Katy, Texas – March 21, 2019 – The 74th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is underway, and what a great way to start off the spring season! A USEF Heritage Competition and NARG top 25 Horse Show, Pin Oak offers daily hospitality, hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money, bonus awards, and trophies over three action-packed weeks of competition for the benefit of the Texas Children’s Hospital. With all it has to offer, the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is the place to be this spring for many of the country’s top riders.
The first Championship of Pin Oak 2019 was secured by Jennifer Alfano and Rhapsody, owned by Sharon O’Neill, yesterday morning in the Baby Green division.
Later that afternoon, Will Emblazon, owned and shown by Rachelle Goebel of Montgomery, Texas won the Hunter Breeding 3 Year Old and earned the Best Young Horse Championship. The Oldenburg (Willemoes–Anastazia) was bred by His Cat Farm and has been brought along by Rachelle and her sister, Felicia Carroll, since Rachelle bought him as a 5-month-old. Will Emblazon has competed at Pin Oak every year since he began showing as a yearling. He remains undefeated in 2019, winning both the Hunter Breeding 3 Year Old and Best Young Horse at all four weeks of the 2019 Great Southwest Winter Series.
Liza Richardson showed Olde Oak Farm’s Infinite Shine to the Best Young Horse Reserve Championship.
Courtney Lenkart of South Haven Farm had a tremendously successful start to Pin Oak 2019 winning all of the first day’s 3’3” Green Working Hunter classes on Wesley Clingman’s Deluxe. She then continued her winning ways earning blue ribbons on South Haven Farm’s Snickers in the 3’0” Green Working Hunters, Lori Mathews’ Alisto in the 3’6” Green Working Hunters, and Emma Flett’s Cascalo in the 3’6” Performance Hunters.
In the jumper ring, we caught up with Briley Koerner, one of the 2019 Faces of Pin Oak and winner of Pin Oak’s 2018 Booth Show Jumpers Under 25 Grand Prix. “My horses were great after having a few weeks off from WEF. I did a 1.25M jumper class today to get my horses in the ring before tomorrow’s 1.45M Welcome Stake,” she told us about her first day at Pin Oak 2019. “I’m so excited for the next three weeks at Pin Oak! Pin Oak did an amazing job with its set up as always, and it’s great to see this show striving for improvement year after year,” Koerner added.
In addition to Thursday’s 1.45M Welcome Stake, exhibitors and spectators can look forward to ‘Derby Day’ on Friday, featuring both a USHJA International Hunter Derby and a USHJA National Hunter Derby, as well as the American Saddlebred competition Championships and the Oasis Petroleum $30,000 Grand Prix and Amalaya Investments Ringside Gala on Saturday.
Sports Psychologist Mario Soto is hosting highly anticipated seminars on Friday night and Saturday morning. Pin Oak also offers daily hospitality, including numerous evening ringside receptions, and fabulous shopping – The Marketplace and The Shops at Pin Oak have everything a rider needs to complete their favorite equestrian ensembles from popular vendors such as Fab Finds by Sarah, Saddle Shoppe, Luxe Eq, Equiventure Tack, Quail Hollow Tack, and more.
Pin Oak 2019’s American Saddlebred competition sponsored by Bluebonnet Farm also commenced Wednesday evening with the Open Division classes. Exhibitors, spectators, and sponsors enjoyed watching the evening events with food and refreshments at the Saltgrass Steakhouse Saddlebred Exhibitors Ringside Party.
BY JESS CLAWSON
Frankie Owens was almost born in the saddle. His parents, Candie and Frank, were established professionals in the industry by the time he and his sister, Whitney, were born. Frankie was legged up onto horses from a very young age, and credits his parents for teaching him so much. “I don’t take for granted growing up the way I did,” he says. “The benefits of being raised in an established stable aren’t lost on me.”
Frankie’s father, Frank Owens, was also raised around horses. His mother, Christine, was a breeder of Welsh/thoroughbred crosses in Virginia and got Frank into riding ponies. Then, as an adult in the 1970s, Frank became a pentathlete–a sport funded by the US government at the time. This brought him to Texas, where he met his wife, Candie. They had two children, Frankie and Whitney, both now professionals at their family farm.
Frankie’s showing career began in earnest when he was 14. He competed in all three rings. He spent just one year of his adulthood as an amateur, competing in the amateur owner jumpers, before making the leap to becoming a professional at age 19.
Frankie now competes in both hunters and jumpers. Some of his proudest achievements have been in the hunter ring on Diana Stumberg’s mare, Carrida, who won the $50,000 International Hunter Derby at Pin Oak in 2018 and was the national champion in the 3’9” green over fences in 2017. “She’s definitely the hunter I’ve won the most on,” he says.
Winning the hunter derby at Pin Oak in 2018 was an important event for him. Earlier that same evening, he stood in the center ring awarding trophies in memory of his mother, Candie Owens, who passed away in 2014. “It means a lot,” he says. “I’ve been showing at Pin Oak since I started riding.”
Teaching and training is important to Frankie. He and sister Whitney continue to operate out of his family’s Oakwell Farm where they coach riders of all ages and experiences. Frankie is serious about ensuring they make it to the top of their ambitions. His approach to training is simple, if not easy: “It’s about replicating what you want in the show ring, and knowing how much repetition each horse needs,” he says.
Frankie also loves to bring along young horses, and rides them with empathy. He believes in taking time to instill confidence in them, and it shows. He took an unbroke broodmare all the way to the Grand Prix ring, where she was a winner her first time out.
Frankie has had a great deal of success in the show ring, including winning the Walter Oil & Gas $25,000 Grand Prix in 2017 and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in 2018 at Pin Oak. He’s also been champion at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Texas Winter Series many times, and has won in Grand Prix classes all over the south.
Pin Oak is special for Frankie, and not just because he’s had competitive success there. “It’s one of the finest shows in Texas, but it’s across the board a great show,” he says. He enjoys the return of the competitors who went to Wellington and other winter circuits. “Pretty much all your barns in Texas are there, hunter/jumper wise.”
The quality is what draws the crowd. “They can sell out 1100 stalls because it’s a great show,” he says. “They make it a big deal and put on a really nice presentation. I can’t think of a year I haven’t shown there since I was 14.”
Frankie has taken full advantage of his fortunate start in life with horses. Say hello to him at Pin Oak this year!
KATY, Texas (FOX 26) — Not only is March 20 the first day of the spring season but it is also the first day of the 2019 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, which ends on April 7.
FOX 26 serves as the media partner for the three-week-long multi-breed Pin Oak Charity Horse Show at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy.
The competition runs from Wednesdays until Sundays over the three-week period and generally starts at 8 a.m. and ends at dusk with admission free to the public.
Funds are raised through sponsorships, entry fees and social events.
The show offers financial donations, outreach and volunteer support for Texas Children’s Hospital.
JS Abercrombie’s vision for the show became a reality on May 26, 1945 and it benefited the pediatric hospital starting in 1947 by donating the money to begin the planning and construction of the medical facility.
The show has donated more than $6 million and has also supported the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Texas Children’s Hospital and Candlelighters Houston for its work in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was honored to be the first show in the nation designated as a Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation. The North American Riders Group selected Pin Oak Charity Horse Show as a Top 25 horse show in North America for three consecutive years.
HEALTH REQUIREMENT CHANGES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
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.
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.