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!
Policy Updates from GMHA
Please note that GMHA will be requiring a Certificate of Rabies Vaccination within 12 months for all horses entering the grounds. This is in addition to our existing policy requiring proof of negative Coggins test within 12 months for all horses. Both documents should accompany all entries to GMHA events and should travel with the horse to GMHA.
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 in 2013.
Sleigh Driving (January 4, 5, 18, 2014)
Combined Tests, Pleasure Classes & a Continuous Driving Event on the snow!See event details »
Come Sleigh with Us!
January 4: Sleighing Combined Test & Continuous Driving Event
January 5: Sleigh Rally
January 18: Sleighing Combined Test & Continuous Driving Event
Sleighing Combined Tests & Continuous Events:
Your choice of a Combined Test or Continuous Event! Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate levels. Twice around encouraged. Dressage will be held in the morning. The afternoon will hold cones competition for all, with a pace section before and after for those choosing the Continuous Event.
A pleasure driving competition on the snow! Join us for working classes, reinsmanship, cones, Currier & Ives, Sleigh Dog, and a cross-country pace.
As always, all dates are weather dependent! Check our website or call GMHA for status updates.
Stabling is available by reservation only.
Details & Entry Form
Volunteers are Needed
Lend a hand at this year's sleighing events and get a front row seat (and all the hot beverages and soup you can drink!). Email Karey if you are able to help out.
With international competitor Robin Groves. Attend series or as many single day sessions as you'd like.See event details »
April 22 - May 6 - June 17 - July 15 - August 19 - September 16 - October 7
Wheel & Ridge Runners is a monthly group lesson series with Robin Groves. Wheel Runners sessions are for drivers, Ridge Runners sessions are for riders.
Wheel & Ridge Runners will be sharing dates again this year. How will this work?
- Ridge Runners lessons will be offered at 1pm.
- Wheel Runners lessons will be offered at 10am and 2pm OR 11am and 3pm.
- 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, Ridge Runners may be cancelled.
If you have not driven with Robin before, please contact her before entering: (802) 484-5016.
Driving 2-Phase & Arena Driving Trial
(May 10-11, 2014)
Combined Tests and Cones Only, and Arena Driving Trial for Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate.See event details »
Combined Driving Event
(August 23-24, 2014)
The only Combined Driving Event in New England.See event details »
Fall Driving Classic
(September 20-21, 2014)
Pleasure classes and Combined Test on Saturday, Continuous Event on Sunday.See event details »
Saturday: Offering Combined Tests for Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate, and a variety of pleasure driving classes.
Sunday: Continuous Driving Event for Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate- to include a dressage test, two pace sections, and cones.
Designer Reinsmanship Score Sheet UPDATED. Note: The pattern is the same, we have clarified some things, added additional info, and reformattted.