Pin Oak II – Overview

I had a ton of fun with Caitlyn at Chick Who Lifts and another friend from the barn at Pin Oak, and have a lot of thoughts to share, now that I finally have all of the photos edited. There were so many beautiful horses everywhere! We chose to go Saturday so that we could get the most out of our trip with the special classes at night in the jumper ring, but we also hung out by the main hunter ring to watch junior hunters and the Maclay for a bit. I initially had this as a ramble about my day at the horse show, but scrapped it for a more organized, several post series, so get ready to see a lot of this gorgeous facility over the next week or so.

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Saturdays at Texas shows are junior/amateur classes only other than the evening Prix, and it was kind of cool to see all the different levels that exist just amongst the non-pros. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the biggest Texas shows of the year, and it attracts a lot of different barns from across the U.S. which means there is quite a variety in skill level. Where some of the higher A/O classes don’t fill at many Texas shows, at Pin Oak, rarely do they cancel a class or combine ages groups due to low entries.

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I had a couple of friends getting ready to show when I got to the facility, so the first thing I did was run to their ring to get pictures and cheer them on. After they finished, there was a lot of back and forth between the hunter and jumper rings to watch and take photos, and a lot of gorgeous horse flesh. My two comrades eventually arrived and we chatted about horse showing and the horses we’d had (the two girls hadn’t actually spent much time together before) and ate yummy horse show food.

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My friend’s new mare is too cute!

We attempted to do some shopping after watching the High Children’s classic, but were disappointed by the available vendors. There were jewelry vendors, and once vendor that had coats”on sale” for only $900. There was even a lady offering botox and lip injections at the show, which seemed like a great idea, but we passed. What we were really looking for were boot vendors, which were essentially non-existent. Neither myself nor my barn friend were interested in paying for customs, which put La Mundial out of the question (as did their horrible customer service reputation). The only other boots we found were Parlantis at a couple of mobile tack shops and a vendor who sold Tuccis but did not have any off the rack boots to try on. Though I would love a pair of Tuccis, I would prefer to try them on in person before dropping almost 1k on a pair of boots, and Parlantis are just not my favorite style wise. I really love a Spanish top with a swagger tab.

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In the evening there was an Under 25 Prix and a Grand Prix in the main jumper ring. The U25 Prixs are a newer class, and it was really fun to watch so many younger riders riding so well on a difficult track. One of my favorite moments all day though, was being mauled by a floppy puppy with a runaway tongue, who only licked me more when I giggled about his tongue in my nose.

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Photos by Caitlyn who didn’t even try to save me.

Keep an eye out for the next posts about the Hunters, Jumpers, and the Prixs!

17 thoughts on “Pin Oak II – Overview

  1. Caitlyn

    Puppy nose licking attack photo courtesy of yours truly lol and I still have dreams about the fries from that soul food truck!

  2. Most mobile vendors don’t carry a lot of stock items like that. 1, because of space issues with a mobile, and 2, because the clientele at those shows really only buy custom. If they had a bunch of stock boots sitting there, they would never sell. The A show h/j land is a waaaaaaaaaaaaaay higher price point and totally different world… that botox lady does really well there and I can’t totally see a coat being on sale for $900. lol

    1. It makes sense that they didn’t have any, but I was really hoping that with all the traffic it would be worthwhile to have some in stock. I guess when I was last in A show land, customs weren’t nearly as common. The on sale price mostly made me giggle because both of my jackets were around that price point at full price and I paid waaay less than retail for them when they were really on sale. I’m sure for much of the Pin Oak clientele though, that was a great price for a really nice coat. Haha.

  3. Ditto what Amanda said. Every A show I’ve been to has not had a lot of stock boots. I used to go to the Kentucky Horse Park frequently to watch and now that I’m getting back into A shows myself I still doubt I’ll see much of that.

    Too bad you don’t like Parlanti bc I did find 2 retailers in Europe that sold parlanti for like half the cost.

    1. I really want to like them, but the swagger tab just looks so classy, and those are only an option with custom Parlantis. I too have found some less expensive retailers and even some basically new boots on ebay.

    1. When I browsed at HITS a couple of years ago, there were so many vendors and options at various price-points, including lots of tall boots. But I think maybe it takes a long circuit like that to pull those kinds of vendors maybe? And WEF is well…WEF.

  4. Interesting note about the vendors! Work’s big dressage trailer that spends in the winter in Wellington keeps a TON of stock boots on hand. They aren’t cheap (they retail for about $1000/pair), but people like being able to try them on.

    The local trailer that goes to smaller H/J shows usually takes around 10 pairs of boots from brands like Ariat and Mountain Horse because they’re in the price range for competitors at those shows. Boots are awkward to store and travel with; about half the boxes end up looking super rough from being thrown around!

    Even if the competitors are into expensive boots and coats, I’m sort of surprised there wasn’t a place with some lower-priced options. Maybe Pin Oak’s vendor fee is outrageous.

    1. I’m glad to hear that expecting to at least be able to touch some of the expensive boots before dropping money on them isn’t so crazy. For me, it’s also a matter of being able to see how the fit is on the ankle, calf, etc. I’d hate to wait for a pair of boots to come in, only to find that the style just doesn’t work for me. It’s entirely possible that the vendor fee is high. Everything else about the show is pretty darn expensive.

    2. Their vendor fee has gone up – definitely not cheap.

      I know there’s at least one vendor that carries a little bit of Ariat and Grand Prix (Quail Hollow), and another that carries RJ (Luxe EQ), so there are some lower budget options there. That crowd doesn’t buy a lot of that stuff though, they come to shows wanting to shop and spend the $ on Animo and Winston and Tucci and CT and Sarm. It’s crazy to work in one of those shops and watch the dollars fly, at least if you’re a regular person of normal middle of the road budget. Most people that are on a real budget don’t shop at horse shows… they’ve already spent too much money just to be there in the first place! lol

      And pretty much everyone in that market buys Parlantis now, unless they go custom with De Niro or Tucci, so I can see why no one wants to carry anything else around from show to show. They’d never sell it.

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