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The Plaid Horse in the Barn Lounge with Daniel Bedoya

Photo © Karinda K. Equine Photography

BY JESS CLAWSON

Daniel Bedoya was taught to respect and value horses from the start. Growing up in La Paz, Bolivia, his father, Daniel Bedoya Sr., won seven national jumper championships in Bolivia. But even more than his success in the show ring, Bedoya Sr emphasized that anyone who wants to ride needs to bring their best to the horses at all times.

When Daniel describes his childhood in La Paz, he talks about how his father’s passion for riding motivated him to get up at 5am in order to ride before his job working in construction. He would even rush to the barn during lunch to get a ride in.

Bedoya Sr demanded the same of his children if they chose to ride. “My sister was very talented,” Daniel says, “but just didn’t want it as much.” Bedoya Sr. told his son that if he wanted to ride, it was all or nothing. He had to take it seriously, to forego nights out with his friends if he wanted to jump the next day, to show up every single day to work on his sport.

That work paid off.

The family moved to Austin, Texas when Daniel was a young man. Bedoya Sr. set up a training facility there, which he continues to run full time at age 74. “He rides four horses a day. He teaches lessons. He gets on the tractor himself to drag the arena,” Daniel says with clear admiration.

Daniel continued in the family tradition and set off to Magnolia, Texas, where he and his wife Lindsay run Bedoya Training Stables. Lindsay is critical to the operation. She travels with him to help in the big classes when she can or stays home with their daughter to keep the horses and students in work. “It’s special to me that we’re doing this as a family,” he says.

Photo © Karinda K. Equine Photography

At Bedoya Training Stables, Daniel focuses on building foundations of trust and warmth with his horses and students. “It has to be fun,” he says. “If it’s not fun then why do it?” He treats his horses with respect and empathy, and takes the time to really make sure he understands the specific needs of each one. “One of the challenges of the trainer is to find what makes a horse want to perform better,” he says. “Try to make it fun for the horses. If you make the job a little easier, make it fun, and find what makes every horse want to do their job—you’ll have more success.”

Daniel carries the same approach with his students. He likes people, and wants to get to know them. He brings the best of Bolivian riding culture to Texas:  “Everyone has to have fun. In Bolivia, riding is a very social thing–everyone goes to ride and then they hang out with their friends, go do other things together.”

In fact, when Daniel and his horse Quattro represented Bolivia at the World Equestrian Games at Tryon in 2018–the first time a Bolivian represented the country on the world stage–his Texan fans cheered him vigorously in the main arena. The Great Southwest Equestrian Center even stopped the horse show to broadcast his rides on the big screens so that his home crowd could watch and cheer for their friend.

Riding at WEG belt beyond Daniel’s wildest dreams even two years prior, and he counts carrying the Bolivian flag as his proudest equestrian achievement. He credits his horse Quattro for the opportunity.

“I remember the day of the first class I was riding. My horse was almost ready in the cross ties, and I gave him a big hug. I wanted to thank him somehow. It was an unbelievable moment for me. Even before going in the ring, I got teary eyed. I could not believe I was there. My family came from Bolivia to watch. It was amazing.”

Quattro is the horse of a lifetime for Daniel. He bought the 18hh gelding as a five-year-old resale project. “He turned out to be harder to train in the beginning than I expected,” Daniel recounts cheerfully. He took the “shy, gentle giant” to his first horse show as a youngster, having no idea this would be the horse to completely change his career.

Photo © Karinda K. Equine Photography

“I may get to the point where I ride better horses than him, who win more than he wins, but none will have the impact he has had on my career. He changed my life.” For Daniel, there will never be another Quattro. The successes the pair have already achieved have opened doors for Daniel. Competing at WEG, opportunities to ride more elite horses, and attracting quality clients to his program have all come about thanks to Quattro’s eagerness to try.

Daniel also thinks fondly back to his now eight-year-old daughter’s early childhood. He would sit her in front of him on the huge horse’s back and walk and trot around the ring, introducing his daughter to horses and sharing quiet moments with her.

“My daughter is my biggest fan,” he says. While she hasn’t caught the riding bug, she joins the Texas community in cheering for her father’s victories. “Sometimes she cries if Quattro and I don’t win,” he chuckles.

