Heads down, all business
Australia’s Boyd Exell took the crown this weekend in Bordeaux at the to mark his eighth FEI World Cup™ Driving Championship title. Exell and his team sped around the course to victory nearly five seconds ahead of his closest competitor in a nail-biting drive off.
Exell’s superb horses, with seasoned leaders that had won previous World Cup titles, charged through the course, heads down and all business, as focused as their human driver in this competition of speed, precision, concentration, and communication.
Exell’s navigator Emma Olsen and his backstepper Hugh Scott-Barrett performed a ballet on the back of the carriage, shouting directions and leaning dangerously off the edge to shave seconds off the clock.
The effort was worth it. Exell completed a clean run with a time of 297.42, having carried over 154.55 seconds from the first round just minutes before.