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 world’s number one horse four-in-hand driver, Boyd Exell from Australia, showed yet again why he has held this title consistently over the last decade taking his ninth CAIO4* Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix victory. Read More
Check out the athletes who have thrown their helmet into the arena to represent their sport at the highest level. Read More
Before THE Wedding, is the 75th annoversary of The Royal Windsor Horse Show begins this week. Read More
This program will encourage driven dressage and education striving towards better dressage, as well as increased ADS membership and more events offering dressage to be ADS recognized. Read More
Beginning in July this year, ONLY a registered PET Permitted Equine Therapistswith an FEI ID card may administerrestricted supportive therapiesto FEI horses/ponies at FEI events. PETs must be registered for each specific type of therapy they are administering. Read More
Following the conclusion of the Dressage phase of FEI CAI 2* competition as part of the venue’s inaugural Driving event, Misdee Wrigley-Miller (USA) holds the lead heading into tomorrow’s Marathon on a score of 39.99. Read More
Hamilton (Alva, Fla.) and Makari Design had a lovely test to impress the judges with well-executed movements and a nice flow. Their steady performances this year have set them up for success at the Carolina Horse Park. Read More
Follow coverage on HorsesDaily.com of the World Equestrian Games Test events leading up to the WEG at the Tryon International Equestrian Center~~ Read More
“I think this is a team that can consistently go clear and, hopefully, will be good enough to get us on the medal podium in Tryon in September. I hope they’ll be my FEI World Equestrian Games team,” Chester Weber said. Read More
Scott Adcox, Sarasota, FL, piloted Nupafeed Auto Pilot and Pepe to the Intermediate Pair Horse title at Live Oak International. Looking to gain experience for his pair, Adcox had three cones faults and 10.44 time faults for a weekend score of 185.39. Read More

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