Lovers of equine sports, children, fashion, and fun will be in for a special treat this spring when one of the nation’s most iconic charity horse shows returns to the greater Houston area.
School and religious groups, businesses, individuals, and families are invited to attend the 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by PJP Farm and Irish Day Farm March 22 through April 2, 2017.
New in 2017, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is hosting Family Nights on Grand Prix Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the main covered arena. All equestrian competitive events will be held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, which is located at 2501 South Mason Road in Katy.
With the purchase of an adult general admission ticket for $10 per person, children 12 and under will be admitted free on Family Nights at The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Children and their adult chaperones will have access to a wide range of complimentary treats, giveaways, and activities that include popcorn and cotton candy; Pin Oak coloring books, crayons and toy ponies; face painting; visits with Shetland therapy ponies and miniature horses. For a small donation, Pin Oak visitors will have the opportunity to pose with various equestrian-themed backdrops in the Catch the Moment photo booth sponsored by Stalker Energy and engage a caricature artist to sketch a stylized image of themselves. Featured entertainment includes the world famous Catalena Cowgirls, Houston Highlanders Bagpipe and Drum Corps, and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach (April 1 only).
Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome; however, no glass containers are allowed. Parking is also free. For those spectators who prefer not to bring their own foods and beverages, refreshments will be available for purchase from concession stands and food trucks. Pin Oak supporters can also enjoy shopping in The Pin Oak Marketplace for clothing, jewelry, accessories, boots, handbags, pet treats, artwork and other items. The Pin Oak Boutique offers caps, T-shirts, polo shirts and other items with the Pin Oak logo for sale. Members of The Pin Oak Club are eligible to receive a discount on anything they buy at The Pin Oak Boutique.
Established in 1945 in Houston, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million for its three designated charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston Family Rooms, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance.
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is a two-week annual spring event that attracts 1,200 high-stepping and high-flying horses each week and approximately 2,000 exhibitors from around the country including riders from Mexico and Canada. An award-winning horse show, Pin Oak was the first to receive the coveted United States Equestrian Federation’s Heritage Competition designation.
More About The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show
Sponsors, volunteers, Pin Oak Club members, in-kind product and service providers, and fans are always welcomed and appreciated. Rain or shine, the show goes on with many of the competitive events taking place in covered arenas. Most of the events during the two-week horse show are free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available ($10 for adults and free for children 12 and under) for the exciting Grand Prix competitions on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, and for the prestigious International Hunter Derby on Friday, March 31.
With more than half a million dollars in prize money offered, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the few remaining all-breed horse shows featuring American Saddlebreds, Hunters, Jumpers, and Ponies. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is recognized as a World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition, is United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Premier Rated, and is a 5-star Jumper show.
More About The Pin Oak Club
For a “no horse required” experience, members can join The Pin Oak Club, which offers many social and fundraising events that benefit the charities of Pin Oak. The Sporting Clays Classic (April 24 this year) and the What to Wear to That Equestrian Affaire fashion presentation and luncheon are the two signature Pin Oak Club events each year. The money raised through these activities form an essential part of Pin Oak’s annual donation to its designated charities. Pin Oak Club members also receive numerous benefits such as priority invitations to show events, and can participate in Pin Oak’s exclusive Partner Program. Annual Pin Oak Club membership options include: Junior Membership for those 21 and under, $50; Individual, $75; Family (for two adults and two children), $200; Patron, $1,250; and Lifetime, $2,500.
The 4th Annual Pin Oak Sporting Clays Classic is slated for April 24, 2017, at the Greater Houston Gun Club. The event begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. Individuals, teams of four, and sponsors are invited to participate. Fees range from $400 to $10,000 depending on the level of participation.
For more information about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and to explore other ways to become part of the Pin Oak tradition, please visit pinoak.org, follow Pin Oak on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or call 713-621-6290.