Boyd Exell wins the Prize of the Talbot Family, Holland’s Nations’ Cup victory and the Belgian shootings star

Team Oranje was unbeatable again in the Nations’…

Team Oranje was unbeatable again in the Nations’ Cup of the four-in-hand drivers. Boyd Exell drove to victory in the Prize of the Talbot Family for the eighth time. And the Prize of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group went to Exell’s protégé, who could be decisive for the future of the driving sport.

The Dutch team celebrated a special anniversary at the CHIO Aachen this year: They namely won the Nations’ Cup of the four-in-hand drivers for the tenth time in succession. Whereby their Chef d’Equipe, Harry de Ruyter, clearly pointed out that he was not absolutely satisfied with the performance of his team – Theo Timmermann, Koos de Ronde and Ijsbrand Chardon. Although the three of them won the competition with a clear lead on a score of 336.53 minus points, ahead of Belgium (352.49 minus points) and the Germans (357.62). “Yes, he is very strict,” sighed Ijsbrand Chardon, who had significantly contributed towards the success of Team Oranje after coming third in the Prize of the Talbot Family.

Second place went to a young Belgian trio comprising of Edouard Simonet (27), Dries Degrieck (22) and Glenn Geerts (28). In the Press Conference, the Dutch were asked how they intend to stop the rise of the Belgians, but they obviously didn’t have a clear answer. Instead Chardon’s comment was, “My compliments to the Belgians! It is good for our sport when young people start coming through!”

Third place went to the Germans, which considering their extremely mediocre start in the dressage was a good result, however they did make up good ground in the XXX Pallen Marathon and fought their way back into second place. Only to fall back into third place after the cone driving competition, the Preis of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group. “Too many faults,” that was the sober summary of the team driver, Georg von Stein. His fellow team members were Christoph Sandmann and the European Champion, Michael Brauchle. Things particularly didn’t run smoothly for the latter, he ranked 20th in the competition. After his victory in the Marathon yesterday, Christoph Sandmann, lay in fifth place and after the cone driving ultimately finished sixth. Georg von Stein fell back from seventh into eighth place.


Prize of the Talbot Family – Exell again and again

Even if the Australian, Boyd Exell, withdrew from the winning round in the Prize of the Heitkamp & Thumann Goup, prior to that he had secured his eighth victory in the Prize of the Talbot Family, i.e. the combined classification of the four-in-hand drivers. With a score of 152.75 minus points, he beat his protégé, the Belgian driver, Edouard Simonet (164.41), and his eternal rival from the Netherlands, Ijsbrand Chardon (168.48). He was followed in fourth and fifth place by his team colleagues, Koos de Ronde and Theo Timmermann. Then came Christoph Sandmann as the best German driver.

Questioned as to why he didn’t drive in the winning round, Boyd Exell replied, “The horses had done a good job. The week was long and strenuous.” He is simply a horseman. Furthermore, it meant he could watch his pupil, Edouard Simonet, triumph with a wonderful round in the Prize of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group. In 2010, Simonet completed his degree in Agriculture in France and wanted “to do more than just drive on Saturdays and Sundays”. So he went to work for Boyd Exell, it was possible to observe the fruits of this cooperation today. Simonet’s mentor raved: “You don’t have to tell him anything. He takes everything in with his eyes!”

Today, Edouard Simonet put this all into practice and beat his fellow countryman Glenn Geerts and the Czech driver, Jiri Nescavil. Simonet took 85.42 seconds to reach the finish line. His team colleague was not much slower: 85.92 seconds. And only five hundredths of a second separated him and Jiri Nescavil. The driver from Schleswig-Holstein, Mareike Harm, came fourth.

XXXL Pallen Marathon goes to Christoph Sandmann and the “ideal team”

The XXXL Pallen Marathon course was tough! The…

The XXXL Pallen Marathon course was tough! The opinions of the four-in-hand drivers were unanimous here. The Germany driver Christoph Sandmann and his team mastered the course the bests. Germany was able to significantly improve its standing in the Nations’ Cup classification. The rankings in the Prize of the Richard Talbot Family is unchanged.

Eight obstacles awaited the drivers and their teams. They first had to complete the roads and tracks phase beforehand, which itself was demanding for the horses. And the obstacles in Aachen are no easy task either. The times that the drivers need to complete the obstacles are decisive for the scores. The times are namely converted into penalty points so that the driver with the least points wins. Today, this was Christoph Sandmann, who had harnessed the same four horses in Aachen with whom he won the German Championships in Riesenbeck. “The ideal team in the Marathon,” praised Karl-Heinz Geigerl, the national coach.

Christoph Sandmann stated that he had had to drive an unplanned circle at the last obstacle. But in spite of this, his overall time of seven minutes and 25.36 seconds still proved to be the time to match. Converted into minus points, his overall score was 111.34, which meant the second victory for him in Aachen after yesterday “Hunt for Points” competition.

Second place went to Belgium, to Edouard Simonet, who took seven minutes and 33.79 seconds, followed by Holland’s number one in the driving sport Ijsbrand Chardon in a time of seven minutes and 34.08 seconds.


Nations’ Cup and Individual Classification

After the Germans lay in a disappointing fifth place after the dressage, they set out to catch up in the Marathon and are now lying in second place with an overall interim score of 341.510 minus points, behind the leading team, Holland (326,510), with the Belgian team close behind them in third place (342.870).

