CAI Live Oak to Host USEF National Four-in-Hand Driving
Ocala, FLFebruary 4, 2004The United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF) has announced that CAI Live Oak in Ocala, FL will
host the 2004 USEF National Four-in-Hand Driving Championship, March
location was chosen by the United States Equestrian Federations
International High Performance Driving Committee, and later made
official after approval by the USEF Executive Committee. This marks
the first time that the National Four-in-Hand Championships is being
held at Live Oak. Show Organizer Susan Gilliland and her committee
have established a reputation for producing one of the worlds
best run and most exciting driving events.
years Four-in-Hand Championship promises to be particularly
exciting as the countrys top drivers compete with an eye on
the 2004 Four-in-Hand World Championship, scheduled for August 4-8
in Kecskemet, Hungary. At the last Four-in-Hand World Championship
in 2002, the U.S. squad of Chester Weber of Ocala, Tucker Johnson
of Hobe Sound, FL and James Fairclough of Newton, NJ turned in this
countrys best finish ever, winning the team Silver Medal.
The competition at Live Oak this March may give an indication of
the U.S.s chances for Gold at the years World Championship.
Live Oak Combined Driving Event is one of the most prestigious events
in the sport of combined driving. It was held for the first time
in 1993 and it quickly established an outstanding reputation. In
1995, Live Oak hosted selection trials for the United States and
Canadian Equestrian Teams and in 1998, was granted international
sanctioning by the Federation Equestre Internationale.
years competition will begin on Thursday, March 27 at 8:00
a.m. with Advanced presentation and dressage, and Preliminary four-in-hand
presentation and dressage. Friday, March 26 will feature the Preliminary
presentation and dressage for the other divisions. Saturday, March
27 will feature the exciting marathon, providing an exhilarating
day for spectators and competitors alike. The competition culminates
when winners are named following the cones competition on Sunday,
March 28. Competition on Sunday begins at 9:00 a.m.
addition to the culmination of the National Four-in-Hand Championship
and other competitions, Sunday will also feature the annual Classic
Car Show. The show will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and
is sponsored by Kingdom Under the Sun AACA. Also on Sunday, the
coaches will be on display after the coach run. This exhibition
will take be held ringside.
event is held on Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, Florida. The farm
is one of the Souths largest and best known Thoroughbred operations,
spread over 4,500 acres. For more information about the Live Oak
CAI or the USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship, please visit
www.cailiveoak.com or contact Mrs. Wendy Wares-Cooke, USEF Director
of Driving, at wwcooke@USEF.org or (908) 234-0848.