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|Boyd Exell wins at CAIO Aachen
22 June 2003
The World Equestrian Festival at Aachen, Germany is one of the largest and most prestigious equestrian events in Europe. As well as world-class showjumping and dressage competitions, Aachen holds an International CAIO Driving competition for Horse Teams. Points gained for placings in this competition count towards the FEI Top Driver Award as well as qualification for the 2003/4 Driving World Cup.
24 Horse teams entered the competition, which started on Wednesday 18 June with dressage. British-based Australian driver Boyd Exell took an early lead. Sixth to start, Exell bettered the scores of both Michael Freund (GER) and IJsbrand Chardon (NED), who started before him. With little opposition from the rest of the class, Exell finished in the lead, 5.44 points ahead of 2003 World Cup Champion Michael Freund, and 4.64 points ahead of second placed Swiss driver Werner Ulrich.
Aachen is renowned for its tough marathon, which proved a challenge to many competitors. Chardon finished first, only 1.6 points ahead of Christoph Sandmann (GER) and 2.2 points ahead of third-placed Thomas Eriksson of Sweden. Boyd Exell finished the marathon in sixth place, reducing the lead he built up in the dressage..
Going into the final phase of the competition, the cone driving on Sunday 22 June, Exell and Chardon were neck and neck with Chardon, having the better marathon score, in the lead. The tension had built up right to the very end of the competition, with Exell second last and Chardon last to drive. Both went clear, but Exell's 0.5 time penalties, compared to Chardon's 1.0 had won him the competition.
Although competing for Australia at international driving trials, Boyd Exell is based in Buckingham, England and is the team trainer for the British team at the World Pony Championships in Karlstetten, Austria.
The full results can be obtained from the Aachen website at www.chioaachen.de
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