After his excellent dressage test and fourth place in today’s XXXL Pallen Marathon Boyd Exell is still clearly in the lead in the individual classification of the combined competition, the Prize of the Talbot Family, with an overall score of 152.70 minus points. His eternal rival, Ijsbrand Chardon, is currently in second place (162.48). Belgium’s Edouard Simonet is on course for bronze (164.41).

Thanks to his outstanding performance in the Marathon, Christoph Sandmann was able to move up from ninth place after the dressage into fifth place. The end result in the team and individual classifications will be decided tomorrow by the obstacle driving competition. Christoph Sandmann already proved yesterday in the “Hunt for Points” competition, that the balls normally stay in place for him, we will just have to wait and see.

Top score for Christoph Sandmann in the obstacle driving competition

One could say the four-in-hand driver, Christoph Sandmann’s…

One could say the four-in-hand driver, Christoph Sandmann’s numbers came up in the lottery today.

The German Four-in-Hand Driving Champion claimed the victory in the “Hunt for the Points”, a cone driving competition, where the drivers can determine the course themselves. Each of the obstacles is allocated a certain amount of points, on top of that there is a joker, a particularly difficult obstacle, where the drivers can pick up 200 points if all goes well – or lose them if they make a mistake.

The joker in today’s class at the CHIO Aachen 2017 was an extremely narrow obstacle without cones, but instead poles on the floor. “I couldn’t even see them from up the driver’s box,” reported the winner, “so it was like playing the lottery.” And today Sandmann’s numbers came up. On a score of 1,900 points, he relegated the driver from the USA, Chester Weber, into second place (1,800 points). The Czech driver Jiri Nesvacil Jr. came third on a score of 1,790 points. Sandmann’s team colleague, Georg von Stein, followed him in fourth place (1,760).

Sandmann and von Stein are part of the same team in the Nations’ Cup, however the “Hunt for the Points” isn’t one of the competitions in that classification -it is an individual class. The Nations’ Cup continues tomorrow with the XXXL Pallen Marathon.

The four-in-hand driving King, Boyd Exell, had no intention of letting anyone else win the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, the Dutch drivers are heading the field in the Nations’ Cup

Anyone, who wants to win the Prize of…

Anyone, who wants to win the Prize of the Richard Talbot family, in other words the individual classification of the Nations‘ Cup of the Four-in-Hand Drivers, has to first beat Boyd Exell. And the nation that wants to win the team classification, has to beat the Dutch. Both tasks are proving to be extremely difficult this year. Especially, since the German drivers only got off to a mediocre start in the dressage, the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG.

Boyd Exell already claimed the victory in the warm-up round of the drivers. Today, in the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, the first competition in the Nations’ Cup of the Four-in-Hand Drivers and the individual classification in the Prize of the Richard Talbot Family, raised the bar even higher. The Australian driver, who lives in the Netherlands, once again secured the victory in the dressage with his team on a score of 37.99 minus points. Exell, who is undefeated so far this season, is well-known for proving that he is in a class of his own in all three driving disciplines…

The driver from the USA, Chester Weber, is currently lying in second place, followed by three Dutch team members, Koos de Ronde (46.13), Ijsbrand Chardon (48.96) and Theo Timmerman (49.20).

Team Classification

The Dutch have already won the Nation’s Cup in driving 14 times at the CHIO Aachen. They haven’t been beaten since 2008. And after the dressage at least, it certainly doesn’t look like things are going to change this year either. They head the field on an overall interim score of 95.090 minus points, ahead of France (103.950) and Belgium (108.430).

The German team is currently placed fifth with an overall score of 111.30 minus points. Mareike Harm, obtained the best result in the dressage today after finishing seventh, (49.97). However, she is not competing for the team. The three team members Michael Brauchle, Christoph Sandmann and Georg von Stein ranked 17th, 9th and 13th, respectively. However, their strengths particularly lie in the Marathon and cone driving. Skills that they will be able to demonstrate in the XXXL Pallen Marathon and the Prize of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group on Saturday and Sunday.

Boyd Exell wins the Prize of the Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger

The four-in-hand-drivers opened the CHIO Aachen 2017 today…

The four-in-hand-drivers opened the CHIO Aachen 2017 today with the Prize of the Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger, a dressage competition. This class also suffered the impact of the storm that suddenly hit the Soers. Whereby, this didn’t affect the performance of Australian’s eternal winner, Boyd Exell.

The Australian driver, Body Exell, who in the meantime lives in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands, is nearly always a team’s length ahead of his fellow competitors. He once again won the opening class of the four-in-hand competitions on a score of 36.99 minus points. Second place went to the USA, to Chester Weber (41.28 minus points). The driver from the Netherlands, Ijsbrand Chardon, was close at the heels of the competition from overseas, he finished third with a score of 41.86 minus points, followed by his fellow countryman, Koos de Ronde (46.2 minus points).

The best German driver was the former team World Single Harness Champion, Mareike Harm. She delivered the sixth best result of the day (47.94 minus points). Georg von Stein came tenth (53.25 minus points). The recently appointed German Champion, Christoph Sandmann, ranked 14th (54.78). Rainer Duen finished in 16th place (55.62 minus points) and the European Champion Michael Brauchle came 24th of the in total 25 teams (61.06).

Tomorrow the cards will be reshuffled. In the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, the drivers will once again be competing in the dressage arena, but this time it in the first competition of the combined team and individual classification.