After taking over the lead of the Intermediate Pair Pony Championship on Marathon day, Katie Whaley, Paris, KY, solidified her win with a faultless trip around the cones course at the Live Oak International earning the inagural Intermediate Pair Pony Championship. She finished the weekend on a final score of 140.29.
"I'm so thrilled that the USEF has decided to acknowledge these levels on a national stage," the international veteran said of her first Intermediate level championship. "It's going to enhance the driving in this country. Everyone works hard on every level, and to be recognized in the Intermediate is exceptional. This really shows good things to come for the sport of driving."
Boots Wright, Ocala, FL, had one ball down, but finished within the time to earn the reserve champion title. She and her pair of Marko and Mista Q closed out the competition with 146.37 points.
Live Oak International is the only show in the United States that offers both combined driving and show jumping, attracting some of the country's most talented riders and drivers. It was also the last opportunity for show jumping riders to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Final , April 11-15, in Paris, France.
For results, visit www.liveoakinternational.com/show-results
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.