Equest's Field of Dreams 2017 Gala

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Equest's Field of Dreams Gala will be an amazing night to celebrate the people and horses that make Equest so special, and to raise the funds necessary to sustain Equest's growth and mission to serve children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, and veterans.

Due to weather beyond our control, we have made the decision to postpone the Equest 2017 Field of Dreams Gala to Sunday, April 30. The new Gala start time is 5 p.m. with shuttles running from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and returning at 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Journey into the Field of Dreams at the 2017 Equest Gala, an evening of enchantment where hope is limitless and dreams can come true. On April 30, Equest will transform the Texas Horse Park into an elegant soiree where supporters, clients, and therapy horses unite to celebrate the achievements of Equest’s 36-year history, and to galvanize support so that Equest can continue its mission to improve lives through the human-horse connection for years to come.

The equestrian-chic fundraiser, led by lifestyle expert and entrepreneurial powerhouse Kathy Fielder and husband Jeromy Fielder, and Honorary Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee will include gourmet southern cuisine, craft cocktails, live music, and treasured live and silent auctions items. The 2017 Equest Gala, themed “Field of Dreams,” will be held on Sunday, April 30, starting at 5:00 p.m. at Equest at Texas Horse Park.

Join Equest to celebrate Humans. Horses. Hope. 

  • Witness the impact of Equest programs
  • Meet the famous Equest therapy horses - small and tall!
  • Score once in a lifetime experiences and must have items during the live & silent auctions
  • Enjoy delicious southern cuisine, craft cocktails, and our famous bourbon & biscuits bar
  • Sponsor an Equest therapy horse
  • Dance under the stars to Texas country music by Cary Pierce and Ray Johnston Band

The details

When: Sunday, April 30, 2017

5:00 p.m. General Arrival

Where: Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship at Texas Horse Park

811 Pemberton Hill Road, Building 4

Dallas, Texas 75217

Complimentary luxury shuttles will run from 4 to 5 and 7:45 to 9:30 for your convenience at the below locations. Please contact Amanda Fastle at (972) 412-1099, ext. 215 or email specialevents@equest.org to reserve as there is no on-site parking at the Texas Horse Park.

Lovers Lane United Methodist Church located at 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75220

Lake June Dart Station located at 6410 Lake June Road, Dallas, Texas 75217


How to get involved

The annual Gala is Equest's largest fundraiser of the year. There are many opportunities to get involved - whether it be attending as a guest, volunteering at the event, donating an auction item, or sponsoring at any level.

Attend as a guest

Tables and individual tickets are now available for purchase! Tables are available for $3,000 and seat 10 guests. Individual tickets are available for $300.

For expedited check-in at the Gala, be sure to pre-register your credit card through BidPal for silent and live auction bidding opportunities! Check out our live and silent auction items here.

If you purchase a table(s), please enter your guests' name and contact information when registering with BidPal, or use the document below to enter your guests' information and email it to Christine Volkmer at cvolkmer@equest.org. Your guests will not be able to check-in without you doing so.

Volunteer during the Gala

Volunteer opportunities are available for event prep starting on Wednesday, April 26 through event clean-up on Monday, April 30.

  • Event prep tasks include auction packet and gift bag assembly, merchandise and general set-up, and beautification projects.
  • Day of duties include transportation ambassadors, greeter assistance, client demo helpers, horse sponsorship ambassadors, check-in and check-out assistance, check-out runners, auction greeters and assistance, merchandise booth helpers, live auction spotters, dinner greeters, and event guides.
  • Clean-up volunteers will assist with breaking down equipment, and resetting the arena for class.

If you are interested in volunteering during the Gala, please contact CJ Bankhead at cjbankhead@equest.org, or (972) 412-1099, ext. 228.

Donate an auction item

During the Gala, Equest holds both a live and silent auction. We are currently looking for items in the following categories:

  • Entertainment
  • Travel & Experiences
  • Jewelry & Spa
  • Apparel & Shopping
  • Sports
  • Home, Art & Photography
  • Food, Wine & Liquor
  • Kids & Pets

If you would like to donate an auction item, please contact Christine Volkmer at cvolkmer@equest.org or (972) 412-1099, ext. 227.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!