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4 Reining Driving – Australia’s first Gold medal Two Australian reining riders qualified for the individual 38 year old Boyd Exell won Australia’s first Individual final with Warren Backhouse from Kandanga finishing Gold medal at World Equestrian Games. Born in Bega 13th riding Wiza Bronze Star scoring 216.5 and Martin NSW, Exell won his first pairs championship when he was Larcombe from Tatura finishing 19th riding Top Prize 16 year old at 21 he left Australia for England to improve Prince. Australia did not qualify for the teams final which his carriage driving and win a world championship – in was won by USA from Belgium and Italy. The individual that time he has been the British National Four-In-Hand Gold and Silver medals going to the USA with Canada Champion six times, won the International Driving Grand winning the Bronze. Prix at Royal Windsor four times, won the FEI Driving World Cup Final twice in 2009 and earlier this year, he Endurance has won the Four-In-Hand Top Driver in the world award in 2008 but, until now, not that elusive World Championship. The 100-mile endurance event saw individual Gold going to Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton from Spain riding Exell came to Kentucky with a goal to win – he set a Nobby. United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed won new world record in the dressage phase scoring over 200 the Silver riding Ciel Oriental and his son, Sheikh Hamdan points from four of the five judges and multiple 10 out bins Mohammed al Maktoum, riding SAS Alexis, the of 10 scores to finish on a penalty point score of 30.08 Bronze. Although thrilled with the victory, Ponton also giving him the comfortable buffer of 5.90 points ahead of credited Sheikh Mohammed. his nearest rival Ijsbrand Chardon from Holland. “It’s really a strange feeling because I really wanted Sheikh Mohammed to be the World Champion,” Ponton said at the press conference “I think he deserves it. He’s the person doing more for this sport in the world. This sport is what it is now because of him.” Sheikh Mohammed, no stranger to Australia, owns Darley Stud, heads his family’s Godolphin Racing operations based in NSW, and launched the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) in 1996. His second-place finish helped the United Arab Emirates team to a Gold medal in the Endurance Team World Championships. The Silver medal to France and Germany taking the Bronze. Penny Toft from Marburg was the only Australian to finish and placed 44th riding Don. Other team members Norbert Radney from Perth was eliminated at the Gate 3 vet inspection with metabolic problems and Matt Sample from Imbil was eliminated at the Gate 5 inspection when his horse Tarrangower Crecendo went lame. 1 Rachael Sanna at WEG/Franz Venhaus 2 Lyndal Oatley at WEG/Franz Venhaus 3 Brett Parbery at WEG/Jenny Sheppard 4 Boyd Exell at WEG/Jenny Sheppard 5 Boyd Exell at WEG/Franz Venhaus 5 47


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