Welcome to Driving & Para Driving

Horses were driven long before they were ridden and, as such, Driving is the oldest competitive equestrian sport yet it continues to thrive in the 21st century. Drivers sit on a vehicle drawn by a single horse or pony, a pair or a team of four and they face three trials – dressage, marathon and obstacle driving.

Dressage involves performing a sequence of compulsory figures within a 100 x 40 metre rectangle. Movements – which must be executed from memory – include speed and gait transitions, circles of different sizes and halts.

The marathon is a spectacular time trial run over a course including natural hazards such as sharp turns, water and steep hills, and artificial ones such as labyrinths. It tests the horses’ fitness and stamina and the driver’s judgment of pace and horse control.

Obstacle driving – or cones – tests the fitness, obedience and suppleness of the horses after the marathon, as well as the skill and competence of the driver who must weave cleanly through a narrow track outlined by cones with balls balanced on top.

Driving came under the FEI umbrella in 1970 thanks to the efforts of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, then the FEI President, who organised the meeting in 1969 which produced the first rule book. One notable alteration to the rules followed a competition in Windsor, Great Britain, where a back wheel collapsed on a vehicle and the watching Queen Elizabeth allowed for a small tree to be tied to the axle to keep it off the ground. The rules stated subsequently that a "vehicle must have four wheels crossing the finishing line".

In 2006 Para Driving joined the ranks of the other 7 FEI disciplines with national and international competitions in Driving for individuals with a disability.

Latest Department Updates

  • 9 Dec 2021
    FEI Events Standards Stakeholder Survey

    The FEI has created a stakeholders survey to ensure the maintenance and continued improvement, of an already existing high standard, at FEI Events. This survey will help the FEI better understand the expectations of its key stakeholders, and the information collected will help guide the future approach of the FEI to ensuring that these are met.

    The survey launches today and will be open until Monday 14 February 2022. We encourage everyone to take part in this survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes, and thank you in advance for your time.

    Take the FEI Events Standards Stakeholder Survey - https://inside.fei.org/hub/fei-events-standards-stakeholders-survey

  • 6 Dec 2021
    Qualification criteria for the 2022 FEI Driving Championships

    Dear FEI Driving Community,

    We are happy to announce that the qualification criteria for the 2022 FEI Driving Championships are now uploaed on the FEI Website.

    Please click on the below link to be redirected to each Championship page:

    FEI Driving European Championship for Youth 2022, Aszár-Kisber (HUN)

    FEI Driving World Championship for Four-in-Hand Horses 2022, Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA)

    FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horse 2022, Le Pin-au-Haras (FRA)

     

  • 3 Dec 2021
    FEI Driving & Para Driving Rules 2022

    FEI Driving & Para Driving Rules - 2022
    We would like to inform you that the 2022 Driving and Para Driving Rules are now available in our website, along with the FEI Driving Alternative Scoring System and FEI Driving Guidelines on Use of Tack, Equipment and Dress / Effective 1 January 2022

     

     
  • 4 Oct 2021
    FEI Driving Dressage Test HP2 - HP4

    In line with the review of the Driven Dressage Tests, the FEI has now published new Dressage Tests for Horses & Ponies Pairs and Horses & Ponies Four-in-Hand.

    These tests will be applicable as per the Timetable below:

    Test 2022 2* HP2 – HP4 : Applicable from 01.01.2022 for Ponies Pair, Ponies Four-in-Hand and Horses Pair / Applicable from 01.01.2023 for Four-in-Hand Horses

    Test 2022 3* HP2 – HP4 : Applicable from 01.01.2022 until 01.01.2023 for Ponies Pair, Ponies Four-in-Hand and Horses Pair / Not Applicable for Four-in-Hand Horses

    Test 2023 3* HP2 – HP4 : Applicable from 01.01.2023 for Ponies and Horses Pair & Four-in-Hand

    You will find the new tests at this page.

    Should you have any question, please contact the FEI Driving Department (Aude.Barby@fei.org)

  • 19 Sep 2021
    FEI Education System for Driving Officials

    In line with the FEI Officials’ Recommendations, please be informed that the Education System for FEI Driving Officials, available here has been fully revised by the FEI Driving department, the FEI Education and Officials department, the FEI Driving Education Working Group and the FEI Driving Technical Committee, and will be implemented as of 1 January 2022.

