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Buyers invested in Texas youth, and set two world records at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Barrow Auction, Friday, March 24.

The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow sold for a world record of $212,000 to buyers Mickie and Jim Clark, Terri and Greg Courtney, Jackie and Jon Hodges, and Linda and David Johnson

David Johnson said there are many charities he could donate to, but the mission of the Show directly aligns with his and his fellow buyers’ values.

“We are privileged and blessed to support the Show,” Johnson said. “We are glad to support people who help themselves.”

The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow was exhibited by Allie James, 17, from Stratford, Texas, who in addition to showing livestock, plays basketball and is a National Honor Society member.

Johnson said that showing livestock teaches exhibitors, like Allie, the important life lessons of responsibility and dedication, as well as develops their work ethic.

“Allie is pretty successful in her own right and knows how to work hard.” Johnson said. “We are glad to reward that success.”

The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow, exhibited by Sadie Hardison, 13, of Fredericksburg, Texas, sold for $133,000 — another world record.

Jennifer and Paxton Crew contributed to the record-breaking bid, along with buyers Tori and Ed DeCora, Mary and Ken Hucherson, and Sheila and Emmett Story. Paxton Crew, a supporter of the Show for 15 years, said his own experiences in showing livestock led him to want to support exhibitors year after year.

“I’m here today because of the education I received in agriculture,” Crew said. “I know the dedication it takes and the responsibility these kids develop. You learn a lot about yourself, and I want to help support that.”

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.

Posted on March 22, 2017March 22, 2017 by Jon-Michael Salter

In the Football world, one that is highlighted by the big play offense and nose-breaking defense, it is the play of the quarterback, the playmaking wideout, or the shut down corner, that gets the biggest cheers amongst barstools and living room couches alike. There is one position that goes unnoticed and as of lately, has almost become completely extinct. The Fullback. A position on the field that requires the smash mouth approach of a middle linebacker, the smooth feet of a tailback and the humble “no one notices until I screw up” approach of an Offensive linemen.

This week for our small school sleeper profile, we decided it is time to give the fullback the love it deserves, as we introduce you to Dreon Johnson.

This 6’0 ,245 lbs, prospect, has the size and strength to be a difference maker in an Eagles, offense that was craving a fullback during 2016. He has the thick base you would want from your blocking back and the smash mouth attitude to succeed. He runs the 40-yard dash in a shade under 4.7 and can create a true matchup problem for defensive coordinators.

What I really love about playing fullback, coming out of the backfield, or coming down on kickoffs, is the contact. I will never shy away from contact, I don’t think there is any room for it on the field. If you don’t want to hit, than why play this game? I love coming out of the backfield and knocking my guy, no matter who he is, what position he is , just knocking him out of his shoes!”

That is where I made my money..on knockout hits, on offense, or tackles on kickoff, or big blocks, in any matter.  I love it. That is how I fit in Philadelphia, forget about my skill set, really, I can do whatever they ask me to do, to help the team, but I fit in Philadelphia, because of my tough-guy, punch you in the mouth style of play. That is how they do it in Philly’, and that is how I will do it, or how I would do it if I get a chance our there, or for any team for that matter.”

Playing at Towson University, Johnson was used in a bevy of ways. When he got on campus, he was thought to be a defensive end, or linebacker. He started his career well, but after a few injuries left the team short of talent, Johnson and his coach saw it fit to let him lend a hand on offense.

In football, you can’t be selfish. There is no room for it. I was asked to move over to Fullback and I signed on the dotted line so to speak. I jumped at the situation, anything to help the team, really, to be a part of the team and really contribute.

When Coach, came to me, I was like ” No Problem, lets go” and really that was it. I put my helmet on and started learning the game on that side of the ball. I honestly can say it was the best thing for me.”

It was his selfless manner, that stuck out to his position coach, and other parts of the Towson, family. One coach going as far to say, “He is a leader, he truly is..and the way he would take any task and run with it stood out. He is special!”

We asked Dreon about his attitude and how he seemed to roll with the punches so well.

Honestly, it was upbringing. I owe everything to my Mother. We were given the short end of the stick, but we were all strong. My mother is strong, my family in general, made me a man quick. My circumstances forced me to be the man of the house at a young age. So I would say having to adapt to that kind of situation made these things so small to me. Not to say my team or football is small, but my life was one way and I had to adapt to it. I came out great and my family is doing great, because we are so strong and capable of dealing with hard times.

Having to be the man at such a young age, having to help raise my siblings, it taught me a lot. A discipline that most kids at my young age would of curled up and quit. Really, a kid my age shouldn’t have to deal with this, but because of the things put in front of me, I had to be a man. I take football as it goes, my Coach asks me to play fullback, I will play fullback, if Coach says “Dreon you’re QB”, shoot I will be QB, and do my best. I am an athlete, so whatever a coach needs me to do I will, I understand it is cliché to say something like that, but it’s the truth. Like I believe it is family first, make sure they are good and I am good. I treat my team like it. If they are doing good, I am!”

Dreon, has the skillset to be a legitimate problem in the Eagles, offense. He adds to it a versatility, that coaches love, and has the attitude and playing style that would make him a fixture in Philadelphia sports for years to come.

By Tom Behrens, tbehrcomm@gmail.com

In the boys Bi-district action…

Morton Ranch vs. Travis, 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Old Kempner Stadium

Strake Jesuit vs. Fort Bend Austin, 7:00 p.m., Friday at Strake Jesuit

Seven Lakes vs. Dulles, 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Rhodes Stadium

Cinco Ranch vs Clements, 7:00 p.m., Friday at Mercer

In the girls Bi-district action…

Taylor vs. Ridge Point, 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Mercer

Cinco Ranch vs. Fort Bend Austin, 7:00 p.m., Friday at Cinco Ranch

Tompkins vs Kempner, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Tompkins

Seven Lakes vs Clements, 5:00 p.m., Friday at Seven Lakes

Strake Jesuit comes into the playoffs as the power in boys District 19-6A, ranked number three in the nation according to topdrawersoccer.com FAB 50 national rankings. The Crusaders come into the playoffs on an 11 game winning streak

The final tally in District 19-6A district records show Strake Jesuit at 12-0-2 with a 11 game winning streak. Seven Lakes is second at 10-3-1, Cinco Ranch at 9-2-3, and Morton Ranch at 6-5-2.

