On Sunday all three U.S. drivers completed the cones phase of the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles, securing a sixth place team finish.
U.S. Off to Strong Start as Weber Gains the Early Lead at 2012 FEI Four-in-Hand World Driving Championships
The U.S. produced the strong start they were looking to make on Thursday at the FEI Four-in-Hand World Driving Championships, with two of the three American entries performing their dressage tests. Chester Weber led the charge for the U.S. driving a spectacular test scoring 33.41 to hold the lead after day one in Germany.
Scott Monroe (Sharon, CT) and his black Morgan gelding Bethesda After Dark ("Shadow") held onto their marathon lead and after Sunday's cone phase won the USEF National Single Horse Championship at Katydid, with a score of 132.39.
by Joanie Morris for USEF
The U.S. Pony Drivers defended their third-place marathon finish - driving a confident cones phase to secure a Team Bronze medal at the 2011 FEI Pony World Driving Championships in Lipica, Slovenia. Their three-phase total of 402.3 guaranteed Bronze behind driving powerhouse nations, Germany, who won on 359.4, and The Netherlands on 375.4. Additionally, Suzy Stafford - driving as an Individual for Team USA - drove an impeccable cones phase to move from fourth to third and secured her second consecutive Individual Bronze medal.
Altenfelden, Austria - The 20th anniversary of the CAI Altenfelden is history. It was an event with top sport performances by competitors from 18 nations. Chester Weber, the American driving sport star and winner of the king class (the four-in-hand horse class) said, "I like the nice atmosphere of the Altenfelden competition. The people are all very friendly and try to support the competitors the best they can. During this competition I have the opportunity to meet and compete against drivers from the Eastern part of Europe more than I usually do in the other competitions. This is a great and different experience for me."
Children participating in sharingVillage's Driving for Surviving Program will be taking center stage at this year's Garden State Horse Show, which takes place May 5-9 at the Sussex Country Fairground in Augusta, NJ, with a highly anticipated driving demonstration. The demonstration will take place on May 8 in the Main Arena, prior to the $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix.
Lexington, KY -- Chester Weber of Ocala, FL, is now in possession of the 2009 Kentucky Cup, which was a test event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and a record 7th USEF Four-In-Hand National Championship.
FAR HILLS, NJ -- SharingVillage Survivor Groups will host Driving for Surviving, the Pediatric Oncology Equestrian Carriage Driving Program's annual Human Spirit Award Luncheon, on Sunday afternoon, October 11 at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, NJ.
Team USA is currently in fourth position after two days of dressage at the FEI World Pair Driving Championship in Kecskemet, Hungary. Larry Poulin, Keady Cadwell and Lisa Singer are just 0.1 point behind German drivers who are defending their Gold Team medal.
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