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SPRING NEWS 

The USA Driving newsletter will include regular updates from the Driving Sport Committee and the USEF Combined Driving programs.
 

Thank You to Organizers

Congratulations to the organizers, secretaries, and volunteers of the following events that helped USA Driving successfully kick off the 2019 season:
  • Grand Oaks CDE (Fla.)
  • Palm Tree CDE & CAI1*/2* (Fla.)
  • Live Oak International CDE & CAI2* (Fla.), hosting the USEF Advanced Combined Driving National Championships for both Four-in-Hand and Pair horses.
Entries closed last week for Southern Pines CAI1*/2* (N.C.). The USEF Advanced Combined Driving Pony National Championships kick off on Thursday, April 11! Watch for our daily newsletter coverage of the National Championships and follow USA Driving on Facebook and Twitter, use #USADriving.


Important update to US Equestrian National Championship Criteria

Due to challenges implementing the original criteria at the first national championship this year, the Driving Sport Committee decided to revise the 2019 US Equestrian Combined Driving National Championship Criteria. The updated document simplifies the Qualifying Requirements (Section B.i) and removes the Results Criteria (Section C) altogether. These changes do not have any adverse effect on the first National Championships at Live Oak International, therefore continuity is still intact for the remainder of the year and the remaining National Championships.


Team Challenge

The US Equestrian Pathway Programs for Combined Driving (Developing and Elite) put on a Team Challenge at Live Oak International, dividing program members into four teams which included FEI and Intermediate divisions. The event offered each team the opportunity to support one another, work with a Chef d’Equipe, mentor drivers, and experience the busy schedule of being on a team. Overall, it was a great success! Many program members appreciated the comradery developed by walking courses with team members, being able to ask questions and seek support, and understand the responsibility of contributing to a team score. Plans are underway to continue developing this opportunity through the programs. Read the full press release here.
In conjunction with the Team Challenge, a Chef d’Equipe Pilot Training Program took place, led by Karen Everett from London, England. Karen has served many years as a Chef d’Equipe for Australia, primarily working with top international driver Boyd Exell, and was invited to instruct a handful of qualified individuals during the event. Through both presentations and open discussion, participants learned about the official and unofficial roles of a Chef d’Equipe and explored how to handle difficult situations. The Driving Sport Committee is pleased with this initial program and looks forward to developing more opportunities for future Chefs d’Equipe.


Driving Performance Manager Position Under Reconsideration

The Driving Sport Committee, which repopulated in January 2019, has decided to reconsider the job of Driving Performance Manager. The Committee is still working to find the best type of position to serve the US Equestrian programs, athletes, and teams. The membership will be informed once a decision has been made; whether it is to re-create the job description, re-open applications, or approach the needs in a new way.


Coming Soon

The Developing Athlete Program for Combined Driving will have clinic dates and locations posted soon. Program members will receive an email once the schedule has been established. The plan is to continue to bring in regular guest clinicians that will improve the drivers’ skills and training throughout the rest of the year.
 


USEF Network

Watch Live Oak International On Demand
Relive the action of the 2019 Live Oak International on demand on the USEF Network! 


 

From the US Equestrian Learning Center 

Combined Driving with Misdee Wrigley Miller

Watch international combined driving competitor Misdee Wrigley Miller give an overview of the sport of combined driving, which is open to any breed of horse or pony and is based on the structure of three-day eventing.

Watch this video and over 50 more with top experts and athletes across various breeds, disciplines, and topics in the new US Equestrian Learning Center.