Chester Weber Awards Silent Auction Winner with a Charles Owen Helmet at Iron Horse CDE

Combined Driver Chester Weber presents Mary Sheerin with a certificate for a new Charles Owen helmet. (Photo courtesy of Laurie Excell)

Caledonia, IL (August 13, 2010) – USEF National Four-In-Hand Champion Chester Weber is a strong proponent of wearing helmets, and during the recent Iron Horse CDE he and his team not only wore their Charles Owen helmets, but Weber stepped into the spotlight as a presenter during the silent auction. Weber presented Mary Sheerin, of Lexington, Kentucky, with a certificate for a Charles Owen helmet after Sheerin won the bid for the helmet during a silent auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

During the Iron Horse CDE, in which Weber won the Four-In-Hand division, Weber joined forces with two of his sponsors, Charles Owen and SUCCEED, to auction off a Charles Owen helmet certificate during the competitor’s party silent auction. Weber is encouraging all drivers to wear helmets in a Drivers4Helmets campaign, a spin on SUCCEED’s Riders4Helmets campaign.

“Mary was thrilled to win the helmet and have it presented to her by Chester Weber,” said Barb Sheerin, Mary’s mother. “Mary loves her other Charles Owen helmet but has been wanting a pink Charles Owen skull cap, so that is what she will buy with her certificate.”

Sheerin said the entire family, including her other two children, wear Charles Owen helmets. “Mary is an eventer and at Iron Horse she was my navigator. I showed my pony in combined driving and we ended up fifth, so it was a great weekend for us,” Sheerin said.

Sheerin added that she and her daughter enjoyed watching Weber compete. “When you watch Chester you are watching the best of the best,” Sheerin said. “It was amazing to watch him and then get to meet him when he presented Mary with her Charles Owen certificate.”

Charles Owen is a long-time partner with Team Weber, and Weber and his navigators wear Charles Owen helmets while at home and during competition. “Anything we can do to spotlight the importance of wearing a helmet is a plus,” Weber said. “I believe it is essential for drivers and their team to wear helmets during the marathon, and hopefully the silent auction for the Charles Owen helmet was a step in the right direction in encouraging all drivers to commit to wearing helmets.”

Weber has spent the summer competing in the United States, as he gears up for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. “I have competed in two other World Equestrian Games and it is always an honor to represent your country,” Weber said. “Being able to compete on home turf is even more exciting. This is the first time in history that the World Equestrian Games will be held in the United States and I am eagerly anticipating an amazing competition.”

For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at

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