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What To Wear: Keely McIntosh

The Faces of Pin Oak Featuring Keely McIntosh | Grand Prix Champion

Keely McIntosh of Magnolia TX has been attending the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy,TX since she was a little girls, and is now getting to live out one of her earliest dreams in life, to compete in the Grand Prix at Pin Oak. Keely was the Under 25 Grand Prix Champion in 2017. Keely with the encouragement and support of her mom, Jenny Booth of Booth Show Jumpers, now travels all over the country showing her horses, including Sulli, who had his day in the spotlight during the Faces of Pin Oak Shoot.

EQUESTRIAN LOOK

Keely’s Equestrian look featured items from Exceptional Equestrian including their  Berry Tailored Sportsman Breeches with brown knee patches, a Fior Da Liso Emma shirtFrederique Scarf, and Sandy Defter Belt. Elaine Turner provided their amazing Katia Fringe Earrings in Navy. Keely completed this look with her Tucci Tall Boots.

Exceptional Equestrian Red Breeches the Faces of Pin Oak

BLACK TIE FORMAL LOOK

When I started searching for the perfect dress for Keely to wear for her formal look I came across the Yoana Baraschi Oscar Wild Dinner Dress on Rent the Runway and knew it was the perfect look for Keely. It is super important to pick items for pictures that will give you shape and the best way to do so is to look for items with structure to create that look and shape at all times. We paired this dress with a gorgeous Turquoise Statement necklace from Texas Silver Rush to help tie in the teal color in Trap’s Bow Tie & Pocket Square from E. F. Meeks.

Formal Look Maroon Dress with Teal Accents

What To Wear: Trapp O’Neal

The Faces of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Featuring Trapp O’Neal

Trapp O’Neal is there owner and trainer at TKO Sporthorses in Magnolia,TX. Trapp & his mount Capitano are two time Pin Oak Grand Prix Champions. For the Faces of Pin Oak shoot, Trapp was photographed with Kid, who is owned by Sarah Meyer. Kidd was quite the ham and loved every moment of being the center of attention for pictures. Trapp shares that his favorite part about showing at Pin Oak is the crowd and the atmosphere, one Grand Prix nights the energy in the ring is undeniable.

EQUESTRIAN LOOK

Trapp’s Equestrian look was provided by Luxe Eq. Trapp wore items from the Cavalleria Toscana Collection. Trapp wore the Cavalleria Toscana Men’s Guibert Shirt, it is a light blue button down with a white collar and cuffs. This was paired with a pair of Navy Cavalleria Toscana Breeches. His look was wrapped up with his lucky woven belt, you can shop a similar style at Luxe Eq with their Cavalleria Toscana Stripe Stretch Belt, and his orange tie featuring bits was by E.F. Meeks.

BLACK TIE FORMAL LOOK

When Lauryn, of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, came up to me and let me know that Festari for Men would be providing one of their amazing pieces for the shoot I was ecstatic. They make custom tailored one of kind suits and they are absolutely stunning. They provided us with a Royal Blue Windowpane suit for Trapp to wear. Trapp also wore a Cavalleria Toscana button down dress shirt from Luxe Eq with his suit. We paired this look with a bow tie & pocket square from one of my favorite equestrian tie shops, E.F. Meeks. E.F. Meeks makes bow ties, ties, and pocket squares that are perfect for the equestrian. If you are attending an equestrian event or derby party and need the perfect statement piece you have to check out their store.

Festari For Men Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

Festari For Men Blue Windowpane Tux

Keely McIntosh, 2018 Face of Pin Oak

Keely McIntosh

2017 U25 Grand Prix Champion

“There is not a moment in my life where I remember being without a horse.”

Keely’s mother, Jenny Booth of Booth Show Jumpers, used to take her on trail rides for naptime and have Keely sit in front of her on an old quarter horse mare named ‘Fanny’, a pretty flee bitten grey. At age 5, Keely began riding Fanny and Jenny rode Fanny’s daughter, a bright chestnut mare named ‘Beebers’. “This is what childhood was like for me, trial riding through the forest and taking naps on the backs of our horses,” said Keely.

