This is the first year that U.S. Equestrian offered Intermediate Combined Driving National Championships, and the competition was fierce as the marathon leaders looked to grab the inaugural titles.
Single Pony overnight leader Jennifer Keeler, Paris, KY, piloted her own Zeppo to victory, adding nothing through the Obstacles phase for a final result of 144.7.
"It's the most incredible fairy tail possible," Keeler smiled. "I think it's safe to say if you had asked anyone, they would have expected it to be with our other pony. Amazing Grace is certainly our star pony, and she's done some great things, and the whole time Zeppo just waited for his chance. This was his chance and it's just incredible that he was able to do what no one thought he could do."
Janelle Marshall, Williston, SC, who had the fastest time through the cones, finished as reserve champion with John Merritt's Kennebec Joyce on a final score of 145.89. Third place went to the dressage leader Kristin Whittington, Edinburg, IN, and Symphony, who added 3.63 time penalties in Obstacles to end on 154.15 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.