In 2007, the Pin Oak Charity Horse show was the first horse show in the nation to receive the coveted designation as United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Heritage Competition Award.
"The Heritage designation is an honor bestowed by USEF, the governing body of the equestrian sport, and is the highest honor that can be achieved by a horse show in the United States.
The designation of a USEF Heritage Competition is reserved for competitions that have been in existence for 25 years or more, promoted and grown the equestrian sport, and made contributions to the community outside the gates of the horse show by achieving, maintaining, and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition.
Only 14 horse shows of the more than 2,600 USEF competitions across the United States can claim this distinction.
These shows have become a part of the fabric of the American showing scene. With their endurance, dedication to communities, they are perfect examples of what we look for when designating Heritage Competitions."