Articles: Press Release
Weber Wins Silver at 2008 World Four-in-Hand Driving Championship
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2008
Beesd, the Netherlands ------ The nineteenth edition of the World
Four-in-Hand Driving Championship 2008 in Beesd, the Netherlands
concluded today with a thrilling Final. The best four-in-hand drivers in
the world showed the highest level of horsemanship and carriage driving
sport in the crowded main arena in Beesd.
The overall winner of the World Four-in-Hand Driving Championship 2008
is Ijsbrand Chardon. Chardon, who won his fourth individual World title
on his home soil in Beesd, drove a double clear round in the final
obstacle driving competition and also contributed to the Gold medal of
the Dutch team.
Chardon withstood a valiant charge on Gold by the USA's Chester Weber,
who will bring Individual Silver home to his Ocala, FL base. It was an
exciting Final for Weber who was in second place in the standings after
his fantastic dressage victory and a good marathon. Weber fought until
the very last minute, but Chardon proved unbeatable. With 8.22 penalty
points ahead of Weber, Chardon secured his fourth Gold medal. Chester
maintained silver, while Australia's Boyd Exell took the bronze.
Weber's teammate, Tucker Johnson was in 17th position after the first
two phases and passed the finish line of the cones course with 6.28
penalty points to add to his score. As a result, he climbed one place in
the individual standings.
"I already failed my usual rhythm in the marathon," said Johnson. "It
did not go the way I would have liked it to go, but to have competed
here was a great experience."
For James Fairclough the World Championship did also not meet his
expectations, but he agreed with Johnson on the fantastic atmosphere in
Beesd. Two of his horses came up sick just before the World Championship
so Fairclough could not put down his typical performance. He did not go
home empty handed: he won the presentation competition on the opening
day in Beesd.
Team USA battled for every point in the team competition. After four
days of high-class sport, Weber, Johnson and Fairclough ended in fifth
place in the Team portion. Host nation the Netherlands took the team
gold, ahead of Germany and the drivers from Hungary.
The 2008 World Four-in-Hand Driving Championship was a milestone in the
history of driving sport. Perfect organization and great sport greeted
over 90,000 spectators at the wonderful event over five fantastic days
Beesd 2008 is history, it was a great festival of driving sport and the
driving community is already looking forward to the next World
Four-in-Hand Driving Championship, which will take place as part of the
Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010.
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