A repeat victory for Australia’s Boyd Exell in World Equestrian Games driving

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Sunday marked the final day of combined driving at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. With reigning WEG gold medalist Boyd Exell of Australia, world No. 1 ranked driver Chester Weber of the U.S., and two veteran members of the formidable Dutch team making up the top four on the leaderboard, the day was shaping up for a close finish.

 

Not one of those top-four drivers had a bad day today. There wasn’t a single fault among them in today’s cones phase. That meant Exell kept his gold, Weber remained in silver-medal position, and Theo Timmerman of the Netherlands won the bronze.

The Netherlands defended its 2010 WEG team gold this year, followed by the team from Germany, who had dominated the marathon phase. Hungary took the bronze. The American team, lead by Weber with two relative newcomers to the four-in-hand horse division in Misdee Wrigley Miller and Allison Stroud, came in a respectable–but still heartbreaking–fourth place, just off the podium.

WEG Combined Driving Medal Standings

IndividualTeam
WEG MedalBoyd Exell (AUS)WEG MedalNetherlands
WEG MedalChester Weber (USA)WEG MedalGermany
WEG MedalTheo Timmerman (NED)WEG MedalHungary

 

See more 2014 WEG Combined Driving coverage:
Combined Driving Begins at WEG
Chester Weber Leads after Dressage Phase
Boyd Exell Moves into Top Spot

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Leslie Potter
Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, KY.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.

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  1. That was mesmerizing to watch. I loved how the horses broke into a canter at the end. It was like, “Phew! We did it! And we can run now! Yay!”

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