Ocala, Fla.—March 17
All the riders and drivers at the Live Oak International Horse Show are hoping luck is on their side this St. Patrick’s Day as they compete in their show jumping and combined driving divisions.
The Chronicle is on the ground reporting with the $100,000 Longines World Cup Jumping qualifier coming up on Sunday, March 18, and we’ll let you know who ends up taking the biggest portion of that pot o’ gold, but first the drivers hit the marathon course, and the show jumpers competed in their opening classes
. Check out our shots from the show so far!
Kady Abrahamson won the opening jumping class, the $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth Power and Speed, aboard Charline 28. All photos by Ann Glavan.
Now that’s some St. Patrick’s Day spirit! Leslie Berndl driving Sweetwater’s Zorah Belle.
Catherine Tyree’s horse Bokai catching some Zzzs in the shade with his groom.
The trees that give Live Oak its name!
Chloe Reid waits to compete in the opening jumper class. Her uncle, combined driver Chester Weber, organizes the entire show and hosts it on his farm.
The jumpers warmed up in the grass dressage ring. The show is unique in the United States, as it hosts both combined driving and show jumping at the same competition.
Only at Live Oak does a videographer get this cool of a post!
Usually the main ring at Live Oak is a turf field, but damage from Hurricane Irma means this year’s show is on sand. Grass will be replanted for next year’s event.
Tailgating is a big deal Saturday at Live Oak, and this year everyone was in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!
For those unfamiliar with the sport, combined driving is a three-phase event similar to eventing. Saturday is the “cross-country” phase, where drivers are timed as they navigate between narrow corridors of solid posts, known as hazards. The person on the back of the carriage is called the navigator; they can use their weight to help balance and turn the carriage.
Saturday at Live Oak has a very day-at-the-fair kind of feel.
Wait, what’s this show called again?
If this isn’t the most adorable pair of ponies you’ve ever seen I don’t know what is. Mary Phelps’ team of Shetlands caught everyone’s attention.
This is next level tailgating at the water hazard on the marathon course.
Kady Abrahamson was all smiles after her win.
“Not all who wander are lost. Maybe they’re just looking for a funnel cake.” -Anonymous
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