Equestrian Driving

Facts

Discipline of Equestrian
Participants 29
NOCs 6
Competitions held 1 (Venues)
Distinct events 1
IF Fédération Équestre Internationale

Description

Equestrian driving is a separate discipline of horse sport. It has been contested at the Olympics only in 1900 in Paris, when there were two events held, four-in-hand driving and the hacks and hunter combined event. Both were open to men and women.

Equestrian driving consists of a rider driving a carriage pulled by either a single horse or a team of four. In modern driving the sport has three phases similar to eventing – dressage, a cross-country marathon, and obstacle cone driving. FEI World Cup Driving is a series of four-in-hand competitions for four horse teams, which was introduced in 2001, and combines marathon and obstacle cone driving.

Driving is one of 10 equestrian disciplines governed by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), which was formed in 1921 by Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United States, and had 138 member nations as of 2020. The FEI governs several different disciplines of equestrianism, including jumping, eventing, dressage, driving, and vaulting. The top nations in equestrian events at the Olympics have been Germany, Sweden, the United States, and France.

All-time medal table

Olympic Games

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Belgium BEL 1 0 0 1
France FRA 0 1 1 2

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Georges Nagelmackers BEL 1 0 0 1
Léon Thome FRA 0 1 0 1
Jean, Baron de Neuflize FRA 0 0 1 1

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Four-In-Hand Competition Open 1