Nearly matching his WEG 2010 score, the five international judges with former double World Champion Tjeerd Velstra (NED) as President, awarded Boyd’s test with a score of 30.81 - enough to put him in the lead! Boyd was driving Sam, Capone, Curios and Wilko in the new Test 11. IJsbrand Chardon was the runner-up with a score of 33.19. with Theo Timmerman third on 39.17.
Second on the marathon with 73.71 points (won by Koos de Ronde on 72.11) kept Boyd in the overnight lead with a little over 9 points in hand over 2nd placed de Ronde.
Finishing with a double clear in the cones secured Boyd his first outdoor win of the season.
Boyd was the only competitor to drive a double clear in the first competition of the exciting FEI World Cup™ Driving Final. Koos de Ronde (NED) finished second, ahead of Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN) third and IJsbrand Chardon (NED) fourth.
In the final round Boyd made an error at the second pair of cones and knocked a ball down. Cheered by the enthusiastic spectators, he finished just 0.99 seconds behind De Ronde and was second to go in the Winning Round.
The Winning Round then turned into an extremely close battle between Koos de Ronde and Boyd. Unfortunately Boyd's horse had missed some important training because of the snow at home and on top of that, the truck had broken down during the 26-hour journey to Bordeaux and his horses had not had enough time to rest and recover from the journey. The horses could not hold their curve and the lack of energy caused a ball to fall. Koos then drove a superb winning round to win the championship with Boyd 2nd.
The first person in 30 years to win back-to-back World Four in Hand Championships!
Boyd has retained his World Champion title after four days of gruelling competition against the finest drivers in the World in Riesenbeck, GER. He was drawn almost last to go on the first day of dressage, but with Chester Weber and IJsbrand Chardon also competing on the same day we were happy with the draw.
Chester took an early lead with 33.41. Boyd drove a superb and very accurate test, which he felt was better than his world record test at WEG, Kentucky and gained a score of 33.79 just 0.38 penalties behind Chester. Boyd was driving the same team of horses that he drove at WEG, Capone, Monty, Rambo and Winston.
Boyd: “I made zero mistakes and I was happy with a lot of things in my test. I was disappointed with my score, but the reward for me has been the overwhelming support from the other drivers.”
With an early drawn for the marathon, Boyd had to drive a fast marathon to put pressure on the following competitors - which he managed to do retaining his lead in the marathon until Thomas Eriksson drove much later in the afternoon. Boyd's marathon score was 82.72 with Eriksson on 82.58. This was enough to put Boyd in the lead going into the final phase by 11 penalties.
Boyd: “We like it when a plan comes together. We said on dressage day that we would go for it and try to put the pressure on and we did. It went very well for me and once I realised at obstacle six that I had made no mistakes, I decided to slow down a little. I gave everything and my team is still improving. In Aachen, Monty and Winston were extremely good and in Riesenbeck, Spitfire and Rambo went up to another level.”
The cones round produced only two double clears during the day, and Boyd drove a clear, smooth round with a couple of time penalties - until the last ball - which he dislodged. (Not that we witnessed that as by that stage we new he had won the Gold Medal!)
Boyd: “I am very happy with my gold medal. Everything went according to plan this weekend, from the horses to the people and the carriages, it all worked out. The difference between winning in Riesenbeck and Kentucky is that this medal doesn’t cost as much money! It was very nice to win at the WEG and it is nice to win in Europe. The German public is very strong and knowledgeable; they let you know when you do something wrong and also when you are putting down a good performance. My sponsor and horse owner Tamas Vincze was thrilled and so were my parents, who came over from Australia to support me. My sister Lisa who lives in Australia has been getting up at two in the morning to follow my performances on the internet and I really enjoy all their support.”
For the 4th consecutive time Boyd has won the prestigious driving competition at Aachen - the first time this has ever been achieved. After a slightly disappointing dressage test (4th place) with one of the leaders a little too fresh, but a good solid cones round he started the marathon in third position. At Aachen the marathon is the final phase for the individual placings and is run in reverse order. Boyd drove a superb fast marathon, winning the marathon ahead of Michael Brauchle and giving him his 5th win at Aachen, and 4th consecutive win!
