It's not an everyday skill to be able to drive four horses at great speed and with intricate precision, but then Germany’s Mareike Harm, who is competing in the 2017 FEI European Driving Championships in Gothenburg, is not your everyday athlete.
Equestrian disciplines are notoriously gender equal – it is after all one of only two Olympic sports in which men compete directly with women – but the sheer practicalities of controlling a team of four horses has often made driving a male-dominated affair.
“Yes it is rare. In these Championships I am the only woman, but I’m used to it,” she said laughing. “For the dressage section more women could definitely do it but for the marathon you need a little power and this is the reason why sometimes we are not as good in the marathon as the men, it is easier for them.”