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Top-ranked US driver eyes Normandy gold

Chester Weber and his team during the cones phase.

Chester Weber and his four-in-hand team in action on the cones phase. © PicsofYou.com

US driver Chester Weber is in the “winningest” year of his career both in the US and Europe, and after another successful weekend at Reisenbeck he has taken over the top spot in the world in four-in-hand driving from Joszef Dobrovitz of Hungary.

His team of KWPN geldings, owned by Weber and Jane Forbes Clark, has proved to be a formidable force as the drove their way to top spot in the world.

“It’s very cool to be number one on the FEI world rankings,” Weber said. “There’s really nothing that compares to reaching this point and sharing it with an incredible team of athletes and staff. To reach number one requires a team of far more than a four-in-hand and I’ve been very lucky to work with incredible fellow horsemen. They are number one, too.”

The Ocala, Florida based Team Weber was undefeated across numerous international competitions all summer and the string of victories included becoming the first American to win the Four–in-Hand at CAIO4* Aachen and one of only 10 equestrians from the US to ever win there in Aachen’s 90-year history.  Another memorable highlight  this season was personally accepting the victor’s trophy and congratulations at CAI3* Windsor from Queen Elizabeth II.

The ranking puts Team Weber solidly in position to storm Normandy and hopefully raise an American flag from the medal podium at the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which start on August 23 and run to September 7, in Normandy, France.

Weber, an 11-time US National Four-in-Hand Driving Champion, has won team bronze and two individual silver medals at previous World Equestrian Games.

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