Carriage Driving

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The 2022 RDA National Championships Carriage Driving Competition consists of the Driven Dressage Test 2022 and a Conobstacle course, which will be a cones course interspersed with two obstacles. It will be judged and scored as two phases: Phase 1 – Dressage, and Phase 2 – Conobstacles. (overall time, not individual elements). 

The objective of the driven dressage test is to judge the freedom, regularity of paces, harmony, impulsion, suppleness, lightness, ease of movement and correct bending of the horse on the move. Drivers will also be judged on style, accuracy, dress, control of the horse and general condition of their horse, harness and carriage.

The objective of the conobstacles course is to drive accurately  without knocking balls off the cones, and in the fastest overall time possible. It will test the fitness, obedience and suppleness of the horse, and the skill and competence of the driver. 

Driver Categories

  1. a) Novice
  • Any driver who drives with dual reins,  who has never competed at the any previous RDA face to face National Championships. They may remain in the Novice Class until they win the Novice Class at the National Championships.
  1. b) Intermediate
  • Any driver who drives with dual reins, who does not require verbal guidance from their CD Coach, and has not won the intermediate class at any previous RDA Face to Face  National Championships.
  • The winner of the Intermediate class at any previous RDA Face to Face National Championships will move up to the Open class for future competitions.
  1. c) Open
  • Any driver who drives with dual reins and has progressed from the Intermediate Class at previous Face to Face National Championships.
  • Any driver who has been assessed to drive with single reins with their CD Coach sitting beside them.
  • Any driver who has been assessed to drive with single reins and assessed as competent for their CD Coach to back step.
  • Open drivers whose carriage is not able to be set up for side-by-side driving may have their CD Coach standing on their backstep.

The organisers reserve the right to transfer drivers to a different class if felt appropriate.

Arena and Test.

The arena size for the dressage test  will be 60m x 30m. The markers down the long side must be laid out with equal spacing.

RDA Winter Virtual National Championships 

The Virtual Championships Carriage Driving Competition consists only of the 2022 Virtual Championships Driven Dressage Test. 

The objective of the driven dressage test is to judge the freedom, regularity of paces, harmony, impulsion, suppleness, lightness, ease of movement and correct bending of the horse on the move. Drivers will also be judged on style, accuracy, dress, control of the horse and general condition of their horse, harness and carriage.

The Driver Categories

Novice 

  • Any driver who drives with dual reins, who requires verbal guidance from their CD Coach, and has not won the novice class at any previous RDA National Championships.
  • The winner of the Novice class, at any previous National Championships, will move up to the Intermediate class for future competitions.
  1. b) Intermediate
  • Any driver who drives with dual reins, who does not require verbal guidance from their CD Coach, and has not won the intermediate class at any previous RDA National Championships.
  • The winner of the Intermediate class at any previous National Championships will move up to the Open class for future competitions.
  1. c) Open
  • Any driver who has been assessed to drive with single reins with their CD Coach sitting beside them.
  • Any driver who has been assessed to drive with single reins and assessed as competent for their CD Coach to back step.
  • Open drivers whose carriage is not able to be set up for side-by-side driving may have their CD Coach standing on their backstep.
  • Any driver to competed at RDA National Championships in 2022

Arena and Test.

The arena size for the dressage test is a maximum of 60m x 30m and a minimum of 50m x 20m. The markers down the long side are laid out with equal spacing.

The following links give the Competitor’s sheet and the Competitor’s Diagram sheet.

2022 RDA Champs Carriage Driving Test COMPETITORS SHEET

2022 RDA Hartpury and Virtual Champs Carriage Driving Test – COMPETITOR DIAGRAMS

 

Page Last Updated: January 21, 2022