Pin Oak has been a large part of Daniel’s career success. There he Quattro have claimed many victories, including rising to the top of the leaderboard in the 2018 Antares Sellier Leading Grand Prix Rider. He loves the show for its combination of collegial environment and prestige.

Pin Oak is special to Daniel because of the charitable giving aspect. He recounts a charity equitation class to benefit a fellow professional who was having medical troubles a few years ago. “It wasn’t part of Pin Oak but they helped us with it, and now they’ve made it part of their show,” he says with pride.

Daniel hopes that Pin Oak continues to attract more riders from Mexico and surrounding states. “It’s a beautiful horse show,” he says. “Everybody comes to play. Everyone gets ready for Pin Oak.”

Daniel’s buoyant spirit and passion for the horses make him a popular fixture of the Texas riding scene. He and Quattro have a bright future ahead of them.

Faces of Pin Oak: Daniel Bedoya

The Plaid Horse in the Barn Lounge with Natalee Newton Haggan

Photo © Karinda K. Equine Photography

BY JESS CLAWSON

Natalee Haggan’s parents promised her a horse of her own when she was eight years old, provided she stuck with the riding lessons she begged for. She showed her dedication early, always staying late at the barn late to help out with chores. “Thirty years have gone by and I’m still waiting for the horse,” the now successful professional jokes.

Natalee’s determination has opened doors. In 2000, she convinced the hiring manager at Medieval Times (a popular dinner theater chain restaurant) to take her on, even though at the time the business officially did not hire women in the role of riders. But Natalee impressed the horse trainer with her skills. Through that experience, she learned a lot of incredible dressage skills the horses needed to perform in the show.

After three years at Medieval Times, Natalee returned to the show ring. She missed jumping. She borrowed a horse from MTM farm for a week, and again impressed people with her work ethic. She got opportunity to take care of the farm while the owners were on the road, and worked her way into the manager and trainer position.

Things were going well for Natalee when, in 2017, a 2”x6” board fell on her head and left her in critical condition. Once again, she would have to defy the odds.

Pin Oak became the stage for her comeback. She grew up watching the Pin Oak Grand Prix and dreamed of riding in it long before she had the financial means to make it at the rated level. “I just rode whatever I could swing a leg over,” she remembers. Now, as an accomplished rider with access to nice horses, she had to put the pieces together while recovering from her serious injury.

Photo © Karinda K. Equine Photography

In 2018, just seven months after her accident, her dream came true as she rode into the ring in the Wells Fargo $30,000 Pin Oak Grand Prix on MTM Full House. The evening progressed from dream to fairy tale as she and Fuller had the only double clear round of the night. “Winning was surreal,” she recalls. Natalee lists winning this class as her proudest equestrian accomplishment.

There is no doubt that Natalee’s determination and talent paid off in that moment, but she credits her support system as well. “I am so fortunate to have the support of Mike McCormick, Tracy Fenney, and the rest of our MTM team,” she says. “They have given me knowledge, encouragement, and opportunities that I would not otherwise have and I am forever grateful.”

Tracy is her equestrian idol. “She’s amazing,” she says. “She’s always so smooth and makes it look effortless. Horses love her.”

She also has a special bond with Fuller, a Hanoverian gelding McCormick and Fenney imported in 2015. Fenney rode him in a few Grand Prix before handing the reins over to Natalee just before her accident, but left the ride to her and gave Fuller time off competing while Natalee recovered.

“I believe we have an aytpical bond that allows us to compete at that level,” Natalee says. “Fuller jumps in an unorthodox style, but he has the heart of a winner. He always gives 110% in and out of the show ring, and always steps up when he is challenged. He is also the first to greet me when I walk in the barn with a loud neigh ‘hello.’”

Natalee is sympathetic to her horses, which plays a key role in her success with them. Her training philosophy centers on focusing on the individual needs of each horse to help them most efficiently understand what she is asking of them. “I am a huge believer in positive reinforcement and try to stay focused on solutions,” she says. “I think it is very important especially with young or green horses to recognize when the horse has given you an honest effort to do whatever you are facing it with to allow it to be finished,  whether it happens in five minutes or 25 minutes.”

