2019 USEF Driving National Championships and World Class Jumping at Live Oak International
Saturday, February 16, 2019
The only international combined driving and show jumping tournament in the U.S. returns to Live Oak Stud, March 7-10, 2019. Live Oak International, now in its 28th year, attracts equestrian athletes and horses from more than 20 countries to Ocala each year to compete at the world class event.
This year, Live Oak International will host the USEF Combined Driving National Championships for the Advanced Four-in-Hand Horse and Advanced Pair Horse, as well as offer classes at the Intermediate level.
Driving begins with Dressage on Thursday and Friday, continues with the Marathon on Saturday, and concludes with the Cones phase on Sunday, March 10.
Co-president Chester Weber, will be chasing his 16th Four-In-Hand national title, against an impressive number of entries competing with Four-In-Hand Horses. Women drivers Misdee Wrigley-Miller, Lisa Stroud, will be vying for a spot on the US Team to compete in in Breda, the Netherlands at the FEI World Driving Championships for Four-In Hands August 31-September 4.
In 2018 US Four-In-Hand Drivers Chester Weber, Misdee Wrigley-Miller and James Fairclough won the Gold Medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon.
Last Chance to Qualify For the 2019 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg
Show jumping competition includes the $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth Power & Speed, two $35,700 Longines World Ranking Classes, and culminates with the thrilling $100,000 CSI-W3* Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Ocala on Sunday, March 10.
It is the last chance for U.S. riders to qualify for the 2019 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Grass Footing Returns to Live Oak Arena
Competitors will notice that the competition arena has returned to grass, whereas last year, it had sand-fiber footing. Showjumpers are especially eager to compete in the arena in preparation for European Competitions which are often on grass. "In preparation for the 2018 event, we began a renovation of the arena. We're happy to have completed that process, and now offer a state-of-the-art grass arena, with a European textile base," said Weber.
A Week Long Festival of Events and Shopping
While equestrian sport is the cornerstone of this unique event, spectators will enjoy performances by the Grandview Clydesdales, a special horse breeds exhibit sponsored by the Paso Fino Horse Association, boutique shopping, the Audi Biergarten, and local food vendors.
Live Oak International will also host the No Limits Sunday Funday and a car show on Sunday, in conjunction with the equestrian competition.
Daily general admission tickets, week passes, tailgating options, and hospitality packages are available. Visit liveoakinternational.com/shop to purchase your tickets.