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 Florida Whips, in cooperation with Santa Fe College, will again offer the “Baxter’s How to Teach your Horse to Drive” Course, on the weekend of February 6-7th, 2016. This popular course, first organized by the late Metta Baxter, will take place at the University of Florida IFAS Horse Teaching... Read More
"I couldn't be more pleased to see how this program has grown," said Misdee Wrigley Miller, whose generous support underwrites the majority of the USEF Developing Driver Program. "To watch how the progress made by each driver and horse during the training sessions translates into these kinds of... Read More
Hosts, Glenn the Geek, and Dr. Wendy Ying of the Driving Radio Show, will entertain fans of all ages with fun and interesting conversation about how horses are incorporated into the magical world of Disney. Discussion will include all the horse activities at Disney World, how they select and... Read More
Anyone in the Lexington, Kentucky vicinity, here is a fun afternoon for a great cause September 27. Top Venture Farms LLC announces their move to Kentucky with an open house and adopting a charity close to their hearts. Read More
Please come and join us for the Halloween Spooktacular HDT and CT! The dates are October 31 and November 1, 2015. The event will be held at Black Prong Equestrian Center in Bronson, Florida. The event is open to Training, Preliminary and Intermediate, Ponies, Horses and VSEs, Singles and Pairs. Read More
Teaching your horse to stand develops submission, communication, command recognition and obedience. This is he easiest way to establish a relationship with your horse in which you truly are the leader. Read More
Kentucky is the place to be in October for the sport of Combined Driving as well as other related driving activities, and now there is one more event added to the roster. Two time Pony Driving World Champion, Bram Chardon (NED) will be coming to The Gayla Driving Center, October 9, 10, and 11,... Read More

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