A Tradition of Excellence
Through the production of an annual world-class competition, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show supports the Texas Children’s Hospital through financial donations, outreach and volunteer support.
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is a multi-breed show – a rare treasure in North America today.
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is known for its rich history, time-honored traditions, equestrian excellence and extraordinary giving. As one of the oldest and most prestigious horse shows in the country, Pin Oak is also one of Houston’s unique social and fundraising events.
In 1945, JS Abercrombie had the vision to create a world-class horse show to benefit the community. His vision became a reality on May 26, 1945, with the sound of the trumpet heralding the opening of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.
Known for its legacy of charitable giving to support the healing of sick children, Pin Oak holds the honor of being the first donor to Texas Children’s Hospital in 1947, providing the seed money to begin the planning and building of the world’s first pediatric hospital.
Today, Texas Children’s has grown to be the largest pediatric medical institution in the world and has millions of patient encounters annually. With over $6.8 million in giving to date, Pin Oak has also supported the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms (located at Texas Children’s) and Candlelighters Houston for their work in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
In 2018, the horse show continued to grow by adding a third week to the schedule, offering competition for American Saddlebreds and hunters, jumpers and equitation riders alike. Only a handful of horse shows continue to host a variety of breeds and disciplines as a major equestrian event. As such, Pin Oak was honored to be the first show in the United States to be designated as a Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation. The North American Riders Group (NARG) selected Pin Oak as a Top 25 Horse Show in North America three years in a row. Many other awards and “Best Show” designations have been collected over Pin Oak’s history – creating our tradition of excellence for this equestrian athletic event.