Carriage Driving

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The Virtual Championships Carriage Driving competition 2021 consists only of the 2021 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 with the lowest number of penalties will win the competition.

Driver Categories

  1. a) Novice
  • Any driver who drives with dual reins,  who may or may not 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.

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 is a maximum of 60m x 30m and a minimum of 50m x 20m. The markers down the long side must be laid out with equal spacing.

Page Last Updated: May 28, 2021