Richard Mulligan looks back on the last 12 months in Driving and Endurance...
It was again Boyd Exell’s year in Driving as the Australian took gold at the two biggest events, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and FEI Driving World Cup™.
Exell retained his WEG title in Tryon in September in what was a thrilling final day of action as he overcame Chester Weber for the Individual prize, although the American had the satisfaction of securing the Team title.
Weber had been jubilant after an immaculate final round which ensured his US team would finish ahead of the Netherlands and Belgium on the podium.
But Exell was not to be denied and an impressive last outing was enough to confirm a nine-point advantage over Weber, with Belgium’s Edouard Simonet in third. Exell’s crack team of Carlos, Celviro, Checkmate, Daphne and Zindgraaf proved too strong yet again, leading at the end of all three days to make sure of a third consecutive WEG title.