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

  • 1 Jul 2022
    In Memoriam: Driving community mourns French Driving athlete Sébastien Mourier, 1979 -2022

    Sébastien Mourier, well-known and greatly respected French Driving athlete, sadly passed away on 28 June 2022, at the age of 43.
    Since childhood, Sébastien Mourier has been a member of the equestrian community, first taking part in Driving competitions at the age of 16 with a pony.  In 2011, he became French Driving Champion in the Amateur category, a title that would open the doors to the international Driving scene.
    His first participation at a major international event was the FEI Driving four-in hand European Championship in Izàk (HUN) in 2013. That was the first of two European Championship participations, while further career highlights would include, two FEI Driving World Cup™ Finals and the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Caen (FRA).
    The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to Sébastien Mourier’s family and friends, the French Equestrian Federation (FFE) and the global equestrian and driving communities.

     

  • 28 Jun 2022
    FEI Driving Dressage Tests - Children and U25

    Please be informed that the FEI has published the new Dressage test for Children that will be applicable from 01.01.2023. The current Children dressage test remains applicable for the upcoming 2022 FEI Driving European Youth Championship.
    The FEI has also updated the U25 CAI3* A HP1 – HP2 Dressage test in order to accommodate the 80x40m arena. The modifications are visible in red. This test will be applicable for the aforementioned Championship, as published in the qualification criteria.


    All the dressage tests are published at this page.
    Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us at Driving@fei.org

     

  • 22 Mar 2022
    FEI Driven Dressage Tests 3*HP-HP4

    Please note that the FEI Driven Dressage Test 3*HP2-HP4 has been amended.

    The modifications are indicated in red. The tests can be found at this page.

  • 1 Mar 2022
    3* Qualification - Qualifying results

    Please be informed that the FEI has decided to allow results in 2021 CAIY2* (CAI2* Young Drivers) events and the 2021 FEI Driving European Championship for Young Drivers to count for qualification as a 3* Athlete.

    This decision reflects the newly implemented Rule in Art. 913, which allows CAI U25 2* and CH-EU-U25 results to count as qualifying result in order to achieve 3* Level as an Athlete.

    The FEI Database has been updated to reflect this decision.

  • 1 Mar 2022
    FEI Driving Guidelines on Use of Tack, Equipment and Dress / FEI Guidelines for Driving Events

    Dear FEI Driving Community,

    Please be informed that a new version of the FEI Driving Guidelines on Use of Tack, Equipment and Dress, with updates highlighted in red, is available on the FEI website here.

    A new version of the FEI Guidelines for Driving Events is also available at the same page.

  • 21 Feb 2022
    FEI Driving World CupTM Rules - Season 2022/2023
     

    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 2022-2023 season can be consulted here.

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

  • 17 Feb 2022
    In Memoriam: FEI Driving community mourns Gerhard Dittus (GER), 1942-2022

    In Memoriam: FEI Driving community mourns Gerhard Dittus (GER), 1942-2022

    One of the oldest Official FEI Veterinarian passed away on 13th. February, 2022, MVDR Gerhard Dittus. His passion was treating horses, and working as an FEI Official Vet in Jumping, Driving and Eventing. He was appointed for many years at the CSIO St. Gallen, Budapest, and as delegate on several European Championships in Driving and Eventing. He was also Veterinarian on Palio Sienna in Italy. He liked to come on shows in Eastern-Europe, mostly Poland and Hungary, and with his enthusiasm he educated a new generation of official vets in these countries. His home was always open for his friends, where they would enjoy his and his wife’s hospitality.

    We will miss his kind, humorous, open personality for a long time.

    He was 79 years old.

    The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to Gerhard Dittus’ family and friends, the German Equestrian Federation (GER) and the global equestrian community.

  • 16 Feb 2022
    FEI Driven Dressage Tests 2*HP2-HP4 and 3*HP-HP4

    Please note that the FEI Driven Dressage Tests 2*HP2-HP4 and 3*HP-HP4 have been amended in order to clarify some misunderstandings that have arisen.

    The modifications are indicated in red. The tests can be found at this page.

    Kindly note that the Dressage Test 2*HP2-HP4 is now applicable for the Horse Four-in-Hand class.

     

  • 20 Jan 2022
    FEI Driving World CupTM Season 2021/2022 - Access to the final

    Please be informed that, following the unfortunate cancellation of the CAI-W Leg in Bordeaux (FRA), the season has now been reduced to 4 legs.

    Therefore, as per the communication sent on 16.12.2022 regarding the FEI Board resolution, only one result may count towards the qualification for the Final.

    The FEI Driving World CupTM Standings have been calculated accordingly and reflect the final ranking. The 6 Qualified Drivers have therefore been selected as per the ranking.

    Ties have been broken as per Art. 1.4. “In the event that two or more Athletes are placed in 6th position, having equal points, the available position in the Final will be given to the Athlete with the highest number of first places achieved at the FEI World Cup™ Legs. If the Athletes are still tied with equal first places then the number of second places where the Athletes received World Cup points will decide, and so on until the tie is broken.”

    As only one result counts, there are two ties remaining, respectively for the 1st and 2nd rank, as well as for the 4th and 5th rank. These ties will be broken during the draw in the Final, as per Art. 6.1 and 6.1.1:

    “6.1. In the Final, Competition 1 is comprised of one round and, subject to Rule 3.7 will be run in reverse order of the standings after Phase 1 (Legs)

    6.1.1 Should there be a tie, the starting order of the tied Athletes will be decided by draw. The draw will be done by the PGJ.”

     

  • 20 Jan 2022
    FEI Driving Guidelines on Use of Tack, Equipment and Dress

    Der FEI Driving Community,

    Please be informed that a new version of the FEI Driving Guidelines on Use of Tack, Equipment and Dress, with updates highlighted in red, is available on the FEI website here.

     

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