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More Than Just A Horse Show



HOUSTON, Texas., The Pin Oak Charity was held in Houston back in the '80s at the Reliant Arena, moving from Katy, Texas where it has been held. After several years away from Houston, the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is back and plans to stay. This event is more than just a horse show it's more like a production. This shows offers classes for all Saddlebred and Hackney exhibitors as well as a limited number of Hunter classes. In addition, there was a wide range of entertainment. The stars of Pin Oak, the TexCelente Paso Finos, Houston Highlanders, Last Chance Forever-Birds of Prey and John Larger, the Houston Mounted Police and the always anticipated Jack Russell Races are just a few attractions. The charity show had great support from the local Texas Saddlebred members.

Magill Stables showed their competitive streak at Pin Oak this year. They won all three of the major championship classes including the Fine Harness, Three-Gaited and the Five-Gaited Grand Championships. Five-Gaited

Jack Magill, in a powerful performance, rode Champagne’s Special Event to the tricolor in the Five-Gaited Stake with great crowd support. The also boasted a win in the Five-Gaited Open class for McLane and Hecht. Shame On You and Maguire Hall rode to the reserve tricolor in the stake.

Lonnie Quarues rode Shame On You to the win in the Junior/Novice Five-Gaited class qualifying them for the championship.

Desert’s Favorite Memories, with Joan Cantrell aboard, dominated both the Ladies Five-Gaited class as well as Amateur Five-Gaited Stake for Cantrell and Myers. Himalaya and Dr. Owen Weaver rode to the reserve tie in the Five-Gaited Stake. Dr. Weaver and Himalaya rode to the blue in the Amateur Five-Gaited qualifier for Fox Grape Farm.

In the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited division, The Champagne Tiger and Christy Bennett claimed top honors in both the qualifier and the stake. Blazing Day PHF and Calee Dillion were reserve to Bennett in both classes. Three-Gaited

Carolina’s Top Gun and Joan Cantrell are no strangers to the winner’s circle. The team won the Three-Gaited Stake after their win in the Ladies Three-Gaited class. Lakeview’s Rare Gem and Liz Cortright received the reserve tie in the stake after qualifying by winning the Three-Gaited Open class.

Mr. Revere and Andrea Turtur Finger were crowned the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake winners and the Amateur Three-Gaited qualifier. Harlem’s Magnificent Romance and Jamey Pipport-Tucker were reserve to Finger in both classes.

Reedann’s Phancey Phootwork and Victoria McCune rose to the top of the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited division. McCune and Footwork trotted away with the tricolor in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Stake as well as the blue in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited qualifier. The SGF Winning Way entry, Worthy’s Hale Bopp and Lauren Greenwald were reserve to McCune in two fine performances.

Fine Harness

Budmeister went to the winner’s circle in the Fine Harness Stake with Jack Magill at the whip, following their win in the Open Fine Harness class for McClane and Hecht. He Sure Is was driven by Sandy Currier to the reserve tricolor for Bluebonnet Farm.

Foxfield Reverie and Trent Capps drove to the blue in the Junior Fine Harness class for Paradise Farms. Periaptus Victorius and Mike Breeggeman claimed top honors in the UPHA Classic Fine Harness class qualifying them for the Classic division at the American Royal in November 2004 for Galanos and Galanos Farms.

Park

Day Of Revival and Liz Cortright rode to the top of the Three-Gaited Park Stake for Mary Wright. Talk Sense and Bill Ellison were reserve for Bill and Coleen Ellison. Simply The Top and Michael Beasom won the Three-Gaited Park Open qualifier for Elizabeth Hollins.

Callaway’s Better Than Ever and Nancy Wiseman rode to the tricolor in the Amateur Three-Gaited Park Stake. Wiseman and Better Than Ever also rose to the top of the Amateur Three-Gaited Park class. The Paper Boy E.R.B. and Lindsey Greenwald claimed the reserve tricolor in the stake.

Greenwald and The Paper Boy E.R.B. claimed the blue in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park class for the SGF Winning Ways Farm.

In the park pleasure division, O Say Can You See and Sandy Currier trotted to the winner’s circle in the Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Stake for the Neartown Animal Clinic. Jebadiah Springfield and Mike Breeggeman received the reserve tie the stake. Beaus America Beautiful and Liz Cortright won the Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Open class for Jo Anna Been.

Bluebonnet’s High Hopes and Sandy Currier rode to the blue in the UPHA Classic Park Pleasure also qualifying them for the Classic classes at the American Royal later this year. Pleasure

CH Mariachi and Jan Myer won the Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake as well as the qualifier. This wins made it two years in a row for the team. Player’s Choice and Dr. Owen Weaver were reserve to Myer in both classes.

Data and Merrimac Dillian were crowned the winners in the Show Pleasure Driving Stake for McClane and Hecht. Dangerous Ways and Sherry F. Deal drove to the reserve in the stake. Dillian and Data also received the award in the Show Pleasure Driving qualifier.

George Foreman and Elly Berman topped a new division in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Stake and the adult qualifier for Bluebonnet Farm. Data and Merrimac Dillian showed their versatility receiving reserve to Berman in both classes. Epcot’s Treasure and Ashley Whitehurst trotted to the blue in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Novice Rider class.

She-Boop and Sarah Singer dominated the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class for junior exhibitors by winning the championship and the 13 and Under qualifier. Vegas Dreams and Michelle McCune were reserve to Singer in the championship. Propane and Lindsey Whitehurst claimed the top award in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 14-17 class.

Adding another tricolor and a blue to the tack room for Jack Magill Stables, Crescendo In Black and Jan Myers won the Country Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier. Danger In The Air and Randy McBride drove to the reserve for the Neartown Animal Hospital.

Vail and Kerri Ann Bunde rose to the top of the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure division. They won the Country Pleasure Championship as well as the qualifier for owner Jo Ann Bunde. Callaway’s Caleb and Daysha Beasley were reserve to Bunde in the championship. Beasley and Callaway’s Caleb qualified by winning the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Country Pleasure class. Let the Games Begin and Beth Oseroff trotted to the blue in the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Novice Rider class for Fred Currey.

The American Flag and Suzanne Bradshaw dominated the western pleasure division. Bradshaw and The American Flag won the Western Pleasure Stake, the Western Pleasure qualifier, the Saddle and Bridle William Shatner Western Pleasure as well as the Saddle and Bridle William Shatner Working Western Pleasure in four fine performances. Winsdown Cosmos and Donna Skinner was reserve to Bradshaw in the Stake.

Danny Bugg, dressed in his red, white and blue, drove Bunker Buster to the tricolor in the Roadster to Bike Championship. Bunker Buster and Bugg drove to an earlier win in the Amateur Roadster to Bike qualifier as well. Love Ya Later and Adrian Dulin had a cheering section when they received reserve in the championship.

Jack Magill drove Alcazar to the blue in the Roadster to Bike Open class for McClane and Hecht.

In the Roadster Pony division, Long Time Gone and Anna-Marie Dempsey claimed top honors in the championship. Lonnie Quarues qualified Long Time Gone winning the Roadster Pony Open class. Say It Loud and Milo Jones drove to the reserve tie in the championship for SGF Winning Ways Farm.

Christy Bennett drove City Hall to the blue in the Amateur Roadster Pony class under the banner of Peggy Richardson Stables. Hackney

Dufferin Debonaire gave two fine exhibitions in the Hackney Pony division with Erica Labian at the whip. They drove to wins in the Hackney Pony Championship as well as Open Hackney Pony qualifier.

Topping the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving division, D.J.’s Chiquita’s Dream and F.H. Deal drove to the top in both the Hackney Pleasure Pony Driving Stake and the qualifying class for the SGF Winning Ways Farm. Dun Haven Bandoliero and Anke Rogers drove to the reserve honors in both classes. Equitation

Anne McCutheon rode to the top in the equitation championship with style and precision. Katie Cunningham trotted to the reserve tricolor aboard Monster Inc. Cunningham also claimed top honors in the Equitation 17 and Under class.

Mallory Adams rode Extravagance to the blue in the Equitation 10 and Under Walk and Trot class.

Ella Bright gave a bright performance on Santana's On Broadway to win the UPHA Challenge Cup 17 and Under class. Mallory Adams had another demanding ride to win the UPHA 10 and Under Walk and Trot class.

Maggie Knooihaizen, riding Our Dream Catcher, made her way to the winner’s circle in the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup 17 and Under class.

Jane White rode Irish’s Earth, Wind & Fire to the top of the Saddle & Bridle Pleasure Medallion class.

Victoria McHenry and New York American Style claimed top honors in the Pleasure Equitation Championship and received the Dorothy Dukes Ford Memorial Trophy for her efforts. Barn mate Kristen Nielsen was reserve to McHenry in the championship. Nielson was aboard Powder & Smoke to top in the Pleasure Equitation 14-17 qualifier. Jane Bright trotted to the blue in the Pleasure Equitation 13 and Under class riding Irish’s Earth, Wind & Fire.

Julie Size won the Pleasure Equitation Championship for riders 18 and over aboard Winsdown Iron Ore.

This concludes the highlights of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Complete follow and can also be found our web site at www.saddlehorsereport.com.

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