THE HISTORY OF LIVE OAK INTERNATIONAL

Live Oak International is the largest international-level combined driving and show jumping tournament in the country. Each year Live Oak International welcomes the leading drivers, riders, trainers, coaches and owners from Europe and North America.

Message From Our President

  • This is year 31 for Live Oak International, and we forever try to figure out how to be a little bit better every year as we continually strive to offer the best possible experience for all that visit Live Oak International for our yearly tournament.

    We're very excited to welcome back our competitors, sponsors, and spectators after a year hiatus due to the pandemic. We truly will have something for everyone this year. Come out, enjoy and cheer on your favourite rider or driver.

    Chester Weber

    Co-President, Live Oak International
Live Oak International started as a small club-level driving tournament and now hosts the only combined driving & show jumping tournament on the continent.

In 1990, the Weber family was approached about hosting the marathon portion of a club-level driving competition which was being held at the Ocala Arabian Complex. The Weber family welcomed this invitation and the beautiful grounds of Live Oak Stud were first utilized as the grounds to host a competition. After observing the tournament at his family’s property, Chester C. Weber, world champion four-in-hand driver, first competed at LOI in 1995 in the Horse Pair Division. In 1997 when Weber graduated from university, he shifted his interests into the tournament and devoted his time to developing the combined driving sport in the United States. Now, Chester not only is one of the most exciting drivers to watch at Live Oak International, but he is also Co-President of the tournament alongside his sister, Juliet W. Reid, and his niece Chloe D. Reid.

While on a visit to the family-hosted tournament, Chloe brought up the excellent question of why the amazing venue with a world-class facility couldn’t host her equestrian discipline of choice, show jumping, as well as her uncles, combined driving. This comment ignited a lightbulb in Chester’s head and the rest is history. In 2012, Live Oak International expanded and added international show jumping to the program. Today, Live Oak International is the only combined driving and show jumping tournament in the United States.

The competition has grown throughout the years, and now regularly hosts the U.S. Equestrian Federation combined driving national championships as well as the final leg of the qualifier for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League.

With the addition of show jumping to the LOI program, a ringside hospitality area was introduced. Owners, competitors, and sponsors every year enjoy three beautiful afternoons of ringside hospitality and world-class entertainment.

Live Oak International is unique in that it is held at Live Oak Stud. The venue offers a picturesque setting for world-class equestrian sport and the 5,000-acre property is home to hundreds of heads of cattle, as well as Live Oak Stud, an award-winning Thoroughbred breeding, training, and racing operation. Racing under white silks with red polka dots and black sleeves, homebreds from the program have enjoyed success in the form of Breeders’ Cup World Championships’ wins, Eclipse Awards, FTOBA awards, and multiple Grade One wins on the dirt and the turf. In 2018, Live Oak Stud celebrated 50 years of excellence.

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March 6, 2022
BERTRAM ALLEN WENT LAST AND FAST TO WIN THE $216,200 CSI4* LONGINES FEI JUMPING WORLD CUP™ OCALA AT LIVE OAK INTERNATIONAL

Ocala, Fla. (March 6, 2022) –Live Oak International was home to an exciting and talented field where Bertram Allen went last and fast to take the victory in the $216,200 CSI4* Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ in an exhilarating jump off with a winning time of 37.67 seconds. Of the 30 starters, 12 went clear […]

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March 6, 2022
FOUR USEF NATIONAL CHAMPIONS WERE DETERMINED ON THE FINAL DAY OF COMPETITION AT LIVE OAK INTERNATIONAL

Ocala, Florida – March 6, 2022 – Driving continued at Live Oak International with competitors chasing top honors for USEF National Champion titles. Winning the USEF National Champion Advanced Single Pony was Jennifer Keeler with her pony Zeppo. Taking the USEF National Champion award for Advanced Pair Pony was Katie Whaley, with Mary Phelps winning the […]

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March 5, 2022
CHESTER WEBER AMAZES IN MARATHON WITH DANIEL COYLE WINNING THE $37,000 CSI4* LONGINES WORLD RANKING CLASS PRESENTED BY WALDRON PRIVATE WEALTH

Ocala, Fla. (March 5, 2022) – Chester Weber thrilled spectators with an impressive marathon performance today at Live Oak International taking the Four-in-Hand Marathon win. Second last to go in the jump off, Ireland’s Daniel Coyle rode Ivory TCS to an impressive victory catching Bertram Allen and EmmyLou who had been leading in the $37,000 […]

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In 2020, Combined Driving and Show Jumping event history was made at the 30th Live Oak International. One of the largest equine events today.
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