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Twelfth victory in succession for the Dutch team in the DHL Nations Cup of the Four-in-Hand Drivers

The Dutch four-in-hand drivers and the DHL Nations…


The Dutch four-in-hand drivers and the DHL Nations Cup at the CHIO Aachen, go together like a horse and carriage. For the twelfth time in a row the Oranje drivers won the team classification.

 

Koos de Ronde and the father and son duo, Ijsbrand and Bram Chardon, claimed the DHL Nations Cup for the Netherlands with a huge lead: The trio finished on an overall score of 330.120 minus points compared to second place, which went to France on a score of 377.430 minus points. The French team comprised of Benjamin Aillaud, Thibault Coudry and Anthony Horde. The Belgian team finished third with 381.210 minus points thanks to Dries Degrieck, Glenn Geerts and Edouard Simonet – to the extreme disappointment of the German drivers!

 

The team of Karl-Heinz Geiger had worked their way up into third place during the Marathon yesterday, but today in the Boehringer Ingelheim-Prize Michael Brauchle, Mareike Harm and Georg von Stein they fell back into fourth place. (383.230 minus points): “We are very disappointed, coming under the first three would have been good – no, actually it should have been a must,” the national coach commented.

 

Demanding Boehringer Ingelheim-Prize

 

The obstacle driving competition, the Boehringer Ingelheim-Prize, which was also the concluding competition of the Nations Cup, was tough, especially since the time was tight. The French driver, Thibault Coudry, who also won the “Top Score” class, mastered the course best. Second place went to the Australian driver, Boyd Exell, followed by Jérôme Voutaz from Switzerland, who was part of the victorious team in the Lavazza-Cup yesterday with his four Freiberger horses.

 

Prize of Family Richard Talbot

 

The individual classification, the Prize of Family Richard Talbot went to the Australian driver, Boyd Exell, for the ninth time. Last year he had to bow down to Ijsbrand Chardon, and today he claimed the victory back. First in the dressage, third in the Marathon, second in the obstacle driving competition – nobody else could top that. On an overall score of 158.57 minus points, Exell asserted himself against Koos de Ronde from the Netherlands (164.10). Last year’s winner, Ijsbrand Chardon finished third (166.02). Mareike Harm was the best German driver in sixth place (188.11).

Koos de Ronde wins the Prize of schwartz GmbH, the Marathon

Saturday is Marathon day for the four-in-hand drivers…


Saturday is Marathon day for the four-in-hand drivers in the Prize of schwartz GmbH. As in the previous year, the Dutch driver Koos de Ronde steered his horses through the solid obstacles in the fastest time. But there was also reason for joy from a German point of view.

 

The Dutch are in the driving competitions what the Germans are in the dressage at the CHIO: Virtually impossible to beat. The 35,000 visitors on the meadows of the Soers at the CHIO Aachen 2019 witnessed top sport today. Because not only the cross-country course of the events was extremely tough, the Marathon of the Prize of schwartz GmbH was also very demanding. The driver from the Netherlands, Koos de Ronde, sped into the lead ahead of the rest of the field for the second time. Since his fellow countryman, Ijsbrand Chardon, finished directly behind him in second place, the Oranje team is currently in the lead in the DHL Nations Cup classification with an interim result of 326.390 minus points, which means it is practically impossible to catch them up, even though their team member, Ijsbrand Chardon’s son Bram, was disqualified in the Marathon after one of his horses fell. Fortunately neither the horse nor the driver were hurt.

 

Boyd Exell (AUS) came third behind the two Dutchmen and was thus able to defend his lead in the individual classification, the Prize of Family Richard Talbot.

 

Germany’s drivers on the advance

 

The German drivers are bound to be in good spirits this evening, after lying in fourth place after the dressage the team was able to move up to third place after super performances in the Marathon competition today. Georg von Stein, Anna Sandmann, Mareike Harm and Michael Brauchle came sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively in the Prize of schwartz GmbH. Whereby only the scores of Georg von Stein, Harm and Brauchle count for the team result.

 

The two best German drivers in the individual classification, the Prize of Family Richard Talbot are currently Anna Sandmann in seventh place and Mareike Harm in eighth place. The German national coach, Karl-Heinz Geiger’s summary after the Marathon: “All three team drivers under the top ten – that is super and particularly our two female drivers did an excellent job!”

The obstacle driving competition, the Prize of Euregio Maas-Rhein goes to Thibault Coudry

The four-in-hand driver, who aims to win the…


The four-in-hand driver, who aims to win the “Chase for Points”, the Prize of Euregio Maas-Rhein, not only has to be good at driving, but also good at maths. Today, the expert here proved to be the French driver, Thibault Coudry.

