When Frankie Owens returned to ring for the Handy Round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby after placing fifth in the Classic Round with Carrida, he knew he had nothing to lose.
So, he took the available inside turns and galloped down to the high-option oxers, hoping that Carrida would show off her scope and talent to the judges. Indeed she did.
The pair posted what turned out to be the best Handy Round scores of the night of an 89 and 87, taking all four high options and earning handy bonus points of 8 and a perfect 10. But with four contenders remaining, the end result remained to be seen.
“It’s one of those things; you never can tell what will happen,” said Owens of holding the lead at that point. “You just hope for the best.”
And his best turned out to be the best. Although Miss Lucy and Jennifer Alfano had won the Classic Round, they couldn’t quite catch Owens in the Handy and settled for second place overall–by .5 points. Tracy Fenney and MTM Silver Alert placed third, and MTM Here’s 2 Your took fourth with Natalee Haggan.
“For sure, it means a lot. I’ve been showing at Pin Oak since I started riding,” said Owens, who earlier in the evening had stood center ring presenting memorial trophies in remembrance of his mother, Candie Owens, who passed away in 2014. “I’m from San Antonio and grew up in Texas. Pin Oak is the Premier show we have all year, so it’s nice to win here.”
Owens, 34, works in concert with his sister and fellow professional, Whitney Owens, and they continue the family’s business at Oakwell Farm. He brought Carrida up through the ranks for owner Diana Stumberg, who shows the chestnut Hanoverian (Chasseur I–Gloria) in the Amateur-Owners.
“Diana horse showed yesterday in the Amateurs, and she was very sweet and gave her the morning off today so she could to the derby tonight,” said Owens. “It obviously paid off. I want to thank Diana; she’s an amazing person, and I feel privileged that I get to ride her horses.”
For Sharon O’Neill’s 16-year-old Miss Lucy, Pin Oak seems to have become a favorite venue. The chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare also placed second during Pin Oak I in the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. She took Week II off and returned fresh and happy once again.
Miss Lucy earned scores of 88 and 86 from the judges in the Classic Round and took all four high options for the best score. She placed third in the Handy Round, only topped by Owens aboard Carrida and Peter Pletcher riding Jamie Jarvis’ Mystique, the latter having won the International Hunter Derby classes during Pin Oak I and II.
Special thanks to Modern Luxury for sponsoring the Bourbon, Bowties and Big Hats Reception held during the derby.
For full results of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and the USHJA International Hunter Derby, please visit HorseShowsOnline.
The MTM Farm team traveled home to Texas from Florida just in time for the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show III. They immediately made their presence known, with MTM iCarly capturing the $10,000 Welcome Stake on April 4 with Dorrie Douglas in the irons.
On Wednesday April 5, it was an MTM sweep during the $25,000 Pin Oak Charity Grand Prix. MTM Vivre Le Reve and teenager Brian Moggre took the blue, with Igor Van De Heibos and Tracy Fenney taking second and MTM Full House and Natalee Haggan placing third. Haggan also rode MTM Cravitz to fifth.
Horses with the MTM prefix also donned tricolor ribbons on the Hunters, with MTM One Time and Douglas winning the 3’6″ Green Hunter championship, and MTM Outbid and Tracy Fenney earning the 3’9″ Green Hunter reserve championship.
“MTM One Time was awesome—he won a class both days,” said Douglas. “The idea is to get him ready for the USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday. He’s a horse we got last September, and I did him in the Pre-Greens, and he just keeps getting better and stepping up. He’s scopey, easy and has a huge stride. It seems to me the bigger the jumps get, the better he jumps, and as a 7-year-old, he’s really good.”
Douglas described iCarly, her 10-year-old winner in the Welcome Stake, as a perfect little speed horse.
“We’ve had her just under a year now, and I’ve been doing her in some grand prix classes,” said Douglas of the 10-year-old warmblood mare. “She’s super quick. But then she’s also cool because you can leave strides out–I left one out in the jump-off. It’s great that you can have that range and be quick in the jump-off but also leave out strides. She’s great and ready for a kid to go do some Junior/Amateur classes and some grand prix classes.”
