Ocala, Florida - February 14, 2018 - The Live Oak International, the country's largest Combined Driving and Show Jumping event of its kind, has posted its Official Prize List and Entry Forms on its website. Entries from the top names in both disciplines are expected to fill the Live Oak International roster with national driving titles at stake as well as the last opportunity for jumpers to qualify for the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Paris, France in April. The beautiful Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, Florida will again host the Live Oak International, March 15-18, 2018.
Live Oak International is not an invitational event; those interested in competing are urged to submit their entries as soon as possible to assure that they do not miss out.
This year's Live Oak International will have new sand-fiber footing in the competition arena. Last summer's Hurricane Irma had a significant impact on the grass in the arena, and with a wet summer and cold start to winter, the quality of the summer and winter grasses was affected. Installing the sand fiber footing was the safest thing to do in the interest of the horses' welfare. For 2019, and all future events, Live Oak International will have a grass ring with an underlying sand-fiber base.
"We are very excited about all we have planned for this year's Live Oak International,"said Chester Weber, co-president of the event with his sister, Juliet W. Reid. "We are expecting a high number of entries, so we encourage all competitors to send in their entries as soon as possible."
Live Oak International is hosting the last leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League. The thrilling $100,000 CSI-W3* Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier Grand Prix, presented by Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club will take place on Sunday, March 18 and is the last chance for U.S. riders to qualify for the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Paris. Classes leading up to final qualifier include the $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth 1.40m Power and Speed Stake and the two $35,000 CSI3* Longines World Ranking Class Qualifiers on Friday and Saturday. Jumping entries are open now and close on March 1, 2018. Click here for the Show Jumping Entry Form
During the Combined Driving Tournament, seven USEF National Champions will be crowned. For the third consecutive year, Live Oak International is hosting the USEF National Championship for the Advanced Four-in-Hand Horse plus the championships in the Intermediate divisions of Single Pony, Pair Pony, Pony Team, Single Horse, Pair Horse, and Four-in-Hand Horse will also be determined. Driving begins with Dressage on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, continues with the Marathon on Saturday, March 17, and concludes with the Obstacles on Sunday, March 18. Driving entries are now open and can be made via Drivingentries.com. Entries close February 26, 2018.
The Flanders Foal Auction is coming Live Oak International! It will be the first time the Belgian-founded sporthorse auction happens in the United States. A little different than other auctions you might have seen, the virtual Flanders Foal Auction at Live Oak International will offer 20 embryos out of top European bloodlines.
Taking place on Saturday evening, March 17, the famed Live Oak International party will feature a special "St. Patrick's Day" theme this year. The party is open to competitors and sponsors. Details are available through the combined driving and show jumping secretaries.
About Live Oak International
Started in 1992 by Chester Weber when he was only 18-years-old, the Live Oak International has grown each year. Now run by Co-Presidents Chester Weber and his sister, Juliet W. Reid, the show is a world-class equestrian event and is the only show in the United States that offers both Combined Driving and Show Jumping. The show is home to seven USEF National Driving Championships and is the final leg of the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. Live Oak Plantation is also home to Chester Weber's training program.
Competition begins each day at 8:30 a.m. and continues through the afternoon. Over 10,000 spectators attend each year, so everyone will want to be sure to arrive early, especially for Saturday's marathon. General admission tickets are now available online or at the gate for $10 per person, with proceeds going to selected local charities and non-profit organizations. Children under 12 receive free admission and will enjoy Live Oak's new Kid Zone, filled with fun activities during the competition. Parking for the event is free.
To apply for media credentials to the Live Oak International, please click the link below.