After one of its most successful years ever, Houston’s legendary Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is not resting on its laurels, but is looking to the future with a new management team. Phil De Vita will join the Pin Oak organization as show manager for 2012, and Pin Oak’s Executive Board voted to promote Roxanne Cook to executive director.
With experience as a course designer, judge and manager of several prestigious horse shows throughout the United States, De Vita will bring his leadership to much of Pin Oak’s existing staff, including Peter Fenton as breed manager. De Vita’s career highlights include judging and course design for the ASPCA-Maclay Finals at Madison Square Garden, The Capitol Challenge, the Winter Equestrian Festival for the last 17 years, and being part of the course design team for the 2008 Olympics. He has also managed the Charlotte Jumper Classic for six years, rated in 2008 as one of the top five indoor show jumping events in the world.
Cook began working with Pin Oak five years ago as a volunteer, progressing to finance and event coordinator in 2011. Cook is credited with orchestrating the show’s outstanding financial success in 2011, which will benefit children’s charities Texas Children’s Hospital, West Campus, Houston’s Ronald McDonald House, Family Rooms, and Candlelighters. Previously, Cook was division administrator for the Texas branch of a national construction company with revenue goals of over $40 million annually. She brings her budgeting and event-planning skills to Pin Oak with the goal of running the show like a business to maximize its charitable donation, which includes a new $400,000 commitment over five years to support Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has raised over $5.5 million for charity since its inception in 1945.
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