Riesenbeck: Chester Weber is the World Champion in dressage

Friday 17 August 2012

USA’s Chester Weber set the winning dressage score on the first dressage day of the FEI World four-in-hand driving Championships and none of his 49 fellow competitors managed today to beat his score. Runner up is the defending World Champion Boyd Exell from Australia. Dutch team member Theo Timmerman put down a very good performance today and beat his compatriot Chardon, who was in third position.

Chester Weber was very pleased with his horses Boy W, Para, Uniek and Splash. Weber drove his extra marathon horse Boy in dressage in order to be able to give the most in the marathon on Saturday: “We will give our best in the marathon and we will try to put the pressure on the Germans, commented Weber.

Boyd Exell drove the same team as at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky 2010 and found the accuracy; movements and movements were better than two years ago. “I made zero mistakes and I was happy with a lot of things in my test. I was disappointed with my score, but the reward for me has been the overwhelming support from the other drivers,” said Exell.
Exell is the fourth starter in the marathon and will go for it: “Chardon has the advantage of starting late and knowing all the times and routes. I will for sure try to put the pressure on him, but above all, I will stay focussed and I will stay myself!”

Theo Timmerman was very pleased with his test and was happy that it all came together in Riesenbeck: This is what we have worked for all season. It all went according to plan. This is the first time ever that I scored less than 39 penalty points and I am very proud at it. I have been competing with these horses all season and I will use them as well in marathon, but in different positions.”

The best German driver in dressage was Christoph Sandmann, who set a score of 42,37 points and is currently in 5th position, closely followed by his compatriot Georg von Stein (43,78). Von Stein was extremely pleased with his dressage test: “I have been improving at every competition this season and today I drove the best dressage test of my life. The horses have done a super job and I am happy that this came together at the right moment.”

With Theo Timmerman and IJsbrand Chardon in third and fourth place, the Dutch team is in the lead with 13 points to host nation Germany. USA is currently in third position.

Dutch individual driver Mark Weusthof was unfortunate already when his all round horse Hugo did not pass the horse inspection on Tuesday. His replacement Twilight stumbled during the dressage and got lame which forced Weusthof to retire.

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