• Fran Cleland

Exell starts out well in driving championship


ABOVE: Boyd Exell navigating the course at Kronenberg. Picture: HANS BRAND/FEI

BOYD Exell has won the first outdoor competition of the four-in hand-driving championship at Kronenberg in the Netherlands.


With the World Championship just three months away it’s a good start for the five times World Championship winner.


He led after the dressage phase with 38.19 penalties, just 3.59 penalty points ahead of IJsbrand Chardon, with Marijke Harm’s score of 48.11 penalty points in third place.


All drivers had a difficult time on the marathon course.


Exell, who is from Bega in NSW and now based in the UK, had problems at obstacles two and six and IJsbrand Chardon also made a mistake in obstacle six.


Koos de Ronde won the marathon and moved up into third place. Boyd Exell finished third in the marathon and held on tohis first place with IJsbrand Chardon close on his heels in second place.


A second place in the cones section meant that Boyd Exell held first place. De Ronde finished second, with IJsbrand Chardon in third place.


Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA), venue for the eventing discipline at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games, will host the FEI World Championships for Eventing and Driving in September.


The Italian venue, located 35km south of Rome, is no stranger to hosting high-level equestrian events and FEI Championships.


It was the site for the cross country competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games 1998 and hosted the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles in 2006 and 2010.