Sweet Victory For Didi Mackenzie and MTM Do Right

Didi Mackenzie and MTM Do Right

Didi Mackenzie certainly enjoyed the first day of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week II. She placed first and second over fences with MTM Do Right in the 3’6″ Green Hunters, March 28 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.

“He’s kind of like a box of chocolates–you never know which one you’re going to get that day,” said Mackenzie affectionately. “He’s a sweet horse, but you never know. He’ll see things, and other days he’s great, and it changes day-to-day.”

Despite the challenges, Mackenzie loves to ride the 9-year-old black, Westphalian. “He has a wonderful canter and is a

blast to jump,” she said. “He’s also a character in the barn and is so much fun.”

Mackenzie, an amateur rider from Flower Mound, Texas, topped a tough field of professionals, which made the day even sweeter.

“It’s over the top!” she said grinning. “I mean, Peter Pletcher is impossible to beat. Peter showed Jen Alfano’s mare (Girl Crush) today, and he won the other over fences class. Whenever I can slip in there I’m very excited. It’s nice to feel like you can hang with them–not really keep up but hang with them. It means a whole lot to me.”

Didi Mackenzie and MTM Agreeable

Mackenzie also stayed right with the pros during the 3′ Green Hunter classes, where she piloted her newest mount, 5-year-old MTM Agreeable, to second-placed honors over fences in just his second horse show.

“I’m so proud of him. He jumped his first two-stride last week and has a great brain,” she said. “His name is MTM Agreeable, and he is so agreeable. He just likes to do pretty much what you ask him to do.”

Mackenzie credited her team for helping her achieve success in the show ring, including husband Ken Mackenzie and barn manager Manuel Tamayo.

“Trainers Colleen McQuay and Mike McCormick will help me out a little depending on where I am, but my main people are Kenny and Manuel,” she said. “I just couldn’t do this without them; they all mean a lot to me.”

Terry Brown and Levland

 

Terry Brown and Levland Take Two

After a 25-year gap from her last journey to the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, Terry Brown, of Showcase Ltd. in Canton, Georgia, is happy to be back.

“I’m most impressed by the changes. It’s a wonderful horse show and always has been,” she said. “I like how they put the show back into horse show. It has a good feel to it, and it’s a high level of competition, which always raises the bar.”

Brown raised that bar even higher with two blue ribbons and a second today in the High Performance Hunter section with Christina Fisher’s Levland. Fisher purchased Levland in January, and she and Brown are sharing the ride aboard the 10-year-old Holsteiner.

“We’re very pleased with him,” said Brown. “He’s absolutely one of the nicest hunters in the country. He’s a beautiful horse, not quirky and a really talented animal. Christina got ribbons in every class last week in the Amateurs.”

Brown said Fisher and Levland will likely make their USHJA International Hunter Derby debut this week at Pin Oak.

“She’s going to be doing him at the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in August in Kentucky, so we’re taking that step,” she said. “It’s a great derby here, the footing is nice and they set rideable courses that make sense. Last week’s derby here was very straightforward and nice, and we look forward to the same inside on Friday night.”

Brown added that she has enjoyed showing at a different venue this spring and appreciated the welcome she received and the camaraderie of the Texans she’s showing with here.

“I also have to thank them for making room for us,” she said. “We were a last-minute entry, and show management was very accommodating in finding our five stalls and two camper spots, and we very much appreciate that.”

Mary Jane Todd-Day and LF Eau My 

Hunter Breeding Best Young Horse 

LF Eau My

A returning champion to Pin Oak, Mary Jane Todd-Day’s LF Eau My (by Escapade) earned another Best Young Horse Championship in the Hunter Breeding section.

 The filly by Escapade won the 3-year-old class on the way to the title

Todd-Day, owner of Huntington Farm Hanoverians in Hutto, Texas,  has been in the breeding business for 26 years. Todd-Day acquired the filly back in 2015 from a fellow breeder to be added to their breeding program. The Texas-bred filly has won many championships in her young life and added yet another to her resume during Week 2 of Pin Oak.

 

 

 

 Don’t Forget The Pin Oak Official Photographers

Don’t Forget The Pin Oak Official Photographers

Pin Oak Week I is a wrap! Don’t forget to view and purchase your photos to remember your cherished memories of the show!

 

Casey McBride Photography and Andrew Ryback Photography are the Official Photographers, and we thank them for their service, dedication and amazing photos!

 

Please visit  Andrew Ryback at his silver Airstream trailer onsite for Pin Oak Week II.  Andrew’s photos are not available online.