Hooves for Heroes joins Carry The Load for Memorial Day March

For many Memorial Day is about backyard barbecues, time with friends and family, a long weekend away from work, and possibly a swinging deal on furniture – all great reasons to celebrate!  But Memorial Day is also about paying tribute to the men and women who sacrificed everything to secure our freedom.  It’s often the true meaning of the holiday that gets lost in the mix. 

CJ Bankhead
Not even a rainy-day delay could put the whoa for Equesters galloping ahead from their "Field of Dreams" Gala

One thing is for sure. Those horse-loving Equest folks are flexible. When radar showed threatening weather storming into North Texas for Saturday, April 29th’s Equest Gala at Texas Horse Park, cool minds ruled, coordinated with vendors, sponsors, guests and the ponies and moved the whole kit-and-kaboodle to the next day. Here’s a report from the “field of dreams:”

CJ Bankhead
Heroes find a path to peace with a horse and saddle

As marchers for the Dallas-based group Carry the Load gathered at Reverchon Park this Memorial Day weekend, they also came to pledge their support to the living: soldiers who survived, but are still fighting their own battles here at home. And some are finding peace in the battle in a truly Texas way - with a horse and a saddle.

CJ Bankhead
Heroes find a path to peace with a horse and saddle

As marchers for the Dallas-based group Carry the Load gathered at Reverchon Park this Memorial Day weekend, they also came to pledge their support to the living: soldiers who survived, but are still fighting their own battles here at home. And some are finding peace in the battle in a truly Texas way - with a horse and a saddle.

CJ Bankhead
Haute horseplay makes for yet another successful Dallas Equest Gala

Nearly 500 people showed up to the 36th annual Field of Dreams-themed Equest Gala, despite a last-minute date change to Sunday because of a stormy weather forecast. Guests and proud supporters perused the venue while sipping on margaritas and noshing on bites from both the biscuit bar and taco station.

CJ Bankhead
Field of Dreams

Over $50,000 was raised during the fund-a-mission and five Equest therapy horses were sponsored by generous donors. Equest provides equine facilitated activities, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges.

CJ Bankhead
Hyatt's Global Month of Service 2017

As part of Hyatt's Global Month of Service, the staff at Hyatt Regency Dallas spent the day volunteering with Equest at the Texas Horse Park, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children & adults with diverse needs by using horses to bring hope & healing.