Equest will consolidate at its Texas Horse Park location this fall

This article written by Holly Haber originally appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Equest is coming together. The equine therapy nonprofit plans to sell its facility in Wylie and consolidate its operations this fall at its newer location in the Texas Horse Park.

None of this would be possible without a $1.2 million gift from Al Hill Jr. to build a second riding arena for Equest at its newer facility in the Texas Horse Park in south Dallas.

The move will cut costs and improve financial stability, CEO Lili Kelloggexplained.

"The second covered arena brings us a step closer to Equest's vision of being a model of excellence for worldwide therapeutic riding centers," Kellogg said.

Expected to span 200 by 85 feet, the ring will be equipped with large industrial fans plus a sound system and a platform for horse show announcers and judges.

Equest serves 106 clients weekly at the horse park and 146 in Wylie.

The agency's Field of Dreams gala fundraiser is set for April 29 at the Texas Horse Park.

Aiming to net $300,000, the party is chaired by interior designer and board member Kathy Fielder and her husband, Jeromy.

She plans to deck the cavernous arena with ferns, moss, magnolias and green apples for the program, dinner, auction and dancing. Lynn and Allan McBee are honorary co-chairs.

Get tickets starting at $300 at equest.org or by calling 972-412-1099.

Alyssa Lancaster