10.02.09

Top Drivers Go Head-to-Head in Kentucky Cup Driving Competition. Weber and Johnson Vie for Record 7th U.S. Four-In-Hand Championship

Posted in 2010 Games, Combined Driving, Disciplines, Pre-Events, World Equestrian Games at 7:00 am by Thomas

Lexington, KY – October 1, 2009 – A real shootout is underway for the U.S. Four-In-Hand Driving Championship, which will be decided on Sunday at the 2009 Kentucky Cup, a test event for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games, being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.    

Chester Weber, Ocala, FL, and his team of warmbloods, which includes Jamaica, the 2008 USEF Horse of the Year, turned in a beautiful dressage performance to lead the competition with a score of 40.06.  Weber has won 6 consecutive National titles and is looking for his 7th. 

Also gunning for a record 7th Four-In-Hand National title, and sitting in second place with a score of 41.98, is S. Tucker S. Johnson, Hobe Sound, FL.

“This is so exciting,” said Weber.  “To see so many other American teams competing here.  When I first started driving fours in 1999, it was Tucker and Jimmy (Fairclough) and I think that they were happy to have a third competitor with them.” 

Johnson echoed that sentiment. “Having 16 teams competing here is huge.  It is a great step forward for the US.  In Europe you will see 30 to 40 teams competing at every show.  This shows that we are moving in the right direction with our sport.” 

“I would like to get to the low 30s, which I did with my team last year, but the results today were acceptable”, said Weber.  “The goal is always to win, but with this competition the goal is also next year.” 

Boyd Exell, who hails from Australia, sits in third place behind Weber and Johnson for the Kentucky Cup title with a dressage score of 47.87.  “This is a prep for next year”, said Exell, the 2009 winner of the Four-In Hand at Aachen in Germany, third in the 2008 FEI World Four-in-Hand Championships and winner of the 2008 British National Championship.  “This was the first dressage test these horses have done as a team.  So they did well.  I think that it is great that Tucker is chasing Chester.  I plan on sitting back and picking up the leftovers.” 

Kentucky Cup Driving is both a competition for the National title and a test event for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games, giving these competitors a chance to preview the venue at the Kentucky Horse Park prior to the Games next year.
 
The latest results from this event can be found at www.alltechfeigames.com on the News Headlines.  Also on the site is information on all the test events as well as general information about the upcoming Games.