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it’s time to fight for the texas horse industry!

The Texas Legisla-

tive session is almost to the half way point. The 2011 session runs from January 11 to May 30, 2011.

Every year there is

an unprecedented exodus of horses, breeding farms and other horse professionals leav- ing the historic state of Texas. Our Texas horse industry and lifestyle is at risk! Our neigh- boring states enjoy an insur-

mountable economic advantage when it comes to their horse in- dustries. The operation of gam- ing at racetracks in Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma offer higher purses and breed incentives that Texas cannot match – leaving the Texas horse industry in decline. Realizing that the

survival and health of the Texas equine agri industry (agriculture businesses that are a component


Volume Fifteen - Issue Seven March 2011

of the horse industry) are at state, an unprecedented alliance has been formed between all of the major horse organizations

in the state of Texas – Texas H.O.R.S.E. (Horse Organiza- tions for Racing, Showing and Eventing).

Houston’s Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Adds New Breeds, Events and Prize Money


once again by BBVA Compass, Houston’s historic Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be held March 23 – 27 and March 29 – April 3 at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. The 66-year-old equestrian event, one of the oldest Open shows in the U.S., has become one of the top venues in North

America for Hunters, Jumpers, American Saddlebreds, Andalu- sian and Lusitano horses, Welsh ponies, United Mountain horses, and new this year, Irish Draught horses. The show benefits Texas Children’s Hospital and Hous- ton’s Ronald McDonald House, Family Rooms. This year, Pin Oak’s

two week show forms the first

two legs of a powerhouse trium- virate of high-level hunter and jumper competition—the Texas High Performance Series, which with the Spring Gathering Char- ity Horse Show, also at Great Southwest, runs through April 11. Together, the two shows will offer over a half million dollars in prize money. This is the kind of in-

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NCHA, TQHA, TTA, TABA, TPHBA, and THP are working together on legislation in the

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sion that will invigorate and restore the ground lost to sur-

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novative thinking that Pin Oak has implemented to update its Hunter / Jumper offerings, in lockstep with the USHJA’s rec- ommendations on how to better serve the needs of its members. Pin Oak added a $15,000. 3’6” – 4’ USHJA International Hunter Derby, Presented by Valobra Jewelry and Antiques two years ago, which has been a hugely successful event for both riders and show sponsors. For 2011, a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby joins the roster, with fences from 3’ 0” to 3’ 3”. These competitions are structured in the format that the USHJA commission said would be ideal—i.e. higher

Gardenio and Tony Font dazzle spectators at Pin Oak in 2010. Tony Font is a two-time American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year winner and has represented the US internationally in the Nations Cup.

fences equal higher prize money with the addition of the 4’ High Performance Hunters and the 3’6”-3’9” Performance Hunt- ers. With $120,000 in Hunter prize money from Pin Oak,

and $190,000 from Spring Gathering, the Texas High Performance Series should have no problem pulling nationally ranked riders from Florida and California.

“Smokey” is a 12-year-old, 16h, gorgeous black gelding. I pur- chased this horse from a friend of mine in Kansas and he was represented to me as a horse that has been used for a little of everything. He will ride English or Western and is happy doing either one. He has a really good rein, stop, and back up, and I feel would be suitable for the Beginner and Novice riders, yet probably enjoyed most by the Intermediate and Experienced riders. This horse has a lot of athletic ability, but has a laid back very controllable manner. He has new shoes and has been wormed, but did not need his teeth floated. This horse does not spook on the trails or around crowds and is very willing to go and do whatever you ask of him. If you’re looking for a horse that is comfortable in the lesson pen, the arena, or the pasture, this is him.


“Sidney” is a 15-year-old, 15h, gentle bay gelding. This horse came from the Southern part of Texas ranch land and has been used for a little of everything from trail rid- ing to ranch work. He does not shy or spook anywhere you ride him, and is always easy to catch, load, shoe, saddle and mount. He has a good rein, stop, and back up, and will go everywhere you point him. This horse came here a few months ago about 100 lbs. under weight, and even though we are feeding him extra, giv- ing him vitamins, and with the cooler weather he has never offered to get fresh, frisky, buck, or misbehave in any way. He would make anyone or any family a good all round kind of horse that everyone from Beginners to Experienced riders would enjoy to ride.

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“Kid” is a 6-year-old, 14.2 h, AQHA palomino gelding and a real find. Kid has never offered to buck or get fresh and has been easy to catch, load, shoe, saddle and mount. It is very obvious that whoever trained him knew what they were doing, because Kid rides excellent. He has a very nice rein, stop, and back up, and rides on a loose rein. We have ridden this horse in the pens and on the trails - he is very calm & quiet. He hasn’t spooked or shied in the pasture or around crowds. I do not like to recommend young horses for Beginner and Novice riders, but I think this horse would be gentle enough, but should be ridden with supervision so the student rider does not teach him any bad habits (a young horse is usually very impressionable). Intermediate and Expe- rienced riders would really enjoy Kid. He’s a good, quiet, easy riding, athletic horse with a lot of potential and would be a huge asset to any family, stable, arena, or ranch. This horse has a lot of potential to make a good performance horse, ranch horse, or trail horse.

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