 

The right tactics were called for among the four-in-hand drivers in the “Chase for Points”, the Prize of Euregio Maas-Rhein. In the competition the drivers can choose the order of the obstacles themselves. Each obstacle has a certain amount of points, which correspond to the obstacle’s degree of difficulty, but only if the driver doesn’t pick up any faults. What’s more, there is also a joker, a particularly risky obstacle, which if driven clear brings the driver 200 points. But beware! If the driver makes a mistake here, 200 points are deducted. In the end the driver, who collects the most points in the fastest time, wins.

 

Today, that was France’s Thibault Coudry. The 39-year-old is very familiar with the Aachen Soers. He competed here for the first time during the World Equestrian Games in 2006, as the youngest participant at the time. Today, he benefitted from the experience he has gained since: He namely successfully drove through the joker obstacle twice. That helped him notch up a total score of 1870 points, more than any of his fellow competitors.

 

Three drivers finished on a score of 1730 points. Boyd Exell (AUS), who already won the two previous driving tests, recorded the fastest time of the three, which meant he secured second place, followed by the Belgian driver, Edouard Simonet and Anna Sandmann in fourth place as the best German driver.

 

Karl-Heinz Geiger was particularly impressed by Anna Sandmann’s performance. Apart from the winner, she was the only driver who dared to take the joke twice and whose courage was rewarded for doing so. Two further German drivers, Mareike Harm and Georg von Stein, also came under the top ten, ranking eighth and ninth respectively.

No stopping Boyd Exell in the Prize of Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG

Australia’s Boyd Exell drives from victory to victory….


Australia’s Boyd Exell drives from victory to victory. After already winning the opening competition for the four-in-hand drivers yesterday, he continued his triumphal march today in the Prize of Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG.

 

It wasn’t a new world record like the one the World Champion set yesterday, but he did have a clear lead over his fellow drivers: The Australian driver, Boyd Exell, who lives in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands drove out of the arena today on a score of 31.86 minus points. Second place went to the driver from the USA, Chester Weber (38.52 minus points), followed by the Dutch father and son duo, Ijsbrand Chardon (41.98) and his son Bram (42.05).

 

The ladies flew the flag for Germany. Like yesterday, Mareike Harm was the best German driver finishing eighth on a score of 47.71 minus points. The individual driver, Anna Sandmann, followed directly behind her in ninth place (48.51). Whereby she had a moment of shock after the final salute when one of the leaders in his team got the reins tangled over his head. Luckily, they untangled themselves. If one of the grooms had had to dismount to help him, they would have been penalised.

 

Things didn’t run very smoothly for the other German drivers. The German Champion, Michael Brauchle is lying in 15th place before the Marathon (54.97), Christoph Sandmann, Anna’s father currently ranks 17th. (55.44) and Georg von Stein 20th (57.44) among the field of 25 participants.

Michael Brauchle, Mareike Harm and Georg von Stein are driving for the German team in the DHL Nations Cup. Prior to the Marathon on Saturday, the German team is currently lying in fourth place with an overall score of 102.680 minus points, behind the Dutch team who have a clear lead (84.030), the USA (85.30) and France (95.690).

 

The prize-giving ceremony was the fitting occasion to thank the sponsor of the competition, the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG for their 25-year partnership with the CHIO Aachen. Baron Buchholtz presented the Managing Director, Mr. Wolfgang ‘Tim’ Hammer, a bronze sculpture bearing the inscription: “Mr. Hammer, as a company from Aachen, the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG has deep roots in the region. Like the CHIO organisers, the ALRV with its long history, both also have a passion for the equestrian sport in common. The result has been a fantastic and trusting partnership over the past 25 years. “Driving” is a matter close to your heart, as your commitment at the World Equestrian Festival demonstrates. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for this support. I am delighted that you are our guests today and would like to present you with this bronze sculpture as a sign of our appreciation.”

Boyd Exell sets a world record in the Prize of Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger

The Australian driver, who lives in the Netherlands,…


The Australian driver, who lives in the Netherlands, Boyd Exell, won the Prize of Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger, the first dressage class of the four-in-hand drivers with a record result.

 

Boyd Exell has already won the four-in-hand driving competition at the CHIO Aachen eight times. Last year he had to bow down to his arch-rival the Dutch driver, Ijsbrand Chardon, but one must add that he was handicapped after breaking his leg shortly beforehand. He is fit this year though. That was very evident today in the Prize of Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger. This competition traditionally kicks off the driving competition, but does not actually count towards the overall classification.

The judges awarded the reigning World Champion, 28.70 minus points for his performance – the best result that has ever been recorded! In order to make Exell’s success complete, one of his pupil’s drove into second place on a score of 39.39 minus points: Misdee Wrigley-Miller, from the USA, who won team gold at the World Championships in Tryon 2018. Anyone, who likes chewing gum, will no doubt be familiar with her surname. A team colleague of Misdee Wrigley-Miller, also a member of the gold-winning team from Tryon, came third on a score of 40.26 minus points: Chester Weber. Mareike Harm was the best German driver in eighth place (48.55).

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