A picture perfect day in Ocala Florida provided the idyllic backdrop for the conclusion of competition at the Live Oak International Combined Driving Event. Taking the lead the first day and never looking back, Chester Weber and the team he co-owns with Jane Forbes Clark concluded their performance by putting in a solid round in the cones competition, thereby earning Weber an unprecedented ninth National Four-in-Hand Championship title.
"It is very nice to have it back" says Weber of the trophy. And, perhaps the win is even more noteworthy given the fact that this was Weber's first competition with this new team. "I am so thankful for Jane Clark's support and participation, and for helping me put this combination together," Weber noted. "I'm really excited about the future."
Topping other classes in the FEI Division, Australian Janelle Marshall turned in a total score of 126.39 to come away with the win in the Single Pony class. Jennifer Matheson maintained her lead in the FEI Pony Pairs competition, and Lisa Stroud put in a double clear performance to secure her win in the FEI Pony Teams with a score of 150.28.
After battling hard throughout the entire competition, Leslie Berndl prevailed with top honors in the highly contested FEI Single Horse division, edging out Sterling Graburn by 1/10 of a point.
Misdee Wrigley Miller turned in a final score of 142.37 to win the FEI Pair Horse class. In fact, she not only won the class, but she did so with impeccable style. Wrigley-Miller was awarded the Anne Bliss Memorial Award for the most elegant lady driver throughout the competition.
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Photos: Chester Weber on his victory lap with wife My at his side. (picsofyou.com); Misdee Wrigley Miller with Anne Bliss family; husband Ned, and daughters Molly Lee, Mindy McManus, Bonnie Gregory, Mary McGrath (picsofyou.com)