Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Careening Cross Country with Combined Driving

A CAIO4* combined driving competition was held in tandem with CCI4* eventing at Pau last week. I stopped to puzzle over this cross country obstacle … what? how? huh? Photo by Leslie Wylie.

When it comes to combined driving, I have SO many questions. I drive a duallie through a gas station and there’s a 50/50 chance I’m going to take off a fender, despite having side and rear mirrors and a steering wheel that does exactly what I tell it to do. Combined drivers have none of these luxuries, just a team of horses, each with its own brain and opinions about things. That turning radius only goes so tight, and these buggies aren’t equipped with proximity sensors to keep you from slicing right into obstacles. How are they not busting off wheels left and right?

This POV video from the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon does nothing to provide answers, but it IS exciting.

Go Eventing.