Photo © Karinda K. Equine Photography

The future is bright for Natalee, whose next big goal is to win an international hunter derby. “I’ve come in second in my last two international derbies,” she says, “and last time I was only one point off the winner.” She’s also looking forward to more Grand Prix wins as well as bringing along the promising young horses at MTM.

Wherever she goes in her career, Pin Oak will always be special to her. “Pin Oak is a great contribution to the horse world in the sense that it allows different breeds and disciplines to compete side by side. Even though we are all involved with riding it is very interesting to watch and learn how differing breeds and disciplines train, compete, and even manage their horses in the stabling area. Each breed and discipline have their own unique traditions that I find interesting,” Natalee says.

“I am just very thankful to be able to compete at Pin Oak. I love the support and donations Pin Oak makes to the Texas Children’s Hospital. We are all very lucky to be able to live our life with horses and I think it is important to remember to give back.”

While anyone with Natalee’s level of success would know a thing or two about luck, she is also a demonstration of what really wanting it and putting in the time can bring. Watch for this talented rider at the horse shows this year.

Faces of Pin Oak: Natalee Newton Haggan

Ben & Sammie

On Saturday evening during the Grand Prix, we got to meet one of the most amazing little boys, Ben. Ben is blind, but was SOOOO excited to be at the show! Even though he could not see what was going on, he was cheering on the riders and whooping and hollering louder than most everyone else.

Ben really wanted to meet a horse and Vantage Point Farm, LLC was kind enough to let him meet their superstar, Sammie. (You may remember him as one of the 2018 Horse of Pin Oak.)

It’s the little things like this, that remind us what the show is all about. Thank you to Candlelighters Houston for introducing us to this incredible little boy and his family.

Pin Oak is proud to support Texas Children’s Hospital & Candlelighters Houston!

The generosity of your sponsorships, donations and Pin Oak Boutique purchases go to helping support these families. Thank you!

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Pin Oak I Weekend Wrap Up – The Plaid Horse

Pin Oak I Weekend Wrap Up

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Katy, Texas – March 25, 2019 – Fun was had by all at Pin Oak 2019’s first Grand Prix, the Oasis Petroleum $30,000 Grand Prix, and Amalaya Investments Ringside Gala on Saturday Night. As is tradition at each of Pin Oak’s Grand Prix events, the Catalena Cowgirls, an iconic rodeo drill team of talented women and their paint horses, kicked off the evening with a fabulous performance.

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Sixteen competitors tried their hand at the first-round course, with only five moving to the jump off. The crowd held their breath as Quattro, owned and shown by Daniel Bedoya, took home the win with the only clear jump off round. Daniel and Quattro were Pin Oak’s Leading Grand Prix Horse and Rider in 2018 as well as 2015. The pair also competed in the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.

Quattro owned & ridden by Daniel Bedoya. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
Quattro owned & ridden by Daniel Bedoya, Grand Prix Winner. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Tiramisu, ridden by Trapp O’Neal and owned by The Eddyanne Ranch Family Limited Partnership, was the fastest four-faulter, receiving the red ribbon.

Tiramisu ridden by Trapp O’Neal, owned by The Eddyanne Ranch Family Limited Partnership. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
Tiramisu ridden by Trapp O’Neal, owned by The Eddyanne Ranch Family Limited Partnership. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Daisy Ford and her Gatsby finished in fifth place, which gave them the win in the 1.45M Under 25 Grand Prix while Faces of Pin Oak rider, Briley Koerner, finished sixth in the Prix with BKS Horse Farms, LLC’s For Jef Vd Wezelse, earning her second place in the Under 25.

Gatsby, owned and ridden by Daisy Ford. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Julie Cleveland Beam and Anastasia Stewart’s Lancelot, winners of Thursday night’s $10,000 1.45M Welcome Stake, received the Grand Prix Style Award at Saturday’s event.

Prior to Saturday’s big event, complimentary massages were offered during the afternoon at the facility’s outdoor hospitality area, and The Shops at Pin Oak featured pre-event cocktails and a photobooth with fun Pin Oak props open to all.

On Sunday, the final day of Pin Oak 2019 Week I included a delicious sponsor brunch, complete with mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar.

SWS Questionnaire owned and ridden by Bella Kay. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Bella Kay aboard her SWS Questionnaire dominated in the equitation ring, winning the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase, the USEF/Dover Hunter Seat Medal, and the Platinum Performance Talent Search.

