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Chester Weber Goes Two-For-Two With Four-In-Hand Win At CAI-Altenfelden
Combined Driver Chester Weber, America's reigning four-in-hand driving
champion, won the Four-In-Hand competition at the 20th annual
CAI-Altenfelden in Austria. Weber is now two-for-two in his European
(Photo courtesy of Marie de Ronde-Oudemans)
Altenfelden, Austria (June 22, 2011) - Combined Driver Chester Weber is now two-for-two in his European tour, winning the Four-In-Hand competition at the 20th annual CAI-Altenfelden in Austria. Weber's win had the foreign press praising the American driver, referring to Weber as "remarkable," "special guest," "the American driving sport super star" and the "dressage specialist."
Weber proved he was the "dressage specialist" in the four-in-hand, which the Europeans call the king discipline, by decidedly winning the dressage by 12 points. "I won the dressage, was fourth in the marathon and second in the cones," Weber said. In combined driving the winner is the driver with the lowest cumulative score, and in the end the stars and stripes were flying as Weber captured the overall win.
While Weber and his team proved they were capable of winning the entire four-in-hand class with an 8-point lead, all eyes were on the American driver during his dressage test. European news sources reported that Weber was an "American driving sport super star who was in a class of his own" following his dressage test. "I work very hard with my team on the dressage, so I am flattered to hear so many great remarks about our test," Weber said, adding that he is pleased with the two new horses on his team, Uniek and Splash owned by Jane Forbes Clark, as they have added depth and talent to his string.
Weber, who is the eight-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Champion, described the Altenfelden driving competition as a great atmosphere. "I had a chance to meet and compete against drivers from the Eastern part of Europe," he said. "I usually don't have a chance to go up against these drivers so it was a great experience for me."
Weber's two-for-two European victories also include winning the four-in-hand last week at the CAIO Vecses, in Hungary. "I was pleased with how the horses went at Altenfelden. I only used one of the same horses that I used in the marathon at Vecses," he said. "The next show is Aachen and I will use the Vecses team again. After that we will go to the German Derby in Riesenbeck where I will use the Altenfelden team again."
Weber is looking forward to competing at the CAI Riesenbeck in July, a venue in which he has already found great success. In 2004, Weber became the first American to win the prestigious German Fahrderby held at CAI-A Riesenbeck, an achievement he repeated in 2008. For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at www.chesterweber.com.