International Driving Competitor Plans Summer EventsBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · June 3, 2015
Riders and drivers who are new to the equine competition scene may spend several days getting ready to van their horses to a low-level show at the local county fair. Bringing home a blue ribbon from the cross-rails class is a real accomplishment, putting a novice rider on top of the world!
When you’re at the highest level of your sport, being on top of the world has a different meaning. To maintain your position, you will probably have to compete internationally. Four-in-hand driver Chester Weber and his horses are as familiar with flying to Europe as most horse owners are with trailering their equines to a local show. Weber, who is sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), competed in May at the Royal Windsor Horse Show CAI*** in the U.K. and the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Germany.
He will drive his four-in-hand horses at the Lahden CAI*** in Germany in June. His July calendar includes competitions at the Beekbergen CAI*** in the Netherlands and the Riesenbeck CAIO**** in Germany.
After finishing his European tour with the Breda CAIO**** in the Netherlands in September, Weber will return to the U.S. for the Kentucky Classic CAI** and the Hermitage Classic CAI**. Both competitions are scheduled for October.
Weber assists his horses during and after competitions by using Restore SR, an electrolyte product developed by KER to replace the minerals lost as horses sweat. This product is designed to release sodium gradually, allowing it to be absorbed over a longer period of time rather than all at once. Use of Restore SR in heavily exercised horses may help to reduce the risk of conditions such as dehydration, muscular weakness, overheating, tiredness, and poor performance.