Dear Clients and Veterinarians,
We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Michael Porter as our consulting veterinarian. Dr. Porter will be serving a more meaningful role at The Sanctuary in the future by helping to monitor patient care and condition and overseeing facility conditions. He will also be available to discuss cases with referring vets if needed. We feel Dr. Porter’s addition gives The Sanctuary another level of professionalism to an already outstanding organization.
Michael B. Porter DVM, PhD, DipACVIM
Dr. Michael Porter attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate studies, and then moved to Gainesville, Florida where he completed his graduate studies and veterinary degree at the University of Florida (1998). He completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at UF and in 2004 Dr. Porter developed the Mobile Equine Diagnostic Service (MEDS) at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time he provided referral level veterinary services to horse owners and referring veterinarians throughout Florida and southern Georgia.
In the summer of 2010, Dr. Porter left UF and began Performance Horse Doc Veterinary Services. His practice specializes in internal medicine and advanced sports medicine. As such, Dr. Porter has developed a keen interest in equine rehabilitative medicine and considers it an essential component in the process of returning injured equine athletes to their respective careers.
As a consulting veterinarian for The Sanctuary, Dr. Porter plans to help develop protocols for dealing with injured equine athletes and hopes to create an environment of rehabilitative medicine that will be considered one of the best in the industry!
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Ocala, FL (July 21, 2015)— Chester Weber returned to The Netherlands on July 16-19 for the Beekbergen CAI 3*, masterfully winning its Cones phase with the only fault-free performance of its division and finishing fifth overall among its international entries. The Ocala, Florida horseman demonstrated anew why he and his matched bay KWPN team are in the top ten of the Four-in-Hand FEI rankings.
The Beekbergen CAI 3* served as a World Cup qualifier for fellow driving four-in-hand competitors contending for the European Championships in August in Aachen, Germany. Beekbergen had more than 30 entries from nearly a dozen nations, including many of the same contenders Team Weber faced en route to the Individual Silver Medal win at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
“My cones team is technically nice to drive, and is a combination that I have a lot of experience with,” Weber said, praising his horses for delivering the only flawless effort in Cones at Beekbergen. The team included Weber’s 2014 WEG Silver medal-winning Uniek (aka, Nick) and Splash, a pair of 16.2-hand bay KWPN geldings provided to Team Weber by Jane Forbes Clark.
It was after a strong performance at Beekbergen three years ago that Europeans began dubbing Weber “Mr. Dressage.” The 11-time U.S. National Four-in-Hand champion did not disappoint this year, turning in a 41.29 effort in Friday’s Dressage phase to sit third by just a three-point margin behind early leaders Ijsbrand Chardon and Boyd Exell.
By Sunday, the sole American entry in his division proved his mettle, handily executing a Cones test to 0.00 perfection and claiming a slot among the top finalists in a narrow and hotly contested points spread. Team Weber finished fifth (147.83) by a tenth of a point […]
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center Partners With Combined Driver Chester Weber
Ocala, FL – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center has joined forces with Combined Driver Chester Weber, becoming the latest Team Weber sponsor to join the championship team. The Sanctuary is located in Ocala, Florida, and Weber, a force to be reckoned with in the field of Four-In-Hand Combined Driving, also claims Ocala as his home base.
“The Sanctuary is proud to partner with someone as dynamic as Chester Weber as he is a true horseman as well as a champion. Anyone who has met Chester, or seen him compete, knows that he demands the most from himself and his equine athletes. The Sanctuary is proud to help Chester maintain his top horses,” said Tom Grabe, The Sanctuary’s Managing Partner. “The Sanctuary is excited to have Chester Weber on board as a strategic partner. We feel that The Sanctuary’s cutting-edge therapy and proven modalities can do nothing but enhance the performance of his team.”
Weber and his team are the United States Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Champions, a title they have held for the past six years. Team Weber is currently preparing again for the U.S. Championships, hoping to earn an unprecedented seventh consecutive win. Weber was also the first American to win an individual medal at the Four-In-Hand World Championships in The Netherlands. “Besides being a top competitive driver, Weber is involved with thoroughbred race horses and jumpers. This knowledge and expertise offers us a perspective that we don’t get from many horsemen in the industry,” Grabe said.
As a high quality facility, The Sanctuary offers Weber resources that will aid him in achieving his goals. “Fitter, sounder horses is always something we strive for,” Weber said.
