Boyd Exell has dominated – and still dominates - the world’s four-in-hand carriage driving circuit. With five FEI World Cup™ Driving Championships to his name, including the 2014 title, he has been crowned British National Champion on no less than eight occasions.
Born in Australia in 1972, where he started riding aged eight, Boyd moved to the UK when he was 21 to improve his riding and carriage driving skills.
He now lives in the Netherlands with his wife Preetha and children James and Olivia.
Success came to Boyd at a young age. He turned many eyes when, aged just 16, he won the Australian pairs championship. Other early accolades include being a member of the Australian team at the World Singles Championships in Ebbs 1998; being appointed trainer of the British Pony Team for the World Championships at Saumur in 1999 and Karlstetten in 2003; finishing second in the FEI Pairs Top Driver Award in 2001 and occupying the runner-up spot in the Four-in-hand Top Driver Award in 2003, 2007 and 2009.
Boyd has added every major title to his portfolio. In 2008 he won the Four-in-Hand Top Driver Award (which was shared with Ysbrand Chardon) and he achieved the same feat in 2011. In 2003, and then each year from 2009 until 2012, he won the prestigious CAIO at Aachen, Germany, and etched his name into the record books as the first person to achieve this on four consecutive occasions. Boyd has won the International Driving Grand Prix title at Royal Windsor Driving Trials five times, scooped his first gold medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky in 2010 and repeated this feat in 2012 at the World Four-in-Hand Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany, the same year he was also selected as trainer to the British Horse Singles team. In 2013 Boyd was announced as team trainer for the British Horse Pairs.
Apart from horses and carriage driving, motorbikes are Boyd’s second love and he is also very fond of his speedboat "Miss-chif" and Western films. Boyd’s other hobbies include most types of water sports including sailing and water-skiing.
What Boyd Feeds
"My favourites are Build Up Conditioning Cubes for the competition horses that need to keep condition, and ERS Pellets for the ones that are a bit hotter, as well as those in lighter work"