Articles: Press Release
U.S. Drivers Weber and Johnson Off to a Winning Start at World Equestrian
Festival CHIO Aachen
Chester Weber in his victory lap. Photo Credit: My Weber.
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July 3, 2008
Lexington, KY -- Two of the top U.S. drivers are taking on some of the
world's best at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in Aachen, Germany as
part of their important preparation for the 2008 World Driving
Championships. After the dressage, U.S. drivers Chester Weber and Tucker Johnson are sitting comfortably in first and third.
Weber, the current USEF National Champion, bested a star studded field of 25
four-in-hands to go into the lead after the dressage on a score of
36.48. Driving Grumus, Jamaica, Rolex W and Senate he put in his customary elegant performance in the first phase.
"They are really seasoned," said Weber. "They were perfectly round,
moving big. The lead pair look like a perfect couple. They have great
expression and movement, they have their ears forward and are happy doing their job. The expression and presence is really great."
The 33-year-old Ocala, FL driver drove the same horses at the 2006 World
Equestrian Games achieving a very similar result.
"I haven't had them all together since 2006," said Weber. "The score
is about the same so I think it is a bright future for the Americans for the summer."
Weber looks forward to Saturday's marathon.
"The marathon course, it's always tough here, said Weber. "I start out
really early in the morning, we've had quite a bit of rain so that's good
that I go early I think. I want to build the marathon up between now and the
World Championships. I don't think we'll win the marathon but I want to
stay close. It will take some luck but my intention is to try. I'm a
Eight points behind Weber is another U.S. driving veteran: Tucker
Johnson. Johnson, of Hobe Sound, FL drove Argus, Spotlight, Williams and Der
Consul to a score of 44.42. Johnson's horses have been based in Europe
with Michael Freund but he has driven lightly over the past two years.
"I was very excited after such a long hiatus from international
competition that I was able to come back and put in such a respectable score
and finish so well in such a strong field," said Johnson. "My last major
competition was the World Equestrian Games and I only did one national show
in America last year in October. I was very nervous I wouldn't have it
together enough. Michael had them very well prepared."
The U.S. is the only country with two drivers in the top five and only
Sweden has two in the top 10 (placed eighth and 10th), giving the Americans
a large lead in the team competition. Weber and Johnson scores combined for
80.90, followed by the Netherlands with 96.13 and Switzerland on 99.97.
"Today puts us in a very good chance as a nation," said
Johnson. "Chester drove the best test I've seen him drive. As a nation
we are about 16 points in the lead. It is a big deal to go out of first day
that far in front."
The marathon gets underway Saturday morning at 2.00 p.m. local time. For
live scoring and complete results, please see
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