In the final girls District 19-6A standings, Cinco Ranch finished with no losses and an 11-0-1 record. Tompkins finished at 8-2-2, Seven Lakes at 8-3-1, and Taylor at 6-4-2. The Lady Cougars of Cinco Ranch will be going for their fourth state regional title.

By Tom Behrens, tbehrcomm@gmail.com

The Texas High School Coaches Association, (THSCA) has chosen to honor several legendary coaches from the Texas High School Football ranks – Eddy Peach (Arlington Lamar), Don Clayton (Katy Cinco Ranch), Roberto Vela (Edcouch-Elsa, Edinburg) and James Cameron (Rockwall, Kilgore, Sulphur Springs).

Eddy Peach was the head coach of the Lamar Vikings for 39 years, and posted a 310-123-6 record during his time there.

James Cameron took McKinney to the state semifinals and took Rockwall as far as the state semifinals, and he posted a 48-14-1 record with Rockwall.

Robert Vela died in 2007. His overall record was 137-73, and he scored 14 playoff berths during his time coaching. Robert Vela High School in Edinburg is named after him.

Don Clayton is the head coach and athletic director of Katy Cinco Ranch. He’s been at the position since 1999, and has taken the Cougars as far as the semifinals.

The inductees will be honored on the last day of the THSCA Coaching School and Convention, which will be held on July 23rd-26th.

Semifinal Contestants Secure Spots In The Rodeohouston® Super Series Championship And Are One Ride Closer To $50,000 — March 23, 2016 — Houston — For Immediate Release RODEOHOUSTON Semifinal 1 contestants advance to the Super Series Championship, set for Saturday, March 25.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

Tyson Durfey of Weatherford, Texas, took home the Semifinal 1 win in Tie-Down Roping. The reigning 2016 Tie-Down Roping Champion is confident in his horse, Niko, and his ability to adapt to any challenge the Super Series Championship might present.

“My horse, Niko, always puts me in a position to win,” Durfey said. “He rarely makes mistakes, so it all boils down to the draw of the calf.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Tyson Durfey: Weatherford, Texas — $6,750

Caleb Smidt: Bellville, Texas — $8,500

Tuf Cooper: Decatur, Texas — $5,250

Ace Slone: Cuero, Texas — $3,375

BAREBACK RIDING

After a thrilling ride, Jake Vold of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada, won the Semifinal 1 Bareback Riding event. Vold said that he has confidence going into the Championship Round.

“There’s a great group of guys here at RODEOHOUSTON and a great group of horses,” Vold said. “It’s anybody’s game.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Jake Vold: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada — $6,000

Ty Breuer: Mandan, North Dakota — $6,000

Chad Rutherford: Itasca, Texas — $5,500

RC Landingham: Vina, California — $3,375

TEAM ROPING

Charly Crawford and Walt Woodard, both of Stephenville, Texas, claimed the Semifinal 1 Team Roping win. Crawford said RODEOHOUSTON is a great place to ride, but much of the duo’s success is dependent upon the calf they pull.

“Houston has great fans, the best athletes and great competition,” Crawford said. “Tonight it was easy, but it’s all dependent on the draw.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Charly Crawford: Stephenville, Texas; and Walt Woodard: Stephenville, Texas — $13,500

Clay Smith: Bowie, Texas; and Paul Eaves: Millsap, Texas — $12,000

Zac Small: Welch, Oklahoma; and Levi Lord: Sturgis, South Dakota — $10,000

Trevor Brazile: Decatur, Texas; and Patrick Smith: Lipan, Texas — $8,500

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

Cort Scheer of Elsmere, Nebraska, had the top Saddle Bronc ride of Semifinal 1 to secure his spot in the Super Series Championship. Sheer said he loves what he does and is going to use this win as motivation for the Super Series Championship.

“Any day riding broncs is the best day,” Scheer said. “This win gives me more momentum, and big rodeos are exciting because the crowd is so loud.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Cort Scheer: Elsmere, Nebraska — $9,000

Isaac Diaz: Desdemona, Texas — $ 5,500

Layton Green: Meeting Creek, Alberta, Canada — $6,875

Chuck Schmidt: Keldron, South Dakota — $5,625

STEER WRESTLING

Baylor Roche of Tremonton, Utah, wrestled his steer in 4.6 seconds tonight to win the Semifinal 1 Steer Wrestling event. Roche said that it is always great to be at RODEOHOUSTON.

“The atmosphere in the arena is pretty electric,” Roche said. “[RODEOHOUSTON] is a great place to be in the top 10.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Baylor Roche: Tremonton, Utah — $6,583

JD Struxness: Appleton, Minnesota — $5,000

Nick Guy: Strasburg, Colorado — $4,750

Trevor Knowles: Mount Vernon, Oregon — $4,500

BARREL RACING

Sydni Blanchard of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is headed to the Super Series Championship in Barrel Racing. In back-to-back nights, Blanchard came away with a win, and is now in the chase for $50,000.

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Sydni Blanchard: Albuquerque, New Mexico — $8,500

Taylor Langdon: Aubrey, Texas — $ 6,500

Kelly Tovar: Rockdale, Texas — $6,000

Nellie Williams-Miller: Cottonwood, California — $5,750

BULL RIDING

Parker Breding of Edgar, Montana, took home the Semifinal 1 win after a tie for first with Cody Campbell of Summerville, Oregon. The tie was decided by Breding’s greater winnings to date. Breding said there is nothing like performing at RODEOHOUSTON.

