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USEF Advanced Single Horse Combined Driving National Championship Set to Begin at Katydid CDE

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 30, 2019, 4:24 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – Katydid Combined Driving Event (CDE), running October 31 through November 3, will host the final USEF Combined Driving National Championship of 2019. The USEF Advanced Single Horse Combined Driving National Championship will crown a new national champion and close out the season. Eight combinations will vie for top honors, with the returning champion aiming for another title.

Jennifer “Nifty” Hamilton and Makari Design were the 2018 USEF Advanced Single Horse Combined Driving National Champions
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Jennifer “Nifty” Hamilton (Alva, Fla.) and Makari Design, the 11-year-old KWPN gelding she owns with Milton Hamilton, hope to claim their third consecutive USEF Advanced Single Horse Combined Driving National Championship title. However, they will face a strong field of competitors. Donna Crookston (Saltsburg, Pa.) and Viktor, her 11-year-old Dutch Harness gelding, have secured several top-three finishes in 2019 and are in top form heading into the Katydid CDE. Jennifer Thompson (Lodi, Wis.) and Funnominial CG, her nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, won the 2018 USEF Intermediate Single Horse Combined Driving National Championship and have made the jump to the Advanced division, having several impressive results in 2019.

Competition begins with the driven dressage phase beginning on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. ET followed by the marathon on Saturday and finishing with the cones phase on Sunday.

Find out more information about the Katydid CDE.

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