Horse teams go indoors

  • Boyd Exell makes his indoor driving debut at the Toronto Winter Fair in Canada ahead of his first World Cup event in Europe next month

    British-based Australian carriage driver Boyd Exell made his debut in indoor driving last week – driving a four in-hand team.

    Boyd was invited to compete at the international indoor driving trials at the Toronto Winter Fair in Canada, and borrowed the horses from Chester Weber of the USA, team silver medallist at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez.

    Competitors at the Winter Fair’s indoor driving trials had to negotiate a course consisting of 12 gates, a bridge element and two substantial obstacles against the clock.

    “My team was new to indoor driving and it was my first experience of this type of event,” admitted Boyd, “It was a little bit frightening – the horses were strong but you just had to let them gallop. It’s a completely different ball game. I’m looking forward to my first World Cup event in Europe with my own team in December.”

    Chester Weber was victorious in the Canadian series, with marathon specialist Harry de Ruyter of the Netherlands runner-up and Boyd in third place.

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