Gerico owned & ridden by Portya Muenke. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Portya Muenke took the blue ribbon in the WIHS Equitation Jumper Phase and the red ribbon in the USEF/Dover Hunter Seat Medal and the ASPCA Maclay aboard her Gerico. Elizabeth Nestor proved to be the highest scoring overall in the WIHS Equitation with At Last owned by Claire Azar. Elizabeth Nestor and At Last also took home the blue in the USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal.

At Last ridden by Elizabeth Nestor, owned by Claire Azar. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

We spoke with Brooke Brombach following her win in the ASPCA Maclay on Spygate, owned by Show Hunters Investments. “I’m so happy with him. I was really looking forward to Pin Oak this year, especially following last year’s 3’6” Equitation Circuit Award, but I was concerned when a week before the show started I still hadn’t found an equitation horse to ride. Luckily, three days before Pin Oak, I found out that Spygate, an equitation horse I used to ride, was coming back from lease and being sent for me to show. He made it on Thursday evening, just in time!” The pair was also second in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase and third in the US Dover Hunter Seat Medal and the Platinum Performance Talent Search.

Spygate ridden by Brooke Brombach, owned by Show Hunter Investments. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Macy White aboard Viva’s Glory, owned by Joan Hensen, took home the blue ribbon in the Hamel NHS 3’3” Medal, and Victoria Zahorik and her own Kalisto were crowned the winners in the THIS National Children’s Medal and Reserve Champion of the Children’s Hunter 14 and Under.

Viva’s Glory owned & ridden by Macy White. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Khaki McCool and Kirby McCool’s Intrepido came out on top in the under saddle as well as both of Sunday’s Combined 3’6” Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under and Small Junior Hunter 16-17 classes, taking Champion in the division. “Today’s courses were very well-designed. I really enjoyed them, and my horse was perfect and jumping great,” Khaki said when asked about her wins. “We just started leasing him less than a year ago,” she explained of the 10-year-old Danish Warmblood. Central Park West owned and ridden by Jordan Cobb earned the Reserve Championship.

Intrepido ridden by Khaki McCool, owned by Kirby McCool. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Greetings and owner/rider Haley Hammer bested all the 3’6” Junior riders, winning the combined 3’6” Junior Hunter Classic and taking Champion in the 3’6” Junior Hunter 16-17. Symbolic, second in Friday’s International Hunter Derby, and Bella Kay were Reserve Champion.

Greetings owned & ridden by Haley Hammer. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Gap Crown Horses, LLC’s Cassiopeia Cellestin, ridden by Kelley Buringa, and Chestnut Equestrian, LLC’s OTI, ridden by Ainslee Gregg, took Champion and Reserve Champion, respectively of the 3’3” Junior Hunter 16-17. Both horses are of Matt Cyphert’s, Faces of Pin Oak rider, Woodhill Farm.

Cassiopeia Cellestin ridden by Kelley Buringa, owned by Gap Crown Horses, LLC. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Luke Jensen and Jill Barnett’s Coraggio PF were Champion in the 3’3” Junior Hunter 15 and Under and took home the blue in the combined 3’3” Junior Hunter Classic.

Coraggio PF ridden by Luke Jensen, owned by Jill Barnett. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Children’s Hunter 14 and Under Champion Snickers owned by South Haven Farm while the Children’s Hunter Classic 14 and Under win was taken by Overture, owned and shown by Lola Hutchinson.

Caswell owned & ridden by Sydney Murdoch. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The Children’s Hunter 15-17 tricolor was earned by Caswell owned and ridden by Sydney Murdoch while Jordan Gilchrist’s Kingston, piloted by Ella Frahm, took the win in the Children’s Hunter 15-17 Classic as well as the division Reserve Championship. At the pony ring, we caught up with McKayla Brombach who was on fire, earning the Championship on all three of her rides.

Glenmore Tralee, ridden by McKayla and owned by Monarch Stables, earned the tricolor in the Small Pony Hunter division. When asked about the catch ride, McKayla said, “I’m really proud of this pony. She was fantastic. I am shocked that we were Champion against Sunbeam because Sunbeam is a really nice pony.”

Sunbeam ridden by Carolyn Colter, owned by Ticket to Ride LLC. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Sunbeam, owned by Ticket to Ride, LLC and ridden by Carolyn Colter, took the Reserve Championship as well as the blue ribbon in the combined Pony Hunter Classic.

Morton’s Sassy Kat ridden by McKayla Brombach, owned by Colleen Brombach. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

McKayla was also Champion of the Medium Pony Hunters with Colleen Brombach’s Morton’s Sassy Kat. “I’m finally figuring out how to ride this pony. I’m so blessed to have her and to finally be getting consistent rides on her,” said McKayla following her clean sweep of the division. Alexandra Keath’s Glenhaven Pick Me, ridden by Clara Keath, earned the Reserve Championship. The girls shared their Championship photo following the division.

Glenhaven Pick Me & Morton’s Sassy Kat. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

McKayla’s third ride, Waltzing Matilda, owned by James Waldman, took the Championship in the Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter division. “This is only her second horse show,” McKayla explained, “I never thought we would be Champion. I was just super excited to get to show this new green pony when she came in for sale.” Carlysle Drosos rode her own Snoop Dogg to the Reserve Championship as well as the win in the WIHS Pony Medal.

Waltzing Matilda ridden by McKayla Brombach, owned by James Waldman. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

McKayla’s older sister, Brooke Brombach, took her share of the blue ribbons at the pony ring as well, riding Isabella Mullan’s Poplar Place Pied Piper to the Championship in the Large Pony Hunter division. Touch Of Class, owned and shown by Kate Stark, took Reserve Champion.

Poplar Place Pied Piper ridden by Brooke Brombach, owned by Isabella Mullan. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The Large Green Pony Hunter Championship was earned by 14 Karat, owned by RGG Equestrian LLC and ridden by Reagan Gehm, while Martha Patterson’s Diplomat took the Reserve Championship.

Sunday was ‘Classic Day’ in the jumper ring, where white breeches were in full swing.

Take Two owned & ridden by Sydney Long. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Take Two, owned and shown by Sydney Long, bested the Junior and Amateur Owner competition, winning the High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic as well as the High Amateur Owner Championship while Hannah Newton and her Athena were Champion of the Low Amateur Owner and winners of the Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic.

HRS Fortuna owned & ridden by Hallie Rush. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Hallie Rush’s HRS Fortuna jumped to High Junior Jumper Champion, and Learning To Fly, owned and shown by Frances Barham, earned the tricolor in the Low Junior Jumper division.

Learning to Fly owned & ridden by Frances Barham. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Washington, owned and shown by Emma Flett, was Champion in the High Children’s Jumper division while Neon Trees, owned by Amanda Pierce and shown by Heather Cleveland, bested the High Adult Amateur competition in both the division and the High Adult Amateur Classic.

Elaine, shown by Mia Gradick for SCNC Investments, Inc. took home the tricolor in the Low Children’s Jumper as well as the win in the Low Children’s Jumper Classic. Adeline owned and shown by Marissa Rose took home the Low Adult Amateur Jumper division Championship title.

Elaine ridden by Mia Gradick, owned by SCNC Investments, Inc. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Riders are looking forward to another fun week of horse showing and amazing Texas hospitality at Pin Oak Week II. Thursday evening will feature the Trainers Equitation Exhibition benefitting Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. World Championship Hunter Rider recognition makes Weeks II and III of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show the place to be for many hunter riders, who can expect to face stiff competition. Meanwhile, jumper riders celebrate Week II and III’s addition of the Thursday night $25,000 Grand Prix to the already enticing schedule of jumper events.

Pin Oak I Weekend Wrap Up

The Plaid Horse in the Barn Lounge with Briley Koerner

Faces of Pin Oak: Briley Koerner

Photo courtesy of Briley Koerner

BY JESS CLAWSON

Briley Koerner believes in the importance of connection—both with horses and people. She started riding at six years old, and still thinks of her first trainer, Kim Cox of Tally Ho Farm, as one of the most influential people in her life. “Mrs. Kim taught me the ropes,” she says.

Her horses, too, have taught her a great deal. “Every horse I’ve ever owned or ridden has definitely helped make me the rider I am today,” Briley says with gratitude. Her family, including older brother Barrett who shares all of her successes on Facebook, and grandparents who have supported her in this challenging sport, have helped foster that sense of connection as well.

