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Bits: Boyd Exell milestone, job for a vet and endurance news

ABOVE: Making history - Boyd Exell takes his 10th championship. Picture: LIZ GREGG

IT’S title number 10 for Boyd Exell in Bordeaux!

Australia’s master driver took his 10th FEI Driving World Cup championship at Jumping International de Bordeaux, becoming the first athlete to break into double digit title wins for the prestigious indoor series.

Boyd and his team delivered his usual immaculate performance in Bordeaux, cementing their place in the history books.

Son and father combination of Bram and Ijsbrand Chardon were second and third.


AUSTRALIAN dressage riders William Matthew and Warwick McLean starred in the Kl three-star Inter II at Schloss Wickrath Dressage in Germany, with three scores of more than 70%.

William claimed the win with Freischütz 5, scoring a 73.991%. Warwick filled second and third places with Jack 483 and Sir Heinrich M, scoring 72.456% and 71.009% respectively, so Australian combinations filled the top three placings in the 11-horse field.


THE FEI has welcomed the recent announcement by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board that Para Equestrian has been included in the Paralympic Programme for Los Angeles 2028.


TWO women will ride for Australia in Butheeb (UAE) for the Fédération Equestre Internationale Endurance World Championship 2022.

With less than a month to go until the world’s best equine and human athletes line-up, has been confirmed that Andrea Laws-King and Heathfield's Bin Sadaqa and Jodie Salinas and Baroud Rio will be part of the 129 combinations representing 37 nations competing for individual and team world titles on February 25.

The 18th FEI Endurance World Championship, first held in 1986, this year has 63 female and 66 male athletes entered, and an equally impressive diversity in age range of the participants with 55 years separating the youngest and oldest competitors.

With numbers reminiscent of pre-covid times, the championship will see 24 teams compete for the team title and a number of countries competing with individuals.


THE Australian Endurance Riders Association has been notified of three “adverse analytical findings” in swab samples taken at events in late 2022.

Each of these related to the presence of prohibited substances in the samples – two to the presence of controlled medications and one to the presence of a banned substance.

AERA reminds all people associated with the sport – in particular riders and “responsible persons” – that it is up to them to ensure their horses compete free of any prohibited substances.

“There are lots of supplements on the market and not all of these substances fully declare their constituents and there may be an element of risk in using any ‘supplement’,” it said.


IT’S not only doctors desperately needed in Australia.

Mooroopna Veterinary Practice in Victoria has put out a plea for a veterinarian and offered a $1000 spotters fee if any tips are lead to a vet joining the team permanently.

A fully furnished house will be provided as part of the package.

For details, terms, conditions or a confidential discussion contact Howe & Russell HR on +61 418 868 288 or email or visit Seek.


THE Equine 2023 Classic Sale showed just how strong the market is for quality stock horses with the top priced mare Ducktacular selling for $400,000, the top priced stallion Brother Tuff Wood for $300,000 and the top price gelding Jewels Metallicat for $110,000 .The sale had a gross of $17,112,000 and an average of $32,600.

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