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Lasix – An International Veterinary Perspective

Brian Stewart is the head of Equine Welfare and Veterinary Services for Racing Victoria, the primary authority overseeing horse racing in the region of Australia that includes Melbourne.  Formerly a private practitioner in Caulfield, Stewart was the head of Veterinary Regulation and International Liaison for the Hong Kong Jockey Club from 2002-2011. He has served as chairman of the International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians and in senior positions with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, among other roles in the industry.

This week’s Breeders’ Cup Forum with Stewart, conducted via email, is a counterbalance to the views of Southern California racetrack practitioner Don Shields, a staunch advocate for the race-day use of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide, or Lasix, to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Shields was the subject of last week’s Forum.

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Chester Weber Joins Professional Round Table Discussion at Kentucky Equine Research’s Sport Horse Forum

Chester Weber will join Olympian David O’Connor and international endurance rider John Crandell in a round table discussion during the 25th Anniversary Sport Horse Forum. (Photo courtesy of Live Oak Combined Driving)

Ocala, FL (March 13, 2013) – Known for his support and dedication to equestrian sport across the world, Chester Weber will once again share his knowledge and experience in the world of horses with attendees of the 25th Anniversary Sport Horse Forum, presented by Kentucky Equine Research (KER). The topic of the forum is Advances in Equine Nutrition and Health, and Weber will join an international panel of experts, champion equestrians, and Olympians as they celebrate KER’s 25 years of research and innovation into equine nutrition and examine the evolution of horse sport.  The event will take place on March 20, 2013 at 6pm at Live Oak Plantation.

The Forum will feature speakers Joe D. Pagan, Ph.D., founder of Kentucky Equine Research, presenting the topic The Evolution of Sport Horse Feeding: Much More Than Hay, Oats, and Water, and Brendan Furlong, M.V.B, M.R.C.V.S, long time veterinarian for the United States Eventing Team, presenting the topic Significant Changes in Equine Veterinary Practices during the Last Quarter Century.  These dissertations will be followed by a Round Table discussion entitled Top Competitors Discuss How Their Disciplines Have Changed over the Years, featuring panelists John Crandell, international endurance rider; David O’Connor, Olympic Gold medalist and chef d’equipe of the United States Eventing Team; Chester Weber, nine-time United States Equestrian Federation Four-in-Hand Driving National Champion and Individual Silver Medalist at the 2012 World Driving Championships; and moderator Samantha Clark.

Weber is known for his dedication to the equestrian industry and international sport, and has served on many advisory boards and committees.  His resume is lengthy, and in 2011 he was named an Equestrian of Honor by the USEF and was also the recipient of the Becky Grand Hart Trophy. He was named the 2011 Driving Horseman of the Year in The Chronicle of the Horse Magazine’s annual American Horses in Sport issue. Weber served as Chef d’Equipe to the United States Pony and Pony Pairs teams at the 2011 World Pony Driving Championships, and has served on the USEF Board of Directors, the High Performance Driving Committee and the Driving Safety Committee. He also served as Chairman for the Active Athlete’s Committee and the Dressage Search Committee. Weber also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Horse Park Foundation.

For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at Register for the forum by visiting, and for more information on the forum call 859 873 5663 or email

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FEI Sports Forum 2013 Discussion Documents Available Online

Lausanne (SUI), 12 March 2013 – The documents which will serve as a basis for the discussions at this year’s FEI Sports Forum are now available online and can be accessed here.

The documents include a proposed qualification system for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, a road map for change regarding the international movement of competition horses, amendments to the FEI Rules for International Combined Driving Events, draft rules for the FEI Nations Cup Dressage, review of the Dressage Freestyle judging format, a report on the pilot project for the FEI Jumping Event Classification System, summaries of the modifications to the FEI Jumping Rules and Invitation System, and an update on matters raised in connection with the Longines Rankings.

The FEI Sports Forum is an annual event open to all FEI stakeholders, offering a unique opportunity to contribute on topics key to the future of the entire sport. This year’s Sports Forum will take place in Lausanne (SUI) on 8 and 9 April at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), a top-ranked business school that develops global leaders through high-impact executive education.

Registration can be done online through the event’s dedicated platform We encourage all those interested in equestrian sport to attend the FEI’s Sports Forum and take part in these important discussions.

FEI Media contact:
Malina Gueorguiev
FEI Press Manager
Tel: +41 787 506 133