Bromont, Quebec, Canada – American Combined Driver Chester Weber continued his winning streak – this time on Canadian soil – when he won the FEI Four-In-Hand division at the Bromont International Driving Competition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park in Quebec. Weber, the eight-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Champion, captured the title with a 45-point lead over second place winner Josh Rector, also of the USA.
Weber was pleased with his win, and said that the marathon and cones courses at Bromont proved to be very challenging. “I had my less experienced team of horses and I am really proud of them because the marathon course was on the level of a world championship course,” Weber said, adding that he really felt that Reno stood out. “My young horse is coming together and proving to be consistent.”
Weber took Grumus, Para, Boy W, Reno W and Horus Du Bois to the Canadian competition, considered the most important driving show in Canada. “I am very proud of Reno as it was his best show yet,” Weber said. “Reno is really showing that he can be a valuable asset to my team.”
Despite a challenging cones course, Weber drove to a clean victory. He was the only Four-In-Hand driver without faults in the cones. Throughout the event, Canadian eyes were on Quebec driver, Eugen Hug, a native of the Eastern Townships, as he went head-to-head with Weber and American drivers Rector and David Saunders. Hug was the top Canadian finisher, landing in fourth place behind Saunders. Weber is currently training both Hug and Rector and hopes to help Hug qualify for WEG at the Iron Horse CDE in Illinois.
With another victory under his belt, Weber will also be competing at the Iron Horse CDE this month, where he will be teaming up with sponsors Charles Owen and SUCCEED to raffle off a helmet for a spin on their national “Helmets 4 Riders” campaign called “Helmets 4 Drivers”! Following Iron Horse, Weber’s focus will be on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky this fall. A veteran of two previous World Equestrian Games, Weber said he would love to win medals for his country while on home turf.
A victory for Weber at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games would be a tremendous way to cap off the past few years in which he has spent much of the time in the spotlight. In 2008 he won a Silver Medal in the Four-In-Hand World Driving Championships in Beesd, The Netherlands – making him the first American to ever win an Individual Medal at the World Driving Championships. Weber was also named a 2008 USEF Equestrian of Honor, while his horse, Jamaica, earned the 2008 Farnam Platform/USEF Horse of the Year title. In 2009, Team Weber remained undefeated, a trend that has continued in 2010.
For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at www.chesterweber.com.
Photo: Eight-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Combined Driver Chester Weber continues his winning streak -- winning the Bromont International Driving FEI Four-In-Hand Competition in Bromont, Quebec, Canada. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth-Ann Tuppert, www.pbase.com/equipix)