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David Beisel and Lavish Collect $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Victory at Kentucky Spring Classic

Lexington, Ky. – May 16, 2015


Steve Heinecke and Jane Olsen Fisher's So Lucky took the high options and were awarded a score of 89.5 in the classic round, beating David Beisel's initial score of 89.


The pair returned for the handy, earning a 90 with the high options to secure the third place ribbon.

Steve Heinecke and Stoli Steal the Show at Kentucky Summer Classic

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 2, 2014


Winning the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby was no easy feat. It required besting a competitive field of 59 entries and waiting out a few passing rain showers, but there was one mount who made riding away with the victory look easy — Jane Olson Fisher’s Stoli.


With Steve Heinecke in the irons, Stoli took over the lead halfway through the first round, and he held it all the way through to the end, earning the victory gallop around the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Steve Heinecke and Sock Inc. Join Phelps Media Group, Inc. International​

Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 5, 2016


Phelps Media Group, Inc. International, the country's leading equestrian public relations and marketing firm, is pleased to announce their association with Steve Heinecke and Sock Inc. Heinecke is a world-class professional hunter rider, trainer and judge with years of experience in the hunter, jumper and equitation disciplines.

Sock Inc. Starts Strong at 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 23, 2016


As the 12-week long Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) circuit hit the halfway mark with the conclusion of Week Six on Sunday, Sock Inc. finished with top results throughout the first six weeks of competition, kicking off a strong start to the season and the rest of the show year.

Sock Inc. Wraps Up Stellar 2016 WEF Season

Wellington, Fla. – April. 6, 2016


Throughout the final six weeks of competition at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Sock Inc. saw great performances and improvements from clients and horses since the start of the 12-week long winter circuit.

Inside $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Judge Steve Heinecke

Mill Spring, N.C. – June 1, 2016


The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) hosted its first $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby of the season during Week Five of the Tryon Spring series on Saturday, May 21, in the George H. Morris Arena. Among the two panels of judges was top professional hunter rider and trainer Steve Heinecke of Sock Inc. along with Leslie Emerson, Otis Brown Jr. and Heidi D'Angelo.

Sock Inc. Raises the Bar at Tryon Spring Series

Mill Spring, N.C. – June 25, 2016


Coming off of a successful 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) circuit, Sock Inc. returned to the show ring at the Tryon Spring series in May and wasted no time racking up ribbons and championships.

Steve Heinecke and Hercules VD Vromboutshoeve Take First Place Honors in $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Mill Spring, N.C. – July 15, 2016


Steve Heinecke of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Hercules VD Vromboutshoeve, owned by Freedom Group, rose to the top of the class in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, earning a two round score of 181.

Sock Inc. Collects Tricolors at Tryon Summer Series

Mill Spring, N.C. – Aug. 1, 2016


 The Sock Inc. team continued their winning ways this summer, capturing tricolor after tricolor ribbon each week of the Tryon Summer Horse Show series.

Steve Heinecke Announces Column: "Keeping Score with Steve Heinecke"

Charlotte, N.C. – Aug. 23, 2016

Steve Heinecke of Sock Inc. is pleased to announce his new judging column "Keeping Score with Steve Heinecke" on

Steve Heinecke of Sock Inc. to Judge 2016 New England Equitation Championships

Charlotte, N.C. – Oct. 14, 2016

Professional hunter rider, trainer, judge and owner of Sock Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Steve Heinecke, will return to the New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) to judge this year's competition alongside Diane Carney, Betty Oare, Otis Brown, Mary Babick and course designer Ken Krome at the Eastern States Coliseum in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Oct. 19–23.

Sock Inc. Captures Championships at Tryon Fall Series

Mill Spring, N.C. – Oct. 22, 2016

Sock Inc. clients and horses wrapped up another successful few weeks of showing at the Tryon Fall series, taking home championships and top placings throughout both Weeks Two and Four.

During Week Two of competition, Steve Heinecke, owner and head trainer of Sock Inc., rode sale horse Hercules VD Vromboutshoeve, better known as Hercules in the barn, to a second and third place finish in the Performance Hunter division, a division they have consistently earned ribbons in throughout the summer.

Sock Inc. Joins Robindale Farm for Next Chapter

Waxhaw, N.C. – Oct. 28, 2016

For over a decade, Steve Heinecke and Sock Inc. have been based at the HiHopes Farm LLC facility in Matthews, North Carolina, but with a new year approaching, the business is continuing to grow. At the beginning of November, Sock Inc. will be moving to Waxhaw, North Carolina, and will be calling Robindale Farm home as well as welcoming new clients and horses.

Improve Your Hunter and Equitation Scores with Steve Heinecke at Robindale Farm Clinic — Reserve Your Spot Today!

Waxhaw, N.C. – Dec. 5, 2016

Robindale Farm and Sock Inc. are pleased to present an opportunity for hunter and equitation riders of all levels to improve their results in the show ring with the "Improve Your Score with USEF "R" Judge Steve Heinecke" clinic on Sunday, Dec. 18!


When: Sunday, Dec. 18

Q&A and demo rides: 10–11:30 a.m.

Clinic sessions: 12–4 p.m.

Where: Robindale Farm LLC, 7414 Broomes Old Mill Rd., Waxhaw, NC, 28173

Limited Spots Remain for Improve Your Score with USEF "R" Judge Steve Heinecke Clinic — Reserve Your Spot Today!

Waxhaw, N.C. – Dec. 9, 2016

When: Sunday, Dec. 18

Q&A and demo rides: 10–11:30 a.m.

Clinic sessions: 12–4 p.m.

Where: Robindale Farm LLC, 7414 Broomes Old Mill Rd., Waxhaw, NC, 28173

Steve Heinecke and Sock Inc. Sponsor Inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend

Wellington, Fla. – March 2, 2017

The breathtaking and expansive Deeridge Farms estate, located in Wellington, Florida, is the ideal venue for the annual Palm Beach Masters, which ran this year from Feb. 2–5, and the world-class show jumping event was nothing short of a major success.

Season of Growth for Sock Inc. in Wellington

Wellington, Fla. – April 19, 2017

Led by renowned professional hunter rider, trainer and judge Steve Heinecke, of Sock Inc., and his team of horses, riders and grooms have just recently made the trek back home to Robindale Farm, located directly outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, after spending part of the winter months competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida.

Sock Inc. Reflects on Successful 2017 Season at Robindale Farm

Waxhaw, N.C. – Jan. 8, 2018

Throughout 2017, Sock Inc. clients and horses experienced great success both in and out of the show ring. Based out of Robindale Farm, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, head trainer Steve Heinecke enjoyed welcoming new students to the Sock Inc. family as well as assisting each client, new and old, achieve their goals for the year.

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