Double-harness scurry driving, or simply Scurry Driving, is a sport where a pair of ponies pull a carriage with two riders around a track, competing for the fastest time.
Throughout the track there are cones with balls on top that are placed about 170 cm apart to increase the difficulty of the race. The riders must navigate between the cones while riding as fast as possible without knocking off any of the balls. If a ball is knocked over, riders receive a time penalty. A course will typically have between 10 to 14 obstacles.
Scurry Driving started in the 1950s using barrels instead of cones and four-wheeled wagons. It originated in the USA then became very popular throughout Northern Europe. It was not until the formation of the Scurry Driver’s Association in 2001 that it became recognized as an official sport.
Scurry Driving continues to take place throughout the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. They are often the end of show highlight at equestrian events.
Interesting Fact: The ponies are often given names of common pairings such as Salt & Pepper, Spic & Span, Touch & Go, Big & Tall, Wild & Free, and so on.
- Combined Driving — a driver on a carriage pulled by horses takes part in three events: dressage, marathon and cones.
- Chuckwagon Racing — a chuckwagon is pulled by four thoroughbred horses around a track.
- Pleasure Driving — a horse and carriage sport judged on a horse's manners, performance, quality and conformation.
- Harness Racing — horses trot or pace while pulling a driver in a sulky.
- Chariot Racing — horses pull along a driver riding a chariot (extinct sport).
- About Carriage Driving — sports in which horses or ponies are hitched to a wagon, carriage, cart or sleigh by means of a harness.
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- Unusual sport: Ban'ei, a Japanese event which requires a draft horse to pull a weighted sled up sand ramps.