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Chester Weber Did What Chester Weber Does Best at Live Oak International
Mar 2019

Chester Weber Did What Chester Weber Does Best at Live Oak International

American driving phenom and celebrated party planner, Chester Weber captured the national four-in-hand driving championship at Live Oak International in Ocala, FL last week. For a record 16th time.

The 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) individual silver and team gold medalist led the championship from start to finish with a revolving roster of bays.

“I was pleased to start the weekend with a dressage score in the 30s. In the dressage I used two horses that were different from my WEG team, so I was pleased with that depth,” said the current world #3 ranked driver.

In the Marathon, he continued to experiment with horse order.

“I drove a new combination in the lead, [10-year-old KWPN] First Edition, whom I had all last season, together with a [KWPN] horse named Gouveneur (8). Gouveneur was a little shocked by the crowd, but he grew as the course went and got better and better, so that was really nice,” continued Weber.

“The team of horses did a fantastic job and really tried their hearts out.”

On Sunday, Weber and his team brought it home with a clean performance in the cones. And yet another change in the lineup.

“In the cones I put the two leaders that I drove last season together because they’re my strongest combination. I drove my seven-year-old [Dutch warmblood], Henrik, again as well. He’s gotten better and better. He’s telling me that he’s ready for the big stuff in Europe.”

Following immediately behind Weber to take the four-in-hand reserve championship was WEG teammate, Misdee Wrigley-Miller.

Piloting KWPN’s Bolino D (13) and Saco (20), Dutch Warmblood Calipso 86 (14) and KNHS Daan 8 (14),Wrigley-Miller held down the runner-up position over all three rounds—despite a last minute change in her team.

“I did not have my same marathon team that I had at WEG. Part of it was by design and part of it definitely was not,” she explained. “My normal right-wheeler is no longer with me, so I had to turn to my old man, who is 20-years-old. I said, ‘Saco, Sorry old man. You’re up again.’ And he just absolutely delivered for me.”

Self described “rookie” Paul Maye, who has been driving four-in-hand for three years, took third.

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