When Frankie Owens returned to ring for the Handy Round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby after placing fifth in the Classic Round with Carrida, he knew he had nothing to lose.
So, he took the available inside turns and galloped down to the high-option oxers, hoping that Carrida would show off her scope and talent to the judges. Indeed she did.
The pair posted what turned out to be the best Handy Round scores of the night of an 89 and 87, taking all four high options and earning handy bonus points of 8 and a perfect 10. But with four contenders remaining, the end result remained to be seen.
“It’s one of those things; you never can tell what will happen,” said Owens of holding the lead at that point. “You just hope for the best.”
And his best turned out to be the best. Although Miss Lucy and Jennifer Alfano had won the Classic Round, they couldn’t quite catch Owens in the Handy and settled for second place overall–by .5 points. Tracy Fenney and MTM Silver Alert placed third, and MTM Here’s 2 Your took fourth with Natalee Haggan.
“For sure, it means a lot. I’ve been showing at Pin Oak since I started riding,” said Owens, who earlier in the evening had stood center ring presenting memorial trophies in remembrance of his mother, Candie Owens, who passed away in 2014. “I’m from San Antonio and grew up in Texas. Pin Oak is the Premier show we have all year, so it’s nice to win here.”
Owens, 34, works in concert with his sister and fellow professional, Whitney Owens, and they continue the family’s business at Oakwell Farm. He brought Carrida up through the ranks for owner Diana Stumberg, who shows the chestnut Hanoverian (Chasseur I–Gloria) in the Amateur-Owners.
“Diana horse showed yesterday in the Amateurs, and she was very sweet and gave her the morning off today so she could to the derby tonight,” said Owens. “It obviously paid off. I want to thank Diana; she’s an amazing person, and I feel privileged that I get to ride her horses.”
For Sharon O’Neill’s 16-year-old Miss Lucy, Pin Oak seems to have become a favorite venue. The chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare also placed second during Pin Oak I in the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. She took Week II off and returned fresh and happy once again.
Miss Lucy earned scores of 88 and 86 from the judges in the Classic Round and took all four high options for the best score. She placed third in the Handy Round, only topped by Owens aboard Carrida and Peter Pletcher riding Jamie Jarvis’ Mystique, the latter having won the International Hunter Derby classes during Pin Oak I and II.
Special thanks to Modern Luxury for sponsoring the Bourbon, Bowties and Big Hats Reception held during the derby.
For full results of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and the USHJA International Hunter Derby, please visit HorseShowsOnline.
The MTM Farm team traveled home to Texas from Florida just in time for the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show III. They immediately made their presence known, with MTM iCarly capturing the $10,000 Welcome Stake on April 4 with Dorrie Douglas in the irons.
On Wednesday April 5, it was an MTM sweep during the $25,000 Pin Oak Charity Grand Prix. MTM Vivre Le Reve and teenager Brian Moggre took the blue, with Igor Van De Heibos and Tracy Fenney taking second and MTM Full House and Natalee Haggan placing third. Haggan also rode MTM Cravitz to fifth.
Horses with the MTM prefix also donned tricolor ribbons on the Hunters, with MTM One Time and Douglas winning the 3’6″ Green Hunter championship, and MTM Outbid and Tracy Fenney earning the 3’9″ Green Hunter reserve championship.
“MTM One Time was awesome—he won a class both days,” said Douglas. “The idea is to get him ready for the USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday. He’s a horse we got last September, and I did him in the Pre-Greens, and he just keeps getting better and stepping up. He’s scopey, easy and has a huge stride. It seems to me the bigger the jumps get, the better he jumps, and as a 7-year-old, he’s really good.”
Douglas described iCarly, her 10-year-old winner in the Welcome Stake, as a perfect little speed horse.
“We’ve had her just under a year now, and I’ve been doing her in some grand prix classes,” said Douglas of the 10-year-old warmblood mare. “She’s super quick. But then she’s also cool because you can leave strides out–I left one out in the jump-off. It’s great that you can have that range and be quick in the jump-off but also leave out strides. She’s great and ready for a kid to go do some Junior/Amateur classes and some grand prix classes.”
