Private Zone to Florida for Rehabilitation

By Claire Novak at Good Friends Stable's multiple grade I winner Private Zone will get some R&R at The Sanctuary Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center near Ocala, Fla., before commencing a 2016 campaign, Rene Douglas said Dec. 1. According to the co-owner and racing manager, 6-year-old Private Zone shipped Dec. 1 to The Sanctuary, a world-class facility equipped with state-of-the-art treatments including a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, equine swimming pool, vibration plate, and electromagnetic pulse therapy. After running second by three-quarters of a length to Runhappy in the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), the Macho Uno  gelding faded to a tired fifth of six in an oddly run edition of the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I). It was his first start for Brian Lynch after just two weeks in the new trainer's barn, and he had aborted a planned breeze leading up to the race. NOVAK: Tonalist Charges to Cigar Mile Victory "I blame myself, I don't blame the jockey or the trainer—that's got nothing to do with it," Douglas said. "I really feel guilty because he gives us everything he's got every time he steps on the racetrack. I know when the horse is not doing well, and me making that decision to race that day, I feel bad about it. "The horse was tired after the Breeders' Cup and he only went into the race with four or five days of galloping. There's no way you're going to win a race like that, I don't care how good you are. You're not going to beat those kind of horses that way. "Brian only had a little time around him (before the Cigar Mile), and he's a horse you need to get to know, and he didn't have enough

There is one place I trust for my horses to go

Chester Weber with Tom Grabe “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

Chester Weber Braves the Elements to Earn His Record 12th USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship

Chester Weber wins the marathon phase at the 2015 Kentucky Classic CAI2*, leading to his historic 12th U.S. Four-in-Hand national title. (Photo courtesy of Pics Of You) '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

German shepherd, receives treatment for a disease called pythiosis in a hyperbaric chamber at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital Monday.

In News... Efram Goldberg has had his white German shepherd since the dog was a 3-month-old puppy. Goldberg, a doctoral student in chemistry at the Florida Institute of Technology, named his puppy Darwin after noted English naturalist Charles Darwin. The athletic dog loved to run and swim. Goldberg regularly brought him to a field on campus in Melbourne to play fetch and Darwin would jump in the nearby pond to cool off and swim. “He was really happy,” Goldberg said. “He loved to swim. Any water, he would jump in.” Then, in July, Goldberg, 30, noticed that some fur on his now 17-month-old pet was stained red. He found a large, red, open, draining ulcer on the underside of Darwin's tail.     Stockphoto

  • Photo: Chester Weber wins the Cones phase and finishes in the top five at Beekbergen CAI 3* in The Netherlands (Photo courtesy of Marie de Ronde-Oudemans)

Team Weber Wins Cones Phase and Finishes in Top Five at Beekbergen CAI-A4

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. Photo: Chester Weber wins the Cones phase and finishes in the top five at Beekbergen CAI 3* in The Netherlands (Photo courtesy of Marie de Ronde-Oudemans) 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

Equine Performance 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. Photo: Tom Grabe, The Sanctuary’s Managing Partner in Ocala Florida is excited to join forces with Combined Driver Chester Weber, becoming the latest Team Weber sponsor to join the championship team. “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

Royal Redux: Chester Weber Claims Second Royal Windsor Horse Show Four-in-Hand Victory

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. Photo: HRH Queen Elizabeth congratulates Chester Weber on another four-in-hand win at the Royal Windsor Horse Show (Photo courtesy of Risto Aaltonen) (Click on picture for high res. copy of photo) 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

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

Chester Weber Makes History as First American to Win the Four-in-Hand Division at the CHIO Aachen

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

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