Katy, Texas – April 6, 2019 – As divisions wrapped up during the final week of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, Grand Champion Circuit Awards began rolling in. In addition to the Pin Oak Grand Champion Circuit Awards, Antares Sellier France sponsored awards for High Point Riders, many of which were also crowned as the week came to a close.
On Wednesday afternoon, Rachelle Goebel’s Will Emblazon defended his undefeated status in the Hunter Breeding ring, earning the Best Young Horse Circuit Award. Will Emblazon (Willemoes x Anastasia / Zarr), known at the barn as ‘Oakley,’ has blazed his trail through the Hunter Breeding 3 Year Old division this year. This big bay with a unique blaze remains undefeated in the Hunter Breeding 3 Year Old classes at all four weeks of the 2019 Great Southwest Winter Series and all three weeks of the 2019 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. He was also awarded Best Young Horse at six of those shows and Reserve Best Young Horse at the remaining one.
Will Emblazon was bred by Hil Cat Farm in Folsom, Louisiana. Emily Belin helped Goebel find this horse as a four month old. He showed some as a yearling and ended the 2017 show year as 5th in the USEF Yearling Hunter Breeding division and Champion in the USHJA Zone 7 and THJA Yearling Hunter Breeding divisions. He has shown at Pin Oak every year since he began showing, and he was last year’s Pin Oak III Hunter Breeding 2 Year Old winner and Best Young Horse.
“Oakley has matured into a beautiful young hunter prospect,” said owner, Rachelle Goebel. Between the two horse show series, Will Emblazon was also started under saddle and seems to enjoy his new job. “He is extremely laid back and has an amazing trot and canter. The hunter breeding divisions prepared him to be started under saddle such that all of his rides have been delightful,” Rachelle explained.
Will Emblazon is shown by the sister team of Rachelle Goebel and Felicia Carroll. Rachelle tries to show him around her work schedule, and Felicia fills in when Rachelle is travelling. Felicia showed him this week, pulling out big wins; in addition to again winning the Hunter Breeding 3 Year Old and the Best Young Horse Championship, Will Emblazon was also awarded the 2019 Jane Queener Memorial Hunter Breeding Award presented by Kim Queener. The Jane Queener Memorial Hunter Breeding Award was created 11 years ago to commemorate Jane S. Queener. Jane bred and owned the Thoroughbred stallion Jones Hall, and she was an avid supporter of the Hunter Breeding divisions.
Didi Mackenzie and her MTM Inside Scoop defended their title as last year’s 3’6” Amateur Owner Hunter Circuit Champion, earning the award again this year as well as the Championship in the California Split 3’6” Amateur Owner Hunter division this week. Mackenzie’s MTM Do Right was also Champion in the California Split 3’6” Amateur Owner Hunter this week.
The 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter Circuit Award went to Caitlin Burns’ Querida, who was also Reserve Champion in the 3’3” Amateur Owner 18-35 division this week to Champion, Ashley Kyle’s Suits You. Meanwhile this week’s Championship in the 3’3” Amateur Owner 36 And Over went to Shaw Johnson Price’s River.
Lightful, owned by La Primera Hacienda, LP, had a stellar turn out at all three weeks of Pin Oak, earning the blue ribbon in all but one of this week’s Adult Amateur 50 And Over classes with Angela Dominguez, the win in the Adult Hunter Classic, the Championship in the Adult Amateur 50 And Over division all three weeks, and the Adult Amateur Hunter Circuit Award. Lightful was also Champion of the 3’3” Performance Hunter division and received the Antares High Point 3’3” Performance Circuit Award with Courtney Lenkart in the irons. Lightful is no stranger to success at Pin Oak as last year’s High Point 3’0” Green Hunter Circuit Award winner.
Good friends Eva Bisso and Hollis Hughes Grace had a blast and were Champion and Reserve Champion, respectively, in this week’s Adult Amateur 36-49 division aboard their Valobra and Hoopla while this week’s Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Championship went to SWS Presley, owned and ridden by Kimerly Guthrie-Fiveash.
The Modified Adult Hunter Circuit Award went to Redding Ridge owned and ridden by Teriann Miller.