Douglas, of Flower Mound, Texas, thanked MTM Farm’s Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney for their generosity in allowing her to ride the horses. “It’s great to be back at Pin Oak and a great start to the week,” she added.
The Green Hunters of SBS Farms raked in the money on April 5 when winning the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive and the Texas Super Stake classes during the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show III.
Kindred, owned by Kathy Chiaf of Edmond, Oklahoma, jumped to a score of 84 and 88 with Alfano and captured the Texas Super Stake 3’ and 3’3” and $1,290, as well as the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive and another $690. Kindred also claimed the 3’3″ Green Hunter tricolor for a ribbon-filled week.
Trainer Susie Schoellkopf, of Buffalo, New York, described Kindred as a talented, classic hunter type and one that caught their eye immediately a year ago when they purchased him in Florida as a 5-year-old.
“Trainer Linda Hough named him. She happened to see him when we tried him in Ocala. She thought he was a special horse as did we,” said Schoellkopf. “When Jen and I looked at him, we couldn’t even look at each other as the people were riding him. And then as we drove out we said, ‘OK, we’re buying him.’”
Although Kindred traveled to Pin Oak for the three-week show series, he only competed Week III because he arrived in Texas from Florida slightly dehydrated.
“We sent him to the clinic for a day, which turned out to be nothing,” said Schoellkopf. “And, this week he was fresh and jumped beautifully. He’s a really special horse and worth taking our time with. I think he has a beautiful look and a beautiful way of going, and his jump is spectacular.”
Sharon O’Neill’s Talladega, another elegant bay hunter ridden by Jennifer Alfano, topped the card in the Texas Super Stake 3’6” and 3’9” and earned $525.
Talladega also earned the 3’6″ Green Hunter reserve championship behind MTM Farm’s MTM One Time, ridden by Dorrie Douglas.
Alfano also guided her own Candid to the High Performance Conformation Hunter championship over reserve champion Gabli, owned by Carolyn M. Elsey and ridden by Daniel Bedoya.
Amateur rider Didi Mackenzie wasn’t intimidated by the professionals as she rode MTM Do Right to the 3’9″ Green Hunter Championship. Her consistently beautiful rounds received ample applause from her many supporters, including husband and co-owner Kenny Mackenzie, Colleen McQuay, Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney, who earned the reserve championship aboard MTM Outbid.
Rachelle Goebel’s Will Emblazon captured the 2-year-old class and Best Young Horse title on April 3 at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show III under judge Betty Oare.
The impressive bay Oldenburg (Willemoes–Anastazia) was bred by His Cat Farm and handled by Goebel, of Montgomery, Texas.
Will Emblazon comes from a line of successful Hunter Breeding horses, and his dam, Anastazia, was crowned Best Young Horse at the Devon Horse Show in 2004 and ’05. Will Emblazon placed third at Devon as a yearling and finished fifth in the United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year standings and won the Zone 7 championship as well as the Texas Super Series grand championship.
Goebel purchased Will Emblazon as a 5-month-old, and she and her sister, Felicia Carroll, have shown him together.
“This year we just started him back here at Pin Oak,” said Goebel. “We’re just starting to do some other things with him—he’s too smart for his own good! So, we want to challenge him, and we’re starting to put a saddle on him now and playing with him that way.
While Goebel showed Will Emblazon, Felicia stood ringside offering support and taking photos and videos. “I work a lot and couldn’t do this without Felicia,” said Goebel. “She showed him most of last year.”
Winning the Best Young Horse title meant a lot to Goebel as she’d earned a reserve championship previously but never captured the top prize.
“We were talking about that, and now we have the dinner collection (with the china given by Pin Oak),” she said with a laugh. “We have used them for holidays, and it’s actually fun to have all the plates and now the bowl.”
