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Boyd Exell starts his World Cup season in Mechelen, Belgium.
23 December 2002

The current British Champion four-in-hand driver Boyd Exell will compete in his first World Cup event during the Flanders Christmas Horse Show in Mechelen, Belgium on 26/27 December 2002.

The Australian driver, who is based in the United Kingdom, qualified for the World Cup Driving during the outdoor season with his team of Gelderlander and Irish horses. Like IJsbrand Chardon, Exell has chosen not to use his outdoor horses for the indoor competitions. Exell will drive a team of Welsh Cobs, owned by British four-in-hand driver Fred Pendlebury.

Exell was invited to compete in the Carriage Driving Derby during the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada several weeks ago, where he started with a horse team borrowed from his Global Driving Team mate Chester Weber (USA). Weber, who is currently in fourth position in the World Cup standings after three competitions, will complete his World Cup season in the Nekkerhal at Mechelen. His chances of ending in the top five before G?eborg depend on his performance in the Nekkerhal. Weber can expect strong competition from Swiss driver Dani? W?gler, who received the second wild card in Mechelen after his win in Geneva.

Christoph Sandmann, second in the World Cup competition in Mechelen last year, will represent the German colours, while Mark Weusthof will represent the Dutch flag. Multiple Belgian Driving Champion Gert Schrijvers and wild card driver Achille Snoeys complete the field of seven competitors.

The warm up competition is scheduled on Thursday 26 December at 20.00 hrs. The results of the warm up determine the starting order of the main World Cup competition, which takes place on Friday, 27 December at 20.30 hrs.

Created in 2001, the Driving World Cup has provided an innovative new style of competition for indoor events, with courses combining marathon and cone driving obstacles. The 2002/2003 season of the World Cup includes nine events: Stuttgart (GER), Stockholm (SWE), Geneva (SUI), Mechelen (BEL), Leipzig (GER), Bordeaux (FRA), Vigo (ESP), Os-Hertogenbosch (NED) and G?eborg (SWE) in 2003. The Top 5 Four-in-Hand drivers in the standings after the first eight events will compete in the last event in G?eborg from 27 to 30 March 2003. The 2001/2002 World Cup Champion is Michael Freund (GER).

for the World Cup dates, results and points standings.

More information on World Cup Driving is also available from www.worldcupdriving.com and the Flanders Christmas Horse Show website is at www.jumping-mechelen.com Boyd Exell's website is at www.boydexell.com