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.
Gothenburg went carriage crazy today as tens of thousands of spectators poured on to the streets and into the city’s Slottsskogen Park to witness a dramatic day of marathon driving at the 2017 Longines FEI European Championships. Read More
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The stage is set for a titanic weekend battle with driving’s biggest names nestled together on a tightly-packed leaderboard after day one of the Longines FEI European Championships 2017 in Gothenburg (SWE). Read More
From a blisteringly strong Dutch team, featuring the 2016 World Championship individual silver and bronze medallists and who are chasing a record fourth successive European team crown, to rising star Edouard Simonet (BEL), who finished just 13 points behind the sport’s four-time world champion... Read More
A loose Jack Russell chasing down her ponies on the world championship cross country course, then another close call later in that almost got her eliminated. But the 20-year-old Tara Wilkinson from Great Britain, showed that in the sport of Combined Driving, “It ain’t over, till it’s over”. At... Read More
The Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event (CDE), held once a year in Lexington, Kentucky has announced it will share hosting responsibilities. After this year, the event will rotate between Hermitage Farm and Hillcroft Farm. Read More
The show stopping Haflinger stallion Nakuri set the stage for the German Pony Team competiton by leading a field of 41 single ponies in the dressage at the Pony World Championship. Read More
The Team Chardon rigs sit in the stable yard as the packing begins. The three time driving pony world champions graze in their own private pasture, their last day to be turned out for a week. This time it is Edith Chardon managing the packing instead of her brother Bram. Read More
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