Robert Moyar showed Barbara Bailey’s West End Girl (Westporte–Sands Of Time) to the Best Young Horse reserve championship. By virtue of her two previous BYH titles and this week’s reserve, the elegant bay 3-year-old won the Jane Queener Best Young Horse Trophy for the series.
The 73rd Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show wrapped up Weeks I and II at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. It was twice the fun for Christian Heineking and Peter Pletcher, as each rider won the featured Jumper and Hunter competitions, respectively, both weeks.
The tradition that surrounds this USEF Heritage horse show continues in 2018, with the first week highlighting American Saddlebreds, sponsored by Bluebonnet Farm, in addition to Hunters and Jumpers. Pin Oak is also thrilled to welcome back title sponsors Irish Day Farm and PJP Farm, for weeks II and III, respectively.
While celebrating Week II’s Northern Trust Fiesta Ringside Gala on Friday night, Pin Oak proudly presented a check for $198,000 to Texas Children’s Hospital. Since 1945, the horse show has now donated more than $6.8 million to the hospital thanks to the generous support of sponsors and donors.
During Weeks I and II, it was Christian Heineking who led the victory gallop in the Amalaya Investments/Oasis Petroleum $30,000 Grand Prix as well as the The Hildebrand Fund $30,000 Grand Prix.
Heineking, of Hudson Oaks, Texas, won both weeks aboard NKH Calango, a 10-year-old, Belgian Warmblood gelding.
And while his consecutive victories were impressive, what made the events even more special was that his family joined him center stage—Christian’s wife, Erin Davis-Heineking and “cousin” Daniel Bedoya finished right behind him in both Grand Prix classes. Bedoya was second riding Quattro each week and third with Quilona V Z during Week I, and Erin placed fourth aboard Leonie Week I and moved up to place third Week II.
“We’re all related, believe it or not,” said Erin. “My cousin’s daughter is married to Daniel, so, basically, he’s my second cousin-in-law. We call each other cousins, and that’s why we had to get a photo together during the awards. We’re all so close.”
Erin just started showing Leonie, a 9-year-old Oldenburg mare and returned to the show ring at Pin Oak after nearly a year off. “She’s Christian’s horse, and I started showing her last week,” said Erin. “She was in the jump-offs both times this week (also in the Welcome). She’s a really good horse.”
Erin was first to go in the six-horse jump-off during the Week II Grand Prix, with her husband, Bedoya and Briley Koerner set to chase her down. With a double-clear effort, she set the pace–but the guys caught her.
“I realized that being married to Christian, and since we go to the same horse shows, I’ve been second to him a lot,” she said laughing. “I think if we weren’t married and went to different horse shows I might have a lot more blue ribbons, but it’s worth it! It means a lot. He’s made me a much better rider.”
Koerner placed fourth aboard her impressive For Jef VD Wezelse and won the U25 section, sponsored by Booth Show Jumpers. After securing the victory aboard Calango, Christian chose not to jump off aboard his other two qualified mounts, NKH Selena, winner earlier in the week of the $25,000 Pin Oak Charity Grand Prix, and NKH Carrido. So, it was a family sweep of the top three places.
Peter Pletcher, of PJP Farm in Magnolia, Texas, topped the card both weeks in the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby aboard Jamie Jarvis’ Mystique. Pletcher also took second and third places Week II with Bring It On and Quintessential.
“I think it’s great that all three horses went as well as they did,” he said. “Two of them are basically brand new rides, and Mystique is just getting really good at the derbies. She loves it, jumps great and is really careful. It all worked well.”
Jarvis, who shows Mystique in the Amateur-Owner Hunter section, was thrilled with her mare’s performances. “It’s super special to me to win here, and we’re going for the Trifecta,” she said as Pin Oak starts the third week on April 3. “It’s so nice to be back at Pin Oak and show with your friends and colleagues. Everyone pulls for everyone, and it’s really nice. I’m thankful for Peter—he puts his whole heart and soul into it.”
