The only international-level combined driving and show jumping tournament in the U.S. returns to Ocala, March 7-10, 2019
LIVE OAK INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS THE PARADE OF NATIONS MARCH 7
The only international-level combined driving and show jumping tournament in the U.S. returns to Ocala, March 7-10, 2019. The Live Oak International, now in its 28th year, attracts equestrian athletes and horses from more than 20 countries to Live Oak Stud each year to compete.
As part of the equestrian event’s mission to give back to the Ocala community, Live Oak International took over the sponsorship for Ocala Main Street’s Parade of Nations Horse Celebration. Last fall, the international governing body for equestrian sport made a decision to relocate the Nations Cup show jumping competition from Ocala to Wellington, Florida. In past years, this downtown Ocala parade was held in conjunction with that competition.
Renamed the Live Oak International Parade of Nations for 2019, the parade and festivities will take place on Thursday, March 7. It is free to attend. Ocala native Chester Weber will act as Grand Marshall, leading the procession of horse-drawn carriages, different breeds of horses, and international equestrians. Weber, who won an individual silver and team gold medal at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, will be driving the Grandview Clydesdales team.
Sue Mart from Bennington Carriages will have a full report in the April issue of Carriage Driving.