“It’s great to ride in such a big arena in front of all of the fans, even if you don’t do well,” Breding said. “It’s even better though if you win.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Parker Breding: Edgar, Montana — $5,500

Cody Campbell: Summerville, Oregon — $3,250

Neil Holmes: Cleveland, Texas — $7,000

Sage Steele Kimzey: Strong City, Oklahoma — $2,750

The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds will advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship on Saturday, March 25. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete in the Wild Card Round, Friday, March 24, where the top two from each event will advance to the Championship. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.

 

The Highflyers Jump Rope Team based in Katy, TX will host the USA Jump Rope Region 4 Tournament at Cinco Ranch Junior High School, Katy on April 22, 2017.

The Region 4 Tournament is a qualifier for the US National Championships for teams within Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana and East Texas.  The National Championship will be held in June / July 2017 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando, Florida with attendance from jump rope teams from across the country.

Participants will compete in speed, power and freestyle events as individuals, pairs and as teams of three or four.

This is the first time the Highflyers will host the Region 4 tournament.

The Highflyers Jump Rope Team, founded in 2000, is a competitive and performance youth jump rope team. The team consists of approximately 25 jumpers ranging from 8 to 16 years old from the Katy, Alief, Richmond and Houston areas.  The Highflyers, as a member team of USA Jump Rope, participate in three major competitions – USA. Jump Rope Regional and National Tournaments plus the International Rope Skipping Championships.  In addition, the team has participated in several local camps and workshops, plus the team fulfills various performances and shows throughout the year.

March 25 and April 1, for Spectators and Supporters of All Ages

Houston, Texas (March 3, 2017) – Lovers of equine sports, children, fashion, and fun will be in for a special treat this spring when one of the nation’s most iconic charity horse shows returns to the greater Houston area. School and religious groups, businesses, individuals, and families are invited to attend the 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by PJP Farm and Irish Day Farm March 22 through April 2, 2017.

New in 2017, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is hosting Family Nights on Grand Prix Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the main covered arena. All equestrian competitive events will be held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, which is located at 2501 South Mason Road in Katy.

With the purchase of an adult general admission ticket for $10 per person, children 12 and under will be admitted free on Family Nights at The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Children and their adult chaperones will have access to a wide range of complimentary treats, giveaways, and activities that include popcorn and cotton candy; Pin Oak coloring books, crayons and toy ponies; face painting; visits with Shetland therapy ponies and miniature horses. For a small donation, Pin Oak visitors will have the opportunity to pose with various equestrian-themed backdrops in the Catch the Moment photo booth sponsored by Stalker Energy and engage a caricature artist to sketch a stylized image of themselves. Featured entertainment includes the world famous Catalena Cowgirls, Houston Highlanders Bagpipe and Drum Corps, and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach (April 1 only).

Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome; however, no glass containers are allowed. Parking is also free. For those spectators who prefer not to bring their own foods and beverages, refreshments will be available for purchase from concession stands and food trucks. Pin Oak supporters can also enjoy shopping in The Pin Oak Marketplace for clothing, jewelry, accessories, boots, handbags, pet treats, artwork and other items. The Pin Oak Boutique offers caps, T-shirts, polo shirts and other items with the Pin Oak logo for sale. Members of The Pin Oak Club are eligible to receive a discount on anything they buy at The Pin Oak Boutique.

Established in 1945 in Houston, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million for its three designated charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston Family Rooms, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance.

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is a two-week annual spring event that attracts 1,200 high-stepping and high-flying horses each week and approximately 2,000 exhibitors from around the country including riders from Mexico and Canada. An award-winning horse show, Pin Oak was the first to receive the coveted United States Equestrian Federation’s Heritage Competition designation.

More About The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

Sponsors, volunteers, Pin Oak Club members, in-kind product and service providers, and fans are always welcomed and appreciated. Rain or shine, the show goes on with many of the competitive events taking place in covered arenas. Most of the events during the two-week horse show are free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available ($10 for adults and free for children 12 and under) for the exciting Grand Prix competitions on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, and for the prestigious International Hunter Derby on Friday, March 31.

With more than half a million dollars in prize money offered, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the few remaining all-breed horse shows featuring American Saddlebreds, Hunters, Jumpers, and Ponies. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is recognized as a World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition, is United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Premier Rated, and is a 5-star Jumper show.

More About The Pin Oak Club

For a “no horse required” experience, members can join The Pin Oak Club, which offers many social and fundraising events that benefit the charities of Pin Oak. The Sporting Clays Classic (April 24 this year) and the What to Wear to That Equestrian Affaire fashion presentation and luncheon are the two signature Pin Oak Club events each year. The money raised through these activities form an essential part of Pin Oak’s annual donation to its designated charities. Pin Oak Club members also receive numerous benefits such as priority invitations to show events, and can participate in Pin Oak’s exclusive Partner Program. Annual Pin Oak Club membership options include: Junior Membership for those 21 and under, $50; Individual, $75; Family (for two adults and two children), $200; Patron, $1,250; and Lifetime, $2,500.

The 4th Annual Pin Oak Sporting Clays Classic is slated for April 24, 2017, at the Greater Houston Gun Club. The event begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. Individuals, teams of four, and sponsors are invited to participate. Fees range from $400 to $10,000 depending on the level of participation.

For more information about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and to explore other ways to become part of the Pin Oak tradition, please visit pinoak.org, follow Pin Oak on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or call 713-621-6290.

Houston, Texas (Feb. 21, 2017) – The 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by PJP Farm and Irish Day Farm is unveiling its official T-shirt designed by a very special young lady: She is Ksenia Voronina, who is 16 and a native of Russia.

Voronina is one of 30 children and teens who participated in The 2017 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show ArtReach Program while she stayed at Ronald McDonald House Houston’s 50 bedroom Holcombe House and was a patient at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center.

The 2017 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show T-shirt designed by Voronina will be available for sale in The Pin Oak Boutique during the horse show, which will be held March 22 through April 2 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in the Houston suburb of Katy. The official Pin Oak T-shirt will be available in youth and adult sizes for $15 each. The Pin Oak Boutique also will offer caps, polo shirts, a wide assortment of T-shirt styles, and other items for purchase. Members of The Pin Oak Club are eligible for a discount on items they purchase in The Pin Oak Boutique.

