“The Sanctuary Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center has been a great partner of ours in terms of conditioning, rehabilitation and bringing horses back to work. There is one place I trust for my horses to go during the summer when they are not traveling with us to competitions, and they all go to The Sanctuary and they always come back looking great. Tom Grabe and the entire team at The Sanctuary are all committed to horsemanship and doing as well as they can by each of the horses. They are also fantastic at working with different professionals, whether it is the podiatry group at Rood and Riddle, your own individual veterinarian, or our U.S. team veterinarians. The team at The Sanctuary is very open and conscientious about your horses, and also very confidential on the information with your horses.” – Chester Weber
‘When it rains it pours,’ they say. Yet even the perfect storm predicted by local weather forecasters could not stand in the way of a historic twelfth USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship for Ocala, Florida horseman Chester Weber. Weber piloted his four matched bay KWPN geldings, co-owned by Jane F. Clark, in the Kentucky Classic CAI2* to defend Team Weber’s title.
Their performance says it all: First place (38.07) in Dressage, first place (145.92) in Marathon, and first place (3.00) in Cones.
Team Weber delivered clean and decisive victories across a spectrum of phases and weather conditions. The four-in-hand division opened under dark and rainy skies, necessitating the relocation of the tests from their traditional grass arena into the Rolex Stadium. A fresh combination of KWPN Dutch Warmblood veterans Ultra, Para, and Boris W, paired with rising star Danzer, didn’t miss a beat. The team delivered brilliant trot work and a confident rein back for the Ground Jury of Martha Hanks-Nicoli (USA), Marsoe LaRose (CAN), and Nikke Palsson (SWE). “It was exciting to have younger horses do so well,” said Weber. “Rolex Stadium had a nice feel.”
Despite a continuation of the inclement weather into Saturday’s Marathon, Team Weber performance remained unbeatable. They not only won over cross-country marathon but also posted the fastest times in their division on five of course designer Richard Nicoll’s seven obstacles. “The horses were very fresh in the cool, damp weather in Kentucky this past weekend,” Weber adds.
Team Weber added 107.85 penalty points after marathon kept them in the lead going into Sunday’s cones phase, where a single ball at cone 5 added just three penalties to an overall 148.92 score— and Weber’s unprecedented twelfth U.S. Four-in-Hand national title.
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