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

  • 19 Jan 2022
    FEI Driving Stewards Manual

    Please be informed that a new version of the FEI Driving Stewards Manual and annexes have been published on the FEI Website.

    Should you have any question, please contact Aude Barby.

     

  • 20 Dec 2021
    Update regarding FEI Driving & Para Driving Rules and the Driven Dressage Test 3*HP2-HP4

    We would like to draw your attention to the following clarifications and updates regarding the FEI Driving & Para Driving Rules and the Driven Dressage Test 3*HP2-HP4. 

    1. FEI Driving & Para Driving Rules Clarifications, 12th Edition, effective 01 January 2022
    During the FEI Hybrid General Assembly 2021 in Antwerp, the FEI in consultation with several National Federations, introduced some changes to the proposed Rules Changes presented in the Annexes. In order to inform the FEI Driving community of the reasoning of these changes, an explanatory document has been published containing clarifications on the following Articles:

    • Article 901.11: Trial of New Scoring System      
    • Article 913: Minimum Eligibility Requirements / Qualification criteria
    • Article 935.3: In-Harness Horse Inspection       
    • Article 936: Permitted Carriages   
    • Article 937: Weights and Dimensions     
    • Article 940: Harness, carriage and Horses         
    • Article 948: Starting Order
    • Article 950: The Arena      
    • Article 958: Classification  
    • Article 960: The Course     

    Please refer to the FEI Rules Driving Hub for the Clarifications Document.

    2. FEI Driven Dressage Test - Test 3*HP2-HP4
    Following the publication of the new 3* Dressage tests for Pair and Four-In-Hand Horses and Ponies, to be implemented on 1 January 2022 without the canter figure and in 2023 with the canter figure (only for Pairs), the FEI Driving Technical Committee, upon further discussion and feedback from the Driving community, has unanimously decided to withdraw the introduction of canter for Pairs at this time.

    As such, a 3rd version of the test has been created and is now published here. This 3rd version test replaces both the 2022 and 2023 tests and will be applicable for Pair Horse, Pair Pony and Four-In-Hand Pony classes as of 1 January 2022, and for the Four-in-Hand Horse class as of 01 January 2023.

    The 3rd version modifies the gaits of two figures within the tests to a medium trot and stretch of the frame and thus provides a sufficient level of difficulty for the time. In the future, the FEI Driving Technical Committee unanimously feels that introducing the canter in the Dressage Test for Pair is important for the development of the sport and aligns with the aim to further improve the Drivers and Horses skills. Additionally, it provides a true distinction between Higher and Lower-level events.

    Should you have any questions regarding the Dressage tests or the Clarifications to the FEI Driving & Para Driving Rules Clarifications, 12th Edition, effective 01 January 2022, please do not hesitate to contact the FEI Driving Department.

  • 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.

     

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