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Chester Weber

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Discipline: Driving

Chester Weber consistently has ranked as a top U.S. driver and is listed among the FEI Top 10 Four-in-Hand Combined Drivers. His success in driving started early. At age 18, he was the youngest driver to be named to the United States Equestrian Team (USET) and qualify for the World Pairs Driving Championship.

By 1999, Weber had won 12 consecutive advanced CDEs and then transitioned to Four-in-Hand driving, where he not only has made a name for himself internationally, but also has amassed an unprecedented streak of eight national championships in a row.

 

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Weber was the U.S. Four-In-Hand National Champion in March 2008 at the CAI Live Oak in Ocala, Fla. With this sixth national title under his belt, Weber headed to Europe where he enjoyed a very successful summer. In July, Weber won the Time Shuttle prize at the prestigious CHIO Aachen, posting a score of 36.48. He and his team finished Aachen winning third place overall in the Four-In-Hand division, less than one point behind the second-place finisher. The culmination of his 2008 European tour was at the Four-in-Hand World Driving Championships held in Beesd, The Netherlands, where he took the Silver medal.

Weber had another banner year in 2009. He won again at the Live Oak CAI in Ocala in March. In October, Weber was able to achieve a feat that no other American Four-In-Hand driver has been able to do when he captured his unprecedented seventh straight national championship.

In 2010, Weber won at every turn. In March, he collected his eighth straight USEF Four-in-Hand National Championship on home turf at his family’s Live Oak Plantation. Prior to his win at Live Oak, Weber claimed top honors at the Sunshine State CAI.

Weber continued his domination by picking up wins in June at the CAI-B Garden State CDE, and in Canada at the Bromont International CAI-A. He and his team completed the 2010 season by representing the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where they won the Team Silver medal.

In 2011, Weber kept up his winning streak, collecting victories at Sunshine State, Little Everglades, and Live Oak before traveling to Europe. Weber dominated on a tour to Europe in the summer of 2011. He won all three CAI4s he entered in Europe, picking up victories in Hungary, Austria, and Germany.

Weber kept his streak alive in 2012, winning the Sunshine State, Little Everglades International, and Live Oak Four-in-Hand Horse divisions. He traveled to Europe in June where he won the CAI-A4 competition out of 38 drivers in Lahden, Germany, before finishing ninth and fourth, respectively, in Austria and The Netherlands.

At the 2012 FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany, Weber claimed the Individual Silver medal and helped the U.S. team earn Bronze. Upon returning to the states, he won the Advanced Four-In-Hand Horse divisions at the Hermitage Classic and Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Events.

In 2013, Weber began the year with wins in the Little Everglades International and Live Oak International FEI Four-in-Hand Horse divisions. He then traveled to Europe and claimed the win in the Four-in-Hand division at the Saumur CAI-A4 in France. In the CAIO-4 at the CHIO Aachen, Weber performed against the world’s best four-in-hand drivers to finish in third place. He also helped the U.S. team to a sixth-place finish. A month later at the Beekbergen CAI-A4, he claimed yet another third-place finish against stiff competition.

2014 has been Weber’s most successful campaign’s to date as he has won many the world’s most prestigious competitions. In March he claimed his 11th Four-in-Hand National Title at Live Oak International. He then traveled to Europe winning at nearly every turn. In May, he was the winner of the CAI3* Windsor before going onto win the CAIO4* Saumur in June. In July, he claimed the most prestigious title of his career when he won the CAIO4* Aachen, helping him rise to the top-ranked driver in the world.

In 2015, Team Weber started their season claiming first place at the CAI Live Oak International. In Europe, Weber received his second consecutive first placing and congratulations from HRH Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Windsor Horse Show CAI 3*.  In Lexington, Kentucky, Weber gained his 12th USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship title, and finished out the season securing a win at the Hermitage CAI2*.

He started 2016 with a win at the Little Everglades Ranch CAI2* in preparation for the CAI2* Live Oak International. There he earned his 13th USEF National Four-in-Hand Champion title and went on to represent the US abroad while competing in Europe. Team Weber rose to the top of the podium in Germany’s Drebkau CAI3*. He then took third at the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival in Germany, and fourth at the World Driving Championships for Four-in-Hand CAIO4* in the Netherlands.

In addition to his rigorous competition schedule, Weber actively promotes the sport of driving. In 2009 he was the Chef d’Equipe for the U.S. team at the 2009 and 2011 World Pony Driving Championships in Greven, Germany. He currently is on the USEF Board of Directors, the High Performance Driving Committee, the National Driving Committee, and the Safety Committee, and is Chairman of the Active Athletes Committee.

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