What is a derby?
A driving derby is a timed event, which can be best described as a hybrid between a marathon course and a cones course. It consists of one or more rounds over a course consisting of six to sixteen pairs of cones-type compulsory gates and two to four marathon-type obstacles. The score is determined by times, plus penalty scores for multiple rounds are added on to that score. Total time determines placings and the lowest time wins.
Our club offers three levels: Training, preliminary, and open. Training Level permits trot only, whereas the preliminary and open divisions allow canter. Obstacles are numbered, with red numbers on the driver’s right.
We encourage people from all skill levels to come and try out our derbies. We want everyone to have fun. So, either come with your competitive side, or come and enjoy a relaxed schooling day. Our courses aim to be challenging, but doable. So come join the fun!
More information can be found in the ADS (American Driving Society) rulebook under section CD-C Driving Derbies, page CD-83.
MDC Derbies 2018
The MDC had a great year with 3 wonderful derbies. Read about them and see some of the photos below.
Whats Next in 2020?
March 21- Navigator Workshop with Andy Marcoux. Location: The Carriage Barn 10 Trundlebed Ln. Kensington, NH. Time: 11-3. This is a horseless event.
May 31- Larry Poulin Clinic. Location: Upper Pond Stables, Litchfield, Maine
June 20- Windsor ADT. Location: Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
August 15- Fun Day of Driving Location: Canton, Maine
September 12- Spurwink Farm Derby with Dressage and Trails. Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
October 17- Pen-Beth Farm ADT Location: Harrison, Maine
Entry form for our events located below: