HOUSTON/KATY, TX (Pin Oak) – Week 2 of the 69th annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show features Hunters and Jumpers taking centerstage in five of the show rings at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
We are grateful to Irish Day Farm, our title sponsor for Week 2, and thankful for the many corporate and personal sponsors of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.
After posting the first clear round in the $10,000 Quanta Services Welcome Jumper Stake this afternoon, Hailey Henderson looked around and then quickly trotted back to the in-gate.
“I didn’t really think I was going to go in the jump-off, so I had to refresh my memory for the jump-off track,” she said laughing. “So, I only had a brief idea of what it was. I had to make sure it really was it. I’d just walked the course, not the jump-off.”
Even with just a last-minute plan in her mind, Henderson and Zine Dine posted the only double-clear performance (0-0/32.95), taking the blue ribbon and earning the biggest victory to date in their six-year career together.
Three competitors qualified for the jump-off, with Velano S and Brian Locke placing second with a rail in 32.68 seconds, while Zigvago and Martien van der Hoeven took third with 8 faults in 32.79 seconds.
“The jump-off rode really well, and the turns came up and were right there. You always expect someone to beat the leading time for sure, and I had a lot of great riders going after me, but luck was on my side,” she said.
Henderson, of Willow Oaks Equestrian Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, purchased the now 10-year-old Thoroughbred (Unbridled Time—My Belle) as a 4-year-old. In addition to a racing career, the dark bay gelding was being eyed for a spot on a reality TV program about Thoroughbreds and racing when Henderson scooped him up as a show prospect.
“I wasn’t even supposed to get him, but I got on him and he was my type,” she said. “I rode him around in a round pen. He was feisty, and I had to mount him in the stall with two guys holding him. They were like, ‘You really want to get on this one?’ There was just something about him that drew me to his stall.”
Within six months, Zine Dine was on the show circuit, and he found success immediately. He was circuit champion on the Gulf Coast Winter circuit during his first winter series, and he’s moved up a level each year since.
“This was his first big win,” said Henderson. “Last week was his first double clear in the 1.45m. He had just trailered in an hour before [the class] and walked right in and put down a double-clean round at 1.45m. Then, we did the two grand prix classes last week, and they were decent, but we didn’t get into the jump-offs. Today, he was double clean again, and we had luck on our side.”
Henderson said she really liked the courses designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal.
“I thought it was a super course, and he jumped around incredible, the best he’s been jumping in his life,” she noted. “He was so good and so strong and so responsive, and I think that’s what helped us out. He was on it and responsive, so I was able to get the most out of him.
“He’s definitely on his way up,” she added. “He’s had more and more double clears at this height, and this is his first big win. It means a lot. We’re a team, and I want to continue doing this as long as we can.”
Jamie Jarvis’ Pearl Street added to her stellar record in the Pre-Green Hunter section at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show today, earning the Low Pre-Green championship with three out of the five blue ribbons.
Pearl Street earned scores of 87 and 88 in her two over fences classes Wednesday under Peter Pletcher, of PJP Farm in Magnolia, Texas. “She was awesome. She jumped as beautiful today as she ever has,” said Pletcher. “Today was one of her best days ever.”
Pearl Street, a 7-year-old black Oldenburg mare, also won the $5,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive qualifier and the $2,500 Texas Pre-Green Super Stake for a hefty paycheck of $3,260 on the day.
“I can’t say enough times how great it is the Pre-Greens have this much money behind them now,” said Pletcher. “These are such wonderful programs.”
Pearl Street also competed in the Pre-Green section last year, but Pletcher and Jarvis decided to give her one more year of mileage.
“We had a little bit of a setback at the end of last year, right before the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship [in August],” said Pletcher. “So we had to take a little step back. Jamie moved down to the Modified Adults [at 2’6”] and won tons on her in Florida. She’s just been great. She was leading the WEF circuit in the Pre-Greens before we left to come back home.”
Currently, with the final week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival taking place in Florida, Pearl Street stands second in the circuit standings in both the Low Adult Hunter and the Level 1 Pre-Green sections.
“We were really happy she came back so good this week at Pin Oak,” added Pletcher. “We decided to do the 3’ to let her get comfortable again so she could be good for Jamie.”
Pletcher had a busy but successful morning in the Pre-Greens, with multiple rides in the High and Low sections. He also piloted Kyle Owens’ Voila to the Low Pre-Green Hunter reserve championship.
In addition, Pletcher’s performance yesterday aboard Nanette Herbert’s Zafira, below, earned the Equus Foundation Trip of the Day for Tuesday, and the gray earned the High Pre-Green Hunter championship.
Week 2 of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show features top competition in the Hunter, Jumper and Equitation disciplines in six spacious rings at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
A few of the many highlights include:
The Sponsors’ Club is the hub of the social fun and ringside elegance that sets Pin Oak apart. Sponsors enjoy the many festive ringside parties and a great view of the action in the Irish Day Farm Main Ring.
The Exhibitors’ Club is a place for our riders to relax, catch up with fellow equestrians and enjoy ringside hospitality. Daily, the Exhibitors’ Club offers hospitality around each in-gate and evening receptions with delectable food.
Daily – Thursday-Saturday
*Times and events subject to change.
USEF Live Streaming coming to Pin Oak 2014!
USEF Network will live stream the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Valobra Master Jewelers on March 28th and the $30,000 Walter Oil and Gas Grand Prix event on March 29th.
We’re very excited that USEF Network will be at Pin Oak and live stream from Texas for the first time from our show!