The Art of Healing through Horse Power

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Pin Oak Charity Horse Show unveils ArtReach day T-shirt winning design and will host Periwinkle Foundation's Making a Mark exhibit at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center March 21-April 1.

Healing through Horse Power

Pin Oak looks forward to working with young kids each year through our ArtReach program and having their beautiful work be a special part of the show

When does a horse show become more than a horse show? When it is Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious horse shows in North America as its many accolades and awards prove. But that is only part of the story for Pin Oak. Since 1945, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has been driven by a simple mission to help sick children.

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show strives to support our charities in their work in many ways to help heal sick children. With its ArtReach program, it is healing through horse power. Pin Oak volunteer and former Pin Oak President, Chris Treston, led ArtReach Day at Houston's Ronald McDonald House recently. Several children enjoyed working with Sandra Jacobs from Houston's Museum of Fine Art to create their own equine themed masterpiece. From the collection created, a group of Pin Oak volunteers selected the winning piece for the official T-shirt of Pin Oak 2012. And the winner is a young boy named Christopher, age 10, who is cared for by Texas Children's Hospital and his family draws comfort from their stay at Houston's Ronald McDonald House.

Just 5 days after open heart/open chest surgery to repair congenital defects at Texas Children's Hospital, Christopher of Orange Grove, Texas created his winning masterpiece during Pin Oak's ArtReach day. "Children who have traveled far to received medical treatment and their families often need the comfort of Houston's Ronald House and the Family Rooms inside of the hospitals which we proudly support," said Lynn Walsh, President of Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Walsh continued, "Pin Oak looks forward to working with young kids each year through our ArtReach program and having their beautiful work be a special part of the show." Shirts will be available for purchase during the show in Pin Oak's Marketplace.

For the 2012 Show, Pin Oak is expanding its ArtReach to host the Periwinkle Foundation's traveling exhibit, Making A Mark®. The exhibit is created by children being treated for cancer at Texas Children's Cancer Center through the Periwinkles Foundation's collaboration with Texas Children's Arts in Medicine Program. Periwinkle's Arts and Creative Writing Program culminates each year in Texas Children's Cancer Center's Making A Mark®, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders. This art collection will be showcased at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center during the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, March 21-April 1, in the arena club named for Texas Children's Hospital.

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show clearly is more than a horse show, it is an event of world-class stature designed to benefit children and has done so for 67 years. Heartfelt passion for horses and helping children come together as Pin Oak to do much good for so many children over its history. Be a part of this spectacular equestrian sporting event. Whether you are an exhibitor, a sponsor, a spectator, or a volunteer, Pin Oak Charity has something for everyone.

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, established in 1945, is a 501c3 not-for-profit entity benefiting Texas Children's Hospital, Houston's Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. Over its history, Pin Oak has donated more than $5 million to its charities and is credited for giving the first donation to Texas Children's Hospital. For more information on Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, call 713.621.6290, visit http://www.pinoak.org, find them on Facebook, or follow @pinoakhouston on twitter. Pin Oak Charity Horse Show offices are located at Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 South Mason Road, Katy, TX 7450. Show dates are March 21-April 1, 2012.

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