It’s a special year for Live Oak International as the Combined Driving event celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016.
But it’s not the only bit of equine event history in 2016. This year also marks the inclusion of the Show Jumping Grand Prix as part of the inaugural season of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League.
The show now boasts being the largest equine event of its kind in the country and counts among its competitors some of the leading drivers, riders, trainers, coaches and owners from Europe and North America in both disciplines.
But in 1992, the show was a relatively small event drawing a few competitors. Chester Weber, who now organizes the event and is an internationally renowned four-in-hand driver, couldn’t compete because he was not 18. He’d been driving since he was 12.
Over the years, the show’s reputation has grown and now hosts national championships and regularly is used for placement on the U.S. Combined Driving Team.
In 2012, the world-class Driving Tournament introduced Show Jumping and it was an instant success. For the first time, a world-class jumping event and a world-class driving event were together at a world-class horse farm on the same weekend.
The farm, Live Oak Plantation, offers a beautiful setting for the show. For more than 40 years, Live Oak Plantation has been a leading thoroughbred racing operation providing breeding, foaling, training and racing.
Its distinctive silks of white with red dots and black sleeves continue to enjoy remarkable success nationwide from The Breeders’ Cup to Eclipse Awards and many grade one wins.
For one week, international equestrian athletes, corporate sponsors, patrons, volunteers, officials and friends are brought together to enjoy the magnificent Live Oak Plantation.
Live Oak International was already recognized as a fun, well-managed show for the Driving community with a strong focus on hospitality for its competitors. With the addition of Show Jumping, a ringside hospitality area was introduced and sold out. Owners, competitors, and sponsors enjoyed two beautiful afternoons of ringside hospitality. Every rider that entered the ring saluted event sponsors.
In addition to the Driving and Jumping competitions, the week features a Saturday evening Competitors Party and is a highly popular, much anticipated annual event.
Whether coming around the final turn of a triple-crown race, representing the United States in an international Combined Driving competition, or taking on the challenge of a Grand Prix course, Live Oak International has always put horsemanship and sportsmanship first.
You are invited to come be a part of horse show history at Live Oak International. For information about the event, contact us today.