Date: Tuesday 6th September 2016
1) Boyd Exell (AUS) 158.40
2) IJsbrand Chardon (NED) 183.13
3) Koos de Ronde (NED) 185.26
Boyd Exell lead from the start, winning all three phases of the combined competition to be crowned individual World Champion for the fourth consecutive time.
Day one saw four-time World Champion and Dutch team member IJsbrand Chardon take the lead in the provisional dressage standings so we were all waiting with baited breath for reigning World Champion Boyd Exell to compete on the second day.
Boyd had decided to use the experienced 16-year old gelding Rambo in the wheel and it paid off as Boyd showed perfect transitions and extensions with his beautiful team of horses. He was awarded the winning score of 33.15 points by the judges
The challenging marathon course with eight demanding obstacles was designed by Jeroen Houterman from the Netherlands. With the first obstacle being situated in the main arena many spectators were attracted to visit the event on marathon day.
Koos de Ronde really went for it, he had one knockdown in the last obstacle but this did not prevent him from moving up to second place in the standings behind Exell, who had an advantage of 19.07 points.
IJsbrand Chardon had to replace his experienced leader horse Darco with a less experienced horse leading his team, and was unable to perform at his normal high level. Chardon also nearly drove a wrong gate in obstacle 7 and dropped to bronze in the individual standings after dressage and marathon.
So after the drama of the day all eyes were on Boyd Exell who was last to go. Needless to say he put in an excellent performance
“It was a course to treat with respect. My horses went very well, I did some training after Aachen and I was happy with my leader horses now.”
Day 4, saw the battle of the cones course. Chardon was the first driver to stay within the time, but had an unlucky knockdown, which gave his compatriot Koos de Ronde some more air. De Ronde had silver in his sights but lost it when he knocked two balls down. Chardon took home the silver medal and De Ronde dropped to bronze.
After winning the dressage and the marathon, Boyd also won the cones, which is unique at a World Championship. His advantage over Chardon in the end was 24.73 penalty points.
The medals were presented by the Chairman of the FEI Technical Committee Driving Károly Fugli (HUN) and Bettina de Rham (SUI), FEI Director Driving.