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.
How fun is this? Opening Ceremonies for the World Driving Championships in Kronenberg, Netherlands held in an amusement park. Read More
The FEI recently published the list with the nominated entries for the World four-in-hand Driving Championships during the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon from 20th to 23rd September. Drivers from 10 different nations will be represented. Read More
Thanks to those sending images from Kroneberg, Netherlands, Daphne White, Mary Sheerin, and Krisztina Horvath. Keep following the tag above for Kronenberg where we will keep you updates on schedule, entries and results. Read More
The U.S. contingent has arrived at the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles with a strong, seasoned group prepared for high-caliber international competition. Read More
Under sunny skies, the US Teams settled into the venue for the FEI World Championships for Singles and Para-Driving at Grandorse in Kronenberg, NED. Read More
The timing is perfect, along with a camping guide for those seeking accommodations other than hotels for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. Read More
Using the voice of much-loved real-life Cantrell Farm horse, "Mountin Melody" (aka Mellie). Mellie gives a horse's view of each of the eight WEG disciplines. Read More
Following the submission of the Definite entries for the 2018 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles, USEquestrian was informed by the FEI that Mr. Gary Yeager had not met the necessary qualification criteria. Read More
The American team members are making their final preparations before reporting to training camp at Stal De Ronde, the home farm of world class four-in-hand driver Koos De Ronde and his wife, FEI Combined Driving judge Marie De Ronde, in Zwartewaal, Netherlands. Read More

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