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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.

Combined Driving Headlines

Three USEF Preliminary Combined Driving National Champions Crowned at Grand Oaks CDE

By Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department Lexington, KY – Competitors in the USEF Preliminary Combined Driving National Championships displayed their …


Four USEF Preliminary Combined Driving National Championships Crowned at Florida Spring Fling CDE

Ocala, Fla. – The Florida Spring Fling Combined Driving Event (CDE) played host to the 2020 USEF Preliminary Combined Driving …


Rising to the Driving Challenge! Misdee and James Miller, Steve Wilson, and Laura Lee Brown Continue USET Foundation Gift-Matching Initiative

Gladstone, NJ – Misdee and James Miller, Steve Wilson, and Laura Lee Brown initiated the United States Equestrian Team (USET) …


Weber and Wilson Win USEF Advanced Combined Driving National Championships in Cones Finale at Live Oak International

By US Equestrian Communications Department/Classic Communications Ocala, Fla. – March 10, 2019 – Two USEF Combined Driving National Championships concluded …

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Keeler and Whaley Earn Combined Driving National Titles to Close Out 2018 Season at Katydid

Aiken, S.C. – Jennifer Keeler and Katie Whaley capped off an epic combined driving season by winning the final USEF …

Tracey Morgan and Fuego 88 at the 2017 Live Oak International where they won the USEF Single Pony Combined Driving National Championship. Photo:

Katydid Combined Driving Event Culminates 2018 Season with USEF Advanced Pony National Championships

Lexington, Ky. – The final USEF combined driving national titles of the 2018 competition year are up for grabs at the …


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

Mill Spring, N.C. – In a week that exuded many historic moments for U.S. equestrian teams, combined driving added another. …


US Equestrian Names U.S. Driving Team for FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced three combinations for the U.S. Driving Team for the FEI World Equestrian Games …


Successful Week of Dressage, Driving, and Para-Dressage FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Test Events Conclude at Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tryon, N.C. – April 23, 2018 – Chester Weber (USA) maintained his hold on the lead through the Cones phase of …

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Weber Claims 15th USEF Four-in-Hand Combined Driving National Championship at Live Oak International

Ocala, FL – March 18, 2018 – Chester Weber, Ocala, FL, won a record 15th USEF Four-in-Hand National Championship title …

Chester Weber and team ©

Chester Weber Keeps Control of USEF Combined Driving Four-in-Hand Championship at Live Oak International

Ocala, FL – March 17, 2018 – Spectators flocked to the beautiful Live Oak Plantation Saturday for the exhilarating Marathon …

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Thompson, Whittington and Wright Lead USEF Combined Driving National Championships at Live Oak International After Friday’s Dressage

Ocala, FL – March 16, 2018 – Three of the five USEF Combined Driving National Championship divisions completed their dressage …