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