Peter Petschenig and It’s the Senator 111 claimed victory in the $50,000 Hildebrand Fund Pin Oak Grand Prix on Friday, April 2—the Week II feature event of the 75th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy, TX.
A field of 22 horses contested the class, with 10 entries advancing to the jump-off over Bernardo Costa Cabral’s (POR) shortened track.
The second pair to return, Martien van der Hoeven and Morris Horta, set the early time to beat at 36.316 seconds, which would ultimately hold up for second place. Only Petschenig and It’s the Senator 111 delivered a faster clear round, stopping the clock at 35.925 seconds as the penultimate pair to return. Third place with a time of 37.304 seconds went to Matt Cyphert and his own Lochinvar.
“[Getting this win] is actually kind of surprising!” said Petschenig, who has had the ride on It’s the Senator 111 for the past eight months. “Usually, he can’t go fast because he’s a little bananas! He jumped fantastic. He can jump anything there is. He’s just super difficult. He needs way more work than anyone else. He’s just different, but he’s fun too.”
While Petschening is continuing to get to know the 13-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood gelding, everything came together Friday night.
“This is the first time that everything worked the way that I wanted it to work. Since he’s so lunatic, I thought, ‘I can’t go fast anyway.’ I actually didn’t mean to go really fast at all in the jump-off,” continued Petschening. “I landed after the triple bar, and the six [stride option] was right there. Other than that, I just turned a little tighter than the other ones I assume.”
Youth has also made its mark at Pin Oak this year, with 19-year-old Daisy Ford and 15-year-old Carlee McCutcheon winning a grand prix event each. Ford topped the $25,000 Pin Oak Grand Prix aboard her own Gatsby to kick off Week II, while McCutcheon was best in the $30,000 Pin Oak Grand Prix with MTM Unexpected during Week I, which marked the first grand prix victory of McCutcheon’s young career.
McCutcheon has been partnered with MTM Unexpected for three years, and she made her grand prix debut with the 10-year-old warmblood gelding in 2020, recently earning several top 10 placings in grand prix competition at the Desert Circuit in California this winter.
“We really had time to get to know each other, and I’m just so grateful for him,” said McCutcheon.
Hailing from Aubrey, Texas, McCutcheon has been competing at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and the show’s venue, the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, for as long as she can remember. However, her visits to the show grounds aren’t always for hunter-jumper competition. The daughter of renowned reiners Mandy and Tom McCutcheon, Carlee is also an accomplished reiner in her own right, and she continues to compete in both disciplines.
“I’m so excited!” Carlee said. “I’m lucky to have these horses and a great team behind me.”
Running through April 11, the 75th annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show features three weeks of top hunter, jumper and American Saddlebred competition while benefitting the Texas Children’s Hospital. While Saturday, April 3 concluded Week II, competition resumes with Week III beginning on Wednesday, April 7, highlighted by the $100,000 Pin Oak Charity Grand Prix on Saturday, April 10.
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