Carriage Driving Events

Driving at GMHA

Combined Driving began as an official sport thirty years ago when a group of driving enthusiasts, including Britain's Prince Phillip, asked the Federation Equestrian International (FEI) to put together a set of rules to standardize driving competitions from Austria to New Zealand.

Since driving encompasses so many disciplines, it was decided that a versatility test would be the best way to judge a driving horse's ability. The competition, similar in format to the ridden Three-Day Event, has three parts: Dressage, Marathon, and Obstacles, each looking at a different aspect of the horse's training and the driver's ability. The cornerstone of this competition is teamwork between horse and driver.

Pleasure Driving competitions are also an active part of the GMHA schedule. While Dressage and Obstacle classes may be offered at these events, you will also see classes such as Reinsmanship, Working Classes, and Concours D'Elegance.

Would you like to learn more about carriage driving? Why not volunteer to help at a competition?

Biosecurity Fact Sheet: Help Keep Our Horses Healthy!

Know the Law, Be Prepared

Vermont Agency of Agriculture GMHA recommends that all riders and drivers review important information from the VAA regarding Vermont State Law on Horse Importation and all should consider obtaining an Exhibition Permit. GMHA has received word that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will be increasing their enforcement efforts. 

Fall Driving Classic
(September 18-20, 2015)

Three days of driving fun with tons to do!

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Fall Driving Classic: September 18-20

Fall Driving ClassicCombined Driving and Pleasure Driving enthusiasts alike will find so much to enjoy at this year’s Fall Classic! Sporting a brand new format, the Classic is expanding to three days. 

Times & Full Schedule

Schedule of Events:

Friday: Continuous Driving Event

Saturday: Combined Test & Arena Driving Trial

Sunday: Pleasure Show

Wheel Runners
(Monthly, 2015)

Group lessons for carriage drivers with international competitor Robin Groves. Attend a series or as many single day sessions as you'd like. Groups for drivers of all levels.

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2014 Wheel Runners2015 Dates
April 21
May 5
June 16
July 14
August 18
September 15
October 6

Wheel Runners is a monthly group driving lesson series with Robin Groves. Lessons will be offered at 10am & 2pm, 11am & 3pm and 1pm & 4pm.

Entries must be received by the Friday before each date- four entries in each session are required to hold each lesson. Wheel Runners sessions may be combined if entries are low.

Wheel Runners Entry Form

If you have not driven with Robin before, please contact her before entering: (802) 484-5016.


Sleigh Driving (January 10, 11, 24, 25, 2015)

Combined Tests & Pleasure Classes on the snow!

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GMHA Sleigh RallyJoin us for winter fun on the snow! Drivers wanted, spectators welcome. 

  • January 10: Sleighing Combined Test- 11am start- Dressage Times. Cones will follow dressage.

  • January 11: Sleigh Rally

  • January 24: Sleighing Combined Test- 10 am start- Dressage Times. Cones will follow dressage.

  • January 25: Sleigh Rally

Sleigh Rallies are pleasure driving shows on the snow. Classes include working, reinsmanship, cones, Currier & Ives, sleigh dog, and a cross-country pace (conditions dependent). 

Sleighing Combined Tests include dressage and cones competition.

Details & Entry Form

Remember, sleighing events are extremely weather dependent- check our website for status updates. 

Driving 2-Phase & Arena Driving Trial
(May 9-10, 2015)

Combined Tests and Cones Only, and Arena Driving Trial for Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate.

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Saturday: Offering Combined Tests for Training, Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced

Sunday: Offering an Arena Driving Trial for Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate.

Omnibus Listing  -  Entry Form

Saturday Results

Sunday Results

Combined Driving Event
(August 22-23, 2015)

The only Combined Driving Event in New England.

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GMHA CDEJoin us for the only Combined Driving Event in New England! Three phases of carriage driving fun.

Friday, August 21

  • 2:15-5:30pm: Intermediate & Intermediate II Dressage
  • 6:30pm: Competitor's Briefing

Saturday, August 22

  • 8am: Intermediate & Intermediate II Cones
  • 9am: Training & Preliminary Dressage & Cones- proceed directly to cones from dressage
  • 6:30pm: Competitor's Party

Sunday, August 23

  • 9am: Marathon

Dressage Results

Dressage + Cones Results

Marathon Results

Final Results

Check out the marathon courses online!

Volunteers are Needed!

Volunteers are Needed!

We are still looking for help on Sunday- please email Carole Hunter if you are able to lend a hand.