Photo © Kaitlyn Karssen

Briley’s career as a young rider includes many great many successes in the past two years. In 2017, she won the NAJYRC Zone 7 team gold and individual bronze; the Prix Des Stats zone 7 team gold; and was in the top 25 at the Maclay Finals. In 2018, she won the Prix Des States Zone 7 team gold and the $25,000 1.45m Welcome Stake at the Hampton Classic Horse Show on her own For Jef Vd Wezesle.

For Jef Vd Wezesle or Seth, as he’s known around the barn, holds a special place in Briley’s heart. “If there’s one horse who has impacted my riding the most, it would be Seth,” she says. The horse is undeniably talented, and they make a great team, earning three gold medals during her junior career. But he’s special to Briley for other reasons, too.

Briley suffered tremendous loss when her brother Brody died on July 28, 2017. Upon hearing this, Seth’s previous owner, Natalie, called Briley to express her condolences and also tell her the story behind the horse’s name: Natalie’s brother, Jef, also passed away unexpectedly. She named the promising young horse after him. “That made me feel closer to my brother,” Briley says.

Photo © ESI

“I will forever and always be grateful to have Seth. I consider him my horse of a lifetime for sure. Without him, I wouldn’t be the rider I am today. I can’t thank my trainer Martien and Maarten enough for finding this special horse.”

Her trainer, Martien, has taught Briley about connection, figuratively and literally. He encourages her to make connections between flat work and jumping. “There has to be a purpose behind what I’m asking my horse to do,” she emphasizes.

She also thinks fostering that genuine connection in the leg-to-hand sense is important. “I think we all as riders get caught up depending on draw reins and martingales for our flat work,” Briley says. Flat work and pole work are important, because they’re the foundation of the big jumper classes. Working to develop a good canter with the right balance is critical.

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Briley admires connected, quiet riders like Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut. “I admire Beezie’s consistency and horsemanship. When I watch her ride, she stays in one position which allows her to stay connected with the horse.”

“Laura Kraut is another rider I really aspire to be like,” she says. “You can tell she has natural talent. Laura clicks well with all her horses, and I think that is important.”

Briley has big goals for the future: she wants to represent the US at the Nations Cup and the Olympics. “In the meantime,” she says, “I want to train clients and bring them up to the highest level of show jumping that I can.”

Photo © Diana Hadsall Photography

Competition is in her bones, and Briley is one of the rare people who doesn’t get nervous competing. “I tend to do a bit better under pressure and when competing in front of a big crowd. As a junior my trainer Martien was sure to expose me to different venues like grass rings and small indoors and I think that definitely helped,” she says.

Briley loves competing at Pin Oak in particular. “The one thing I love most about Pin Oak are the people. After competing in WEF for the past 8 weeks, it sure is nice to come home to some familiar faces! Pin Oak does a fantastic job of having a special atmosphere. There is nothing like competing at a show that gets its hometown people to come and watch the show. I can’t begin to thank Pin oak enough for all there amazing sponsors and kind hospitality,” she says. “It is an honor to get to compete at such an amazing show!”

Briley’s dreams are big, but her talent, work ethic, and support system are too. Watch for this gifted young rider this year.

Faces of Pin Oak: Briley Koerner

Pin Oak I – “Derby Day” Celebrates Top Hunters with a Champagne Toast – The Plaid Horse

“Derby Day” Celebrates Top Hunters with a Champagne Toast

Jennifer Alfano & Capriati

Katy, Texas – March 23, 2019 – Thursday and Friday at the 2019 Pin Oak Charity Horse show were jam-packed with fun and excitement as the show’s top competitors showcased their skills in both the jumper ring and the hunter ring.

Lancelot ridden by Julie Cleveland Beam, owned by Anastasia Stewart. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Thursday afternoon, sponsors enjoyed the Bedoya Training Ringside Reception hosted in the Yellow Rose Whiskey Sponsor’s Club during the $10,000 1.45M Welcome Stake. Lancelot, owned by Anastasia Stewart and shown by Julie Cleveland Beam, took home the top honors while Kierland Farm’s Fourtina and Trapp O’Neal came in a close second finishing less than a second behind Lancelot in the jump off.

