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.
Enjoy the large image gallery of enchanting photos. As a child, the petite Sylvia Zerbini had the job of turning out her father’s circus horses, mostly stallions on their farm in France learning their langaige with each other. Using that language she captivates crowds and enhances horsemanship... Read More
Prevailing through the highs and lows in the sport of Combined Driving is part of the game and Suzy Stafford puts it in perspective. The picturesque grounds of the Weber family's Live Oak Plantation provide a stunning backdrop for both the thrill of triumph and the bitter sting of disappointment... Read More
FEI technical delegate Richard Papens made his first visit to the show grounds in Minden where the Pony World Driving Champioships will take place August 16-20 this year. The preparations for this sizeable event are going completely according to plan. Read More
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) have reached a preliminary agreement that resolves the issues pertinent to enabling the restoration of the ADS as the USEF affiliate for the driving discipline. Read More
The final day of competition for the USEF Combined Driving National Championships came to a close at the Live Oak International as drivers navigated through their final cones test in the Grand Prix ring. The intensity in the ring was palpable as drivers raced the clock to complete the course Read More
From the poised and polished dressage that graced center stage on Thursday and Friday, drivers and their teams rolled into high gear as they took to the picturesque and expansive grounds at the Live Oak International for the marathon. Read More
Chester Weber, James Miller, Tracey Morgan and Katie Whaley drove into the lead with brilliant dressage tests in the four USEF Driving Championships being contested at the Live Oak International. They held the lead in FEI Four-In-Hand Horse, FEI Pair Horse, FEI Single Pony and FEI Pair Pony... Read More
Entering the 26th Year of hosting the Live Oak International, the Tournament now boasts being the largest Combined Driving and Show Jumping equine event of its kind in the country. Check back throughout the weekend for updates! Read More