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U.S. Driving Team

“Horses were driven long before they were ridden and, as such, Driving is the oldest competitive equestrian sport yet it continues to thrive in the 21st century. Drivers sit on a vehicle drawn by a single horse or pony, a pair or a team of four and they face three trials – dressage, marathon and obstacle driving.” - Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI)

Since WEG began in 1990, the U.S. Driving Team was won X team medals and X individual medals. The U.S. team of James Fairclough, Tucker Johnson, and Chester Weber won team silver in 2002 (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain). The same U.S. team members won team silver in 2010 (Lexington, Kentucky), and Johnson claimed individual bronze. Four years later, Weber took home individual silver in 2014 (Normandy, France).

In 2018, the goal of the U.S. Driving Team is to play to their strengths, such as dominating in dressage, and challenge the Europeans throughout the competition.

US Equestrian Announces Host Sites for 2020 USEF Combined Driving National Championships

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 25, 2019, 12:06 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – Following a successful 2019 USEF Combined Driving National Championship season, US Equestrian has released the selected host sites for the 2020 USEF Combined Driving National Championships, pending the approval of the US Equestrian Board of Directors. US Equestrian will offer 18 national championship divisions across three events. The following are tentative dates, locations, and divisions of the 2020 USEF Combined Driving National Championships: Jacob Arnold competes at...

Strong U.S. Showing at the 2019 FEI Driving World Championships for Ponies

by US Equestrian Communications Department/Classic Communications | Sep 29, 2019, 5:37 PM EST

Ászár-Kisbér, Hungary – It was a strong showing of pony power for the U.S. with Mary Phelps in the Pair Pony division and Leslie Berndl in the Single Pony division as they competed in the 2019 FEI Driving World Championships for Ponies, September 25-29, in Ászár-Kisbér, Hungary. Mary Phelps (Krisztina Horváth/ Hoefnet.com ) In the Pair Pony division, Mary Phelps (Columbia, Ky.) with her team lovingly known as “The Flying...

U.S. Driving Team Takes Eighth in FEI Driving World Championships for Pairs

by US Equestrian Communications Department/Jump Media | Sep 16, 2019, 4:15 PM EST

Drebkau, Germany - The U.S. Driving Team had a strong showing at the FEI Driving World Championships for Pairs in Drebkau, Germany, on September 11-15, finishing eighth in a field of 16 nations. Hungary claimed the gold medal, with the Netherlands taking silver and Germany collecting bronze. Jacob Arnold (Krisztina Horváth/ Hoefnet.com ) The U.S. Driving Team of Jacob Arnold, James Miller, and Steve Wilson got off to a strong start, standing fourth after the dressage. After a solid...

Live Oak International: Ten Things to Know

by US Equestrian Communications | Feb 19, 2019, 3:09 PM EST

Allison Stroud's four-in-hand competes at the 2018 Live Oak International. Photo: Bianca McCarty Live Oak International , which takes place March 7-10 in Ocala, Fla., offers world-class competition in two sports: driving and jumping . The driving event is one of the largest driving competitions in the United States, and the jumping competition, the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala, is part of the prestigious North American League. But there’s a lot more to know...

NetJets® U.S. Jumping Team Shows Strong Individual Finishes at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 23, 2018, 6:04 PM EST

Mill Spring, N.C. – On the final day of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018, the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team showed their strength and depth with all four riders finishing in the top-16 of the FEI World Jumping Individual Championship. The team’s top finisher was McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) on Clinta, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare he owns with Sagamore Farm. They just missed the medal podium, placing fourth.. Ward with Clinta (Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photo) Ward...

U.S. Driving Team Wins First-Ever FEI World Equestrian Games™ Gold Medal, Delivering Epic Grand Finale to Tryon 2018

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 23, 2018, 6:00 PM EST

Mill Spring, N.C. – In a week that exuded many historic moments for U.S. equestrian teams, combined driving added another. They closed out their home FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) with their first-ever four-in-hand team gold medal at Tryon 2018 on Sunday. The U.S. Driving Team of James “Jimmy" Fairclough, Misdee Wrigley Miller, Chester Weber, and their respective groups of horses ended with 353.39 penalties, following three phases of competition. In addition, Weber earned his...

News Flash: U.S. Driving Team Brings Home Gold, Chester Weber Takes Individual Silver at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 23, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Mill Spring, N.C. - The U.S. Driving Team claimed the gold medal for the home team today at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 on Sunday. Led by Chef d'Equipe Barry Hunter, the U.S. Driving Team of James Fairclough with Caletta 5, his 16-year-old Austrian Warmblood mare; Bento V, his 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding; Citens, his 2007 KWPN gelding; Dapper, his 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding, and Zenden, his 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding; Misdee Wrigley Miller with Daan 8, her...

U.S. Driving Team Remains in Gold-Medal Position After Marathon at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 22, 2018, 6:36 PM EST

Mill Spring, N.C. – Battling through the heat and humidity, the U.S. Driving Team of James “Jimmy” Fairclough, Misdee Wrigley Miller, and Chester Weber steered their talented teams of four-in-hand horses through Richard Nicolls’s obstacles on the marathon course at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 on Saturday. Holding the lead position after dressage, the U.S. Driving Team, led by Chef d’Equipe Barry Hunter, maintained their gold-medal position to...

U.S. Driving Team Poised for Their Time to Shine at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 20, 2018, 10:36 AM EST

Mill Spring, N.C. – The driving discipline is the final equestrian sport to begin competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018. Chef d’Equipe Barry Hunter aims to lead the U.S. Driving Team of James Fairclough, Misdee Wrigley Miller, and Chester Weber to a strong showing in front of the home crowd. The team is made up of experienced drivers who are up to the challenge of competing against the best drivers in the world. James Fairclough (Taylor Pence/US Equestrian)...

Jennifer “Nifty” Hamilton Highest Placed U.S. Combined Driver at 2018 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles

by From the US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 2, 2018, 6:16 PM EST

Kronenberg, The Netherlands – It was a roller coaster of emotions and focus for the U.S. Team during the 2018 FEI World Driving and Para-Driving Championships for Singles held in Kronenberg, The Netherlands, on August 29 through September 2. With three challenging phases, Jennifer “Nifty” Hamilton emerged as the leading able-bodied U.S. Driver, with 158.52 penalties. Diane Kastama, Grade I, led the U.S. contingent in the Para-Driving division with 167.85 penalties. The U.S....