Final Qualifier for the Longines FEI World Cup of Show Jumping and Combined Driving National Championships Return to Live Oak InternationalFebruary 1, 2018
The spotlight will shine bright at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, Fla. on March 15-18, as top equestrians and equine athletes in show jumping and combined driving compete at the Live Oak International for national titles and the last chance to qualify for the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Paris, France in April.
In the last leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League, those seeking the golden ticket to ride in the World Cup Final in Paris will be pulling out all the stops to win the $100,000 CSI-W3* Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier Grand Prix, presented by Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, on Sunday, March 18. Classes leading up to final qualifier include the $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth 1.40m Power and Speed Stake and the two $35,000 CSI3* Longines World Ranking Class Qualifiers on Friday and Saturday.
“We are honored once again to host the final qualifying event for the Longines FEI World Cup,” said Chester Weber, co-president of the event. “Having both combined driving and show jumping at one venue with national championships and a chance to go to the Longines FEI World Cup creates an atmosphere like no other. Last year’s event was thrilling, and we look forward to showcasing top-notch driving and show jumping again.”
Adding to the excitement of the weekend, seven USEF National Champions will be crowned in combined driving. Hosting the National Championship for the Advanced Four-in-Hand Horse for a third year in a row, Live Oak Plantation will also be the stage that determines champions in the Intermediate divisions of Single Pony, Pair Pony, Pony Team, Single Horse, Pair Horse, Four-in-Hand Horse. Driving begins with Dressage on Thursday, March 15; continues with the Marathon on Saturday, March 17 and concludes with the Obstacles on Sunday, March 18.
Competition begins each day at 8:30 a.m. and continues through the afternoon. Over 10,000 spectators attend each year, so everyone will want to be sure to arrive early, especially for Saturday’s marathon. General admission tickets are now available online or at the gate for $10 per person, with proceeds going to selected local charities and non-profit organizations. Children under 12 receive free admission and will enjoy Live Oak’s new Kid Zone, filled with fun activities during the competition. Parking for the event is free.
Live Oak International offers spectators a unique opportunity to get a true front row seat for the action during the marathon phase of the combined driving event with tailgate spots. Every spot includes a 12×12 space with 1 vehicle pass and 6 general admission tickets. If you’ve not seen the combined driving marathon, few sporting events – equestrian or otherwise – can match it for breathtaking excitement! A limited number of tailgating locations are available at each of the seven obstacles during the marathon portion of the event on Saturday, March 17. Act quickly, because the best spots go fast! Sign up online at https://liveoakinternational.com/product/liveoak-tailgate-reservation
Attendance at Live Oak International offers spectators a rare chance to visit the normally private Live Oak Plantation, known for its outstanding race horse breeding operation as well as its 1,000-head beef cattle operation. Now in its 27th year, the event counts among its competitors some of the world’s leading drivers, riders, trainers, coaches and owners from over 20 countries in both disciplines.