Entering the 26th Year of hosting the Live Oak International, the Tournament now boasts being the largest Combined Driving and Show Jumping 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 competition was a relatively small event drawing a few competitors. Chester Weber, who is now Co-President of the event alongside his sister, Juliet W. Reid, 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 competition’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. This year also marks the second year of 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 farm, Live Oak Plantation, offers a beautiful setting for the Tournament. For more than 40 years, Charlotte Weber has built and nurtured Live Oak Plantation in to 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 competition 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 competition history at Live Oak International. For information about the event, contact us today.