There are horse shows, and then there are horse shows, and Live Oak International definitely belongs to the latter camp. Founded in 1991, Live Oak has emerged from its humble beginnings to become one of the largest equestrian events in the country. But that’s not all that sets it apart.
The show’s picturesque location, amid the towering oak trees, palms, and gently swaying Spanish moss of Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, Florida, are a boon, to be sure. But it’s the nature of Live Oak’s offerings that truly make it one of a kind: the show comprises the largest, international-level combined driving and show jumping tournament in the country, attracting top, equestrian athletes in two FEI disciplines from around the globe.
Once again this year, Live Oak’s sponsor of six years, Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, was on site to transport horses to and from the show grounds, and serve riders, trainers, grooms, and show officials at their much-loved hospitality tent. From picturesque morning views to competition highs, here's a look back at the week that was Live Oak International 2019, courtesy of Brook Ledge.
The Week Begins...
Coffee, lunge, ride, repeat...
Behind the Scenes
One great thing about Live Oak? There's no shortage of lunging space. (c) Erin Gilmore/ Brook Ledge
With hot coffee and snacks to go, the Brook Ledge hospitality tent has become a favorite Live Oak retreat for trainers, riders, grooms, and horse show officials, alike. (c) Erin Gilmore/Brook Ledge
Ready for their closeup: as always, the horses are the stars of the show. (c) Erin Gilmore
Marathons & Rollback Turns
The Thrill of Competition
Switzerland's Beat Mandli & Dibatsja make light work of the Brook Ledge vertical. (c) Erin Gilmore/Brook Ledge
Chester Weber is no stranger to the winner's circle, but this year, the American driver took home a record 16th (!) USEF Four-in-Hand National Championship title. #legend (c) Erin Gilmore
For 17-year-old show jumper Brian Moggre (USA), Live Oak 2019 was a week he'll never forget, riding Vivre le Reve to victory in both the $35,700 CSI3* Longines World Ranking Competition on Friday, and the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala on Sunday in his first-ever FEI World Cup class. (c) Erin Gilmore