The battle in Bordeaux was the most close-fought in years, with just fractions separating the winner from rival Boyd Exell.
A look at how the competition is heating up as the season gets underway, plus an account of the top-100 Canadians.
The Australian was dogged the entire way by Dutch rival Bram Chardon as teams have only one more qualifying leg to go before the Final in Bordeaux.
From The Two Charlottes squaring off in dressage to world-class showjumping to the Shetland Pony Grand National, there is something for everyone.
Jumping, dressage, para-dressage, eventing, driving and vaulting will take place at the German venue; Al Ula in KSA will host endurance.
The leaders hold fast to their spots at the top of the leaderboards, while others have made significant leaps up the world rankings.
The championship, which is running Sept. 27-Oct. 1 in Haras du Pin, France, features 92 competitors and 270 horses representing 25 nations.
Bram Chardon wins his third consecutive European title, Netherlands takes team gold and para drivers compete for Grade 1 and 2 honours.
These World Championships will serve as the first qualifying events for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With her reliable partner Flip, Kelly won the CAI3* Horse Single at St. Margarethen and placed 4th in the 2* with a new horse, Claus.