Will Zuschlag The Carolinas Equestrian 01 Will Zuschlag grew up loving horses and dreamed of being a cowboy and riding the rodeo circuit one day, not imagining that instead he would be riding with Karen and David O’Connor, looking to tackle some of the top events in the country.  Will’s dad, Geoff, took English riding lessons when he was young and told young Will that if he tried English for a year, he could switch back to his rodeo dream.  After a few years at the local English riding school, Will learned about eventing and completely forgot about the rodeo.

Dana Diemer The Carolinas Equestrian 02 In 2009, I resigned my position as organizer of horse trials at a major competition facility in the southeast and took up the sport of combined driving.  I inherited a throw-away pony recovering from concussion founder, was lucky enough to be in a community where combined driving is very strong, and nine years later I’m still competing.  My husband, Manny, an adrenaline junkie eventer, navigates for me.  What follows are some fun facts about Combined Driving.

Combined Driving is the sister sport to Combined Training (now called Eventing).  It was created in the mid-1960s by, among other notables, His Royal Highness Prince Phillip.  Like eventing, combined driving has three phases:  dressage, marathon (our cross country) and cones (our stadium).