Douglas, of Flower Mound, Texas, thanked MTM Farm’s Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney for their generosity in allowing her to ride the horses. “It’s great to be back at Pin Oak and a great start to the week,” she added.
The Green Hunters of SBS Farms raked in the money on April 5 when winning the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive and the Texas Super Stake classes during the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show III.
Kindred, owned by Kathy Chiaf of Edmond, Oklahoma, jumped to a score of 84 and 88 with Alfano and captured the Texas Super Stake 3’ and 3’3” and $1,290, as well as the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive and another $690. Kindred also claimed the 3’3″ Green Hunter tricolor for a ribbon-filled week.
Trainer Susie Schoellkopf, of Buffalo, New York, described Kindred as a talented, classic hunter type and one that caught their eye immediately a year ago when they purchased him in Florida as a 5-year-old.
“Trainer Linda Hough named him. She happened to see him when we tried him in Ocala. She thought he was a special horse as did we,” said Schoellkopf. “When Jen and I looked at him, we couldn’t even look at each other as the people were riding him. And then as we drove out we said, ‘OK, we’re buying him.’”
Although Kindred traveled to Pin Oak for the three-week show series, he only competed Week III because he arrived in Texas from Florida slightly dehydrated.
“We sent him to the clinic for a day, which turned out to be nothing,” said Schoellkopf. “And, this week he was fresh and jumped beautifully. He’s a really special horse and worth taking our time with. I think he has a beautiful look and a beautiful way of going, and his jump is spectacular.”
Sharon O’Neill’s Talladega, another elegant bay hunter ridden by Jennifer Alfano, topped the card in the Texas Super Stake 3’6” and 3’9” and earned $525.
Talladega also earned the 3’6″ Green Hunter reserve championship behind MTM Farm’s MTM One Time, ridden by Dorrie Douglas.
Alfano also guided her own Candid to the High Performance Conformation Hunter championship over reserve champion Gabli, owned by Carolyn M. Elsey and ridden by Daniel Bedoya.
Amateur rider Didi Mackenzie wasn’t intimidated by the professionals as she rode MTM Do Right to the 3’9″ Green Hunter Championship. Her consistently beautiful rounds received ample applause from her many supporters, including husband and co-owner Kenny Mackenzie, Colleen McQuay, Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney, who earned the reserve championship aboard MTM Outbid.
Rachelle Goebel’s Will Emblazon captured the 2-year-old class and Best Young Horse title on April 3 at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show III under judge Betty Oare.
The impressive bay Oldenburg (Willemoes–Anastazia) was bred by His Cat Farm and handled by Goebel, of Montgomery, Texas.
Will Emblazon comes from a line of successful Hunter Breeding horses, and his dam, Anastazia, was crowned Best Young Horse at the Devon Horse Show in 2004 and ’05. Will Emblazon placed third at Devon as a yearling and finished fifth in the United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year standings and won the Zone 7 championship as well as the Texas Super Series grand championship.
Goebel purchased Will Emblazon as a 5-month-old, and she and her sister, Felicia Carroll, have shown him together.
“This year we just started him back here at Pin Oak,” said Goebel. “We’re just starting to do some other things with him—he’s too smart for his own good! So, we want to challenge him, and we’re starting to put a saddle on him now and playing with him that way.
While Goebel showed Will Emblazon, Felicia stood ringside offering support and taking photos and videos. “I work a lot and couldn’t do this without Felicia,” said Goebel. “She showed him most of last year.”
Winning the Best Young Horse title meant a lot to Goebel as she’d earned a reserve championship previously but never captured the top prize.
“We were talking about that, and now we have the dinner collection (with the china given by Pin Oak),” she said with a laugh. “We have used them for holidays, and it’s actually fun to have all the plates and now the bowl.”
Robert Moyar showed Barbara Bailey’s West End Girl (Westporte–Sands Of Time) to the Best Young Horse reserve championship. By virtue of her two previous BYH titles and this week’s reserve, the elegant bay 3-year-old won the Jane Queener Best Young Horse Trophy for the series.
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