Champion US driver Chester Weber has been named as a selector for the US drivers to compete in the 2014 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships, in Sandringham, England, in June.
Weber, an 11-time US Four-in-Hand National Champion, will assist United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) in the composition of the team for the event, from June 27 to 29.
Melissa Boyd, president of United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD), said Weber’s responsibilities will include reviewing summaries of applicants’ general experience and show records since 2012, and conferring with other USDFD members before voting on the composition of the FEI Para-Equestrian Driving team. Qualifying competitions for the FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships will be held throughout Spring and Summer 2014.
“Chester’s insights are greatly appreciated, especially given his vast knowledge of advanced and international competitions,” Boyd added.
Weber says he is ready to “help develop the sport on all levels. Moreover, while judging in California at Shady Oaks I was moved by many of the drivers and their connection to their horses.
“Para driving may be a smaller subset of our sport but nonetheless offers a championship level. Each and every driver can aid in the development of their sport.”
Weber also recently announced his cadidicy to serve as a member of the FEI Athletes’ Committee, whose voting process, open to all FEI drivers, began last week. In February 2014, he was named a USEF Senior Official, eligible to preside over USEF juries and ADS competitions, with ‘R’ status that will allow the two-time World Equestrian Games Silver medalist to pursue FEI judge status next.
Weber is based in Ocala, Florida.