Articles: Press Release
Chester Weber Wins Third Consecutive
USEF National Four-in-Hand Championships
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October 13, 2005
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By Wendy Wares-Cooke
Lexington, VA - Chester Weber of Ocala, Florida bested a field of five
international drivers to win the CAI-B Oak Hill, October 8-9. Weber was
named the USEF National Four-in-Hand Champion for 2005, and won his
third consecutive Vanderbilt Trophy from the USET Foundation. Reserve
Champion was James Fairclough of Newton, New Jersey.
"As someone who thinks you make your own luck, I feel that this third
straight championship is clear evidence that team work and a sound plan
make the dream work," Weber said. "Thanks to Michael Freund, Olof, Taz,
Michiel, Emma, and the recent addition of Madeline, we have been able to
achieve our goals."
A dressage score of 36.05 gave Weber a commanding lead over his fellow
drivers by 21.34 points. Friday's downpours and Saturday's intermittent
showers left the hilly marathon course a greasy mess, which was the
cause of numerous eliminations. However, the Live Oak Plantation entry
stayed its course, and Weber lengthened his lead to 36.45 points over
his closest challenger, James Fairclough.
With Teo Timmerman of Holland being eliminated on Saturday, and Jim
Richards of Atlanta, Georgia withdrawing from Sunday's competition, the
CAI-B and contest for the National Championship was down to three
drivers. Weber and his team of Dutch and German Warmbloods were not to
be denied. Completing the cones course with 8.50 penalties, Weber
secured his USEF Gold Medal win for the 2005 National Four-In-Hand
Championship with a final score of 115.68.
USEF Silver Medal and Reserve National Champion was James Fairclough
with a total score of 155.63. USEF Bronze Medal winner was Gary Stover
with a score of 206.46.
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