28 April - 1 May 2016


Valkenswaard welcomes top
international pair and four-in-hand drivers (free admission)


From Thursday April 28th to Sunday May 1st, the home base of the three-time four-in-hand World Champion Boyd Exell will be the main focus of the international driving world. Located on the stunning ‘Horse Boulevard’ of Valkenswaard and under the name ‘Driving Valkenswaard International’, the Australian driver and his team will organize a massive international 3* combined driving competition for pair and four-in-hand horses.

The preparations for this large event are already well underway. Located only a stone’s throw from the beautiful show jumping complex of Jan Tops and Edwina Tops-Alexander.

On the main show grounds on the Maastrichterweg, seven marathon obstacles, a dressage and cones ring and diverse warm-up rings will be built. The obstacles are designed by four-star course designer Jeroen Houterman, who is also responsible for designing the course in Breda this September for the Four-in-Hand World Championships. Every obstacle will be constructed with its complete own identity and appearance, as per the wishes of each individual sponsor.

The spectator experience will also be taken into consideration with the assembly of diverse mobile tribunes, and a grounds layout that has the marathon obstacles situated close together in a central location, making it possible to follow the spectacular marathon with ease. A bustling trade fair with a variety of vendors will be present, providing a huge assortment of products encompassing everything from lifestyle to equestrian.

The event will be open free to the public, and a fee will be required for parking. Handicapped parking is free.

Click here for the starting orders and results. 

Driving Valkenswaard


Thursday 28th April

Horse Pairs Dressage in the main arena.
11.00 – 17.00: Dressage H2

Friday 29th April

Horse Teams Dressage in the main arena.
11.00 – 17.00: Dressage H4

Saturday 30th April

Marathon Day for Horse Pairs and Horse Teams on the marathon course.
11.00 – 16.30: Marathon

Sunday 1st May

Cones for for Horse Pairs and Horse Teams in the main arena.
10.30 – 16.30: Cones



Admission to the showground for all four days of competition is free.

There will be a €5 charge per car on each day. Handicapped parking is free.

You’re welcome to bring dogs to Driving Valkenswaard but please keep them on the lead anywhere.


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