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|Boyd Exell wins National Team Championship|
11 August 2002
British-based Australian driver Boyd Exell has become the 2002 Four-in-hand National Carriage Driving Champion.
Although the National Carriage Driving Championships do not take place until 15 September at Windsor, the Four-in-hand horse team finals were held at the Lowther Driving Trials in the north of England on 9-11 August 2002, because in September the team drivers will be competing at the World Equestrian Games at Jerez.
Seven of the top horse team drivers in the UK competed at Lowther and Boyd Exell took an early lead in the dressage, finishing on a score of 31.8, 7.1 penalties ahead of George Bowman. In the challenging marathon phase, where the tough course and technically demanding obstacles took their toll of competitors, Boyd managed to extend his lead by a further 3.2 penalties. Even a double-clear round in the cones phase by George Bowman was not enough and after driving a perfect double-clear himself, Boyd Exell retained his lead to become the 2002 Four-in-hand National Champion.
For more details about the National Championships, visit their website at www.windsordriving.co.uk