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

  • 27 Feb 2019
    Para Driving : Drive with two hands
    Dear Driving Judges,
    Please note that starting from 2019, Para Drivers competing in able-bodied competitions are allowed to do one handed movements with two hands during the Dressage Test, when notified on the FEI Classification Master List following classification. The maximal points attributed to the figure shall be 4, if the figure is correctly executed.
    Please find the FEI Classification Master List here (under Classification Master List of active Para-Equestrian Driving Athletes).  
    Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Aude Barby at aude.barby@fei.org.


  • 25 Feb 2019
    Art. 948 Starting Order - FEI Driving Rules 2019
    Dear FEI Driving Community,
    As you may know, the article “948.2.1 Starting order” of the FEI Driving Rules effective in 2019, was updated for the INDIVIDUALS. You can find an explicative presentation here (under "Driving starting order description") : https://inside.fei.org/fei/regulations/driving
    The presentation was made using real past shows, and has to be read in conjunction with the master lists of participants:



    1.            WEG 2014 Caen (FRA)
    2.            CH-EU-A 4 2017 Göteborg (SWE)
    3.            CAIO4* H4 2017 Aachen (GER)
    4.            CAIO4* H2 2017 Pau (FRA)

    We assumed that the second part of the draw art. 948.2.2 ( For Marathon) is clear and therefore this part is not explained on the attached presentation.
    We hope this tool will be helpful and should you have any questions or need any further details, please contact us aude.barby@fei.org

  • 21 Dec 2018
    FEI Driving World CupTM Rules

    Dear Athletes, Dear FEI Officials,
    The FEI Driving World CupTM Rules, article 6.3, have been updated with immediate effect.
    The complete rules can be found here: https://inside.fei.org/fei/regulations/driving
    Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact Aude Barby at aude.barby@fei.org

  • 18 Dec 2018
    New Course Application System

    Dear National Federations and Officials,
    The Driving Department is pleased to advise the latest changes in the administration of Driving Courses for FEI Officials. Please find all the documentation related to the new courses here.
    The new system will be implemented in 2020.
    Should you have any question regarding the new administration of Driving courses, please contact Anna Orgeas at anna.orgeas@fei.org

  • 22 Nov 2018
    FEI Officials age limit

    Dear Officials,


    Please note that the age limit system will be replaced by a competency based evaluation system, as per the recommendation of the Officials Working Group.

    FEI Officials reaching the relevant age limit as of 2018 may apply to continue officiating providing they have been active for the past two years, their application is supported by their National Federation and they are in good-standing with the FEI.

    The FEI Secretary General, in consultation with the relevant Discipline Director and Chair of Technical Committee, will review applications on a case by case basis. FEI Officials who retired in 2017 or before may only re-apply once the competency-based assessment has been implemented.


    Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact Anna Orgeas at anna.orgeas@fei.org


  • 1 Nov 2018
    FEI Driving World CupTM - PGJ acting as TD - Duties description

    Dear Officials, Drivers and Organisers,


    As you may know, for this Driving World CupTM season, the President of the Ground Jury can also act as the Technical Delegate.
    You will find the PGJ acting as TD - Duties description here, along with all the other useful documents regarding the FEI Driving World CupTM.

    Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact Laurianne Noble (laurianne.noble@fei.org) or Aude Barby (aude.barby@fei.org).





  • 26 Oct 2018
    FEI Driving World CupTM - Speed Box
    Dear Officials, Drivers and Organisers,
    The Speed Box description document has been revised, you will find it here.
    Please note that from now on, the penalties in the Speed Box is of 4 seconds, instead of 5 seconds, to be in line with the other obstacles penalties in the Course.
    Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact Aude Barby, Committee, Schedules, Results & Championships Administrator at aude.barby@fei.org.


  • 26 Oct 2018
    FEI Driving World CupTM 2018/2019 - Drivers

    The Driving department is pleased to announce the name of the Drivers that will attend the FEI Driving World CupTM Legs.
    You can also find all the useful information for the current season here.

    Lyon (FRA)
                 Stuttgart (GER)          
    Maastricht (NED)
    Jérome VOUTAZ (SUI)Boyd EXELL (AUS)Ijsbrand CHARDON (NED)
    Koos DE RONDE (NED)Ijsbrand CHARDON (NED)Jérome VOUTAZ (SUI)
    Ijsbrand CHARDON (NED)József DOBROVITZ (HUN)Chester WEBER (USA)
    Wild cards :Wild cards :Wild cards :
    Benjamin AILLAUD (FRA)Georg von STEIN (GER)Koos DE RONDE (NED)
    Chester WEBER (USA) Edouard SIMONET (BEL)
    Stockholm (SWE)

    Budapest (HUN)

    Geneva (SUI)
    Benjamin AILLAUD (FRA)Glenn GEERTS (BEL)Benjamin AILLAUD (FRA)
    Wild cards :Wild cards :Wild cards :
    Axel OLIN (SWE)
    József DOBROVITZ Jr. (HUN)Jérome VOUTAZ (SUI)
       London Olympia (GBR)   
     Mechelen (BEL)
    Leipzig (GER)
    Chester WEBER (USA)Benjamin AILLAUD (FRA)Chester WEBER (USA)
    Edouard SIMONET (BEL)Boyd EXELL (AUS)Ijsbrand CHARDON (NED)
    Wild cards :Wild cards :Wild cards :
    Boyd EXELL (AUS)Chester WEBER (USA)Boyd EXELL (AUS)
    Daniel NAPROUS (GBR)Edouard SIMONET (BEL)Georg von STEIN (GER)
     Glenn GEERTS (BEL)Jérome VOUTAZ (SUI)



  • 26 Oct 2018
    FEI Driving Technical Committee – Athlete’s Representative Election 2018

    We are pleased to announce that Mr Jambor Vilmos (HUN) has been elected as the Athlete’s Representative for the Driving Technical Committee. He has been elected for a period of four years.
    The FEI Athlete representatives play a vital role and provide a voice to the Athlete community within the global FEI decision making process.
    We also thank our outgoing Athlete’s Representative, Mr. Bartlomiej Kwiatek (POL), for his implication and work over the last four years.

  • 9 Jul 2018
    World Cup Rules 2018/2019

    The Driving Department is happy to announce that the World Cup Rules 2018/2019 have been approved by the Bureau.

    By clicking on this link you will find the clean version of the World Cup Rules 2018/2019, and on this one the mark up version.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the department.

    FEI Driving Director manuel.mello@fei.org

    Committee, Schedules, Results & Championships Administrator laurianne.noble@fei.org

    Officials & Education Administrator anna.orgeas@fei.org