Rebecca Hart earns the Bronze Medal on El Corona Texel, owner Rowan O' Riley, at the 2018 WEG. Hart secured the medal as her first ever medal in the Para-Dressage sport since her beginnings in 1998. (Photo: Meghan Benge for the USPEA)
McLain Ward and Clinta picked up just a single time fault to help Team USA move into silver medal spot ahead of tomorrow’s team medal-decider in the Jumping Championship at the FEI WEG™ 2018 in Tryon, USA today. (Photo: FEI/Martin Dokoupil)
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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.
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When Life Gives You Lemons ...... The Fair Hill CDE for Labor Day Weekend was cancelled due to low entries. International Driving Judge Nicke Paulson's ticket was already booked so he said he'd come and do a clinic instead. Read More
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Join us Friday, January 15, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. for a Coaching Forum as part of the 2016 USEF Annual Meeting. As we work to enhance and grow equestrian sport, the Coaching Forum is intended to gather member input on the viability of developing a coaching pipeline for equestrian sport in the U.S.... Read More
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