byNina Fedrizzi| Jan 2, 2018
You could say it’s in his blood, but that would be doing Dutch driver Bram Chardon a disservice. This weekend in Mechelen, Belgium, the 24-year-old son of 10+ world championship driver Ijsbrand Chardon navigated his own grey four-in-hand team to victory in his first FEI World Cup™ title in front of an electrified, sold-out crowd.
The younger Chardon is already a three-time world champion in his own right, and this victory guarantees Bram a place in the FEI World Cup™ driving finals in Bordeaux, France in February (1-4). In a conversation with the Dutch website Horse.nl, Chardon says he intentionally did not use one of his father Ijsbrand’s horses in order to maintain the continuity within his own team. The gamble paid off, and Bram led from round one, neatly edging out Swiss driver Jérôme Voutaz and fellow Dutchman Koos de Ronde.
World #1 Boyd Exell of Australia, de Ronde, and Ijsbrand Chardon—who won FEI World Cup™ driving Mechelen last year—have also earned spots ahead of the Final in Bordeaux next month.
NF Style photographer Thomas Reiner was on hand in Belgium to capture all the drama in the gallery above. Or, you can you watch a video of Chardon’s winning round below.