Combined Driving: A driving event with three phases (Dressage, Marathon, and Obstacle driving), which is judged on speed, stamina, and ability.
The competitive "team" consists of the human drivers (riding on the cart), and either a single horse, a pair of horses, or a team of four horses pulling the cart. Everyone must work together to perform in a series of three events: Dressage, Marathon, and Obstacle driving.
In the Dressage portion of the event, the team is judged on their ability to maneuver specific patterns in specified areas, based upon the horse's obedience to the driver, consistency of movement, and impulsion.
The second day of Combined Driving is the Cross Country course. Teams are expected to navigate a course which may include water obstacles, steep hills, sharp turns, and other obstacles. The team is judged based upon the horse's athletic ability, their obedience, and the human's ability to accurately navigate the course. Speed is a factor in this portion of the event. Penalties may be incurred, effecting the team's score.
The final phase of Combined Driving is the Cone Driving Course. The event is judged based upon the teams ability to accurately navigate a course of cones, which may include sharp turns and narrow spaces, without hitting any of the placed cones. This all must be done within an allotted amount of time.
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