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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Sara Wilkins, Brit Harless, Gretchen Darby and Abra Garrett PG 1 SILHOUETTE

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Sandy Almanza and Sarai Vega

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Ray Johnston

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Phyllis Comu and Susan Schwartz

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Patrick and Kristy Sands

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Norma Jean Schaltenbrand, Nancy Henger, Ana Rodriguez and Carolyn Anderson

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Mitty Mohon and Stephanie Meyers

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Mimi and Rich Sterling SILHOEUTTE PG 2

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Michele Ritter, Leon Wellons and Andy Steingasser

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest MAIN Ray Johnston

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Lock and Key CROP IN ON GRASS SECTION ONLLY WITHOUT ELECTRIC

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Linda Robinson and Denise Galetta PG 2

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Lili Kellogg, Jean Wilson, Skip Haislip, Gail and Jonathan Pace

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Kelly Howard, Blair Dwyer and Elizabeth Schwartz

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Kathy and Jeromy Fielder SILHOUETTE PG 1

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest JoJo White and Rhonda Kevlin

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Joe Lucido and Jeff Hensley CROP OUT WOMAN ON LH SIDE

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Jocelyn White and Jody Dean

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Jessica Dobbins

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Doris Stark and Meredith Bach

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Darin and Margot Ruebel

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Dace Lucia Kidd

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Clay Morris and Stefanie Klaudt SILHOUETTE PG 2

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Cary Pierce performs

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Bill and Lezlie Noble, Reed and Monique Williams & Kimberly and Kyle Thomas

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Anne Banks Blackwell, Elizabeth Cornelius and Jennifer Hemingson

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2017JulyAugust Event Equest Alanna Smith

36th Annual Equest Gala Raises Funds For Equine Therapies

By Jason Rivers
Photography by Thomas Garza Photography

THE SCENE: Finely dressed in their equestrian best, 450 guests arrived at the magnificent Equest barns and arena at Texas Horse Park for the 36th annual Equest Gala. Ray Johnston performed an acoustic set during the reception, providing a perfect soundtrack for the cool spring day. Guests sipped on signature “Field of Dreams” margaritas and sampled the Bourbon and Biscuits Bar, guests cozied up with the lipstick-wearing Equest Mini Ambassadors Cisco and Dare at the Mini Kissing Booth. Just as festive was the Tequila with Taco station where delighted guests enjoyed Milagro tequila and a photo with Equest’s famous donkey, Taco.  One of the best parts of the night was seeing the proud smiles worn by the Equest riders during Horse and Rider demonstrations.

THE VIBE: Guests enjoyed a family-style southern gourmet dinner from Farm to Market Catering, while Emcees Jocelyn White of Designing Texas and Jody Dean of KLUV 98.7 FM introduced Equest CEO Lili Kellogg, and Equest Chairman of the Board Andy Steingasser, among other distinguished members of the community.

 

A compelling video touched charitable hearts before the start of the live auction, where generous donors raised funds to sponsor five Equest therapy horses. Other guests bid on stellar live auction items including a four-night vacation in Breckenridge, a Napa Valley Getaway, a live painting by Dace Lucia Kidd, and a Belize Dream at the Las Terrazas Resort. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items, and purchase a key for $100 that the lucky winner could use to unlock a $2,500 Neiman Marcus gift card.

 

An equestrian chic gala would not be considered a success without two-stepping. Dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Studio opened the dance floor, quickly followed by guests who terpsichored to the musical lead of Cary Pierce, and surprise musical guests Crystal Yates and Jon Christopher Davis.

 

THE CAUSE: Co-Chairs Kathy and Jeromy Fielder helmed this year’s Equest Gala, along with the gala committee and event planner Katy Sky Group, toward its success. Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine facilitated activities, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. With the help of 45 therapy horses, a staff of specialists, and 400 volunteers, Equest serves over 1,200 clients annually.