The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of Houston’s premier social events and one of the top multi-breed horse shows in the United States. Boasting a 70-plus year history, the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was founded in 1945 when several of Houston’s visionaries—including J.S. “Mr. Jim” Abercrombie and Leopold Meyer—had an idea to build a hospital for children. Thus, the Pin Oak Horse Show debuted in Houston in 1945, raising enough money to provide the seed money for Texas Children’s Hospital, the very first pediatric hospital in the world, forever changing the Houston landscape and transforming pediatric medical care the world over.
Today, the Pin Oak Charity Show has become synonymous for being the social and equestrian event of the season in Houston. During the two-week event held in west Houston, over 60,000 spectators turn out to watch the show rings fill with Hunters and Jumpers, American Saddlebreds, Andalusians, Lusitanos, Palominos, Working Equitation, Welsh Hunter ponies, and even Clydesdales. In the past decade, the show has received the first USEF Heritage Horse Show designation in the country and was named one of the top 25 horse shows in North America by North American Riders Group. Through sponsorships, box, and ticket sales, the event is able to raise enough charitable funds to make a significant difference in the community.
70 years later, the legacy of the Pin Oak Charity Show continues with millions of dollars being donated to children with medical needs. The show now not only supports Texas Children’s Hospital and its ever-growing care, but also The Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms within the hospital, which provide respite for families with critically ill children, as well as the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance through paying the parking fees for families at Texas Children’s Hospital.
To learn more about the project and how you can help, please visit their website.