GEA Gladstone Driving
About Us

Combined Driving began as an official sport more than 40 years ago when Britain’s Prince Phillip and a group of driving enthusiasts from many European countries asked the Federation Equestrian International (FEI) to put together a set of rules to standardize driving competitions. They chose a format similar to ridden three day eventing including dressage, cross country, and obstacles.

​The first US CDE was held in the early 1970s in New Brunswick, NJ. Gladstone held its first event in 1975 and then almost every year since 1981.

The Gladstone Equestrian Association is a New Jersey 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which developed from the Gladstone Combined Driving Event.  The Association was founded in 1985 to promote equestrian sport, particularly the sport of combined driving in the United States.   The GEA has since expanded to encourage horse sport and competition in Hunter/Jumpers and Three Day Eventing in the Gladstone area as well.

Over the years the association has offered competitions, clinics and seminars for organizers and course builders.  In 1985, Gladstone hosted one of the first US international driving events.  In 1993, the World Pairs was held at Hamilton Farms, the first time it was held outside of Europe.

Located on the Grounds of the Hamilton Farm Golf and Equestrian Center and the USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey, GEA – Driving is now focusing on helping the developing driver get a good start in the sport by maintaining a first class training center, hosting Horse Driving Trials (HDTs) and clinics for drivers in development.

GEA Gladstone Driving - Board of Directors
President – Sheila Tweedie
Secretary – Barbara Haertlein
Treasurer - Gayle Stinson
Directors  - Amie Bauman, James Brady, James Fairclough, Diane Holtaway, Charles Hance, Guy Torsilieri, John Hoffner

HDT Organizing Committee
Secretary - Gayle Stinson  908-752-2653  [email protected]
Dressage - Diane Unger
Cones – John Unger
Marathon - John Samtak
Volunteers - , Karen Patrick 908-319-7560 [email protected] , Diane Holtaway
Fundraising – Cathy Reddit
Hospitality - Susan Data Samtak
Program - Jennifer Brittingham
Stable Manager/Grounds - Ben Redditt
Competitor Liaison - Amie Bauman
Grounds Signage - John Hoffner
Communications - Jon Paul Beauchamp
Warmup Stewart - Octavia Brown