“Olympic Style” Cones & Obstacles

A fun way to learn to carriage drive while still being competitive.

Horse Driving Trials is the fastest growing equestrian sport in the world today.

Beauty all set for the "Olympic Style" Cones and Obstacles Competition
Beauty all set for the “Olympic Style” Cones and Obstacles Competition

Olympic style  competitions are a shorter version of Horse Driving Trials and are a great way to introduce the sport to both horse and driver.  It is  a combination of cones and obstacles, generally held in an arena, indoors or outdoors.

The Obstacle C ourse
An Obstacle Course

Cones are the equivalent of showjumping in the equestrian sport of Eventing – you have to pass through a series of numbered “gates” – a pair of cones with tennis balls on top – and if you knock down a ball you incur 4 penalties.

Obstacles are the equivalent of the cross country in Eventing – they are a set of 4 to 6  lettered “gates”,   A, B, C, D, E, F,  such as pairs of hay bales, which you have to pass through in the correct order and you can’t take any short-cuts through a gate unless you have already “opened” it.  Each obstacle is timed separately through a Start/Finish gate.

Walking the Course
Walking the Course