Live Oak International: America’s favourite equestrian tournament returns for its 33rd edition
The world-renowned combined driving and show jumping tournament has confirmed it will take place from March 14th to 17th 2024 featuring the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala.
After continually raising the bar, the equestrian tournament Live Oak International returns for its 33rd edition to the distinguished grounds of Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Florida, March 14th to 17th.
The iconic tournament, renowned for delivering the ultimate outdoor equestrian entertainment experience, drew over 200 horses from more than 20 countries last year and is projected to grow in 2024! Spectators will witness world-class competitors in both show jumping and combined driving competitions, as well as getting to dive into a diverse range of activities, performances and luxurious VIP experiences.
In 2023 Live Oak International saw over 16,000 visitors and top-level competitors from all over the globe, maintaining its position as the only combining driving and show jumping tournament in North America.
The competition has also earned its place as one of the eight prestigious CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Qualifiers in North America, holding special significance as it represents the last opportunity for U.S. riders to secure a spot in the 2024 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final, taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Chester Weber, Co-President of Live Oak International, expresses his excitement; “Every edition we strive to surpass our previous years’ achievements. Our world-class facility is truly exceptional, and with our fantastic team, we’re determined to share this weekend with as many competitors, sponsors, and spectators as possible. We certainly can not wait for March to come around and give an unforgettable experience to all.”
LOI welcomes its new Sports Director
After dedicating 3 years to the Live Oak International team as Director of Logistics, Walter Makker is set to leverage his extensive experience into his new role as Sports Director.
From now on, Walter will not only oversee the meticulous setup of the physical event, but he will also play a pivotal role in ensuring that the sport runs smoothly and to Dutch timing!
Walter Makker is a well-known figure both within the equestrian world and among the Live Oak International community. His exceptional skills in operational management have shone brightly at various international shows, earning him respect and recognition at equestrian competitions worldwide.
Speaking on Live Oak International, he had this to say, “I am very excited to take on the role as director of sports next to my existing role as director of logistics. I see lots of synergies taking on both roles enhancing the entire event and bringing it to the next level!”
“Over the years, I have seen firsthand how much of a team player Walter is so I know that he will rise to this new responsibility with eagerness and grace,” said Chloe D. Reid, Co-President of Live Oak International. “Having Walter in this position will make our team even stronger and the tournament greater.”
Without a doubt, this 33rd edition is set to bring Live Oak International to unprecedented heights. Take a sneak peek of last year’s edition here.
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