In March 2013, a lifelong dream was realized. I was an exhibitor at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy, Texas. I’ve been to many to Pin Oak shows as a youngster, but always as a spectator. You’d probably be surprised that my last Pin Oak show was in the 1970s, held at the original Pin Oak Stable. So visiting the Great Southwest Equestrian Center and being part of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was a total kick!
The morning of the first day of the show, following our trainer, Paige Erwin, to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.
At the show barn.
This video is of Newspaper Taxi with Paige Erwin in the first round of the Pre-Green 3′ Hunters on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Newspaper Taxi and Paige Erwin showing in their second round of the Pre-Green 3′ Hunters, Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
One of my Modified Adult Hunter rounds with Newspaper Taxi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
One of my rounds with Newspaper Taxi showing in the Modified Adult Hunters on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
History of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show
The original Pin Oak Stables, owned by Jim S. Abercrombie, had only one goal in mind: to help children. This began in 1945. Three years later, Pin Oak gave funding to develop the Texas Children’s Hospital, and later on, to Houston’s Ronald McDonald House and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. Since then, the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has created art projects for patients at the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. This art contributes to the horse show by making equine-themed images that are used for promotions and as souvenirs. Pin Oak is currently contributing to the construction of a new hospital located off Interstate 10.
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of a handful of horse shows that includes American Saddlebreds, Andalusians, roadsters, and Welsh ponies along with the hunter/jumper divisions. This type of show is a dying breed, unfortunately.
The original stable was destroyed in 2002 to build Pin Oak Middle School. The horse show facilities were relocated to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. However, the Pin Oak tradition rides strong as tens of thousands of people travel from around the world, every year, to attend and exhibit at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.