Carriage Driving Events
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!See event details »
Fall Driving Classic: September 18-20
Combined 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.
Schedule of Events:
Friday: Continuous Driving Event
Saturday: Combined Test & Arena Driving Trial
Sunday: Pleasure Show
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.See event details »
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.
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!See event details »
Join 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.
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.See event details »
Combined Driving Event
(August 22-23, 2015)
The only Combined Driving Event in New England.See event details »
Join 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
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.