After an absence of many years, combined driving returns to the Kentucky Horse Park during the Lexington Combined Driving Classic, Oct. 5-7, in Lexington, Ky. The Kentucky Horse Park will also host the world championships in four-in-hand driving during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
On Friday, traditional carriages, top hats and formally dressed grooms set the tone while horses and ponies are put through their paces during the event’s dressage phase. On Saturday, spectators witness the speed and daring of the horses and drivers as they navigate the maze of each marathon obstacle. On the final day, precision matters most as each competitor navigates an obstacle course with mere centimeters of clearance between each set of cones.
The Lexington Combined Driving Classic features all six combined driving divisions—single horses, single ponies, pairs of both horses and ponies, and four-in-hand teams of horses and ponies. The competition is divided into three levels: preliminary, intermediate and advanced.
The international panel of officials includes judges and technical delegates from Germany, Great Britain and the United States.
The event was one of the “best” organized I have ever attended. Kudos to the course designer the cones course flowed, it was fabulous! The marathon course was challenging but not a threat to life or limb for the horse, however, the competitor needed a “fit” animal to compete successfully and one definately needed to do their homework ( walk every inch ) prior to a day’s event IF one wanted to be a success….all and all this event deserved all TENS….Thany you all for an event flawlessly offered!