    The revision of the FEI Driving Education System, includes the reorganisation of functions/levels with the addition of a new level for the FEI Driving Stewards.
    As a consequence, all current FEI Driving Stewards will be automatically transferred up one level on 1 January 2022. Should you require more information, please refer to the FEI Driving Officials Level Transfer Document.


    Career pathways along with Job Descriptions for all the functions have also been published.
    Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact aude.barby@fei.org at the FEI Driving Department.

  • 27 Jul 2021
    Allocation of FEI Driving European Championship for Young Drivers, Juniors and Children

    The FEI is pleased to confirm that the FEI Driving European Championship for Young Drivers, Juniors and Children has been allocated to Sélestat (FRA) on 24 – 28 August 2021.

    The Event schedule will be made available shortly on Inside.FEI.org.

  • 14 Jul 2021
    FEI Driving European Championships for Young Drivers, Juniors and Children 2021 and FEI World Cup™ Rules Driving 2021-2022

    The FEI Board has decided to open a light bidding process for the FEI Driving European Championships for Young Drivers, Juniors and Children 2021.
    These Championships were originally scheduled to be held in Lamotte Beuvron (FRA) on 25-29 August 2021 but were cancelled by the France NF.

    Bidding process details

    Light bid process opened

    14 July 2021

    Deadline for applications* (to bidding@fei.org)

    21 July 2021

    All Bidders to be sent a draft HA

    No later than 23 July 2021

    Consultation with FEI Driving Committee

    21 July – 29 July 2021

    Host Agreement (signed by the National Federation and Organising Committee) to be returned

    No later than 28 July 2021

    Allocation decision

    No later than 30 July 2021

     
    * Applications to be sent directly by the National Federation of the interested Organiser. NFs/OCs who have already expressed an interest do not need to reapply. The application needs to confirm the name and address of the Organiser, the proposed Venue and the proposed dates.

    The Board also agreed to postpone the approved FEI World Cup™ Rules Driving 2021-2022 in June 2021, to come into force only in 2022-2023. As a consequence the Rules from 2020/2021 will also apply in 2021-2022.
    Should you have any questions, please contact bidding@fei.org

  • 29 Jun 2021
    Cancellation of the 2021 FEI Driving European Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Drivers

    Dear FEI Driving Community,

    Unfortunately the French Federation have notified the FEI that they are unable to host the FEI Driving European Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Drivers scheduled for 24-29 August 2021. The possibility of re-opening a bid process to find an alternative host for the Championships will be discussed with the FEI Board at its Board meeting on 13 July and an update will be provided after that meeting.

    Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.

    The FEI Driving department.

     

  • 18 Jun 2021
    FEI Driving World CupTM Rules - Season 2021/2022

    Dear FEI Driving Community,

    Please be informed that modifications to the FEI Driving World Cup™ series rules have been approved by the FEI Board.
    The FEI Driving World CupTM  Rules for the 2021-2022 season can be consulted here.

    Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact Aude Barby (Aude.Barby@fei.org.)

  • 15 Feb 2021
    FEI 2021 Rules Explainer Videos now available on FEI Campus

    The FEI Education & Officials Department have recently published explainer videos for the major FEI Driving & Para Driving 2021 Rule changes.
    These videos are mainly aimed at Officials and Athletes who are required to be up-to-date with the different rules. For the wider audience these videos will serve a rather informative purpose, providing a deeper understanding of our sport. The goal of these short videos is to highlight the most impactful rule changes and their rationale in each discipline, as well as more general regulations including the Equine Anti-Doping Controlled Medication Regulations and the Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes which underwent a full review in 2020.

    You can access all the videos on FEI Campus by clicking on the relevant discipline pages as well as the Veterinary hub. Here are the direct links to:
    •    FEI Veterinary Regulations Changes 2021
    •    FEI General Regulations Changes 2021
    •    FEI Equine Anti-Doping Controlled Medication Regulations Changes 2021
    •    FEI Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes Changes 2021

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