The Sanctuary, located on 30 acres in Ocala, features the most […]
London, England (May 20, 2015)- It was a royal redux at England’s Royal Windsor CAI3* as HRH Queen Elizabeth again congratulated Chester Weber, of Ocala, Florida, on his second consecutive victory in the four-in-hand division. The 11-time USEF National Champion and three-time World Equestrian Games Silver medalist returned to the 2015 Royal Windsor Horse Show to defend the title he won there last May.
Fresh off the Live Oak International CDE win in March in the US, Team Weber, comprised of the horses owned by Chester Weber and Jane Forbes Clark, headed to Europe and to the top of the leader boards at the Royal Windsor.
But this year’s competition was no repeat of last year’s handy finish for Team Weber. Living up to his moniker, ‘Mr. Dressage,’ Weber won the opening dressage phase with a score of 36.22, but unlike the year prior, this past week’s competition saw Team Weber’s strongest competitors very close on the scoreboard, with Boyd Exell just fractions of a point behind with a score of 36.57. With just a smidge of a lead, Team Weber had their work ahead of them.
“We had to fight hard for this one. We were in a tight race with Boyd after dressage, and had a costly knockdown in marathon,” Weber said about the tense second phase, which saw Team Weber drop to third position, while a tightly executed 95.64 effort by Exell moved him into the top spot after Saturday’s Marathon. But not for long— Team Weber was now more “driven” than ever.
“I couldn’t let myself dwell on that. I knew we had to focus on bringing our A game into Cones,” Weber said. “And it worked. The horses were amazing. They really stepped […]
Chef d’Equipe Chester Weber Guides Jacob Arnold and Team USA to Success at 2014 FEI World Driving Championships
Izsak, Hungary (October 7, 2014) – Each time that it seems Chester Weber has reached the height of accomplishment in the driving discipline, he and his team find a way to step even higher. This September, Weber served as the esteemed Chef d’Equipe for the United States Team at the 2014 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles while his apprentice Jacob Arnold drove Hotspur’s Red Rowl put in an impressive debut World Championship performance.
Ranked number one in the world in the FEI Top Driver Award Standings for Four-in-Hand, three-time World Equestrian Games Individual Silver Medalist Chester Weber was the obvious choice to be Chef d’Equipe for the 2014 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles. The driving competition took place on September 23-28, 2014 in Izsak, Hungary. The United States’s best singles drivers vied against global talent during the week of competition.
Weber was proud of the United States’s performance, including the success of Live Oak driver apprentice Jacob Arnold of Ocala, Florida. For Arnold, the 2011 USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year, working with Chester Weber is the ideal next step as a rising star in driving. “I owe a big thank you to Chester Weber, who came up with this idea, and has gone above and beyond to make this a reality,” Arnold stated. Weber, who recently began his Live Oak Driver Apprentice Program to assist promising drivers in furthering their skills, is honored to have Arnold as his first apprentice.
Arnold proved his own talent and the successfulness of Weber’s training at the 2014 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles, where he drove Karen Chandor and John Merritt’s ten-year-old Morgan gelding, Hotspur’s Red Rowl (“Rowley”), with eye-catching technique and accuracy. The pair’s first ever […]
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Aachen, Germany (July 21, 2014) – An exceptional season for Chester Weber became even more impressive as the 11-time US National Four-in-Hand Champion trumped the competition at Aachen, Germany to win the Four-in-Hand division at the CHIO Aachen. In the history making win, he and his team of KWPN geldings were awarded success in the CAIO4* competition after a heated competition with major contenders, continuing his legacy of undefeated success in 2014. The win marks Weber as one of only 10 Americans to win at Aachen, and the first ever to win the Four-in-Hand division at the prestigious show in the nearly nine decades that it has been in existence.
Kicking off the competition with a brilliant dressage score of 36.22, Weber and his team took an early lead at Aachen. Known for his prowess in the dresage phase, Weber was the only team to score below a 40, with Boyd Exell of Australia clocking in second with a 41. Excell would continue to push Weber, however, leading to a tight competition in the cones and marathon.
During the cones phase on Thursday, Weber went clear but added 0.66 in time penalties fto finish 6th. Exell had 3.00 penalties in the cones, but continued to chase Weber’s lead during the marathon. Exell proved the marathon to be his forte, finishing in the lead with a 91.63, but Weber was not to be outdone. With a score of 97.60 in the marathon, his total came to 134.48, giving him the win at Aachen and an incredible lead in to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
“Today was a big day for our team and what will be a highlight of my career,” said Weber following his success at Aachen. “I am humbled to drive such […]
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