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 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
After his excellent dressage test and fourth place in today’s Marathon Boyd Exell is still clearly in the lead in the individual classification of the combined competition. Read More
Less than one point is separating rivals World Champion Boyd Exell (AUS) and US National Champion Chester Weber after the Dressage phase of competition at Aachen in the combined driving for four-in-hand horses. It will be a battle of nerves and experience during the marathon on Saturday. Read More
The four-in-hand-drivers opened the CHIO Aachen 2017 today with the Prize of the Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger, a dressage competition. This class also suffered the impact of the storm that suddenly hit the Soers. Whereby, this didn’t affect the performance of Australian’s eternal winner, Boyd Exell. Read More
US Equestrian has named combinations as nominated entries for the 2017 FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies, August 15-20, in Minden-Kutenhausen, Germany. Read More
A group of 18 athletes to represent the U.S. across five featured disciplines at the 2017 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen, July 14-23, in Aachen, Germany. Read More
The question is repeatedly posed: What makes the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, which begins the weekend after next, so special and unique? Read More
US Equestrian regrets to announce the cancellation of the Hermitage Classic CDE, scheduled for October 19 – 22, 2017. Due to the World Pairs Championship in Lipica, Slovenia, on September 20 – 24, 2017, the Hermitage Classic CDE would be very difficult to produce. Read More

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