Carriage driving

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Carriage driving, 1881
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Carriage driving is a form of competitive horse driving in harness in which larger two or four wheeled carriages (often restored antiques) are pulled by a single horse, a pair, tandem or a four-in-hand team.

In competitions the driver and horse(s) have to complete three tests including Dressage, Marathon and Obstacle Driving;[1] the International Federation for Equestrian Sports oversees International Shows.[1] The FEI Driving rules are followed in these competitions which aim to protect the welfare of the horse and also ensure fairness in competitions.[2]

Pleasure competitions also have classes which are judged on the turnout, neatness or suitability of the horse(s) and carriage.


  1. ^ a b "Carriage Driving". Horse Sport Ireland. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Driving Rules and Para-Equestrian Driving Rules" (PDF). Fédération Equestre Internationale. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-01.

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