Chris Tresten, ArtReach Program Founder and Chair of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Board of Directors, and other members of Pin Oak’s leadership team selected Voronina’s drawing as the featured design for the official Pin Oak 2017 T-shirt. Voronina’s artwork will be scanned on white cotton T-shirts, offered in both short and long sleeves options.

Almost all horses appreciate being rewarded after a ride or lesson with treats of many types, with the most popular being peppermint candies, sugar cubes, carrots, and apples. Voronina was inspired to incorporate peppermint treats in her Pin Oak ArtReach design after Tresten told Voronina that she hand-feeds her Saddlebred horse a peppermint after every ride.

Sketched with colored markers on white 18-by-24-inch drawing paper, Voronina’s illustration depicts a horse, standing up on its hind legs, dancing with joy from eating peppermint candies. Perfectly round, red and white peppermint treats can be seen floating around the horse. Voronina incorporates a soft pink color for the body of the horse and used hues of blue and green to make up the horse’s mane and tail. Voronina captions her drawing with the message, “Horses like to eat peppermints too!”

Voronina enjoys creating beautiful masterpieces like the one that was selected for The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show T-shirt, and she aspires to having a career as an illustrator. She also enjoys spending time with Mogie, who is the fun-loving and nationally popular resident labradoodle who lives at the Holcombe House.

Established in 1945 in Houston, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million for its three designated charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance.

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is a two-week annual spring event that attracts 1,200 horses each week and approximately 2,000 exhibitors from around the country including riders from Mexico and Canada. An award-winning horse show, Pin Oak was the first to receive the coveted United States Equestrian Federation’s Heritage Competition designation.

About ArtReach and Founder Chris Tresten

In 1997, Tresten created and brought The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show’s ArtReach Program to the children and teenagers who are receiving care at Texas Children’s Hospital and living temporarily at the Ronald McDonald House. ArtReach was a natural extension of Tresten’s love of art, children and horses. Tresten leads ArtReach programs several times each Fall. Typically, 30 to 50 children and teenagers participate each year.

Tresten wears many hats for The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in addition to being the creator of ArtReach: she chairs the Board of Directors of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show; she is an accomplished Saddlebred competitor; she has served for almost 30 years as a sponsor and volunteer; and she is an active member of The Pin Oak Club.

When she launched ArtReach 20 years ago, Tresten was president of the board of directors of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. At the time, her children were in elementary school, and she was volunteering to assist with the art program at their school. It was through this volunteer activity that she became aware of the therapeutic benefits that art can provide for children.

“The first Pin Oak ArtReach class that I led in 1997 was so much fun. I am not sure who enjoyed it more — the children or me! It was especially enjoyable seeing the children drawing horses and being creative. Through ArtReach, these courageous young people enjoy a mental escape — talking about horses with me, drawing and coloring freely, laughing and joking. ArtReach allows them to focus for a little while on something other than the serious health issues they are facing,” Tresten explained. “Some of the children, especially the girls, put on silly hats and tiaras and joke about drawing a purple horse or a polka dotted horse. I encourage them to draw any type, any color or any style of silly horse that they want. It is amazing every year to see the cutest and brightest colored horses you can imagine emerge from this process.”

Tresten added: “The children participating in Pin Oak’s ArtReach therapy sessions enjoy sitting together and talking about horses. Some of them have had experiences with horses and others have none at all. The long art table that I set up for ArtReach is covered with stuffed toy horses and books to inspire our young artists. They clearly enjoy being together looking at each other’s drawings. Sometimes they will share stories about when they rode a pony or a horse.”

The ArtReach Program has become an important part of the Pin Oak tradition, which has evolved into much more than a horse show. In addition to the two-week charity horse show, Pin Oak hosts many social, sports and recreational, fashion, charitable, and community service activities held throughout the year. Members, volunteers and sponsors are always welcomed and appreciated.

More About The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

The 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be held March 22 through April 2, 2017, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 South Mason Road in Katy. PJP Farm is the presenting sponsor for Week 1 of the horse show. Irish Day Farm is the presenting sponsor for Week 2. Sponsors, volunteers, Pin Oak Club members, in-kind product and service providers, and fans are always welcomed and appreciated. Most events are free and open to the public. Admission for Grand Prix events is $10 for adults, and children 12 and under are admitted free.

New this year are “Family Nights at The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show,” which will be hosted from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1. With the purchase of an adult general admission ticket for $10 per person, children 12 and under will be admitted free on Family Nights. Children and their adult chaperones will have access to a wide range of complimentary treats, gifts, and activities that include popcorn and cotton candy; Pin Oak coloring books, crayons and toy ponies; face painting; visits with Shetland therapy ponies and miniature horses; and taking candid photos with a Pin Oak ambassador and the Easter Bunny (either or both weekends). For a small donation, Pin Oak visitors will have the opportunity to pose with various equestrian-themed backdrops in the Catch the Moment photo booth sponsored by Stalker Energy and engage a caricature artist to sketch a stylized image of themselves. Featured entertainment includes the world famous Catalena Cowgirls, Houston Highlanders Bagpipe and Drum Corps, an acoustic guitarist, and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach (Week 2 only).

Friday, March 31 doors open 5 p.m. for The Dr. Brian Bradley, MD Memorial $50,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby. Enjoy the elegance of the Hunter horses featured in the USHJA International Hunter Derby with top competitors from around the country.

The 4th Annual Pin Oak Sporting Clays Classic is slated for April 24, 2017, at the Greater Houston Gun Club. The event begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. Individuals, teams of four, and sponsors are invited to participate. Fees range from $400 to $10,000 depending on the level of participation.

Anyone who wants to help heal sick children can join The Pin Oak Club – no horse required! The Pin Oak Club offers many social and sporting events throughout each year, with its two featured events being the annual Sporting Clays Classic and the What to Wear to That Equestrian Affaire fashion show and luncheon. Annual Pin Oak membership options include: Junior Membership for those 21 and under, $50; Individual, $75; Family (for two adults and two children), $200; Patron, $1,250; and Lifetime, $2,500. Membership benefits are detailed at pinoak.org/pin-oak-club/join-now/membership-benefits.

