70th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show - A Show to Remember

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pin oak charity horse showFor two weeks, the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas was transformed into to a horse show spectacular as the 70th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by Haras Dos Cavaleiros and Irish Day Farm took center stage.

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The two-week equestrian extravaganza is one of the few remaining multi-breed charity horse shows in the nation and its tradition of excellence and legacy of giving was paramount for the 70th year celebration. It is a horse show with a purpose and that is to benefit Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Texas Children’s, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance.

Opening on March 17, 2015, the venerable horse show hosted 259 multi-breed exhibitors – American Saddlebreds, Andalusians, Lusitanos, and Working Equitation exhibitors - and nearly 900 hunter and show jumper competitors for the first week of competition. The second week has nearly 1100 hunters and jumpers filling all show rings. Exhibitors traveled from the east coast, west coast, Mexico, Canada, from many states in between as well as from across Texas to compete at the iconic horse show for its special anniversary year.

With four Grand Prix events that wowed spectators filling the stands, some of the biggest competitors in the Hunter Derby competitions, and terrific breed championships with top show teams, look for Pin Oak to continue to grow in stature in the equestrian community and attract show teams from across the country with prize money that now exceeds $600,000. This Texas tradition continues to shine as a top equestrian athletic event and a leading horse show in its giving.

Legacy of Giving

Keeping with its history, Pin Oak also celebrated its legacy of giving by honoring two special children from Texas Children’s Hospital, Julianna Lynn and Abigail Gonzalez, as the 2015 Honored Heroes. Guests from Ronald McDonald House Houston also enjoyed a day at the show with a special Meet and Greet of living Breyer model horses with the equine movie star of Winter’s Tale, Novelisto D, and Magic of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses.

Education Days returned with 500 visiting Katy ISD students over two days of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show to experience a behind the scenes look at horse show life. Visits to various stations gives students a look at the farrier, equine vet, jump crew, barn area, horse transport, and more.

Lynn Walsh, president of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, reflected on the show’s special year, “It was one of our biggest and best years ever for Pin Oak. The tradition lives on and the legacy is growing. What an honor to see 70 years later a robust and vibrant horse show continuing with giving that is approaching $6 million to help sick children.”

A Horse Show to Remember

Exhibitors and Sponsors enjoyed Pin Oak’s renowned hospitality over the two weeks of the show with ringside events a hallmark of the Pin Oak experience. The Houston Mounted Police help Pin Oak pay tribute to our armed forces and honored all who have served and continue to serve our nation in the military today. For our Grand Prix Saturday Nights, the Houston Highlander bagpipes and Catalena Cowgirls make up our annual pre-show entertainment and are a beloved part of the fabric of the show.

For 2015, all attending the show for the $30,000 Walter Oil & Gas Grand Prix enjoyed the special visit by the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, compliments of Pin Oak sponsor – Wells Fargo, The Private Bank. One of the entertainment highlights for our 70th year was a special performance by Christian Spear of Purple Songs Can Fly, a special program in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center as part of the Arts in Medicine program at the hospital. In so many ways, Pin Oak is truly so much more than just a horse show and it is all thanks to the support of so many.

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is thriving and looks forward to another terrific year in 2016 from March 23 – April 3. There are many ways to be a part of the Pin Oak tradition from sponsorship, as an exhibitor, volunteer, or by enjoying the social aspect of Pin Oak throughout the year as a Pin Oak Club member, no horse required. To learn how you can get involved, visit pinoak.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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