that there were a bunch of crazy people running across the farm they live on. "Why would they want to run from town to the farm?" they asked.
A group of runners passed, and I told Mariska and Marie that they could cross the river (I got stuck here quite badly during marking the section), but to be mindful of the runners as there were some more on the way.
I was perched on a suspension bridge as they led the horses down the embankment, as it was too steep to ride the cart down. From atop, having many years of experience with horses, I could see things going wrong very quickly. The problematic horse was head strong and before they knew what happened, the cart lurched forward; the horse taking his chance as both women were off the cart. Leaving them behind, the horses hurtled down the embankment and through the river at full speed!!!
I tried raising the back-up vehicle on the radio, and reached them just in time; minutes before the runaway horse cart came hurtling down the trail at them and some of the last runners.
In the end, no people or horses were hurt, and we all lived another day to share yet another trail story!