Chester Weber Named to the 2013 USEF Driver Training Long List
Ocala, FL (December 13, 2012) – Nine-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Champion, Chester Weber, has the prestigious honor of being named to the recently announced 2013 USEF Driver Training Long List. Under USEF rules, only Long Listed driver/horse/pony combinations have the distinction of being eligible for USEF Training Programs and for consideration to compete abroad, after meeting specific criteria. Weber and his team have, once again, drove their way onto the list in the Four-In-Hand discipline. For the Four-In-Hand division, the Driver Training Long List is drawn up by the USEF on the basis of a driver/horse/pony combination achieving a total of 200 penalties or less in a national competition at the advanced level in the United States, a European CAI, or a national European competition (for which the Driving High Performance Committee has given approval). This qualifying score must have been achieved in any of the previous two calendar years, which indicates that those driver/horse/pony combinations are the strongest candidates for future teams.
Weber has just come off a winning year in 2012; he brought home two medals from the Driving World Championships in Reisenbeck, Germany. He and Team USA secured the Team Bronze, and Weber took Individual Silver with his team of Dutch Harness horses owned by himself and Jane Forbes Clark. Weber is no stranger to the medal podium, however, as in 2008 he became the first American to ever win an individual medal in the Four-in-Hand division at the World Driving Championships. Weber is also a dedicated supporter and proponent of equestrian sport. His influence and expertise have benefited not only in his own field of combined driving, but also the disciplines of showjumping, dressage, and numerous charities. Weber served as chef d’equipe to the US Pony and Pony Pairs teams at the 2011 World Pony Driving Championships, and hosts the Live Oak International, the premier North American combined driving event that for the first time in 2012 featured FEI CSI** show jumping. Chester and his wife My Elisabeth, who is an avid show jumper, were co-chairs for the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation’s Noche de Gala 2012, a fundraiser that benefits the Shands Hospital for Children and supports the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation’s mission to create a state of the art children’s hospital at the University of Florida. Weber has also served on the USEF Board of Directors, the High Performance Driving Committee, and the Driving Safety Committee.
Weber continues to be a driving force behind American four-in-hand combined driving, and promotes the sport wherever he goes by bringing in the ribbons. As one of America’s most driven and decorated competitors, Weber entered unchartered territory earlier this year when he won the USEF Four-In-Hand Championship for the ninth time. For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at www.chesterweber.com
Photo: Nine-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Champion, Chester Weber, has the prestigious honor of being named to the recently announced 2013 USEF Driver Training Long List. (Photo courtesy of www.PicsofYou.com )