The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show to Host Fifth Annual Collegiate Invitational

HOUSTON, Texas (March 3, 2015) – The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show (www.pinoak.org) will host its Fifth Annual Collegiate Invitational featuring top equestrians from eight universities on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

The Pin Oak Collegiate Invitational coincides with The 70th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. The horse show will run from March 17 through March 29, 2015, at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, a western suburb of Houston. The Collegiate Invitational Reception will begin at 7 a.m. and the Over Fences competition will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. The event will be held in the Tellepsen Arena and will be run in accordance with the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) rules for collegiate equestrian competition. Competitors will ride horses unfamiliar to them and that are selected at random during the morning reception. Two judges will score the competitors in a head-to-head pairing. A Best Horse Award will be given to the horse that the judges consider most valuable during the event.

“All of the universities participating in The Pin Oak Collegiate Invitational have excellent equestrian programs. The Collegiate Invitational is a true test of the athlete’s ability to work with any horse. As host of this event, we are especially grateful to all of the Houston area owners who generously lend their horses for this competition,” commented Cathy Dougherty, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Collegiate Invitational event chair.

Participating schools and competitors include:

Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware

  • Coach: Kamerra Brown
  • Equestrian: Tiffany Lee, Junior

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

  • Coaches: Head Coach – Carol Gwin, Hunt Seat Assistant Coach – Natalie Burton
  • Equestrian: Schaefer Raposa, Junior

Fresno State, Fresno, California

  • Coach: Kimberly Hewson-Budnik
  • Equestrian: Kylina Chalack, Freshman

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Coach: Logan Fiorentino
  • Equestrian: Kaitlin Perry, Senior

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

  • Coach: Jessica Steele
  • Equestrian: Amber Tassel, Senior

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Coach: Leaf Boswell
  • Equestrian: Kelsey Gore, Senior

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

  • Coaches: Caroline Cramer
  • Equestrian: Marlena Parker, Junior

Rice University, Houston, Texas

  • Coach: Cathy Strobel
  • Equestrian: Sophie Newman, Sophomore

About The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious horse shows in the nation. This year’s major sponsors are Irish Day Farm, Haras Dos Cavaleiros, Walter & Oil Gas Corporation, The Hildebrand Fund, Valobra Master Jewelers and Max Bowl Center. Since 1945, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has raised nearly $6 million for its beneficiaries: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance.

Admission for most show events is free. General admission tickets for Grand Prix events on Saturdays, March 21 and March 28, and the International Hunter Derby on Friday, March 27, are available for a $10 donation. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For information or tickets, please contact the Pin Oak office at 713-621-6290 or www.pinoak.org.