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75th Pin Oak cancelled due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show
For Immediate Release


The 75th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show scheduled to begin March 18, 2020 has been cancelled.

A determination will be made if Pin Oak will be scheduled at a later date.

As a result of ongoing community efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19 and a recommendation by the United States Equestrian Federation that all USEF licensed competitions be suspended through April 15, 2020, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show scheduled for March 18 through April 5, 2020 has been cancelled.  We will continue to monitor impact of containment efforts and determine if the show can be rescheduled for a later date.  We have great respect for the Pin Oak tradition and the resiliency of the equine community, but we echo the sentiments of USEF that the health, safety and well-being of our Pin Oak supporters and that of their horses is paramount.

More details will follow as available on sponsorships and other matters related to cancellation of the show.  We want to thank everyone involved with Pin Oak and appreciate your understanding. 

If you have questions please email:

  • Amy Uniss Coleman, General Manager, Great Southwest Equestrian Center (
  • Valerie Garza, Operations Manager, Great Southwest Equestrian Center (
  • Lauryn Sanford, Director of Sponsorship, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show (


Excerpts from USEF notice

March 13, 2020

Dear USEF Competition Organizers (Licensees and Managers),

The health, safety and well-being of our members and that of their horses is paramount to USEF. We are continuing to closely monitor communications on the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended for the next 30 days. Additionally, USEF strongly recommends that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country for the next 30 days. For those competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF awards programs, USEF owned event, or selection to a US team during this 30-day time period. This includes USEF National Championships.



During the Texas Winter Series at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSEC) two horses developed fevers of unknown origin.  We followed our isolation protocol which requires horses with elevated temperatures be immediately removed from the premises.  We also reached out to Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and local veterinarians for additional guidance.

After the end of the Series we learned two other horses that showed at GSEC tested positive for strep equi.  As a precaution we have cancelled the upcoming GHHJA show and will complete a deep clean and sanitize the facility.  Every stall and the surrounding areas will be scrubbed, rinsed and disinfected within the guidelines provided by the consulting veterinarians.

For the immediate future we will require health certificates for all horses (showing or non-showing) written within seven days of arriving at GSEC. The health certificate must state for the past 30 days the horse has not been treated or seen for reasons that might be associated with an elevated temperature or exhibited any symptoms associated with strep equi.

All horses must enter the grounds through the Mason Road gate between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless prior arrangements are made.  All horses must be accompanied by health papers (current Coggins, vaccination records (USEF GR 845) and health certificate) or they will not be allowed on the grounds—there will be no exceptions.  Please have a printed copy of these records to give to the “check in” personnel.

Dr. Ben Buchanan of Brazos Valley Equine Hospitalswrote the following article on Strangles to help all of us better understand this virus.  Download the article: BVEH Strangles

If you have questions please contact GSEC’s General Manager, Amy Uniss-Coleman or your equine health professional.

Amy Uniss-Coleman, General Manager


900 – Trainers Equitation Exhibition
Entry Fee: Nominal


All contestants are required to perform over at least eight fences at 3’, spreads not to exceed fence height. The course may be either a hunter or jumper type course. Water obstacles (i.e., water jump, Liverpool) are not permitted. Open to all trainers. Horses must be entered in the show competition. The top 4 riders will be asked to return for a walk, trot, canter or over fence testing. There is no minimum requirement to fill the class.

Exhibition will be held on Thursday, March 28th that 7:00pm in the Tellepsen Arena.