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Combined Driving

Although they share essentially the same heritage, combined driving differs significantly from carriage pleasure driving. Instead of placing emphasis on the style, authenticity, and pleasurable performance of a hitch, a combined driving event is rigorously performance-based and is actually modeled after the mounted equestrian test of three-day eventing.[...] Combined driving is designed to test a horse’s or a team’s speed, stamina, obedience, and athleticism, in three distinct and demanding phases usually held over the course of three days.

Competitors can consist of a single horse, a pair of horses, or a team of four horses, and they are tested in three phases: dressage, marathon, and obstacle driving. The first day’s combined driving dressage class tests a single, pair or team in the areas of obedience, freedom and regularity of motion, and impulsion through a sequence of compulsory movements executed within a designated area or arena.

Day two sees competitors tackle the fast-paced and demanding phase known as the cross-country marathon in which a horse’s fitness, stamina, agility, and obedience are tested together with a driver’s accuracy and judgment as they are asked to negotiate an intricate series of hazards which can include water, steep hills, and sharp turns in the fastest time while accumulating the least number of penalties. The third and final phase— the cone driving competition— tests a horse’s obedience, agility, and after two previously demanding days of competition, its endurance. Simultaneously, a driver’s skill, accuracy, and precision are tested as the single, pair, or team is challenged with negotiating an intricate course of narrowly-spaced cones cleanly and within the time allowed.

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American Driving Society

USEF International Discipline Association

In the early seventies, a number of members of the first driving organization- CAA, wished for better guidelines and consistency in the judging of pleasure shows, so a group formed an organization, the ADS, patterned after the British Driving Society. These Founding Members created Pleasure Driving rules that created “working classes” with emphasize on the horse and reinsmanship of the driver. More and more pleasure shows have sprung up across the country since that time. There are many diversified class now creating challenges for the drivers which makes it an exciting spectator sport.
americandrivingsociety.org

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Staff Contact

Combined Driving Questions? You can email or call Lizzy Staller, Combined Driving Representative. You can also go to the Staff Directory for a more detailed list of numbers.

eStaller@usef.org
908 326 1159

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