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. 

Defender U.S. Driving Team Announced for 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horses

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jul 12, 2024, 1:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athletes who will represent the Defender U.S. Driving Team at the 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horses this September in Le Pin au Haras, France. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Jeff Legg and team leader Anna Brooks Thomas. The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been selected for the Defender U.S. Driving Team and are listed in alphabetical order: Leslie Berndl with Impressive (First Class x...

Defender U.S. Driving Team Announced for 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Four-in-Hand Horses

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jul 11, 2024, 4:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athletes who will represent the Defender U.S. Driving Team at the 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Four-in-Hand Horses this September in Szilvásvárad, Hungary. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Marcie Quist and team leader Anna Brooks Thomas. The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been selected for the Defender U.S. Driving Team and are listed in alphabetical order: Jim Fairclough (Newton,...

Chester Weber and Team Take First Place Overall in Dressage Phase of CAIO4* at CHIO Aachen

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jul 4, 2024, 1:34 PM EST

Aachen, Germany – Veteran four-in-hand driver Chester Weber (Ocala, Fla.) and his team produced an excellent dressage test today at the Driving Stadium at CHIO Aachen to open the competition with a bang, topping the class of 25 entries with a score of 35.59. Weber and team finished ahead of Boyd Exell (AUS) and team, who scored a 38.79, and Mareike Harm (GER), who received a 40.99. Weber and the team have always found success in the dressage phase, but today’s result is one that is...

Deadline Reminder for 2024 FEI Driving World Championships for Single and Four-in-Hand Horses

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jun 18, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The deadline is approaching for athletes interested in applying to compete in the 2024 FEI Driving World Championships for Single and Four-in-Hand Horses. Applications must be completed and submitted to US Equestrian no later than June 30, 3034 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications can be found on the athlete dashboard at athletes.usef.org . The 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Four-in-Hand Horses is scheduled for September 4-8, 2024, in Szilvasvarad, Hungary. The 2024...

Coaches Named for Defender U.S. Driving Team for the 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horses

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Apr 30, 2024, 2:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the coaching team for the Defender U.S. Driving Team for the 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horses. Mieke van Tergouw will serve as team coach and Claudio Fumagalli will be the assistant coach for the U.S. team at the championships which will take place Sept. 19-22, 2024, at Le Pin au Haras, France. Mieke van Tergouw and Claudio Fumagalli. ©Krisztina Horváth/Hoefnet.com As team coaches, van Tergouw and...

Chefs d’Equipe Announced for 2024 FEI Driving World Championships

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Mar 4, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the Chefs d’Equipe for the 2024 FEI Driving World Championship for Four-in-Hand Horses and the FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horses, both of which will take place this September. Marcie Quist will serve as chef for the four-in-hands and Jeff Legg will serve as chef for the singles team. Marcie Quist ©Matt Turer/US Equestrian Marcie Quist (Vass, N.C.) has been involved in the sport of combined driving for more...

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...

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