Lochinvar and Matt Cyphert Capture $30,000 Amalaya Investments/Oasis Petroleum Grand Prix

Lochinvar and Matt Cyphert Capture $30,000 Amalaya Investments/Oasis Petroleum Grand Prix

Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar

Even though Matt Cyphert frequently leads the victory gallops at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, this was the first time he topped a Saturday night class. He guided his longtime partner, Lochinvar, to the blue ribbon in the $30,000 Amalaya Investments/Oasis Petroleum Grand Prix.

 

“I’ve won the Thursday classes here, and I’ve gotten some nice prizes. And I remember watching Tracy Fenney back in the day and the crowd getting behind her, and it’s really truly special to win a Saturday night class at Pin Oak because the crowd is very knowledgeable, and they’re very into it,” he said.

 

The Grand Prix was a featured event of Week I of Pin Oak, held March 22-26, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
Cyphert and Lochinvar went last in the five-horse jump-off, certainly an advantage. However, Kristin Hardin, the first to go with Bert, still led the way after blazing a trail with a clear round that no had been able to better.

 

“I was a little late getting on him for the jump-off because I’d just gone and wanted to give him a little time to cool off,” said Cyphert. “I got to watch Kristin go. She’s as fast as they get; Kristin’s a competitor, so I was fortunate to watch her and saw what she did.

 

“And, in these jump-offs when there are just four in it, you can see the footprints. You just try to stay inside everybody’s footprints, and in theory you should be faster. I’m very lucky with that horse—he doesn’t spend a lot of time in the air. I never feel like I’m out of any jump-off because he can go as fast as anybody.”

Cyphert, of Woodhill Farm in Northlake, Texas, wil now be departing Pin Oak for the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, next week. "I’m not in the World Cup Final, but I was invited to do the Grand Prix there Saturday night. That’s quite an honor, and I’m very excited to do that with my hors

Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar are Grand Prix Champions

 Cyphert, of Woodhill Farm in Northlake, Texas, wil now be departing Pin Oak for the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, next week.

 

“I’m not in the World Cup Final, but I was invited to do the Grand Prix there Saturday night. That’s quite an honor, and I’m very excited to do that with my horse,” he said, adding that Pin Oak was the perfect preparation. “We intentionally didn’t do any other classes this week because I wanted to simulate how it would be in Omaha. We’ve been successful this year, but those were the biggest jumps we’ve jumped to date, and all he did was jump higher!”

 

Special thanks to the Nusz family and their companies, Oasis Petroleum and Amalaya Investments, for being long-time sponsors of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.

 

In addition to top-notch Grand Prix competition, Saturday night’s Family NIght featured entertainment for the whole family, including the Houston Highlanders and Catalena Cowgirls. Festivities were held in a carnival-type atmosphere, complete with popcorn and cotton candy, face painting, Pin Oak toy ponies, ponies to meet and shopping. In addition, the week’s Honored Hero from Texas Children’s Hospital, Max Smith, received the spotlight center ring.

Kristin Hardin and Bert

Kristin Hardin and Bert

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Matt Cyphert and Honored Hero Max Smith

Trapp O'Neal and Capitano

Trapp O’Neal and Capitano

Catalena Cowgirls

Catalena Cowgirls

Andrew Kocher and Wannahave

Andrew Kocher on Wannahave

Juve Turrubiartes and Amanska

Teamwork Prevails in the Breed Championships

American Saddlebreds Take the Spotlight at Pin Oak

 

After trainer Robert Gardiner was injured in an accident during the Fine Harness Championship, the first class of the evening, the team at Robert Gardiner Stables jumped into action.

 

And, by the final class of the session, the Five-Gaited Stake, there were tears of joy when Amanska and Juve Turrubiartes topped the card for victory.

 

“Robert is in the hospital, and that’s why Juve stepped in,” said Debbie Graves, the riding instructor at Robert Gardiner Stables.

 

Turrubiartes had never shown the 5-year-old mare before, but he had ridden her as a young horse and broke her to gait, so their appearance in the show ring was a bit of a reunion.

 

“She began showing five-gaited last year, and she’s come a long way,” said owner Deb Nathanson, of the mare who has also competed in harness and as a Park horse. “Robert raised her, and I got her about 1 1/2 years ago.”

 

Graves added, “Jack Magill won this class last year, and Robert took over from him when he retired. We’re so happy to continue in the winning tradition. It’s unusual that a 5-year-old would make the leap to the prestigious gaited stake. Usually the 5-year-old year is still a growth year. And then usually it’s age 6 to 7 when they start winning against the veteran horses, so we were so proud of her tonight that she stepped into her big girl shoes.”

Lydia Reed Celebrates

Junior Exhibitors Star

 

Growing up, Lydia Reed had always seen the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show ribbons collected by her barnmates, and she hoped one day she’d win one.

 

Well, that day finally arrived, and 17-year-old Reed will now take home the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship title back to Dallas, Texas.

