August 2, 1999
Combined driving event scheduled
The Equestrians' Institute will present the 13th Annual Snoqualmie Valley Combined Driving Event at the McBride Farm south of Duvall on Aug. 13, 14, and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The location of the farm is 11525 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, located 1/2 mile south of NE 124th on SR-203, on west side of the highway.
Combined driving is one of the newest and fastest growing equestrian sports in the United States. The sport, an adaptation of the ridden Three-Day Event, is a competition which tests the versatility of horse and driver.
Although carriage driving has been a sport for many centuries, as well as a way of life, the rules of the game were not adopted internationally until 1969, when the Federation Equestriane Internationale (FEI), acting on a suggestion from Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and other prominent drivers, drafted a set of international rules which standardized driving competitions.
A combined driving test consists of three parts:
- Phase A - Presentation & Dressage, where horse and driver are judged on overall appearance and impression of the turnout and the level of training, style, and movement exhibited while driving a set pattern;
- Phase B - Marathon, which tests the stamina, endurance, and agility of horses, drivers, and crew over a cross-country drive of up to 17 kilometers; and
- Phase C - Obstacles, where the horse and driver's ability to respond to changes of direction and speed is seen while vehicles wind through a course of obstacles set just centimeters wider than the carriage's wheel track.