October 10-15, 2017
Kentucky Horse Park
Spring Fling 2018
May 24-27, 2018
Hoosier Horse Park, IN
The National Drive
The Beginning..........The National Drive was the idea of a group of forward-thinking gentlemen who thought a non-competitive drive was needed for the many drivers and riders who just wanted to get together and have fun with their equines. They wanted a convenient facility that had lots to offer, and the Kentucky Horse Park fit the bill perfectly. Our first drive was in October 2005 and has grown into what we have today.
The Drive has come to be viewed as the largest single gathering of recreational equine drivers on the continent. Highlighting the event is a series of clinics, demonstrations and private driving lessons featuring some of the nation’s most prominent clinicians and driving experts. Participants can attend all or none of our scheduled events – the only thing required is that one passes a safety check. Participants can drive at will from dawn to dusk.
How Things Work...
Both of our events are 'dress as you please' and we encourage that you dress for comfort and fun. We do strongly encourage that helmets be worn for driving and riding, but it is not a hard and fast rule. We do require a safety check before you start driving in the park. We just want to look you over and offer any advice on safety tips. That pretty well covers our 'rules,' so you can see that we are at the park to have fun while driving and riding our equines. We will have some organized clinics and events along with evening social events, but you are free to choose what you would like to do while our guest.
The spring and fall events will offer courses set up to guide you thru the park or you can drive at your leisure. The drives are set up to mostly be an opportunity to socialize and network with other drivers and riders from all over the country. The park is open to all of our participants, including a free trip thru their museum. We will have vendors set up to help you find all your driving necessities and even some 'stuff' you may only think you need.
Please visit the Clinicians page to learn about the 2017 Clinicians. They will give free group presentations on subjects of their choice; they will also be available for private lessons throughout the day. Fees and signup sheets will be posted at the National Drive Office. (Payment of lesson fees is arranged between clinician and individual.) Clinicians and their students are responsible for setting their meeting places and lesson locations. Our clinicians are well versed in the sport of driving equines and will work to improve your abilities on all levels.
The Kentucky Horse Park campground is a class A facility with beautiful sites available to our group for a special rate. The hotels in the area are close and plentiful. Convenient eateries are found on the grounds and many options are close by to suit all palates.