Horses - Combined Driving Event, Day 1 (picture heavy)

Alberta Dave

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These are a set of pictures from the Stonebridge Driving Club here in Central Alberta from day 1 of the event. Combined driving is a test of driver with a horse and buggies over three separate tests. Firstly there is Dressage which is performing a set pattern of moves and walks in an arena. Second is a time trial through a series of cones where there is a time penalty for every cone knocked over etc and lastly is a cross country marathon which has timed sections through obstacles.
We have covered the event in previous years so this was not our first time to see how things are organized. Sue covered the Dressage and Cones in the morning and then in the afternoon I broke out the EM1mk2 with the 40-150 Pro and located myself by the water obstacle. This has a series of gates which the drivers have to negotiate some of which are in the water. It makes for some interesting pictures as there are many techniques demonstrated by the drivers from "slowly does it" to "make as much of a splash as possible" You'll see when you look through the pictures LOL.
The horses range from miniatures right up to large draft horses and everything in between. Enjoy the pics and I'll do a post on day 2 in the next few days.
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Alberta Dave

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Hi Ulfic the competitors are split into novices and the more experienced drivers. All of the competitors take part in all three sections of the event but the novices do an easier version on the cross-country marathon and sometimes follow a different route. Also they might not have to do all of the gates on an obstacle. I love photographing the marathon as it really show the drivers and horses working together.
 
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