Driving News on Horsesdaily.com

Combined driving is designed to test a driver's ability & the horse(s)' control, speed and athleticism, in three demanding phases with a carriage in tow: Driven Dressage, Marathon & Cones.

The sport, conceptualized by HRH Prince Phillip, is modeled after the mounted equestrian discipline of three-day eventing or, the human equivalent of a triathlon.

Competitors can drive a turnout of a single horse, a pair of horses, or a team of four horses. The driver/horse(s) combination will accumulate penalty points throughout each phase of competition & the competitor with the fewest overall penalty points will place first. Accuracy, speed and endurance are all a necessary part of this exhilarating sport!

Phase one - Driven Dressage
The driven dressage phase tests the driver & their horse(s) on harmony, impulsion, ease of movement and suppleness through a sequence of scored movements in an arena.

Phase two - The Marathon
Typically, the second phase is the fast-paced and demanding cross-country marathon. The marathon tests a horse’s fitness, stamina, and agility along with a driver’s accuracy and judgment as they navigate an intricate series of hazards which will include water, steep hills, and sharp turns - all within the fastest time possible.

Phase Three - Cones
The last phase, the cones course, times the competitor while they accurately negotiate an intricate, winding course of narrowly-set cones without knocking them with the carriage wheels.

While combined driving is a technical and demanding sport, it can be enjoyed by people of any age, and with any breed of horses or ponies.

The American team members are making their final preparations before reporting to training camp at Stal De Ronde, the home farm of world class four-in-hand driver Koos De Ronde and his wife, FEI Combined Driving judge Marie De Ronde, in Zwartewaal, Netherlands. Read More
US Equestrian has named the following combinations as the definite entries for the 2018 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles, August 28 - September 2, in Kronenberg, The Netherlands. Read More
There were many twists and turns in the marathon and cones course with the added challenge of the hot August weather, but in the end, it was Paul maye, all the way. Read More
Ashlyn Bell, a single mom had a riding accident that left her incapacitated for almost a year, with the majority of her ribs and vertebrae shattered. Here is how the Equestrian Aid Foundation helped. Read More
Nifty, her husband Bus and their daughter Jan travelled to Europe and not only navigated their first European marathon, but their first European adventure with their horse. Read More
International drivers, officials, media, enthusiasts and people representing all disciplines of horse sport have joined the ground swell of an effort began by a small group of individuals from Southern Pines. Read More
To help spectators as well as drivers learning the skills of four in hand driving, Bram Chardon has created a video to explain the intracacies of handling the reins - also known as lines of four horses. After this 2 part explanation watch Bram in action in his winning World Cup Round, and see how... Read More
The marathon course was spread out over the large property across the street from the stadium. Organizers had to put a stop to ticket sales as the crowd swelled to capacity to watch the drama unfold among the top four-in-hand drivers and teams in Europe. Read More
The Obstacle Driving Competition, where the drivers can choose their own course through the obstacles, was on the agenda for the four-in-hand drivers today. Depending on the degree of difficulty there is a fixed amount of points for successfully passing through the obstacles. Read More
The CHIO Aachen is the official equestrian show of the Federal Republic of Germany. This is where all of the Nations’ Cups in the five disciplines dressage, jumping, eventing, driving and vaulting are staged. Read More

GET THE LATEST NEWS DELIVERED TO YOUR MAILBOX