Katydid Combined Driving Event celebrates its 10th anniversary

  • Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 11:14 p.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:40 a.m.
Driver Dana Bright and navigator Melinda Russell compete in the preliminary tandem pony level with Welsh Cob ponies Cubbyhole Kestrel and Cubbyhole Osprey during the dressage phase of the Katydid Combined Driving Event.
Driver Dana Bright and navigator Melinda Russell compete in the preliminary tandem pony level with Welsh Cob ponies Cubbyhole Kestrel and Cubbyhole Osprey during the dressage phase of the Katydid Combined Driving Event. Buy this photo

WINDSOR — The sport of combined driving continues to have a strong presence in Aiken, and for the past decade the Katydid Combined Driving Event at Katydid Farm has attracted many of the top names associated with the discipline.

This weekend, the event is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the drivers are competing at preliminary through advanced level.

“We are very excited about the event being in its 10th year,” said Peggy Dils, Katydid CDE organizer.

The dressage phase for the competition was held on Friday, the marathon was held Saturday and saw the drivers, navigators, horses and ponies contend with a number of challenging hazards. The drivers will have to contest with the event’s final phase today, the cones.

“We have a wide variety of drivers at the event from novice to upper level competitors,” said Dils. “The fact that a number of the upper level drivers live here in Aiken makes it even more exciting.

Volunteers also help make the event run seamlessly,” said Dils. “The Aiken Driving club is excited about having a growing membership.”

The cones phase starts today at 9 a.m. Katydid Farm is located at 359 State Park Road in Windsor.

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