“Twenty years down the road and I am truly blessed to compete in the Grand Prixs, U25 Grand Prixs, Derbies, and Amateur divisions all over the country. I have come a long way since trail rides and nap time on Fanny and Beebers. Even though life with the horses has altered dramatically since I was a child, my love for the sport and the animals remains the same. I have a competitive nature. I love showing and competing, but I ride for the connection I build with my horses. That is something I have never been without and something that I could never see myself giving up. This connection is what keeps you going through tough days and difficult times in life.”

Keely has been attending at Pin Oak since she was in elementary school. She said she remembers lying in bed and praying to God every night that one day she would be able to compete in the Pin Oak Grand Prix. She has since made that dream a reality! “The best part about the horse show is being able to see those dreams of young riders come true just as mine did. It is the perfect places for people to come and see the riders’ passion and Pin Oak’s hospitality, and be a part of the experience. I cannot wait to see how the continual improvements to the show will positively affect the support given to Texas Children’s Hospital.”

So Live Helau (Sulli)

Selle Français, 12 years old

Sulli and Keely compete in show jumping, and won the Pin Oak U25 Grand Prix, second in the $50,000 Grand Prix in Ocala in February. They have also won and placed in several U25 Grand Prixs, open Grand Prixs, and High classics.

Keely’s favorite story is how she met Sulli. One day, Keely’s mother got a call from world renowned jumper McLain Ward, saying he had a horse Jenny might be interested in. Her mother declined, as the family’s barn was full at the time.

“During that year, two separate people rode him and tried to buy him,” she said. “That was when the accident happened. He was walking through a stall with a giant metal pin sticking out. It got caught on his side and tore him open as he ran through the gate. It took several stitches and months of rehabilitation until he was able to be ridden again.

“At this this time, I was looking for a new horse. Guess who was still available? Because of his scar, Sulli was still available and I was the first person to try him since the accident. All of the pieces fell into place in order to bring this horse into my life. I will always be so grateful.”

Because of his injury, Sulli took some time to build confidence and trust with Keely, but she remembers it being clear from the beginning they were made for each other.

These days, Keely and Sulli’s relationship is incredibly strong (aided by his favorite treat: Mrs. Pastures horse cookies).

“This horse’s talent is truly limitless with as big of a heart he has. My favorite part about riding horses is the relationship you build with them. Sulli is no exception,” said Keely, who thinks of Sulli as her soulmate. “The bond built with him is one of the strongest I’ve known to this day.”

Sulli’s story originally published on Karinda K. Equine Photography’s “365 Days of Horses”

EQUESTRIAN LOOK – Exceptional Equestrian, Breeches, Shirt, Belt and Scarf | Elaine Turner, Earrings | The Polished Rider, Bracelet

EVENING LOOK – Yoana Baraschi, Cocktail Dress | The Texas Silver Rush, Jewelry | French Connection, Shoes

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Trapp O’Neal, 2018 Face of Pin Oak

Trapp O’Neal

2017 Hildebrand Fund Grand Prix Champion

Trapp O’Neal, owner and trainer at TKO Sporthorses, has been riding since he was 6 years old and has moved up through the ranks to the Grand Prix level.

“I started TKO Sporthorses 8 years ago and serve the greater Houston area, while showing extensively all over the country.  I was able to build my own facility within the last couple years and have my wonderful clients to thank for their continued support in that endeavor.”

Trapp and 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Capitano, are two-time Pin Oak Grand Prix Champions. After last year’s win, Trapp told Equine Journal, “I love the atmosphere and the crowd. Any time you can have this type of environment and this type of energy in the ring is just great. The riders and horses feed off of it. It’s fun to ride at this horse show.”

Fastrelko (Kid)

Dutch Warm Blood, 8 years old

Kid is a handful! He loves attention, but you would never know because his ears are always back. He is an escape artist and you will find him out of his stall, just hanging out in the barn.

Garo Kazan imported Kid as a 5-year-old and was then purchased by the Meyer family. At that time, Kid had never competed. Sarah Meyer said she loves Kid because he has the biggest heart and will give it his all for you in the ring.

This young horse has been making quite a name for him and is definitely one to watch. “I have been lucky enough to develop him over the last 3 years into this horse he is today,” said Trapp. He was second last year in the Joker Class, won his first 1.45 in Colorado and was in the 6-year-old finals.

