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2008 – Individual Silver Medal in the Four-in-Hand FEI World Driving Championships
2010 – Silver Medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
2012 – Individual Silver and Team Bronze medals in the FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championships; Broke the CHIO Aachen Four-in-Hand dressage record with a 33.54
2014 – Silver Medal in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games; First American to win the Four-in-Hand at the CHIO Aachen; FEI Top Ranked Four-in-Hand Combined Driver; Won the Royal Windsor Horse Show Four-in-Hand division
2015 – Won the Royal Windsor Horse Show Four-in-Hand division
Rolex W, Parava, Senate, Boy W, Horus Du Bois, Boris W, Splash, Uniek, Ringo
International Combined Driving Champion
Chester Weber is one of the most celebrated combined drivers in the U.S. His competitive accomplishments include international wins from around the globe. Born in Ocala, Florida, he grew up on his family’s Live Oak Plantation and began driving competitively at a young age. He was first named to the U.S. equestrian team for the World Pairs Driving Championships at 18 years old and his name has since become synonymous with combined driving in the U.S.
By 1999, Chester had won 12 consecutive Advanced combined driving events and then transitioned to Four-in-Hand driving. At the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games, Chester helped the U.S. Driving Team earn a Silver Medal and placed fifth individually in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The next year he claimed his first, of now eight, consecutive USEF Four-In-Hand National Championship titles. In July 2004, Chester became the first American to win the prestigious German Fahrderby held at CAI-A Riesenbeck, an achievement he handily repeated in 2008.
Weber was again selected to represent the United States at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2006 where his team took eighth place. After competing in the U.S. for a successful 2007 season, he began his 2008 summer campaign in Europe, where he won an Individual Silver Medal in the Four-in-Hand World Driving Championships in Beesd, The Netherlands – making him the first American to ever win an Individual Medal at the World Driving Championships. Chester was also named a 2008 USEF Equestrian of Honor and his horse, Jamaica, who was rescued from a slaughter house took home top honors as the 2008 Farnam Platform/USEF Horse of the Year. With Jamaica, Chester has promoted rescue organizations and popularized horse adoption across the country.
In March of 2010, Chester won the USEF National Four-In-Hand Championship for a record eighth year in a row and then turned his attention to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Held in Lexington, Kentucky, the 2010 Games marked the third time that Weber proudly represented the United States at the WEG. He won the cones phase of the Combined Driving event to help the U.S. team clinch the Silver Medal. On the first day of the Combined Driving competition, a standout dressage test had Weber tied for second place with Ijsbrand Chardon of the Netherlands. However, he experienced bad luck on the marathon phase when one of his horse’s put a leg over a trace and a groom had to dismount to help the horse. With the added points to his score, he was ultimately out of the running for an individual medal. He and he and his team still attacked the cones phase with a vengeance on the final day of WEG, and a clean and fast cones phase proved to be the silver lining of the weekend as it pushed the U.S. team into second and helped them take home the Silver Medal.
As an athlete, Chester brings a rare combination of talent, commitment, sportsmanship and showmanship to Four-In-Hand Combined Driving. He has also served on the Board of Directors, the High Performance Driving Committee, the National Driving Committee and the Safety Committee for the U.S. Equestrian Federation, and was the Chairman for the Active Athlete’s Committee and the Dressage Search Committee.
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