Chester Weber Sweeps Saumur CAIO4* for Second Year, Leads Team USA to Bronze
Saumur, France (June 9, 2014)– Combined driver Chester Weber proved the USA’s mettle in the sport, leading the pack from start to finish in the CAIO4* Saumur for the second year in a row; with both the CHIO Aachen and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy fast approaching, all eyes in driving sport are sure to be on Weber. This year’s CAIO Saumur, which was a Nations Cup competition, also saw the United States win Team Bronze, with Weber’s untouchable score lead teammates Allison Stroud and Misdee Wrigley-Miller to success just behind the Dutch team with Gold and the French team with Silver.
Weber, a native of Ocala, Florida, dominated the event from the beginning, scoring a 32.91 in the dressage phase on Friday. He finished out the weekend with a total of 129.25, giving him a wide lead over second place finisher Theo Timmerman of the Netherlands with a 147.06. Weber’s horses, a group of KWPN geldings co-owned by him and Jane Forbes Clark, have been racking up win after win and plan to continue their streak of victories on the road to Normandy.
“The horses remain in top form,” said Weber about the team’s performance in Saumur, “and continue to prove that we are contenders. I was incredibly pleased with my team’s overall synergy, from the horses themselves to my staff. They are like a well oiled machine and we will continue to perfect our technique next month at Aachen.”
Weber showed plenty of technique last month in the United Kingdom, where he secured the win at the prestigious Windsor Royal Horse Show. His team has so far gone undefeated this year, as well as taking the win at the CAI-A4* Caen, a test event for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, in 2013.
With past precedent the best judge of future actions, Weber’s history in France will hopefully be an accurate representation of the USA’s World Equestrian Games success in Normandy. Earlier in 2014 Weber added an eleventh National Four-in-Hand Championship to his name by winning the 2014 CAI Live Oak International, and continues to redefine the world’s perception of American combined driving. He and his team will now head to Germany for the CHIO Aachen and the CAI Riesenbeck before setting his sights on the ultimate prize in combined driving, the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy.