The Horse Circus: 3.28.14

The Horse Circus

We pretend to go to the horse show but everyone really knows it’s a circus!

Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!

Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows currently under way.

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The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show 2014

What is the hottest ticket in all of American horse competition?  If you guessed the Kentucky Derby, you just might be right.  But at one time tickets to The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Texas were even harder to come by!  Today, Pin Oak is still going strong at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.  The show presents eleven days of competition from March 19th through the 30th, encompassing not only hunters and jumpers competition, but also American Saddlebreds, Andalusians, Roadster horses, and Welsh ponies.

Pin Oak is also now famous for its inclusion of Working Equitation events.  Working Equitation is a discipline based on traditional ranch work, which emphasizes partnership, athleticism, collection, and versatility between the horse and rider team.  Although many options are acceptable for tack and attire at the lower levels, at the advanced level tack and attire must be of a traditional cattle-working type.  Here is what this discipline and its turn out looks like.  Not too shabby!

Working Equitation at Pin Oak

The featured event at Pin Oak is two Saturdays of $30,000 Grand Prix show jumping.  Last week’s $30,000 Hildebrand Fund Grand Prix was won by Capitano and Trapp O’Neal.  Here they are on their way to victory.

Pin Oak Grand Prix Winner

Photos by Shawn McMillen Photography

Photos by Shawn McMillen Photography

Tomorrow the field of highflying competitors will be at it again in the $30,000 Walter Oil & Gas Grand Prix.  If you can’t be there in person, you can catch all of the action over on the USEF Network.  And also tune in today to see the $10,000 Brook Ledge Transportation Gambler’s Choice and the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

For those who do attend as spectators and exhibitors, their fees will be going to a great cause.  Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has supported the building and ongoing work of the Texas Children’s Hospital.  Want to know more?  Check out this brief video that highlights Pin Oak’s history, competition and charitable giving.  Then head over to the USEF Network for even more in depth coverage.

We hope we’ve made a Pin Oak fan out of you!

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