Hometown: Snow Camp, North Carolina
Jacob Arnold first began competing in pleasure driving shows at the age of eight. At 14, he began competing in combined driving in the Training Level Single Horse division, soon winning his first competition. Arnold spent two years competing at the Preliminary and Intermediate levels before moving up to the Advanced/FEI level at 17.
In 2011, Arnold began his season with a win in the FEI Single Horse division at Little Everglades International with Spring Hollow Dark Shadow. At the Southern Pines Combined Driving Event (CDE), the combination was second in the Advanced Single Horse division.
Arnold was invited to compete at CAIO Ászár Kisbér in Hungary, and driving a borrowed horse, he received a world championship qualifying score. For his accomplishments that year, he was named the 2011 USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year.
He started off 2012 with a win in the FEI Single Horse division at Little Everglades International with Halstead’s Shale. The duo then was fourth in the same division at Live Oak International, and fifth in the Advanced Single Horse division at Southern Pines CDE.
After a brief hiatus from competition, Arnold returned in 2014, also gaining valuable experience through the Live Oak Combined Driving, Inc. Developing Driver Program. His season began at the Kingdom of the Sun CDE where he was fifth in the Advanced Single Horse division with Whooper. At Live Oak International, the combination improved to third in the FEI Single Horse division. Arnold and Whooper contested the USEF Single Horse Driving National Championship at the Southern Pines CDE, finishing eighth. Heading to Europe for the summer, Arnold drove Tara 14 to a sixth-place finish in the CAI3*-H1 division in Nebanice, Czech Republic. He then drove Hotspur’s Red Rowl and improved to fourth in the same division in Piber, Austria. Arnold represented the U.S. for the first time at the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles in Izsak, Hungary, driving Hotspur’s Red Rowl. He had an fantastic performance, winning the marathon phase and finishing seventh overall, helping the U.S. team to a 10th-place finish.
Arnold has spent 2015 competing in the Pair Horse division in Europe, highlighted by winning top honors in the CAI3*-H2 division in Nebanice. He was then 10th with his pair at CAIO4* Riesenbeck, helping the U.S. team to a fifth-place finish.