Pletcher also won the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby during Week 2 aboard Hollis Hughes Grace’s flashy chestnut Hoopla.
“He’s fun and super straightforward,” said Grace of the 9-year-old gelding she purchased on March 14. “When I tried him, I loved his jump and that he could take a joke like no one’s business, because I can give plenty and be a real comedian on him! And this was Peter’s first time to sit on him, right before the class.
“I showed him in two classes this morning in the Adult Amateurs and showed him the distances not to take,” Grace joked. “And, then Peter got on him and showed him the distances that would probably be a better choice.”
Dana Vollbracht’s Davidson and Amberlee Wentz won the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Week I.
Barbara Bailey’s West End Girl (Westporte—Sands Of Time) took Best Young Horse honors both weeks with Robert Moyar handling.
“She’s coming along nicely. She had a successful year this year and is about to get underway under saddle. We were blessed to have Oliver Brown join us, and what an exciting class,” said Moyar of the Virginia-based trainer/handler who traveled to Texas and earned the reserve Best Young Horse title with Diane Garza’s Rococo. “It was a wonderful victory, so we’re happy. I know Barb is extremely happy to have bred her, because you never know what you’re going to get in the beginning. And to see them grow and progress is really rewarding. This has been her year as a 3-year-old. She’s really blossomed.”
During Week I, the American Saddlebred divisions, sponsored by Bluebonnet Farm, took their turn around The Lincoln Motor Company Main Indoor Ring.
Jack Magill drove Roger Gibson’s Lulu Frost to the Fine Harness Championship in a highly competitive class. Magill also claimed the Three-Gaited Stake aboard Ridgewood’s Special Agent for owner Mary Jean Hooper.
In the Five-Gaited Stake, it was Janice Henderson’s Night Contender taking the victory pass with rider Paul Cates.
The Junior/Amateur exhibitors rode hard for their championships, as well, with Catherine Street claiming the Five Gaited Amateur/Junior Exhibitor tricolor aboard Blue Curaco. Cathy Coleman topped a strong field of nine to win the Three-Gaited Amateur/Junior Exhibitor championship aboard Alta Dare Farm’s Madeira’s Blue Ruby.
And in the largest class of the show, the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship, it was Joan Cantrell earning top honors aboard The Musical Link under trainer Tommy Benton.
Week III of Pin Oak runs April 3-8 and features the $25,000 Pin Oak Charity Grand Prix and Sponsor Reception presented by Brookside Pine Farms on Thursday, the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and Modern Luxury ‘Bourbon, Bowties & Big Hats’ Derby Reception on Friday night, and the Wells Fargo $30,000 Grand Prix and Ringside Gala on Saturday night.
Our 2018 Honored Heroes from Texas Children’s Hospital, Lila & Gavyn, will also be honored on Saturday during the Grand Prix Opening Ceremony. Read their stories on page 8 of the Pin Oak Program.
Shopping at horse shows can be absolutely dangerous.
These stores have so many cute things that I need in my life…and I only just glanced through a few of them the other day!
I wanted to give everyone a run down on some of the amazing vendors you can find at the 2018 Pin Oak Charity Horse show.
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is the perfect place for equestrians and horse lovers in the Houston area to shop.
For the ease of finding everyone I will start with everyone that is on the main “vendor row” starting furthest away from the Coffee Shop.
If you are a vendor at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and you want to have anything added to your information you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information you would like to include.
Luxe Eq has a huge selection of equestrian attire from some of the top brands that are hard to find including Asmar Equestrian, Cavalleria Toscana, Winston Equestrain, and so many more. They also have an amazing selection of sale items right now, I even picked up an incredibly gorgeous sweater on the first day of the show. Luxe Eq also provided items from Trapp’s Equestrian look for the Faces of Pin Oak shoot.
Showtime Couture has both equestrian attire and the most amazing equestrian decor items. If you are looking for the perfect gift for an equestrian life head over to these ladies and I am certain you will find something perfect for them!