The High Scoring Professional round was earned by Who Dat, owned by Maura Harrower and ridden by Will Roberts. Who Dat was also Champion of this week’s combined High Performance and 3’9” Green Hunter division.
Boardwalk, owned by Carly Lazzari and ridden by Will Roberts, was this week’s Champion in the Conformation Hunter as well as the Conformation Hunter Circuit Champion.
The Antares High Point 3’6” Performance Hunter Circuit Award went to Cascalo owned by Emma Flett and ridden by both Scott and Courtney Lenkart over the three weeks.
Kersten Levine was crowned the High Point Emerging Professional Rider with Melissa Morey’s MTM All Smiles, shown in the 3’3” Green Hunter.
The 3’3” Green Hunter Championship was awarded to Hoopla, owned by Hollis Hughes Grace and ridden by Peter Pletcher.
The High Point 3’0” Green Circuit Award and the Week III 3’0” Green Hunter Championship went to Captain America, owned by Lori Mathews and ridden by Courtney Lenkart. Another of Lori Mathews’ horses, Alisto, was awarded Grand Champion 3’6” Professional Horse and the Week III Championship in the 3’6” Green Hunter division with Courntey Lenkart riding.
The Antares Leading Texas Super Stake Circuit Award for the most money won in the Texas Green Hunter Super Stake went to Van Morrison, owned by Shadyside Farm and ridden by Peter Pletcher. Van Morrison also earned the Reserve Championship in this week’s 3’0” Green Hunter division.
In the jumper ring, Hachianda Musterd owned by Freestyling Farms, LLC and ridden by Jill Gafney, earned the Young Jumper Circuit Award.
Wednesday evening featured the $10,000 1.45M Welcome Stake, won by Islay Jumpers, LLC’s Corina with Martien Van Der Hoeven aboard. Fleur De Lis Farms’ Ziezo took a close second with Scott Lenkart riding.
Thursday night’s big event was the Irish Day Farm $25,000 Grand Prix and Crooked Willow Farms Ringside Reception. Cragganmore 3, owned by Petschenig Showjumping, LLC and ridden by Peter Petschenig, took the blue ribbon in Thursday’s Prix. Faces of Pin Oak rider, Daniel Bedoya, took the red ribbon aboard his Quattro. Daniel and Quattro are a local favorite and winners of last year’s circuit Leading Grand Prix Rider Award. Bedoya also took 4th in Thursday night’s Grand Prix aboard Monica Hanks’ Abracadabra WKT, swapping places from last week’s $25,000 Grand Prix where he earned 2nd on Abracadabra WKT and 4th on Quattro. Daniel also recently received news that he will attend the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru this August riding for Bolivia.
Friday at Pin Oak III was again ‘Derby Day,’ and the afternoon featured the Baggett Family $15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby won by Kathy Chiaf’s Kindred with Jennifer Alfano in the irons. Kindred was also Reserve Champion in this week’s 3’6” Green Hunter division. RVF Titus, owned by Rio Vista Farm and ridden by Bill McMorris, took second in Friday afternoon’s National Derby. Hallie Grimes was the highest placing junior rider, earning third place on Brookside Pine Farms, LLC’s Thrift Shop.
The completion of the third and final National Derby of Pin Oak also meant awarding the Antares Leading National Hunter Derby Rider Circuit Award. Jennifer Alfano dominated once again, receiving the $1,000 bonus prize and an Antares hunter bridle.
Prior to the big event, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show welcomed four year old Arely, a brave young patient with a rare form of cancer who is now in hospice care. Arely came to Pin Oak with the hope of meeting a horse. In an overwhelming display of generosity and support, over 50 horses came to welcome Arely and help make her wish come true.
Exhibitors and spectators are anticipating the final International Derby of Pin Oak 2019, Friday evening’s Booth Show Jumpers $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby as well as Houston Modern Luxury “Bourbon, Bow Ties, and Big Hats” Derby Party. The final Pin Oak 2019 Grand Prix will also take place Saturday night with the Wells Fargo $30,000 Grand Prix and Abbot Downing Ringside Gala.