Gladstone Driving Event Returns, September 19-21
Gladstone, NJAugust 29, 2003The Gladstone Driving
Event, one of the nations premier equestrian driving competitions,
will return to Hamilton Farm Golf Club and Equestrian Center,
home of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Headquarters
and Olympic Training Center, in Gladstone, NJ, September 19-21.
of the worlds leading drivers and horses will compete in
a variety of carriage driving events, featuring the 2003 USET
Four-in-Hand Championship, among whose contestants will be the
drivers on the United States 2002 World Championship Silver
2003 Gladstone Driving Event will also host the Northeast Regional
Finals of the Bellcrown North American Preliminary Pony Challenge
as well as the Fédération Equestre Internationale
(International Equestrian Federation FEI) North American
Driving Challenge for singles, pairs, and four-in-hands.
begins on Friday, September 19 with the dressage phase, a test
in which horses must respond to subtle signals from drivers and
show a willingness to go forward with energy, elasticity and grace.
On Saturday, September 20, the same horses and drivers take to
an exciting cross-country marathon course. The course of maze-like
obstacles challenges the drivers skills, as well as the
courage, agility, and fitness of the horses. It is a race against
the clock, as each section of the course is timed.
event culminates with a cones phase on Sunday. In this final phase,
horses and drivers are required to carefully negotiate a course
of gates and water splashes, and to wind through a narrow route
defined by cones. The course allows only inches between the cone
markers and the carriage wheels. Time is also a factor, so the
round must be fast as well as accurate.
addition to exciting equestrian carriage driving, the 2003 Gladstone
Driving Event also features a dog agility fun match on Saturday
and a childrens fair on Sunday, which includes face painting,
pony rides, carriage rides, autograph signing, and a petting zoo.
Boutique shopping and other family activities will be available
throughout the weekend. For literary lovers, there will be a special
book signing by Barbara Weir, author of the new mystery novel,
The Fifth Wheel.
Gladstone Driving Event, the nations oldest equestrian combined
driving competition, is sponsored by the Gladstone Equestrian
Association (GEA). Formed in 1985, the GEA, a New Jersey non-profit
corporation, sponsors clinics on driving, course equine health,
and endurance, training to educate the public on the diversity
of horse sports, and provides grants to drivers to help make American
drivers a leader in the international equestrian arena.
more information on the Gladstone Driving Event, please call the
Gladstone Equestrian Association at (908) 234-0151or visit the
GEA website at www.gladstonedriving.com.