Pin Oak I “Derby Day” Celebrates Top Hunters with a Champagne Toast

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Jennifer Alfano & Capriati

Katy, Texas – March 23, 2019 – Thursday and Friday at the 2019 Pin Oak Charity Horse show were jam-packed with fun and excitement as the show’s top competitors showcased their skills in both the jumper ring and the hunter ring.

Lancelot ridden by Julie Cleveland Beam, owned by Anastasia Stewart. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Thursday afternoon, sponsors enjoyed the Bedoya Training Ringside Reception hosted in the Yellow Rose Whiskey Sponsor’s Club during the $10,000 1.45M Welcome Stake. Lancelot, owned by Anastasia Stewart and shown by Julie Cleveland Beam, took home the top honors while Kierland Farm’s Fourtina and Trapp O’Neal came in a close second finishing less than a second behind Lancelot in the jump off.

Lancelot ridden by Julie Cleveland Beam, owned by Anastasia Stewart. Winner of the 1.45m Welcome Stake. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
For Jef Vd Wezelse ridden by Briley Koerner, owned by BKS Horse Farms, LLC. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

BKS Horse Farms, LLC’s For Jef Vd Wezelse and Faces of Pin Oak rider Briley Koerner finished fourth in the Welcome Stake and bested the under 25 competition taking home the 1.45M Under 25 Welcome Stake win.

For Jef Vd Wezelse ridden by Briley Koerner, owned by BKS Horse Farms, LLC. U25 Welcome Winner. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Meanwhile in the hunter ring, Wesley Clingman’s Deluxe, shown by Courtney Lenkart, took home all the blue ribbons and was Champion with a clean sweep in the 3’3” Green Working Hunters as they continued Wednesday’s winning streak. The pair was also the winner of both the $1,000 USHJA Green Incentive Stake and the $2,500 Texas Green Hunter Super Stake.

Deluxe ridden by Courtney Lenkhart, owned by Wesley Clingman. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The amateur hunter competition wrapped up on Friday afternoon. Who Dat owned by Maura Harrower and piloted by Rachel Campbell was Champion in the Adult Amateur Hunters 18-35. The day prior, Who Dat was also crowned Champion of the combined High Performance/3’9” Green Working Hunter with Sarah Rice.

Who Dat ridden by Rachel Campbell, owned by Maura Harrower. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Championship was earned by L&W Equine Investments, LLC’s Echo Park ridden by Mercedes Flett, and Lightful, owned by La Primera Hacienda, LP and shown by Angela Dominguez, took home the Championship in the Adult Amateur Hunters 50 and over.

MTM Inside Scoop, owned and ridden by Didi Mackenzie, was Champion of the 3’6” Amateur Owner Hunters also taking home the blue ribbon in the $1,000 3’6” Amateur Owner Classic while Kathy Chiaf’s Sweetwater earned the tricolor in the 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunters.

MTM Inside Scoop ridden and owned by Didi Mackenzie. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Friday was ‘Derby Day’ at Pin Oak 2019 with the Brookside Pine Farms $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in the afternoon. The $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby ran in the evening, accompanied by a ringside Churrasco International Derby Welcome Party and dinner.  

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Under Friday afternoon’s blue skies and perfect springtime weather, Jessica Law rode Krunch, owned by Jana Arnoldy, to win the Brookside Pine Farms $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in the Memorial Park Hunters combined Mega Ring I and II. Jessica, Jana, and her adorable fleet of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were ecstatic over the win. Jennifer Alfano and All Ferraris, LLC’s Enzo W took second in the National Derby as well as the Championship in the 3’3” Performance Hunters.

Krunch ridden by Jessica Law, owned by Jana Arnoldy. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
Krunch ridden by Jessica Law, owned by Jana Arnoldy. $10,000 USHJA National Derby Winner. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Capriati, owned by Jennifer Alfano and John Jamieson and ridden by Jennifer Alfano, jumped to the top prize amidst fierce competition in Friday evening’s $30,000 USHJA International Derby, winning both the classic and handy round. Symbolic, owned and shown by junior rider Bella Kay, was placed seventh after the classic round and excelled in the handy round, bumping the pair up to second place. DS Holdings, LLC’s Carrida, the 2018 Pin Oak Week III $50,000 USHJA International Derby winner, earned a fifth-place finish in tonight’s event with 2019 Faces of Pin Oak rider Frank Owens.

Capriati ridden by Jennifer Alfano, owned by Jennifer Alfano & John Jamieson. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
Symbolic, owned and ridden by Bella Kay. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography
Carrida ridden by Frank Owens, owned by DS Holdings, LLC. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Following the victory gallop, all riders participated in a champagne toast to commemorate Pin Oak 2019’s first International Derby.

Junior riders are looking forward to the perfect springtime horse show weekend while spectators, sponsors, and exhibitors anticipate tomorrow night’s main event – the Oasis Petroleum $30,000 Grand Prix and Amalaya Investments Ringside Gala.

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