2018 WEG Driving: Exell Wins Individual Gold, Team USA Tops Team Competition

On a day when home nation Team USA secured an unexpected victory in the Polaris Ranger driving team title, Australian driver Boyd Exell proved he remains in a league of his own by securing a third successive individual WEG gold medal.
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Chester Weber (USA) and his team—Boris W, First Edition, Reno, and Splashearned / earned team gold and individual silver medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. | Photo: FEI/Liz Gregg

On a day when home nation Team USA secured a stunning victory in the Polaris Ranger driving team title to round off the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018, Australian driver Boyd Exell proved he remains in a league of his own by securing a third successive individual WEG gold medal.

Despite the valiant efforts of crowd favorite Chester Weber, who showed icy composure to drive his team to gold and grab individual silver, no one was able to rival Exell from the moment he entered the dressage arena on Day One.

First in the dressage, third in the marathon stage despite driving with broken brakes, and second in the closing cones phase, Exell finished with an overall score of 154.14, almost 10 points clear of Weber. Edouard Simonet, the 29-year-old Belgian who was once a back-stepper for Exell, took the bronze medal with a final score of 174.15

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