EQUESTRIAN LOOK – Luxe EQ, Breeches and Shirt | E.F. Meeks, Tie

EVENING LOOK – Festari For Men, Suit | E.F. Meeks, Bowtie and Pocket Square

The Official Photographer of The Faces of Pin Oak

Sydney Young, 2018 Face of Pin Oak

Sydney Young

2017 Saddle Seat Equitation Champion

“What I love most about the sport has been constantly learning how to communicate with my equine partner without the understanding of a spoken language. The bond derived is stronger than anything I’ve ever known.”

Sydney has been riding for 13 years and competes in Saddle Seat with the American Saddlebred, with a passion for the equitation division.

“The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has always been a wonderful start to the season for me and has been a place where I learn a lot as a rider while creating wonderful memories, which keeps me coming back each year. One of my proudest moments was winning the 2017 Pin Oak Saddle Seat Equitation Championship for the first time after competing in that class for 6 years.”

Sydney rides with Vantage Point Farm under the instruction of May Chadick and David Blevins and will be competing in Week One of Pin Oak.

Goodnight Sweet Dreams (Sammie)

American Saddlebred, 12 years old

Sammie is infamous for eating tack. Even if you think it’s not in reach, he’s chewing on it. Sammie has competed in everything from Saddle Seat Pleasure, Hunter Country Pleasure, to the Academy ranks. Towards the beginning of his career, Sammie won the Pin Oak Park Pleasure Championship amongst wins across the nation with May Chadick. Five years later with his new owner, Alexa Bernal, he was the Pin Oak Open Pleasure Champion.

EQUESTRIAN LOOK – Elaine Turner, Jacket & Shirt | Exceptional Equestrian, Scarf

EVENING LOOK — Renegade Bridal & Gala, Gown | The Texas Silver Rush, Jewelry

The Official Photographer of The Faces of Pin Oak

What To Wear: Sydney Young

The Faces of Pin Oak Featuring Sydney Young | American Saddlebred Saddleseat Equitation Champion

For Week 1 of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show I am super excited to introduce you to Sydney Young. Sydney was the Saddleseat Equitation Champion in 2017 and she has been a part of Pin Oak for years. Sydney shares that “One of my proudest moments was winning the Pin Oak Saddle Seat Equitation Championship last year for the first time…” Sydney rides with Vantage Point Farm under the instruction of May Chadick and David Blevins. For the Faces of Pin Oak shoot they brought over Goodnight Sweet Dreams, a 12 Year Old American Saddlebred Mare that is owned by Alexa Bernal.

I am super excited to get to see Sydney in action this year during the Saddlebred Show during Week 1 of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.

For Sydney’s Equestrian look she was sporting a gorgeous white button Carolyn Shirt with flared sleeves that was paired with the Tori Jacket in Tomato Tweed that was absolute perfection from Elaine Turner. We added some equestrian flair to her look with a Lilo scarf provided by Exceptional Equestrian. These pieces paired perfectly with Sydney’s Navy Breeches that had a subtle pin stripe accent. Sydney’s look was completed by a soft and subtle braid that was done by Love and Makeup Beauty.

 

Sydney was wearing one of my absolute favorite dresses for her Black Tie Look. Her gold sequin dress is a one of a kind dress from Renegade Bridal & Gala, a Houston based custom dress designer. I actually purchased this dress from Natalie because I adore this dress so much and knew that my clients would all love getting to wear it for their pictures. Her look was completed by adding a simple cuff bracelet from Texas Silver Rush in Fredricksburg,TX.

 

2018 Faces of Pin Oak

2018 Face of Pin Oak

A special collaboration with Karinda K. Equine Photography

Meet the riders in the 2018 Pin Oak Program!

Syndey Young of Vantage Point Farm,
Trapp O’Neal of TKO Sporthorses &
Kelly McIntosh of Booth Show Jumpers

Equestrian Looks: E.F. Meeks, Elaine Turner, Exceptional Equestrian, Luxe EQ & The Polished Rider

Evening Looks: Festari For Men, E.F. Meeks, Renegade Bridal,  Rent The Runway & The Texas Silver Rush