Thursday, March 4, 2021

Faces of Pin Oak: Briley Koerner

BY JESS CLAWSON Briley Koerner believes in the importance of connection—both with horses and people. She started riding at six years old, and still thinks of her first trainer, Kim Cox of Tally Ho Farm,...

Faces of Pin Oak: Natalee Newton Haggan

BY JESS CLAWSON Natalee Haggan’s parents promised her a horse of her own when she was eight years old, provided she stuck with the riding lessons she begged for. She showed her dedication early, always...

Faces of Pin Oak: Frankie Owens

BY JESS CLAWSON Frankie Owens was almost born in the saddle. His parents, Candie and Frank, were established professionals in the industry by the time he and his sister, Whitney, were born. Frankie was legged...

Junior Rider Bella Kay Wins $30,000 USHJA International Derby at Pin Oak II

Katy, Texas – March 30, 2019 – Week II of the 2019 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is flying by as the week wraps up with big wins before the weekend. The jumper ring shined...

Faces of Pin Oak: Matt Cyphert

BY JESS CLAWSON Matt Cyphert didn’t grow up in a horse family. His family didn’t push him into riding. He hasn’t been riding since he was a toddler. But he found his gift. Matt’s aunt owned...

Meet Noel: Madrone Ranch Stables’ Mascot and Cart-Pulling Celebrity

BY KRISTIN PITZER Walk along the aisleway at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSWEC) in Katy, Texas, during the Great Southwest Winter Series, and you will find a stall setup unlike any other. Where many...

Faces of Pin Oak: Daniel Bedoya

BY JESS CLAWSON Daniel Bedoya was taught to respect and value horses from the start. Growing up in La Paz, Bolivia, his father, Daniel Bedoya Sr., won seven national jumper championships in Bolivia. But even...

Jordan Gilchrist and Shy Boy Win $11,000 in Rider Bonus Money at the Great...

Trainer Laura Hightower and her daughter Jordan Gilchrist bought Shy Boy, the stunning black Zweibruker stallion three years ago with the hopes that he would become a top hunter. He is proving them right....

Spotlight on Equitation Winners at Pin Oak II

Katy, Texas – March 31, 2019 – Saturday’s daytime schedule at Week II of Pin Oak 2019 was full of equitation medals, giving many of Pin Oak’s top junior riders a chance to shine. To add to...

Laura Cho and Westley Victorious in the Texas Winter Series USHJA National Hunter Derby

Katy, Texas – February 21, 2020 An exciting afternoon of competition took place at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center as 14 horse and rider combinations stepped into the ring to vie for their share of...

Continued Excellence Shines for Pin Oak II’s Classic Day

Katy, Texas – April 1, 2019 – Week II of the 2019 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has come to a close with many exciting wins and a new rounds of Champions crowned. NKH...

Pin Oak Week Two Photo Gallery

PHOTOS © ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY Brought to you by Summit Joint Performance:  Summit Joint Performance helps your horse feel and perform their very best. Whether your horse has an existing joint condition or you'd like to prevent problems in the future, our...

The 2019 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Kicks Off with Blue Ribbons and Excitement

Katy, Texas – March 21, 2019 – The 74th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is underway, and what a great way to start off the spring season! A USEF Heritage Competition and NARG top...

Daisy Ford and Gatsby Get the Win in $100,000 Lone Star State Grand Prix

BY KRISTIN PITZER Katy, Texas – February 27, 2021 – The highly anticipated $100,000 Lone Star State Grand Prix took place Saturday evening, February 27, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSWEC) during the...

Jennifer Alfano and Candid Win Pin Oak’s Final $30,000 USHJA International Derby

Katy, Texas – April 7, 2019 – The Booth Show Jumpers $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and Houston Modern Luxury “Bourbon, Bow Ties, and Big Hats” Derby Party on Friday night at Pin Oak...

Pin Oak Week Three Photo Gallery

All photos © Andrew Ryback Photography Brought to you by Summit Joint Performance:  Summit Joint Performance helps your horse feel and perform their very best. Whether your horse has an existing joint condition or you'd like to prevent problems in the future,...

Hunters Shine Even In The Rain At The Great Southwest Texas Winter Series

Katy, Texas The second day of showing in Katy saw championships awarded in the Green and Performance Hunter divisions. A little mud didn’t stop King Quidam, owned by Hallie Ferguson and ridden by Jessica Zienkevicz,...

Pin Oak Circuit Champions Roll for the Final Week

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...

Faces of Pin Oak: Patty Roberts

Patty Roberts started life as many young girls do: wanting a pony. And like many girls who want a pony, her parents knew nothing about horses. They had a friend whose daughter rode and...

Pin Oak I Weekend Wrap Up

Katy, Texas – March 25, 2019 – Fun was had by all at Pin Oak 2019’s first Grand Prix, the Oasis Petroleum $30,000 Grand Prix, and Amalaya Investments Ringside Gala on Saturday Night. As...

Munson Rides to Victory in Texas Winter Series Week IV $20,000 Welcome Stake

BY KRISTIN PITZERKaty, Texas – February 25, 2021 – Competition is heating up at the Great Southwest Texas Winter Series, which hosted the $20,000 Welcome Stake, sponsored by American National Insurance, on Thursday, February...

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

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...