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Combined Driver Chester Weber Drives Away With Becky Grand Hart Trophy,
Equestrian of Honor and USEF Four-In-Hand Horse Of The Year
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Ocala, FL (January 23, 2012) -- Chester Weber, the eight-time USEF National
Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Champion, had a stellar 2011 on both the
national and international field, ending the year with the highlight of
being named a 2011 USEF Equestrian of Honor. As Americas most decorated
combined driver, Weber also won the Becky Grand Hart Trophy, an awarded
presented to international-level non-Olympic athletes.
Weber was presented the Becky Grand Hart Trophy during the United States
Equestrian Federations Annual Pegasus Awards ceremony. The prior evening,
Webers team of horses made a clean sweep of the National Combined Driving
Four-In-Hand Horse of the Year category. Splash, owned by Jane Forbes Clark,
took home the Championship with Webers horse Reno W earning the Reserve
Championship. Uniek, also owned by Clark, along with Webers horses Rolex W,
Para and Boy W rounded out the Four in Hand Horse of the Year honors.
The Becky Grand Hart Trophy also was awarded to Weber thanks to a banner
year with his team, which included winning four CDEs in the United States
and sweeping across Europe driving into the winner circle at some of the
worlds most prestigious shows. Weber and his team won at CAIO Veces, CAI
Altenfelden and CAIO Riesenbeck.
Weber, who is well known for supporting the field of combined driving, also
served as the chef dequipe for the 2011 FEI World Pony Team Championships
and the FEI World Pair Championships. I was thrilled and very honored to win
the Becky Grand Hart Trophy, Weber said. I was equally pleased that our
horses took home the Horse of the Year titles. Everyone associated with Team
Weber worked hard throughout the year and it was great to be rewarded for
Weber added that 2011 was enhanced by the addition of Clarks horses to his
team. We competed Splash and Uniek throughout the year and it was great to
see Splash end up on top, taking home the Championship in the Horse of the
Year for Four-In-Hand horses.
Weber, who was part of the winning Silver Medal 2010 Alltech FEI World
Equestrian Games Combined Driving team, was also named a USEF Equestrian of
Honor in 2008 and won the Becky Grand Hart Trophy that year. Webers star
horse, Jamaica, was also in the spotlight in 2008 when he won the USEF
Farnam/Platform Horse of the Year title. I love the sport of Combined
Driving, it truly is my passion, and it is always a great joy for me to be
honored by the USEF. Part of my passion for Combined Driving includes
promoting the sport and I am pleased to be involved in the USEF and the
USET. I was named to the USET Foundation Board of Trustees early this year
and that was certainly another fantastic moment in my career, Weber said.
In addition to his outstanding competition accomplishments, which includes
representing the U.S. in three World Equestrian Games, Weber is a prime
mover in the organization of three combined driving events, including the
top rated CAI-B Live Oak International. Taking place on his own Live Oak
Stud, 2012 CAI-B Live Oak International will for the first time include a
Grand Prix jumping division.
To learn more about Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website