Lancelot ridden by Julie Cleveland Beam, owned by Anastasia Stewart. Winner of the 1.45m Welcome Stake. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
For Jef Vd Wezelse ridden by Briley Koerner, owned by BKS Horse Farms, LLC. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

BKS Horse Farms, LLC’s For Jef Vd Wezelse and Faces of Pin Oak rider Briley Koerner finished fourth in the Welcome Stake and bested the under 25 competition taking home the 1.45M Under 25 Welcome Stake win.

For Jef Vd Wezelse ridden by Briley Koerner, owned by BKS Horse Farms, LLC. U25 Welcome Winner. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Meanwhile in the hunter ring, Wesley Clingman’s Deluxe, shown by Courtney Lenkart, took home all the blue ribbons and was Champion with a clean sweep in the 3’3” Green Working Hunters as they continued Wednesday’s winning streak. The pair was also the winner of both the $1,000 USHJA Green Incentive Stake and the $2,500 Texas Green Hunter Super Stake.

Deluxe ridden by Courtney Lenkhart, owned by Wesley Clingman. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The amateur hunter competition wrapped up on Friday afternoon. Who Dat owned by Maura Harrower and piloted by Rachel Campbell was Champion in the Adult Amateur Hunters 18-35. The day prior, Who Dat was also crowned Champion of the combined High Performance/3’9” Green Working Hunter with Sarah Rice.

Who Dat ridden by Rachel Campbell, owned by Maura Harrower. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Championship was earned by L&W Equine Investments, LLC’s Echo Park ridden by Mercedes Flett, and Lightful, owned by La Primera Hacienda, LP and shown by Angela Dominguez, took home the Championship in the Adult Amateur Hunters 50 and over.

MTM Inside Scoop, owned and ridden by Didi Mackenzie, was Champion of the 3’6” Amateur Owner Hunters also taking home the blue ribbon in the $1,000 3’6” Amateur Owner Classic while Kathy Chiaf’s Sweetwater earned the tricolor in the 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunters.

MTM Inside Scoop ridden and owned by Didi Mackenzie. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Friday was ‘Derby Day’ at Pin Oak 2019 with the Brookside Pine Farms $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in the afternoon. The $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby ran in the evening, accompanied by a ringside Churrasco International Derby Welcome Party and dinner.

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Under Friday afternoon’s blue skies and perfect springtime weather, Jessica Law rode Krunch, owned by Jana Arnoldy, to win the Brookside Pine Farms $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in the Memorial Park Hunters combined Mega Ring I and II. Jessica, Jana, and her adorable fleet of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were ecstatic over the win. Jennifer Alfano and All Ferraris, LLC’s Enzo W took second in the National Derby as well as the Championship in the 3’3” Performance Hunters.

Krunch ridden by Jessica Law, owned by Jana Arnoldy. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
Krunch ridden by Jessica Law, owned by Jana Arnoldy. $10,000 USHJA National Derby Winner. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Capriati, owned by Jennifer Alfano and John Jamieson and ridden by Jennifer Alfano, jumped to the top prize amidst fierce competition in Friday evening’s $30,000 USHJA International Derby, winning both the classic and handy round. Symbolic, owned and shown by junior rider Bella Kay, was placed seventh after the classic round and excelled in the handy round, bumping the pair up to second place. DS Holdings, LLC’s Carrida, the 2018 Pin Oak Week III $50,000 USHJA International Derby winner, earned a fifth-place finish in tonight’s event with 2019 Faces of Pin Oak rider Frank Owens.

Capriati ridden by Jennifer Alfano, owned by Jennifer Alfano & John Jamieson. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
Symbolic, owned and ridden by Bella Kay. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
Carrida ridden by Frank Owens, owned by DS Holdings, LLC. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Following the victory gallop, all riders participated in a champagne toast to commemorate Pin Oak 2019’s first International Derby.

Junior riders are looking forward to the perfect springtime horse show weekend while spectators, sponsors, and exhibitors anticipate tomorrow night’s main event – the Oasis Petroleum $30,000 Grand Prix and Amalaya Investments Ringside Gala.

Pin Oak I “Derby Day” Celebrates Top Hunters with a Champagne Toast