 

“I was standing in the line-up next to one of my biggest competitors, and I knew everybody around me had great horses and are great riders,” she said. “And they called my name for the win, and I was like, ‘Oh, me?’ It was the best five seconds of my life. I can’t express how much this horse means to me.”

 

Reed purchased Sultan’s That Show Kid when he was 5 and has developed him into a winner.

 

“He was skin and bone, really, when we got him, and we brought him home,” she said. “I was like, ‘This one is it.’ And we’ve been working on him for five years now. This is just unbelievable. Coming here I thought, ‘We’ll just come down to Pin Oak for fun.’ And this just made it all the hard work worthwhile.”

Chloe Dorris and Cat Can Do

Chloe Dorris and Cat Can Do

 

Chloe Dorris, 13, of Dallas, Texas, and Cat Can Do topped the competitive Five-Gaited Junior/Amateur Stake, taking the victory over many more seasoned competitors.

 

“Winning here means a lot to me because I practice so hard, and it’s nice to have a huge payoff,” she said. “This is only our second show, so I’d say it’s our best. I liked that we really worked as a team together in the ring. We decided we were going to go out there and do it.”

 

16-year-old Sydney Young, of Cypress, Texas, has been competing at Pin Oak since she was 5 years old, and today’s tricolor in the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship became a milestone in her career.

 

“It’s the first championship I’ve ever won here, so it’s really cool to get the roses for Pin Oak and the neck ribbon—I’ve never had one of those,” she said. “I’ve always been second here at Pin Oak, so it’s nice to finally win.”

Sydney Young

Trainer May Chadick was proud of Young for her perseverance and hard work, especially with a new mount of just one month. They won two of their three classes at Pin Oak in their first horse show together.

 

“The horse that we selected for her died like 10 days of having her,” said Chadick. “We are just getting to know him, and it came together very quickly. She helps teach at the farm and works every weekend to pay for her horse. She’s a great kid.”

Mc Intosh Claims the U25 Grand Prix

Keely Mc Intosh and Goofy Van Overis

Keely Mc Intosh and Goofy Van Overis

Keely Mc Intosh continued her streak of Pin Oak victories in the $20,000 U25 Grand Prix. She notched the winning performance aboard Goofy Van Overis, and, for good measure, she also placed second aboard So Live Helau. Think Big Van TL with Carolina Villanueva claimed third.

 

“So Live Helau won last year, and Goofy won this year–he was fantastic for me,” she said. “He just jumped his first grand prix last month. He’s still green, and he really came together for the class.”

 

Mc Intosh said Goofy rallied in the jump-off and came through for her when she needed him.

 

“In the jump-off, I got a little long, and he saved me,” she said. “It worked out really well, and I was really happy with both of them. Sully, of course, is always fantastic, but Goofy really outshined him today.”

 

Mc Intosh described the course as challeging and one of the biggest tracks she’s jumped with Goofy. “It was bigger than last year’s grand prix, and the course was tough,” she said. “I appreciated that because it makes you ride better. Carolina, who made it to the jump-off, too, is a grand prix rider as well, so I think we had an edge. I like it when the jumps are bigger. This is the best horse show of the year, for sure. It’s always fun and exciting and an honor to win here.”

 

Mc Intosh thanked her many supporters and even chased them down for a victory photo after the class. “I want to thank everyone– Mario Alvaretto, my groom, Juan Ortiz and McLain Ward who find the horses for me, and Britt McCormick and Berry Porter who help me. And, of course, my mom, who is the glue.”

Keely Mc Intosh

“In the jump-off, I got a little long, and he saved me,” she said. “It worked out really well, and I was really happy with both of them. Sully, of course, is always fantastic, but Goofy really outshined him today.”

 

Mc Intosh described the course as challeging and one of the biggest tracks she’s jumped with Goofy. “It was bigger than last year’s grand prix, and the course was tough,” she said. “I appreciated that because it makes you ride better. Carolina, who made it to the jump-off, too, is a grand prix rider as well, so I think we had an edge. I like it when the jumps are bigger. This is the best horse show of the year, for sure. It’s always fun and exciting and an honor to win here.”

 

 

Mc Intosh thanked her many supporters and even gathered them together for a victory photo after the class. “I want to thank everyone– Mario Alvaretto, my groom, Juan Ortiz and McLain Ward who find the horses for me, and Britt McCormick and Berry Porter who help me. And, of course, my mom, who is the glue.”

Pin Oak’s Pooch-A-Pawlooza I

MPH Pups present Pooch–A–Pawlooza I

The First “Pooch–A– Pawlooza” Event, sponsored by the MPH Pups, is a wrap, with barks and smiles all around.

 

All entry fee donations were given to Danny & Ron’s Rescue 501(c)(3). Horsemen Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta have been rescuing and finding forever homes for dogs since 2004 and have placed more than 10,000 dogs and other animals to date.

 

At Pin Oak, a horse show isn’t just for horses! Thanks to everyone at Memorial Park Hunters for starting this new tradition!