Combined driver Chester Weber continued his goal of qualifying for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games by winning the FEI division for four-in-hand horses at the Sunshine State FEI Combined Driving Event held at the Florida Horse Park. Weber, who was recently named a 2008 Equestrian of Honor by the United States Equestrian Federation, was pleased with his weekend, which included a first place in the dressage, FEI horse team and the marathon course.
While Team Weber dominated the competition, there was a new equine team member aboard for the drive to the winner’s circle. The new horse, Reno W, is a five-year-old bay with a white blaze. “It means a lot to be able to continue to lead the way here in the United States while developing a young horse,” Weber said, following their win. “Reno W is a promising newcomer to support the group for WEG.”
Rolex W and Jamaica, Weber’s horse who earned the highest honor in the horse industry when he was recently named the 2008 USEF Horse of the Year, stayed at home so the young Reno W could experience competition. The winning FEI Horse Team in Dressage consisted of Grumus, Senate, Para and Reno W with a score of 35.20.
Weber’s team of Grumus, Boy W, Para and Reno W also competed to win first in the marathon course. “There was a great turnout with 10 teams in the FEI class, as many are hoping to qualify for the WEG in 2010,” Weber said.
While Weber has his sights set on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010, which will be held in Lexington, KY, the combined driver experienced a banner year in 2008. Not only did he and Jamaica finish the year with top honors from the USEF, but Weber became the first American to win an individual medal at the Four-In-Hand World Championships in The Netherlands.
In addition to his outstanding competition accomplishments, Weber is active on several USEF committees and is a prime mover in the organization of three combined driving events, including the top rated CAI-A Live Oak International.
For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at www.chesterweber.com.