The Top 3
Ones to Watch

08 February 2017

The FEI World Cup™ Driving series is coming to a climax soon, with the final being held in Gothenburg on February 26.

 If you are new to equestrian sports, Driving is a great one to check out as it’s fast, furious and loads of fun to watch.

 

After the eighth and last leg of the FEI World Cup™ Driving series in Bordeaux last weekend, here’s our rundown of the Top 3 athletes to watch out for at the Final next month. 

 

Who will you be cheering for?

 

Boyd Exell

 

Australia’s biggest Driving export who is becoming to the sport what Michael Schumacher was to F1.

 

He has just won the after a battle with his Dutch opponents Koos de Ronde and IJsbrand Chardon - the reigning World Cup Champion

 

This was Boyd’s third win for World Cup points of this season, which puts him in the lead of the final standings before the FEI World Cup™ Driving Final.

 

The reigning World Champion attacked the course and came out nearly three seconds faster than De Ronde: “I like a tougher course and this one suited me well. It gave us the chance to use our power and to show the technical skills of our team. My horses’ fitness is getting better and I am not afraid that they will become too fit.”

 

Boyd
Exell

 

Koos de Ronde

 

Dutchman Koos drove an amazingly fast and clear round and has a lot of confidence in his chances for the Final: “I will most likely use the four horses I used today in the Final in Gothenburg as well, I definitely feel I have a chance for a podium place with this four-in-hand, they feel very good."

 

Koos
de Ronde

 

IJsbrand Chardon

 

Ijsbrand lost to Boyd by taking a turn too short in the first marathon obstacle. “It was more difficult than I thought. Instead of winning two to three seconds, I lost them. I wanted to force Boyd to take the same route, but it didn’t turn out like that. It was a gamble and I lost it, but that is ok.”

 

Its tight at the top of the table, with Boyd on 30 points in first place and Koos and Ijsbrand right on his tail with 27 each.  

 

It’s anyone’s race at this point, so be sure to follow the action over on www.feitv.org on Feb 26.

 

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Text by Cindy Timmer & Paul Stretton/FEI

Images by Christophe Tanière

Ijsbrand
Chardon