Galloping On Grass: Favorite Photos From Live Oak

Mar 14, 2017 - 10:53 AM

There was definitely lots of show jumping action at the Live Oak CSI-W on March 10-12, with Todd Minikus winning the Longines FEI Ocala World Cup Qualifier;  Andrew Ramsay topping the $35,000 Sovaro Grand Prix aboard Stranger; Jessica Springsteen turning on the speed to win the qualifier for the grand prix, the $35,000 Hollow Creek Farm Speed; and Sharn Worldey topping a class sporting a very unusual pair of stirrups, which reporter Ann Glavan found out all about.

But Live Oak is also one of the prettiest venues around, so we pulled out a few of Ann Glavan’s favorite images from the weekend…

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Andre Thieme rocked the gorgeous Conbalou back on his hocks to prepare for a careful fence.
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Charlie Jacobs and Calanta flew across the sky in an opening class.
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Owner of the Live Oak plantation, Chester Weber wears many hats at the Live Oak International, switching between competing in the driving competition and running the show jumping classes.
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Manuel Torres and Christofolini H made for a pretty picture cantering in front of the massive Live Oak trees from which the farm takes its name.
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The Express Clydesdales put on a show for spectators on Sunday.
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Live Oak hosts a driving competition as well, with preliminary through FEI four-in-hand levels. This four of Friesians were stepping in time on the marathon course! Gerben Steenbeek drove the Stonecreek Friesians.
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Studs were important for competitors to keep their footing on the grass.
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Live Oak trees provide shade, a great name for the horse show and a natural jungle gym!
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Riders entered the grass ring through this archway. Live Oak is a single-ring horse show and featured just five show jumping classes over its three-day stretch.
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Spectators set up to watch the marathon driving on Saturday morning.
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Lucy Deslauriers and Hamlet placed second in the $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth Power And Speed class.
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Who wouldn’t be grinning while warming up in this beautiful field? Lucy Deslauriers and Hamlet get ready to head into the ring.
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There are tents, and then there are these tents.
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Marilyn Little and Corona, who won two classes at last year’s Live Oak International, placed sixth in this year’s $35,000 Sovaro Grand Prix.
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Grooms and horses waited in the shade for their turn in the ring.
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Express Clydesdales of Oklahoma City, Okla., were on hand for the weekend to meet spectators and perform their eight-in-hand wagon show.
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These larger-than-life horses greeted spectators on their way into the show grounds.
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It was a beautiful Saturday morning for driving in Ocala.
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All kinds of different breeds were on display in the driving competition, like this Fjord pony Sweetwater’s Zorah Belle driven by Leslie Berndl.
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Fair food abounded across the show grounds.
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Loose horse! Luckily it’s just the Longines pony.
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