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 Jun 2019
    Shadow Judging

    Dear FEI Driving Community,
    We are pleased to inform you that a Guidelines for Shadow Judging has been created.
    The assessment sheet has been revised too.
    These new documents are available here.
    Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact Anna Orgeas.

  • 24 Jun 2019
    FEI Driving World CupTM Rules - 2019-2020 Season

    Dear FEI Driving Community,

    Please be informed that modifications to the FEI Driving World Cup™ series rules were approved by the FEI Board during its In Person Meeting held on 19-21 June 2019 in Lausanne (SUI).
    The FEI Driving World CupTM  Rules for the 2019-2020 season are now viewable here.

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

  • 4 Jun 2019
    Para Equestrian Forum 2019 - Lamotte Beuvron (FRA) recap

    Over 70 participants representing 23 National Federations attended the FEI Para Equestrian Forum 2019 in Lamotte-Beuvron (FRA) from 25-26 May, where a number of key topics were presented, discussed and debated. 
    The Forum, which was hosted by the Fédération Francaise d’Equitation (FFE), was opened by their Secretary General Frédéric Bouix followed by Paralympic athlete Rodolpho Riskalla from Brazil, setting the scene and tone for productive discussions and meetings throughout the weekend. 

    Moderated by FEI Para Equestrian Committee Chair Amanda Bond, some of the key topics explored during the Forum were: Classification and the FEI’s Classification Research Project; Tokyo 2020 preparations and climate mitigation; Athlete Welfare and Safeguarding; Coaching from grass roots to International level; Compensating Aids; Para Driving; and an update on FEI Education for Officials. Interactive workshops on the FEI Competition structure, the development of the sport at all levels, in new nations and specifically for the youth demographic were also held.

    For more information about the forum please click here.

  • 28 May 2019
    Update - Driving Events Guidelines for Organisers and Officials

    Dear Driving Organisers, Dear Driving Officials,

    Please be informed that the Driving Events Guidelines for Organisers and Officials have been updated.

    The update includes information and requirements on Scoring Offices (SO) and on the requirements needed to organise additional competitions simultaneously with CAIs or CAIOs.

    As you know, the Driving Events Guidelines for Organisers and Officials contains all the useful information and documents in order to help you organise a successful Driving Event.

    You can find the above mentioned document at this link.

  • 13 Mar 2019
    Driving statistics

    Dear Driving community,

    The Driving department is happy to inform that a presentation on Driving Statistics is available here.
    Through this presentation, you will learn useful information on the evolution of the discipline from 2012 to 2018.


  • 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