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.
Don’t miss the 67th Annual SFHJA Charity Horse Show! This event has raised hundreds of thousands in donations over the years for Equestrian Aid Foundation and other worthy nonprofits. Read More
US Equestrian is pleased to announce the dates and locations of the 2018 USEF Combined Driving National Championships, including new preliminary and intermediate division championships. Read More
The Katydid CDE continues to be one of the top driving events in the southeast and the largest show of its kind in South Carolina runs from November 1- November 5 2017. Recognized by the FEI as well as the USE and ADS, Katydid CDE is one of the few international competitions in North America. Read More
The height of travel season is upon us and horses will soon be traveling throughout the U.S. and beyond for winter competition. Some horses don’t fare well during a long trip, be it heading south for the winter or across the state to traverse new trails. Read More
We all know that gut-wrenching feeling of coming too close to another car’s tail lights. For the safety of ourselves, our cargo, our horses, and others on the road, it’s important to prepare for those scary moments when a car veers in front of your tow vehicle or stops short. Read More
Enteroliths are one of the many causes of colic in the horse. They are actually concrete-like balls that form in the intestinal tract and eventually often cause obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract and have to be surgically removed. Read More
One of the crowning points of the season for Friesian enthusiasts is the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World & Grand National Championship Horse Show and for Stafford Carriage Driving it became a celebration of outstanding achievement for three impressive equine athletes. Read More
The final day and phase of the 2017 USEF Single Horse Combined Driving National Championship at the Kentucky Classic CDE proved to be a challenging test for the competitors. Nifty Hamilton and Makari Design dominated and went home with a championship title Read More
Follow the Kentucky Classic CDE on Driving Daily News here on Horsesdaily. Read More
Saturday concluded the marathon and second phase of competition for the 2017 USEF Single Horse Combined Driving National Championship at the Kentucky Classic CDE. Nifty Hamilton (Alva, Fla.) and Makari Design expertly navigated the obstacles of the marathon course to a clear round, winning the... Read More

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