One of the most exciting equine showjumping and combined driving tournaments in the world is returning to Ocala from March 3-6. Live Oak International will welcome competitors from around the globe and offer spectators a chance to visit the exclusive 5,000-acre Live Oak Stud farm.
“There will be something for everyone, we’re the only combined driving and show jumping competition in North America. We will have a AdventHealth Ocala Kid Zone, Audi Gainesville Biergarten, several vendors, food trucks, VIP events and an opportunity to just be outside enjoying our beautiful, natural area,” offers Chloe Reid, co-president of the event with her uncle, Chester Weber, the world’s leading USEF Combined Driving National Champion.
There will be a limited number of tailgating locations at all of the marathon obstacles on Saturday, which will give spectators an opportunity to gather friends and watch the live action from a prime spot.
Reid says the levels of competition this year have been expanded to offer more divisions for amateur riders and younger horses, including the Live Oak International Youth Driving Division in which eight drivers under the age of 16 will be invited to participate, with all show expenses paid.
As a grand prix rider herself, Chloe understands the valuable experience of competing at a world class venue and the education that it enables.
The event, which was not held last year due to the pandemic, will again feature the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Ocala Grand Prix which will be increased to the CSI4*-W level. For the first time ever, a CSI1* division will be offered. The event offers more than $327,000 in prize money.
Live Oak International will also be increasing the driving competition and is the only CAI3* on the continent.
Reid notes that the marathon portion which is “action packed and very exciting” with the teams navigating tight obstacles is one not to miss, and the high-caliber show jumping grand prix on Sunday will showcase top talent.
“Some people come out because they love show jumping and then find that they are fascinated by the combined driving excitement, and vice versa,” she shares.
General admission tickets as well as VIP packages are available for the tournament and range from single day admission to weekend immersions. Tailgating spots along the marathon obstacles on Saturday go fast so purchase your tickets today!
For more information, visit www.liveoakinternational.com