Defender U.S. Driving Team

“Horses were driven long before they were ridden and, as such, Driving is the oldest competitive equestrian sport yet it continues to thrive in the 21st century. Drivers sit on a vehicle drawn by a single horse or pony, a pair or a team of four and they face three trials – dressage, marathon and obstacle driving.” - Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI)

Since WEG began in 1990, the U.S. Driving Team was won X team medals and X individual medals. The U.S. team of James Fairclough, Tucker Johnson, and Chester Weber won team silver in 2002 (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain). The same U.S. team members won team silver in 2010 (Lexington, Kentucky), and Johnson claimed individual bronze. Four years later, Weber took home individual silver in 2014 (Normandy, France).

In 2018, the U.S. Driving Team of Chester Weber, James Fariclough, and Misdee Wrigley-Miller took home team gold at the Games in Tryon, North Carolina. USA Driving has also seen sustained success in Para Driving on the international stage with Tracy Bowman bringing home an individual gold medal at the 2021 FEI Para Driving World Championship for Singles. USA Para Driving followed up on that success with a team silver medal for Tracy Bowman, Bob Giles, and Diane Kastama in 2023 (Exloo, Netherlands) as well as a back-to-back individual gold medal for Tracy Bowman in the Grade I division. 

US Equestrian Announces Updated 2025 FEI Driving World Championships Selection Procedures

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Nov 30, 2023, 4:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The US Equestrian Board of Directors has approved updated selection procedures for the 2025 FEI Driving World Championships at its November 2023 meeting. These selection procedures for the following events can be downloaded by clicking on the linked titles below. 2025 FEI Driving World Championship for Pair Horses Beekbergen, Netherlands Dates TBD 2025 FEI Driving World Championships for Single Ponies La Pin au Haras, France Dates TBD 2025 FEI Driving World Championships...

Three US Equestrian Teams Prepared to Take on Santiago 2023 Pan American Games Beginning Sunday

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Oct 22, 2023, 11:25 AM EST

Santiago, Chile – US Equestrian will field three teams at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, beginning the two-week championships with dressage competition on Sunday, October 22. A total of twelve athletes total will represent the United States over the course of the event, which will be steamed for the first-time ever on ClipMyHorseTV via FEI TV . ©Matt Turer/US Equestrian U.S. Dressage Team Competition for the U.S. Dressage Team will begin on Sunday, October 22, and...

Land Rover U.S. Driving Team Gives Determined Effort at 2023 FEI Driving World Championship for Pair Horses

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 1, 2023, 8:00 PM EST

Le Pin-au-Haras, France – The U.S. athletes had respectable results against some of the world’s best drivers at the FEI Driving World Championship for Pair Horses held in Le Pin-au-Haras, France, from Sept. 27-Oct. 1. A massive field of 91 competitors and 17 teams competed in the World Championship. The Land Rover U.S. Driving Team of Jacob Arnold, Kathrin Dancer, and Scott Dancer was led by Chef d’Equipe Jeff Legg to an 11th-place finish, while individual competitor Vernon...

Pony Drivers Represent the Land Rover U.S. Driving Team in the Netherlands at the 2023 FEI Driving World Championship for Combined Ponies

by Leslie Potter/US Equestrian | Sep 7, 2023, 4:00 PM EST

Oirschot, Netherlands – Five U.S. athletes and their ponies made the journey to the FEI Driving World Championship for Combined Ponies, which took place Aug. 30-Sept. 3 at Steenhof Stables in the Netherlands. The championship featured single, pair, and four-in-hand ponies with teams and individuals from nine countries competing for world champion titles. Katie Whaley. ©Krisztina Horváth/Hoefnet The U.S. contingent included singles drivers Amy Cross and Hilary Mroz-Blythe, pair...

Tracy Bowman and Albrecht’s Hoeve’s Lars Claim Gold, U.S. Para Driving Team Earns Silver at 2023 FEI Para Driving World Championship for Singles

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department | Aug 27, 2023, 8:00 PM EST

Exloo, Netherlands – The U.S. contingent delivered excellent performances at the 2023 FEI Para Driving World Championship for Singles held in Exloo, Netherlands, from August 23-27. Tracy Bowman and Albrecht’s Hoeve’s Lars lead from start to finish to defend their world champion title. Led by Chef d’Equipe Jennifer Matheson, the U.S. Para Driving Team of Bowman and Albrecht’s Hoeve’s Lars, Bob Giles and Brynithon Flyers Magic, and Diane Kastama and Tjibbe took...

Now Available: Selection Procedures for 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Single, Four-in-Hand Horses; Selection Memo on 2024 FEI Para Driving World Championship for Singles

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 21, 2023, 2:30 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – Selection procedures for the 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horses and for Four-in-Hand Horses are available on the driving section of USEF.org . The 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horses is scheduled for September-October, 2024, in Le Pin au Haras, France. Exact dates of the Championship are to be determined. The 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Four-in-Hand Horses is scheduled for September 4-8, 2024, in Szilvasvarad, Hungary. The...

US Equestrian Announces Athletes for the 2023 FEI Driving World Championship for Combined Ponies

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jul 20, 2023, 6:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athletes who will represent the Land Rover U.S. Driving Team for the FEI Driving World Championship for Combined Ponies. This championship will take place August 30-September 3, 2023, in Oirschot, Netherlands. Single: Amy Cross (Chestertown, Md.) and Eulenhof Spencer , a 2010 Welsh Pony gelding owned by Wendy O’Brien Hilary Mroz-Blythe (Leverett, Mass.) and Bijou , her own 2006 pony cross mare Alternate: Anna Koopman...

US Equestrian Announces U.S. Para Driving Team for 2023 FEI Para Driving World Championship for Singles

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 7, 2023, 4:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the three athletes selected to represent the U.S. Para Driving Team at the 2023 FEI Para Driving World Championship for Singles hosted in Exloo, Netherlands, from August 23-27. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Jennifer Matheson and Team Leader Anna Brooks Thomas. The following athletes have been selected to the U.S. Para Driving Team and are listed in alphabetical order: Tracy Bowman (Martinez, Calif.) Bob Giles (Morriston,...

Chester Weber and Team Earn Top Spot in Driving Dressage Phase at CHIO Aachen

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jun 29, 2023, 1:11 PM EST

Aachen, Germany - Chester Weber (Ocala, Fla.) and his team of First Edition, Julius V, Kadora, and Kasper D, drove to an impressive win in the driving phase of the CAIO-4* at CHIO Aachen finishing the first phase of competition on a score of 38.85. The win marks another top performance Weber has achieved at Aachen throughout the years. The team finished atop the podium in a field of 25 entries. Weber has been a mainstay at CHIO Aachen for the U.S. Driving program, having competed at the venue...

FEI Driving and Para Driving World Championships Application Deadline Is June 15

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jun 8, 2023, 4:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. - The application deadline for the 2023 Driving and Para Driving World Championships is Thursday, June 15, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications and additional information on the selection procedures are available here . The 2023 FEI Para Driving World Championship will take place in Exloo, Netherlands, from August 23-27. The 2023 FEI Driving World Championship for Ponies will take place in Oirschot, Netherlands, from August 30 – September 3. The 2023 FEI Driving World...

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