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10th February - Boyd is best in the World
UK Based Boyd Exell (AUS) wins the 2014 FEI World Cup Final in Bordeaux, France (7-9 February) in a nail biting finish.
Boyd Exell (AUS), brand ambassador for Dodson & Horrell, has claimed the FEI World Cup™ Driving Championship title for the fifth time in his career in a thrilling finale. It was not an easy victory for the Australian who won the neck-to-neck race only 0.69 seconds ahead of rookie Daniel Schneiders (GER). Title defender Koos de Ronde (NED) finished third.
The Final in Bordeaux was very exciting and just before the start of the second competition on Sunday afternoon, overnight leader IJsbrand Chardon (NED) took the difficult decision to withdraw on the advice of his vet.
Boyd Exell was the first to go in the final round and set the fastest time of the evening. This increased the pressure on Schneiders whose dream to finish in the top three had already come true but he could not afford any mistakes and made a last-minute decision to cut a corner on the course after he realised he was three seconds behind Exell. Heading to the finishing line, it looked as if the newcomer was going to make it, but he missed the win by just 0.69 seconds leaving Boyd Exell to take the title.
Exell said “I have just returned from a six-week holiday with good friends in Australia and my horses performed superbly. I am, of course, indebted to Dodson & Horrell for their continued support in terms of feed and nutritional advice and this win is a testimony to their ongoing support of my team.”