The FEI World Cup Driving series will start it’s sixteenth season on 19 November in Stuttgart. Since the introduction of the FEI World Cup Driving for four-in-hands in 2001, the series has grown in popularity amongst carriage driving fans, competitors and organisers.
After an exciting outdoor season with thirteen qualification competitions all over Europe, the 10 top four-in-hand drivers will battle it out over eight legs. As three of the top ten have withdrawn, Jérôme Voutaz (SUI), Edouard Simonet (BEL) and Rainer Duen (GER) have moved up into the standings so will now compete in the 2016/2017 series.
Having won the Outdoor Qualification Ranking, the six times FEI World Cup Driving Champion and four times World Champion Boyd Exell will do his utmost to win the World Cup title back again. Reigning World Cup Champion and silver medallist at the FEI World Championships in Breda IJsbrand Chardon (NED) and bronze medallist Koos de Ronde (NED), both members of the undefeatable gold-medal winning Dutch team, are again part of the series, as well as their team member Theo Timmerman.
Father and son József Dobrovitz and József Dobrovitz jr. were members of the silver team in Breda and will defend the Hungarian colours during the upcoming indoor season. German Champion Georg von Stein (GER), member of the bronze team in Breda, qualified for the series after winning the World Cup Qualification competitions in Lähden (GER) and Donaueschingen (GER).
Rainer Duen (GER) was the runner up in the German Championships and achieved several top 10 placings during the outdoor qualifiers. Rainer Duen will compete in the series for the fifth time in his career.