For more information about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and to explore other ways to become part of the Pin Oak tradition, please visit pinoak.org, follow Pin Oak on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or call 713-621-6290.

March 22 to April 2, 2017 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center

HOUSTON, Texas (March 17, 2017) – The 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be held March 22 through April 2, 2017, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 South Mason Road in Katy. PJP Farm, based in Magnolia, is the presenting sponsor for Week 1 of the horse show. Irish Day Farm, based in Houston, is the presenting sponsor for Week 2.

Established in 1945 in Houston, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million for its three designated charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston Family Rooms, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance.

With more than half a million dollars in prize money offered this year, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the few remaining all-breed horse shows featuring American Saddlebreds, Hunters, Jumpers, and Ponies. This two-week annual spring event attracts approximately 1,200 high-stepping and high-flying horses each week and nearly 2,000 exhibitors from around the country including riders from Mexico and Canada. An award-winning horse show, Pin Oak was the first to receive the coveted United States Equestrian Federation’s Heritage Competition designation.

Rain or shine, the show goes on with many of the competitive events taking place in covered arenas. Most of the events during the two-week horse show are free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available ($10 for adults and free for children 12 and under) for the exciting Grand Prix competitions on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, and for the prestigious United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby on Friday, March 31.

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is hosting Family Nights on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the main covered arena. Children attending Family Nights with an adult chaperone will have access to free coloring books and crayons, popcorn and cotton candy, face painting, Pin Oak toy ponies, and visits with therapy ponies and miniature horses.

For more information about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and to explore other ways to become part of the Pin Oak tradition, please visit pinoak.org, follow Pin Oak on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or call 713-621-6290.

The Colorful Competitors to Highlight in 2017

  • Heidi Hottinger: Pin Oak Competitor, Small Animal Surgeon at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, part of Irish Day Farm Title Sponsorship
  • Virginia Abercrombie: Great niece of original Pin Oak founder, Jim S. Abercrombie, former Pin Oak competitor, Volunteers
  • Caroline O’Brian: Pin Oak Competitor, selected and participated in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program for Zone 7
  • Sue Copeland: Pin Oak Competitor, Founder of Ribbon Recycling, part of PJP Farm Title Sponsorship
  • Chris Tresten: Chair of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Board of Directors, ArtReach Program Founder, American Saddlebred Competitor

WHO:  Dr. Heidi Hottinger: Pin Oak Competitor, Small Animal Surgeon at Gulf Coast Veterinary  Specialists, part of Irish Day Farm Title Sponsor

When she’s not operating on her animal patients at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS), you can find Dr. Heidi Hottinger riding her horse. Dr. Hottinger, who rides at Irish Day Farm under the tutelage of head trainer and owner, Katie Lambert Boone, is part of the Week Two Title Sponsorship of the 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.

While she was the stereotypical “horse crazy” girl growing up in Midwest Ohio, as a young girl, Dr. Hottinger’s competitive show career started later in life. Post vet school and doctorial training, Dr. Hottinger moved to Houston in 1996, where she quickly learned about the prestigious Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. It soon became her passion to show at Pin Oak one day. She met her goal in 2008, during her maiden voyage at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. She currently competes in the Adult Jumper Division at Pin Oak and other shows across the country.

The thing that really makes the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show so very important to Dr. Hottinger and her Irish Day Farm barn, is that they get to see firsthand the incredible therapy which is derived from this special show. As a doctor working in specialty veterinary medicine, she’s a huge supporter of medical advancements. At her barn, she witnesses the phenomenal experience of seeing a family that has a child with a chronic illness, respond to the care provided by Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hottinger adds, “We get to see how these medical advancements and the care that Texas Children’s Hospital gives and how it benefits a family that is very near and dear to all of our hearts. That really makes you step up to the plate and say ‘I really want to be involved in a bigger way and try to get others involved too.’ It makes you so enthusiastic about the charity when you really see the benefits that a family has gained from it. To think about all the thousands of families that are getting the same benefits with Pin Oak’s donation, it’s really rewarding to have that real personal exposure.”

Pin Oak is Dr. Hottinger’s favorite horse show. She notes that not only is it a beautifully run show with much pageantry, but Pin Oak also does so much to try to make the show appealing to many different types of individuals.

Dr. Hottinger was featured in Nat Geo WILD’s Animal ER in Fall 2016.

Dr. Hottinger lives in the Rice Military area.

Photo Credits: Diana Hadsall

WHO:  Virginia Abercrombie: Great niece of original Pin Oak founder, Jim S. Abercrombie, former Pin Oak competitor, Volunteers

For Virginia Abercrombie, Pin Oak has always been a family affair. Her great uncle, Jim S. Abercrombie (J.S.) founded the original Pin Oak Stables back in 1945, which would today be located in the Galleria area. What started out as just a stable for his daughter, Josephine Abercrombie, to ride her Saddlebred horses, turned into one of Houston’s greatest philanthropic fetes, creating what is today Texas Children’s Hospital.

Because horses were in Virginia’s blood, she started riding before she could walk. She grew up riding and showing Saddle seat at the original Pin Oak Stables in the late 1960s, primarily in the five-gaited and three-gaited classes. Virginia had to step away from horses after she finished college at Columbia College, in Columbia Missouri because her father was no longer going to fund her hobby, and at the time, Virginia did not have the means to pay for her horse showing.

Through the years, Virginia has followed the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, but because of work commitments, she was never able to fully be involved until this year. She’s now in a situation where she can spend more time out at Pin Oak, volunteering and becoming reacquainted with the show world. Virginia is thrilled to be helping out during the show this year. “I love the family environment of Pin Oak, and no matter where you go or if you step away from it for some time, when you come back to it, it’s like you never left.”

