The History of Live Oak International

Entering its 28th year, Live Oak International is the largest international-level combined driving and show jumping tournament in the country, and each year welcomes some of the leading drivers, riders, trainers, coaches and owners from Europe and North America.

In its inception, Live Oak International was a small affair, and hosted only combined driving competition. At that time, world champion four-in-hand driver Chester Weber, wasn’t able to compete at the event, held on his family’s farm, because he wasn’t yet 18. Chester is now Co-President of Live Oak International alongside his sister, Juliet W. Reid.

The competition’s reach and participation grew throughout the years, and now regularly hosts U.S. Equestrian Federation combined driving national championships.

An important step in the evolution of Live Oak International happened in 2012, when international show jumping competition was added to the program. It was an instant success! Now the grand prix which takes place Sunday afternoon during Live Oak International, is a qualifier for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League.

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.

Live Oak History

The venue, Live Oak Stud, offers a picturesque setting for world class equestrian sport. The 5,000-acre property is home to hundreds of heads of cattle, as well as Live Oak Plantation, 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.

For one week, international equestrian athletes, corporate sponsors, patrons, volunteers, officials and friends are brought together to enjoy the magnificent Live Oak Plantation.

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.