Facts and Figures

Sep 21st 2022

- The FEI Driving World Championship 2022 will take place at Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) from 22 to 25 September.

 

- This is the 25th edition of the Championship which first took place in Münster (GER) in 1972 where Switzerland’s August Dubey took the individual title and Great Britain won team gold.

 

- A total of 37 athletes from 16 nations will compete, and with 5 horses per athlete the total number of horses in competition is 185.

 

- The line-up for this week’s Championship includes all of the top-19 in the current FEI Driving World Rankings.

 

- The countries represented are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Uruguay and USA.

 

- 6 nations are fielding teams which can consist of either two or three athletes, with the two best performances from each team counting for the final result. The teams are from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and The Netherlands.

 

- In the history of the Team Championship The Netherlands has taken the greatest number of titles with 10 in total.

 

- Hungary and The Netherlands share the record for the biggest number of individual gold medals with six each. 

 

- The phenomenal world number one, 50-year-old Australian Boyd Exell who is also eight-time FEI Driving World Cup™ champion, has been unbeatable for individual gold at the last five world championships and is back to defend his title once again.

 

- The youngest competitors at this Championship are both aged 27 - Germany’s Anna Sandmann and Belgium’s Dries Degrieck. The oldest competitors are both aged 61 - Uruguay’s Ernesto Colman Mena and Dutch legend Ijsbrand Chardon who has nine team and four individual gold medals in his trophy cabinet.

 

- Two sets of fathers and sons competing together - Jozsef Sr and Jozsef Jr Dobrovitz from Hungary and The Netherlands’ Ijsbrand and Bram Chardon.

 

- Czech athlete, Jiri Nesvacil Jr, competes with a team of beautiful Kladruber stallions (in the picture - LP Media). With a history that dates back to 1579 they are now a rare breed with a worldwide population of just 1,500, most based in the Czech Republic and 500 owned by the National Stud which is where the driver is based. Intelligent, strong and agile their distinguishing features include a convex Roman nose, expressive eyes and an elegant high-stepping gait. The have been bred to come in just two colours - grey and black.

 

- The Marathon course designed by Germany’s Josef Middendorf is 9km in length with 8 exciting obstacles en route.

 

 

In the picture: Jiri Nesvacil Jr (HUN) - photo Parkes Media

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