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Chester Weber's Team Regroups Returning to Fundamentals
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Live Oak International was the last major event to slip under the wire before the full impact of the Coronavirus hit the Equestrian world. After Live Oak, the busiest season of the year for Florida came to a screeching halt, that is for horse shows and competitions.
The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala held March 8 was the last qualifier for Las Vegas World Cup Final slated for mid April. It has now been cancelled along with every major Equestrian Event in the World.
While the impact of the was in the beginning stages of spreading to Europe from its Asian sources, there was no indication at the time it would reach the proportions that are now in place.
Live Oak co-organizer, Chester A Weber, had just won his 17th National Title for Four In Hand Driving, at the Live Oak International Combined Driving Event which also featured all FEI Advanced Level National Championships in Driving, for Singles, Pairs, Ponies, and Four in Hand.
International trainers flown in for training programs prior to and during the event such as Bram Chardon, Koos De Ronde, Peter Tischer, Meike van Tergouw and Claudio Fumagalli, were part of the additional international delegation of officials from Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Belgium and Czechoslovakia. The following week the US closed down air travel for non American citizens.
With perfect weather, the event attracted over 15,000 spectators, and also sponsored the Horse Capital Parade downtown featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales attracting massive crowds of families and local residents.
Like all other top athletes in the sport trainers and competitors are rethinking, and adjusting to this unprecedented world wide pandemic. Chester Weber, (after a week of clean up) had to regroup, and here is what he is doing.
“We are using this time as an opportunity to further focus on our fundamentals. There is never too much attention to detail and it’s exactly that what we are focusing on. We are fortunate to have already had the opportunity to compete outdoor twice this winter and from those outings we have been given some invaluable insight on where we can improve. So to those curious as to what we are up to we are doing what we do best, focusing on what steps we can do to be better.”