With her great uncle’s legacy of being a major philanthropist in the Houston community, she felt like she wanted to do that as well and give back to Pin Oak. Virginia admits that although she does miss the old grounds, the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy is a wonderful venue for Pin Oak. “It’s very emotional for me. It brings back so many memories from when I was little and growing up at the original Pin Oak show grounds.”

With a 72-year tradition continuing on, Virginia believes the gracious Pin Oak Sponsors are what makes the show so special. She added, “They are carrying on the legacy of uncle Jim, (J.S. Abercrombie) for being the big philanthropist for Texas Children’s Hospital. I think it’s wonderful that they are continuing the legacy and maintaining the integrity of Pin Oak.”

Virginia lives in the Memorial area.

WHO: Caroline O’Brian: Pin Oak Competitor, selected and participated in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program for Zone 7

Caroline O’Brian, 17, is a long-time Pin Oak exhibitor, first showing at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show when she was 10 years old, in the Medium pony division. She first started riding horses in her grandparent’s backyard at two years old, and started showing competitively at seven years old. Caroline rides with Mark Doig of Caledonia Hunters and Jumpers in Sealy, Texas. She will be showing in the Low Junior Jumpers at Pin Oak in 2017.

As a senior at Cypress Lakes High School, this year at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be special for Caroline, as it will be her last time showing here. In the fall, she heads off to Texas A&M University to major in English, as part of the honors program. She intends to join the club Polo Team so she can continue to ride and learn a new skill.

Caroline was selected and participated in the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Emerging Athletes Program for Zone 7, which was created to provide opportunities for young riders to advance their education in their pursuit to become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community. Participating in the USHJA Emerging Athlete Program for Zone 7 was an incredible gift according to Caroline. She learned so much from her riding clinician and the stable managers. She and her fellow participants learned things such as how to properly set a jump, rake the barn aisle, and get their horses “show ready.” On top of that she made lasting friendships with girls that she otherwise would never have met.

Being involved with the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show means a lot to Caroline. She fully understands that it is more than just a beautifully orchestrated show, it is about saving children’s lives and for that reason she is so proud to have been a part of the show for so many years.

Caroline urges others to get involved with the Pin Oak Charity Show because it is a truly great charity event. One way she tries to include non-horse people is by inviting her friends to come watch the Grand Prix or International Hunter Derby, therefore showing them something new and also creating more interest in the charity.

Caroline and her family live in the Cypress Area.

Photo Credits: Shawn McMillen Photography

WHO: Sue Copeland: Pin Oak Competitor, Founder of Ribbon Recycling, part of PJP Farm Title Sponsorship

Sue Copeland has been going to the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show since the late 1960s when it was in its original location near the Galleria. Sue grew up in Houston and describes her childhood self as “horse crazy” but horseless. Her dream was to show at the esteemed Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. However, because of her family relocating to Dallas while she was in high school, and then college and settling down after getting married, her dreams were put on hold until 1998. That year, Sue showed her home-bred Warmblood, Zydeco, in the Hunter-Breeding division at Pin Oak. He was Champion, which was a dream come true for Sue, who has been showing at Pin Oak ever since.

Sue has a unique affiliation with Pin Oak. In addition to being a part of the Week One PJP Farm Title Sponsorship for the 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, she has also teamed up with Pin Oak to help supply donated horse show ribbons to Texas Children’s Hospital. After seeing the bevy of unwanted horse show ribbons left behind at the conclusion of every horse show she went to, Sue wanted to find a way to get those ribbons in the hands of deserving children and adults with special needs, and thus Ribbon Recycling was born. Ribbon Recycling accepts used and new award ribbons and gives them free of charge to therapeutic horseback riding facilities and other therapeutic programs. This program has blossomed into a thriving non-profit company, accepting ribbon donations from people, major horses, and dog shows around the country.

Under the guidance of owner and head trainer Peter Pletcher of PJP Farm, Sue will show in the Low Adult Amateur Hunter Division at Pin Oak 2017. Sue loves showing at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show because it affords her the opportunity as an equestrian to help support an historic and exceptionally well-run horse show. This continues a legacy of generously donating to important facilities that support the healing of sick children, such as Texas Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Houston. Plus, it’s a chance for her to be with people who love horses as much as she does!

Her recommendation to others is to get involved with Pin Oak by coming to watch beautiful horses compete at a show that supports a wonderful cause. She added, “donate if you can and volunteer. Go to pinoak.org to find out how you can become a part of this historic horse show. What better way is there to get a horse show “fix,” and help a great cause?”

Sue and her husband, Rick, live on a farm in Richmond, Texas.

Photo Credits: Sue Copeland with trainer Peter Pletcher and Sue’s Reserve champion hunter, Isaiah, at the 2012 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show; Shawn McMillen Photography

WHO:  Chris Tresten: Chair of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Board of Directors, ArtReach Program Founder, American Saddlebred Competitor  

Chris Tresten wears many hats for the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in addition to being the creator of ArtReach: she chairs the Board of Directors of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show; she is an accomplished Saddlebred competitor; she has served for almost 30 years as a sponsor and volunteer; and she is an active member of The Pin Oak Club.

In 1997, when Chris was president of the Board of Directors of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, she created and brought the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show’s ArtReach Program to the children and teenagers who are receiving care at Texas Children’s Hospital and living temporarily at the Ronald McDonald House. ArtReach was a natural extension of Chris’s love of art, children and horses. Chris leads ArtReach programs several times each fall. Typically, 30 to 50 children and teenagers participate each year.

Chris grew up in the Northeast where she started riding American Saddlebred horses at 11-years-old. She showed competitively throughout the Northeast while in High School. After graduating college from the University of Miami, she settled in Houston where she purchased her first five-gaited Saddlebred horse and showed at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, for the first time in 1991. Chris was president of the Pin Oak Charity Horse from 1997 to 1998. She states that she got involved with Pin Oak because she was a competitor and had been involved with the Ronald McDonald House Houston children’s parties.

