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Chester Weber Proves Unstoppable With Another FEI Horse Team Win At Live Oak
International Combined Driving Event
Combined Driver Chester Weber proved unstoppable at CAI Live Oak, when he
won the FEI Horse Team Division for the ninth year in a row. Weber, the
eight-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Champion, will defend
his National Championship title later this year. (Photo courtesy of My
Ocala, FL (March 30, 2011) Chester Weber, the eight-time USEF National
Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Champion, proved to be an unstoppable force at
the CAI Live Oak International Combined Driving event when he drove away as
the winner of the FEI Horse Team division. Live Oak International is
considered to be one of the premiere Combined Driving events in North
America and each year the show attracts an array of world-class competition.
Weber, who has added two new equine members to his team with Jane Forbes
Clarks horses, Uniek and Splash, was pleased with the Live Oak win. My team
went well and were technically easy to drive, Weber said, adding that it
felt great to win nine years in a row at Live Oak. The two new additions
from Jane have proven to be very helpful and have not only added to our
depth but have moved our program forward.
Weber, who is from Ocala and is based out of Live Oak Plantation, first
drove into the winners circle in March with the new team when he won the FEI
Four-In-Hand Division at Little Everglades, a USEF Selection Trial. During
Live Oak, Weber competed Rolex W, Uniek, Splash and Para in the dressage
phase for a score of 37.63 and followed up with Uniek, Reno, Para and Splash
in the marathon and cones, with no penalties and a time of 2:55.63 in the
I am thrilled with all of the horses and both Michael Freund, the U.S. team
coach, and I feel that they can be very competitive on the international
stage, Weber said, adding that Live Oak was once again a successful event
overall. In addition to world class competition, Live Oak offered a classic
car show, a demonstration by Pat Parelli, founder of Parelli Natural
Horsemanship, and a coaching demonstration which was very well received.
While at CAI Live Oak, Weber acted as chef dequipe for the U.S. team, and
the U.S. team proved to be successful. It was a great weekend and I was very
proud to be associated with the U.S. team, Weber said. Shelly Temple of
Windsor, South Carolina won the USEF National Championship for single ponies
and Jennifer Matheson, from Aiken, South Carolina, won the USEF National
Championship for pair ponies, so overall it was a very successful weekend.
Weber, who is known for setting goals and achieving them, is now preparing
for the 2012 World Championships in Riesenbeck and the 2014 World Equestrian
Games in France. First, however, Weber has his sights set on winning another
USEF National title at the Laurels in Unionville, Pennsylvania in September.
For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their
website at www.chesterweber.com.