Opal R Helm
“An effortlessly chic collection of small, timeless leather bags and accessories inspired by Texas heritage and saddlery craftsmanship.” You have got to stop by and check out these bags, they are absolutely beautiful, and the best part is that they come in so many different beautiful colors, and the inside of the bags are as beautiful as the outside…and soft. Oh, and the story of how Jennifer got started creating these one of a kind bags is amazing.
“Clare Christie is an artist whose work concentrates on the harmony of Movement and line to capture the energy of the horse. A native of Austin Texas, her work reflects her years in the saddle training hunter and jumper horses and teaching others to ride. Her time spent around the animals did more than give her a strong sense of the anatomy of the horse, it taught her to capture their physical strength and subtle body language.” Clare’s work is some of the most beautiful I have ever seen, her horse’s features are so life like and just will take your breath away. Life goal #2343224398: Have a custom commissioned sculpture from Clare of each of my horses.
A quick stop in at Bluebonnet Feeds is a must for any horse owner at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. These ladies can help you make sure you are providing your athlete with the proper nutrition they need. Just a few minutes spent chatting with them made me realize so many thing about feeding my horses that I was not aware of before. It was such an eye opening experience and I highly recommend stopping by and learning more about how their feeds are different than what you are already feeing your horse.
Ronald Raven Designs
What horse person doesn’t love the perfect equestrian accessory, Ronald Raven Designs offers a selection of jewelry perfect for the equestrian. I think a little piece of jewelry would be the perfect way to celebrate your accomplishments after a long week at the horse show.
A quick trip around the show ground and you will see at least 1 or maybe 5 people sporting Antares gear. Antarès Sellier was established in 2000 by five equestrian professionals with the objective to create a unique saddle custom fit to meet a rider’s needs. Antarès Sellier is among the top saddle makers in the world with over 35 craftsman specializing in bridlery, harness making and saddlery design, producing more than 3000 saddles every year. The originality, vivacity and creativity of Antarès has significantly raised the benchmark for saddle making and has set the ”gold standard” of the profession today.
Exceptional Equestrian is an Equestrian Lifestyle Boutique. They have a large selection of equestrian attire for both showing and everyday wear. They have brands like Equaline, Fior Da Liso, and so many more. They also provided some of the looks for our Faces of Pin Oak Styled Shoot including Keely’s Red Tailored Sportsman Breeches, Blue Belt, and both Sydney & Keely’s silk scarfs.
Bravos Valley Equine
Brazos Valley Equine is all set up ready for any of the exhibitors needs during the show. How great is it to be able to walk right over and have anything and everything you could need for your horse’s health and medical needs.
“Innovative and decidedly chic, Voltaire Design specializes in upscale custom saddles. Recognizable by our blue striped gullet, Voltaire Design saddles are made in France with the finest French leathers and are infinitely customizable.”
Because every horse show is full of equestrians who have been injured, thrown, or just had their bodies hurt from riding, every horse show needs a Chiropractor. “Dynamic Spine and Performance (DSP) specializes in sports injury and performance, family chiropractic care and treats all levels of injury by providing all natural, non-invasive pain management, chiropractic, therapeutic exercises, physical therapy and whole body wellness to get you back to doing what you love, try to avoid surgery, prevent future injury and perform at your best as fast as possible. “
“Limited number of saddles per year. Each piece is perfected to the smallest detail, like an objet d’art. Combining a high level of performance with aesthetic quality, they are the result of continuous development, naturally drawing upon Bruno Delgrange’s experience both in the saddlery trade and as a rider. To complete your requirements as a demanding rider, Bruno Delgrange offers a range of bridles and accessories made from natural leather in accordance with the same philosophy.”
Quail Hollow Tack is the go to place for any of your needs during the horse show from tack to grooming supplies, and pretty much anything else you may need. They have a store in Flower Mound and the mobile store that travels to horse shows. I remember going to Quail Hollow as a little girl and shopping, they have been around for year. You can also see the jump crew sporting the Quail Hollow Tack logo on their shirts at the show!
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