early years

Early Years

A passion for helping build a better community by helping others was the driving force for J.S. Abercrombie in creating the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.  As a team, J.S. Abercrombie and Leopold Meyer worked tirelessly to create a horse show that exudes elegance and excellence to raise charitable funds to build a hospital specifically for children.

"When the Golden Trumpet Sounded the Ringmaster's Call, Moments Later Proud Horseflesh Filled the Pin Oak Arena and the Horse Show Was On"

The show debuted in Houston on May 26, 1945, as J.S. Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stables with proceeds given to charity.  It was a premiere horse show in the country and quickly became the social event of the season in Houston.  The annual horse show began at the original stables in Bellaire amind much fanfare.  Quickly, tickets for Pin Oak were harder to come by than Kentucky Derby tickets.  Through sponsorships, box, and tickets sales charitable funds were raised to make a difference in the community.

In 1947, the first donation was made from the show's proceeds as the seed money to begin the planning of the first pediatric children's hospital.  This seed began the long-term commitment to raise funds to construct and support Texas Children's Hospital which opened its doors on February 1, 1954.

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