Perfect Day For The Marathon at Live Oak International 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Chester Weber impressed today at Live Oak International with a thrilling win in the Four-in-Hand Marathon and takes one step closer to the Advanced Four-in-Hand USEF National Championship for a record 17th time.
The Driving Marathon started the day at Live Oak International and didn’t disappoint the sea of spectators that came out and traveled from hazard to hazard to watch the drivers compete.
“The weather cooperated today, and it was a perfect day for the Marathon at Live Oak International” said Chester Weber. “I couldn’t be happier with the performance that my team put in today. It all came together and with the cheers and support of the spectators and sponsors on course, today was extra special.”
Chester Weber had the fastest time across all seven hazards with his team Julius, Amadeus, Boris and Reno finishing with an impressive score of 113.39. Second to Chester today was Canadian Gerben Steenbeek who finished the Marathon with a score of 144.11 and USA’s Paul Maye was third with a score of 155.90.
In first place in the FEI Single Horse Marathon was Taylor Bradish from the USA with a score of 91.12. In second, also from the USA was Suzy Stafford with a score of 93.31 and in third was USA’s Jennifer Thompson with a 97.43.
Defending National Champion Jennifer Keeler from the USA took the win in the FEI Single Pony Marathon with a score of 91.40 and Rebecca Gutierrez took second place with a 95.31. Both from the USA. USA drivers Jacob Arnold took the top prize in the FEI Horse Pair with a score of 102.90 and Robert Burrows took home second place with a score of 153.20.
Katie Whaley from the USA was first in the FEI Pony Pair Marathon with a score of 96.70 and also from the USA, Mary Phelps with a score of 107.57 was second. The Obstacles which is the final phase of the combined driving at Live Oak International will kick off tomorrow morning, March 8 at 8:30 am.
In addition to some of the world’s best riders and drivers, this year Live Oak International will feature special presentations by the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Young Living Essential Oil Percherons and the Ocala Paso Finos Horse Association. With an AdventHealth KidsZone, Audi Biergarten, and the Stella Artois Airstream Trailer this year’s event is full of live action with something for all to enjoy.
About Live Oak International: What began 30 years ago as a driving event in Ocala, Live Oak International has grown into a world-class equestrian event. Now run by Co-Presidents Chester Weber and his sister, Juliet W. Reid, the tournament is the only in the United States to offer both international combined driving and show jumping competition. As Marion County’s largest spectator event, more than 10,000 spectators attend the four-day tournament to watch the exciting competition by athletes from all corners of the world. In addition to the combined driving and show jumping competition, Live Oak International hosts many hospitality opportunities, and flourishing vendor area available to the public. For more information please visit www.liveoakinternational.com.
(Top Photo Credit: Erin Gilmore)
(Below Photo Gallery Credit: Erin Gilmore)