“Pin Oak is a very special organization to me. I am proud to connect people with Pin Oak,” Chris said. She adds that the passion that everyone has for horses and the drive to raise money for the children with serious illnesses is rewarding. “Being able to tell people that every member on the Board of Directors is a volunteer makes me proud to be part of the organization.” Chris states that most of the Pin Oak Board of Directors gives their valuable time and contributes financially.

Chris is grateful to be able to help children that have been dealt such hardships, so early in life. To be able to help them makes it all worthwhile for her.

Chris and her family have lived in Memorial for 24 years.

Photo Credits: Saddlebred Photo-Koren Mercer Photography

The Colorful Competitors to Highlight in 2016

  • Meagan Nusz: Pin Oak Competitor, Top Grand Prix Equestrian, Family Sponsors
  • Amanda Hajek: American Saddlebred Competitor, Pin Oak Director of Finance & Operations
  • Katie Lambert-Boone: Irish Day Farm Founder, Title Sponsor of 71st Pin Oak Charity Horse Show
  • Keely McIntosh: Competitor, Volunteer, Family Sponsor, Mother (Pin Oak board member)
  • Phil De Vita: Pin Oak Show Manager
  • Monique and Brianna Rideau: Competitors, Volunteers
  • Maddie and Eleanor Geno: Pin Oak Competitors, Volunteers and Family Sponsors
  • Dan Flowers: American Saddlebred Trainer & Dan Flowers Stable Founder

WHO: Meagan Nusz: Pin Oak Competitor, Top Grand Prix Equestrian, Family Sponsors

Meagan Nusz, 28, has been coming to The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show since she was 8 years old. She first started going to the barn with friends watching the older girls compete. She dreamed of competing with her own horse one day. Her first competitions were children’s jumpers and pony equitation and over the years, she has worked her way up to the Grand Prix level.

She caught the riding bug from her mom, Terri Nusz, who has ridden Western style since she was a youngster. Meagan would tag along with her mom to the barn and at 4 years old reached up her arms and said “my turn” asking her mom to pick her up onto the horse. Mom says Meagan has gotten off a horse since then. 

Meagan has achieved many levels throughout her riding career and currently is the 105th ranked rider in the world and 12th ranked American rider. She received her “pink coat” helping the American team clinch gold for the win in her first ever team competition held in Bratislava in 2013. She now competes at the top Grand Prix level while also working with young horses to continue to produce her string (team of horses. She trains with American super star Kent Farrington and he, along with many others, has taken my riding to a whole new level she could only dream of. She has also recently added Reining to her riding resume and competes on her chestnut mare Wishbone. In her very first Reining competition, she just won both a first and second place in Tampa at the Tampa Reining Classic.  Meagan states she’s quite competitive and an extreme perfectionist yet she has learned humility throughout her riding career.

Pin Oak is very important to Meagan and her family. When she returns to compete at Pin Oak, she feels as if she is returning “home”. Not only does she find the competition exhilarating and the atmosphere electric, the show has been close to her heart for so long and she believes it’s important to give back and support a cause doing something she loves so dearly.

Meagan has lived in The Woodlands for the past 20 years. Her parents currently live in Houston and Meagan spends time at two farms: Wellington, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky.

Photo credits: Jumping photo – Noelle Floyd; Meagan with horse – Meagan Nusz

WHO:  Amanda Hajek: American Saddlebred Competitor, Pin Oak’s Director of Finance & Operations

Amanda Hajek has been riding for more than 18 years. Born and raised in Minnesota, she is the only one in her family who is horse crazy. The stables where she started lessons was primarily an American Saddlebred barn and she quickly feel in love with the personalities of the horses. She started competing in 1998 while still living in Minnesota. She first competed in Pin Oak in 2014 after she moved to Texas.

Amanda admits she is a pretty competitive person who loves the thrill of entering the competition ring and showing the judge what she and her horse can do. She likes setting goals for herself for each competition.  She also loves the enthusiasm of the crowd and knows it helps her compete.

Amanda joined the staff of Pin Oak in 2014. She always wanted to find a way to work with horses but the real appeal of working for Pin Oak is the impact that the organization’s donations have.

Amanda wants everyone to know that Pin Oak has something for everyone.  Whether you want to be a sponsor, vendor, volunteer, exhibitor, or just catch a glimpse of the action, there is a place for everyone.

Amanda lives in Katy (Firethorne).

Photo courtesy of Fulton Davenport PWL Studio

WHO: Katie Lambert-Boone: Irish Day Farm Founder, Title Sponsor of 71st Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

Katie Lambert-Boone was born into an equestrian family in Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland. She has been riding horses since before she could walk and has been a trainer for most of her life. Although she did not have any formal riding instructions in her childhood, Katie’s job was to introduce her father’s young show jumpers to training, ride the foals out in the hunt fields, and eventually exercise the racehorses as she got older. One of Katie’s fondest memories is of winning a class at the Dublin International Horse show at age 17.

After moving from Ireland and eventually settling in Houston, Katie founded Irish Day Farm in 1985. Their philosophy toward horse training is to begin with the basics and develop a system of communication building on an empathetic relationship between horse and rider while striving to develop the physical skills needed to perform at a technical level that is both challenging and rewarding at competitions in Texas and across the nation.

Katie has been involved with the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show since she began Irish Day Farm and has increased her involvement and level of sponsorship throughout the years as her business has grown. In the most recent years, there have been between 30-40 horses representing the Irish Day Farm family at Pin Oak. Katie added, “My favorite part about being involved with Pin Oak is the incredible opportunity to give back to our community in Houston through the local charities such as Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and Candlelighters. I am so proud that Irish Day Farm has given more than $200,000 to the Pin Oak Charity through the generous support of our clients and friends from 2013-2016.”

Photo credit: Morgan Erbstoesser riding Greetings with Katie Lambert Boone holding trophy; Shawn McMillen Photography

WHO:  Keely McIntosh: Competitor, Volunteer, Family Sponsor, Mother (Pin Oak board member)

Horse competitions are in Keely McIntosh’s genetics. Her mom, Jenny Booth, has been involved with horses for more than 50 years and knew about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show as a teenager in New Mexico. It was a dream of hers to compete at Pin Oak.

