To enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs by partnering with horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies.
Equest is a 501 (c) (3) public charity, IRS Tax ID 75-1823701. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Our organization is not a United Way Agency. We are dependent upon charitable gifts and grants to support our programs.
Upcoming Equest Events
The Equest offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day, however, volunteers are welcome to help in the barn from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We’re hosting a leader training session for beginners and experienced volunteers on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Get CPR certified at Equest on Monday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $60, and payable day-of with cash or check. Lunch is not included.
The fall 2019 semester starts Friday, September 13 and runs through Saturday, December 7, 2019. Make-up week will follow as needed from Monday, December 9 to Saturday, December 14.
Support Equest and Equest's Hooves for Heroes on Thursday, September 19, 2019 by giving through North Texas Giving Day.
Tickets on sale now for Equest’s Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon & Style Show on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
There will be no class on Friday, October 18 due to Ridefest prep and no class on Saturday, October 19 due to Ridefest.
Equest in the News
Ken and Laina Banks, donors of Amigo and Bud, are featured in the NSBA magazine.
About 300 patrons gathered July 19 for a patriotic, picnic-style fundraiser benefiting Equest’s fastest-growing program, Hooves for Heroes. The third annual Boots & Salutes was chaired by Carolyn Anderson and Norma Jean Schaltenbrand, who organized a fun and meaningful evening of tributes to veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
Equest, a nonprofit that offers equine therapeutic programs, visited the students at the Sonshine Center in Sunnyvale with two of their mini horses, Dare and Cisco, on June 27. Both organizations focus on special needs clientele.
“Veterans, especially veterans who have been in combat, come back and are on high alert. And, so, learning how to manage that and be at peace is a perfect opportunity with the horses,” explains Veterans Program Manager Susannah Denney.
The mini-twosome was on hand for the Equest Women’s Auxiliary’s reception to announce the theme for the style show/luncheon fundraiser on Tuesday, October 1, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.
The Arabian Nights gala on Saturday, March 23, at Sixty Five Hundred paid off for Equest with big bucks. Tonight Equest Gala Co-Chairs Annie and Teal Griffeth presented a check — $378,937 that blew the hay out of the barn.
As the crowd of 500 gathered for the Arabian Nights-themed fundraiser, the place was decked out to fit the theme with Cisco and Dare in their Arabian best, accompanied by costumed Linda Robinson. The wee ponies were in competition with the mammoth green faux elephant for photo opps.
On March 23 over 500 guests filled the Sixty Five Hundred event space for the sold-out Equest Presents Arabian Nights Gala. Co-Chairs Annie and Teal Griffeth and Honorary Co-Chairs Cindy Thomas and Bert Headden led the magical evening celebrating the achievements of Equest’s remarkable 38-year history of enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs through the human-horse connection.