Chester C. Weber Takes 20th USEF National Title on Home Soil at Live Oak International

Sunday, March 19, 2023
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Chester C. Weber clinched his 20th USEF Four-in-Hand Horse National Championship title as competition concludes after the cones phase at Live Oak International.

Weber wins the cones phase with his team of horses Amadeus, First Edition, Julius V, and Kadora to solidify his 20th championship title win. The team came in focused on the details and with a plan. 

Very Pleased

“I’m very pleased with the team of horses as they presented themselves well throughout the tournament.  This is the first time that this group has competed together. I’ve had all the horses individually at different shows as we were trying to determine our best mix for going to Europe this year.” Said Chester C. Weber after today’s win. “A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into these 20 Championship titles. We’ll stay focused and work towards championship title number 21. We have next year’s World Championships in our sights and I’m excited for the team’s potential.”

Taylor Bradish wins again on the final day of competition in the cones phase in the FEI 3* Single Horse driving Katydid Duchess to the win. 

“It has been a great week here at Live Oak International. My goal coming here was to win the dressage phase as it’s not my best phase. That did not happen this week, so I focused on driving the best marathon that I could. My horse is not one hundred percent fit, but she does not quit on me.” Said Taylor Bradish. “I drove extremely technical, and it worked for us. Live Oak International is the best marathon we drive, so it is extremely rewarding to win here. I know there has been a lot of fantastic marathon drivers to win over the 32 years of the tournament, so it is cool to be the first to do it without penalties in the marathon and I hope to be back winning again next year.”

Second to Taylor in the FEI 3* Horse Single was Leslie Berndl and in third place was Catherine Levasseur.

Very Competitive

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The very competitive FEI 3* Horse Pair cones phase was won by Jacob Arnold as he came into today’s final phase ready to compete and was pleased with his results from the tournament.

“I was very pleased with my results this weekend. My horses turned out very well, so when I made a mistake, I knew it was on me. The horses were perfect. I also must credit my team. My grooms and navigators were very instrumental in our results at the tournament.” Said Jacob Arnold. “My plan looking forward is the World Championships in France in September, and Live Oak International is the closest thing, if not equivalent to competing in Europe. The international field and the quality of obstacles is very high and with the big atmosphere, the horses know the difference from driving here verses a smaller show. Live Oak International is always a test.” 

Second today in the cones phase was Gabriele Grasso. Third place went to Paul Maye. 

For all of today’s results, visit HERE.

About Live Oak International

What began 32 years ago as a driving event in Ocala, Live Oak International has grown into a world-class equestrian event. Now run by co-Presidents Chester Weber and his niece Chloe Reid, the tournament is the only in the United States to offer both international combined driving and show jumping competition. As Marion County’s largest spectator event, more than 15,000 spectators attend the four-day tournament to watch the exciting competition by athletes from all corners of the world. In addition to the combined driving and show jumping competition, Live Oak International hosts many hospitality opportunities, and flourishing vendor area available to the public. For more information, please visit