Keely, 22 years old, has ridden her whole life starting out riding in front of her mom wearing a bicycle helmet. She now competes in jumper competitions including the Grand Prix, amateur owner, and Under 25 classes. The relationship between Keely and her horses is why she competes but she would ride horses even if there were no competitions.

Pin Oak is a family affair and they are involved because of what it gives back to the community.  There couldn’t be a better reason for a horse show – helping sick children, seeing beautiful horses and watching breathtaking competition. Jenny volunteers at Pin Oak and is a Pin Oak board member.

Keely is a senior at Texas A&M University and will graduate in May 2016.  She will have completed her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 3 1/2 years while competing the entire time.

The family is from Magnolia.

Photo credits: Sportfot 

WHO:  Phil De Vita: Pin Oak Show Manager

Phil De Vita is the Show Manager for the 2014 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. De Vita, 54, has spent his life in the horse business, gaining extensive experience in showing, judging and managing. De Vita, who resides on site, has returned for his fourth year as general manager for Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. De Vita has also worked the Wellington Show circuit (Palm Beach, Florida, area) since 1995.

In 2008, he was a member of the Olympic course designing team for the Beijing Olympics.

De Vita started showing horses around the U.S. with his father at the age of 15. They first competed at Pin Oak in 1977 and continued through 1990. Then they returned to the show in 1994 and 1995.

At the age of 22, De Vita began designing courses for hunters and jumpers. He officially quit showing in 1996 and went onto full-time judging, course designing and management.

Among his personal favorite shows was the Charlotte Jumper Classic (which he managed throughout its six-year run 2004 -2009 and which was one of the top five indoor show-jumping events in the world in 2008).

In 2002, De Vita managed shows for 16 weeks, designed courses for 15 weeks and judged for eight weeks.

WHO: Monique Rideau and Brianna Gonzalez: Competitors, Volunteers

For Monique Rideau, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has been part of her life for as long as she can remember. After attending the show for many years, she was inspired to take riding lessons and started competing at Pin Oak throughout the 1990s. Today, with a much deeper understanding and appreciation for the show, Monique volunteers as much as possible with her main responsibility coordinating Education Day.

Now, as a “show” mom, Monique views the show through a different lens. Not only does she enjoy watching her daughter Brianna compete she values the show’s commitment to supporting sick children. Since service is so important to Monique, Pin Oak provides a unique opportunity for the entire Rideau family to volunteer together in an environment they all love.

Since mom rode, Brianna has ridden horses since before she could walk. She began taking formal lessons and showing with Patty Roberts at Memorial Park Hunters (a show sponsor) approximately five years ago.

Briana worked her way through the United States Equestrian Federation Hunter Pony ranks and now competes in the Junior Hunter and Equitation divisions. She loves competing at Pin Oak because it is the one show everyone in the equestrian community attends making each event extremely competitive. But Brianna says the show goes out of its way to host family friendly events that anyone, not just horse lovers, can enjoy.

Mother and daughter truly enjoy sharing their riding experiences together and will have special memories to share for a lifetime. They also want people to know that Pin Oak has something for everyone. It is an opportunity for families to enjoy world-class horse competitions, show, dine and mingle in an exciting atmosphere. They encourage families to not only see the horse but to also enjoy a heart-warming day supporting a charity that is doing so much for children.

The family lives in Pearland and has a farm in Angleton.

Photo credits: Shawn McMillen Photography

WHO:  Maddie and Eleanor Geno: Pin Oak Competitors, Volunteers and Family Sponsors

Maddie and Eleanor Geno are sisters who ride at Memorial Park Hunters. Both girls are students at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston. Maddie is a senior (Senior Class president, member of National Honor Society, Honor Student) and rides in Junior Hunters. Eleanor is a freshman (also Honor Student) and has just moved up from Younger Children’s Hunter to 3’3” Junior Hunters. Both girls started riding at age 4. Maddie’s first The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show competition was in 2011 and Eleanor first competed in 2012.

Maddie has also supported Pin Oak as a volunteer. During her freshman year, as part of her school’s social awareness program she worked with the outreach arm of Pin Oak to put together “horse kits” which she distributed to patients at Texas Children’s and Ronald McDonald House Houston.  In her sophomore year, she participated in Education Day, leading a group of Katy ISD students on tours and sharing her knowledge of horses.

Maddie finds competing as the perfect opportunity to put together all the skills she’s learned while training in order to create a beautiful and flawless round in the show ring. Eleanor likes competing because of the partnership between her and her horse. She’s also inspired by watching other riders and loves meeting new people.

The Geno family, who live in the Spring Branch/Memorial neighborhood, proudly sponsors The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.  Mom, Sharon Beshouri, learned about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show nearly two decades ago when the infant daughter of a colleague from Korea, needed life-saving surgery. Surgeons at Texas Children’s Hospital performed the surgery because there was not an option like that in Korea. Sharon mentioned how fortunate we are to have access to Texas Children’s and all that it offers. She also said that combining the family’s love of horses with support to this wonderful organization is a blessing.

WHO:   Dan Flowers: American Saddlebred Trainer & Dan Flowers Stable Founder

Dan Flowers established Miracle Farm (now Dan Flowers Stable) in 2003 and has been a rider and trainer for 25 years. He began training horses as a hobby, but soon chose to make it his career training horses full-time. Flowers has trained and shown a wide variety of American Saddlebred champion horses, including Top Spool, It’s Double O’ Deuce, Bright Wind, Glenview’s Supreme Success, The Paper Boy ERB, Phancy Footwork, What a Phine Ruby, Inphallible, Titleist Love, Ultra One, Top Beat, Simply Spool, Roy Rogers and First Class Titleist.

Flowers has been involved with the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show since 1998, bringing with him an increasing number of young riders each year and exposing them to the horse show world. At this year’s horse show, Flowers will be a trainer, coach and competitor. Flowers commented on his favorite Pin Oak events, saying he most enjoyed the Grand Prix events and watching the happy faces of children from the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms when they visit the horse show.