Faces of Pin Oak: Nada Wise

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Trainer Rendezvous Farm at Royal Sport Horses • Tomball, TX

BY KRISTIN PITZER

Nada Wise, whose father rodeoed, started riding on her dad’s rope horses at 4 years old. She soon became enamored with the hunter/jumpers and began competing around the age of 6 in her home state of Utah.

“We didn’t really have an A circuit, so I never got to go to my first A show until I was a working student,” Wise said. “When I was 14, we went to High Prairie in Colorado.”

Wise continued competing on the West Coast in the Junior Hunters, Junior Jumpers and Equitation, and took her first assistant training job in her early 20s. She trained under many top riders around the country, gaining an education from everyone she had the opportunity to work with. Wise started her own business after moving to Texas in 2010 and currently runs Rendezvous Farm in Tomball, Texas.

“I like that the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show brings more faces and more competition [to the Katy area]. They dress the place up, and it gives it a different feel, a nostalgia almost. It’s always good having a charity event — we love supporting Texas Children’s Hospital, and it’s nice being able to give back to the community.”

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Wise’s résumé includes notable success in the Grand Prix, equitation and hunter rings. She most recently earned the Championship and Reserve Championship in the $10,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Derby at the Great Southwest Winter Series. As a trainer, she has coached her riders to championships throughout the United States, as well as qualified her riders for all major equitation and hunter championships, including the ASPCA Maclay Finals, USEF Medal Finals, WIHS Equitation Finals and National Junior Hunter Finals Championships.

“I think my biggest goal is to ensure that my horses and riders are happy, healthy, confident and successful,” Wise said. “One of my favorite things is watching a horse and rider become a team and accomplish their goals.”

Photo © Jerry Mohme Photography

Wise is married to Kurt Heite, DVM, of Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, which is a sponsor of the Great Southwest Winter Series and the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. She has been attending Pin Oak since she moved to Texas around 10 years ago and is looking forward to competing there in 2021.

“I have several great clients who have been with me for a long time and are incredibly supportive. I also have a great staff, and I really couldn’t do it without them,” Wise said. “I believe I play such a minor role because everyone plays an integral part in the success of the business. This is never a one-man show.”

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