With a strong field of 23 competitors Boyd went into the lead in Vecses with his 39.81 dressage score. With a fast, good marathon Boyd also took first place on the marathon. With 14 points in hand going into the cones and only one cone down Boyd went on to take first place.
The dressage took place in the pouring rain, with Boyd taking the lead on a score of 38.40. IJsbrand Chardon finished in second on 39.81 ahead of Theo Timmerman on 43.39. The marathon took place in much better weather conditions and Boyd won the marathon having driven a very fast smooth round. Second on the marathon was Mark Weustoff followed by Koos de Ronde. Unfortunately with three balls down, but within the time allowed he dropped to second place just behind IJsbrand Chardon.
Boyd wins FEI World Cup Driving FInal four the fourth consecutive time!
Last to run in the warm-up round Boyd convincingly went into the lead by nearly 16 seconds! (1st Boyd 112.29, 2nd Dobrovitz 128.16, 3rd Chardon 129.24, 4th Eriksson 130.83, 5th de Ronde 133.93, 6th Lazar 142.01, 7th Coudry).
For the final round the times were carried forward, but the difference split by 50%. Boyd started on 0 penalties and Dobrovitz on 7.94 pen, Chardon on 8.48 etc. Again Boyd drove the fastest round with Chardon and de Ronde following him into the Drive Off over a shortened course. Another superbly driven fast and clear round has entered Boyd in the history books by winning the title for the fourth consecutive time!
During the World Cup indoor season Boyd had already won his four qualifying competitions: Stockholm; Budapest: Geneva and Mechelen.
The seventh Open European Driving Championships were run for the first time since 1981 at Outdoor Brabant in the Netherlands. Boyd won the dressage with a score of 34.05. Chardon was 2nd on 35.71 and went on to just win the marathon on 99.01. However Boyd still retained the overall lead going in to the cones and drove a superb double clear to win the Championships - although not being European he could not be awarded the FEI Gold Medal!
Driving Capone, Monty, Rambo and Sam Boyd won the dressage with a score of 35.97. Second in the dressage was Chester Weber on 37.25 and 3rd was Ijsbrand Chardon on 37.76. Cones for individual placings were run on friday, before the marathon and both Boyd and Chester drove double clears, and Chardon had one cone down. Marathon day was Saturday and run in reverse order of placings. The marathon was won by Michael Brauchle on a score of 89.36 with Boyd second on 90.76 which was good enough to give his 4th win at Aachen!
World Cup Indoor Champion 2011: hat-trick for Boyd!
Boyd has won the FEI World Cup Driving final held in Leipzig, Germany for the third consecutive year. After winning the warm-up round on friday he was last to go in the Final round on sunday and with another very fast round was through to the Winning round with Josef Dobrovitz and Ijsbrand Chardon.
After a World Record dressage test and the third place in the marathon, Boyd drove a safe cones course and won his first individual gold medal.
After Boyd saw Chardon’s dressage test, Boyd thought he would have to fight for silver at the Kentucky Horse Park, but his horses put on their professional heads and together they set a World Championship record score of 30.08! With the results of the marathon Chardon pressured Boyd even more and the difference between the top drivers became only 1.72 penalty points. After Chardon hit one ball in the cones course, Boyd decided to drive a safe clear round. He crossed the finish line with a few time penalties, knowing that this would not endanger his gold medal.
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For the second year running Boyd has won Aachen. With a considerable lead after the dressage phase and despite one cone down and a time penalty he still retained his lead for the final phase at this competition which was the marathon. Second on the marathon (by 0.11 penalties) he retained his lead to win this prestigious show. Results
Boyd dominated his first international outdoor competition this season at Royal Windsor Horse Show. With a 36.22 dressage score he was 13 penalties ahead of second placed Tucker Johnson going in to the marathon. Increasing his lead to 15 penalties after a superb round and with only one cone down he secured his fourth win at Windsor.
After a thrilling competition Boyd has won the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Driving Final in Geneva, presented by Brasserie A. Egger. Being the title defender and top favourite, Boyd felt the pressure on his shoulders but kept his head clear and beat the Dutch drivers, Koos de Ronde and Ijsbrand Chardon. MORE...