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A Different Perspective

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  • A Different Perspective

    Not sure how many of you are aware or are interested in your "baby sister" sport, Combined Driving, but we completed our first CDE this past weekend with our 3rd generation home bred British Riding Pony brothers ( 6 year old and 10 year old) in Quebec at a beautiful brand new facility in Becancour (will be competition for Bromont in time!). I did cross post in Driving, but I'm not sure if anyone checks out that forum.

    We competed at the Prelim level and usually have dressage the first day, marathon the second day and cones on the third day (instead of stadium jumping of course).

    This was our pairs very first CDE and it took it easy with them but they exceeded our expecations! They ended up with a 46.44 in dressage and ended up Champion Prelim Dressage with the lowest score, winning the marathon and ended up Champion Prelim Marathon and had 2 balls down in cones, but still ended the weekend off with 95.75 penalities and ended up Prelim Champion out of 11 entries (which included single horses, single ponies and pair ponies). This is quite the accomplishment to do with a pair! We are beyond thrilled!

    Our next CDE is at Bromont in a couple of weeks. Hopefully some of you can come out to cheer us on!






    Last edited by DiamondJubilee; Jun. 12, 2019, 09:01 AM.

  • #2

    DiamondJubilee I live vicariously thru your pics
    LOVE that next-to-last one of you booking through Cones!
    Lovely pair you have there

    Still in the baby steps stages myself, but I have time & my mini just turned 5 in May.
    In some 15yrs+ we can aspire to the driven version of a Century Ride

    We are doing a clinic (Dressage & Cones) Saturday with a gal who was short-listed for WEG.
    Fingers crossed weather cooperates & the forecast "scattered showers" miss us!

    Drive on!
    & Share more pics
    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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    • #3
      Combined driving is crazy. I am too ensconced in using my legs to guide horses that I have put the carts of a few friends into the trees too many times. 50 years of "soft hands" and focusing on my lower body has pretty much ruined any CDI dreams I may have had.

      Good luck! I am happy to be a "gator" if you ever need.


      • #4
        I've only seen one CDE (I think it was) many years ago at the Colorado Horse Park.

        Got to scribe for a dressage judge and he was awesome; the weather on the other hand that day was cold, cold and misty wet. He took the time to explain what I was seeing and was very helpful because he also was a ridden dressage judge so he was more than willing to explain the differences to me was we were watching (him scoring, me scribing ).

        By the end of the day, he was asking me how I'd score a movement I was more than sure it didn't affect his score but fun to see how close I was to his score.

        Next day drove back up and watching cross country. What a blast. Some of the photos I have are still on my desktop. I remember one pairs having a hissy about going into the water and watching the navigator get off the back and lead the team by the bridles until they went into the water and finished the obstacle.

        Totally a good time!!
        Maybe the reason I love animals so much is because the only time they have broken my heart is when they've crossed that rainbow bridge


        • #5

          I switched my UL eventing pony (14.2hh) to CDE a couple of years ago and we both fell in love with the sport. She enjoyed eventing but she loves driving.

          FWIW, I can only drive a little and haven’t driven my own pony because she believes I’m an incompetent lower life form.

          I think the absolute ideal is to have a CCI horse and a CDE horse. Of course, then you’d also need a lot of time and money and a really big trailer.


          • #6
            Love the photos! I look forward to one day being able to see a CDE in person.

            If I ever become unable to ride, I'm going to learn driving. I had one driving lesson a very long time ago when I knew some driving folks, and if I'd learned that first, I might have skipped riding.


            • #7
              My lease horse's stall next door neighbor is a purpose bred combined driving horse. I'm hoping to watch her compete at a local CDE in a couple of weeks. Such a cool sport!

              Around the (large multidisciple boarding) barn, it has been a challenge to get used to sharing the facility with a cart. The driver is very considerate and aware, but some of the horses and riders just aren't sure about the paradigm shift.


              • #8
                Such a lovely matched pair! Great pics! Would love to go watch a CDE. I’ve driven big draft teams but nothing smaller.

                Good luck at the next show!

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                • #9
                  What gorgeous photos. Congratulations.
                  It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                  • #10
                    CDEs are currently out of my price range, but we did them in the early years (80s) with a pony pair and later with my TB. I LOVE it. So much fun.


                    • #11
                      Gorgeous ponies!!! Thanks for sharing.
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                      • #12
                        Beautiful photos! Congratulations
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