Under blue skies Equest Gala Patron Party ponied up for guests at Ashley Tatum's and Newt Walker's terrace overlooking Exall Lake

This article written by Jeanne Prejean originally appeared in MySweetCharity on April 27, 2017.

Just blocks away from the AWARE Patron party, Ashley Tatum and Newt Walker took full advantage of the clear skies following the early morning storms on Wednesday, March 29.

Their fabulous terrace overlooking Exall Lake had loads of Equest supporters including two miniature equine ambassadors — Cisco and Dare — that accommodated one and all for photos and pats on the head.

Honorary Co-Chairman Allan McBee’s beard that he grew for being part of the Dallas Opera’s “Moby Dick” cast was still in full flourish. However, Honorary Co-Chair/Allan’s wife Lynn McBee was counting the days for the beard to be gone.

Upon hearing the differences of opinion on the beard in the McBee household, Kristina Whitcomb said that she took Lynn’s side about her son’s beard, “but his wife loves it.”

On the terrace to hear about the Equest fundraiser — Field of Dreams — were Margaret and Lester Keliher, Equest Gala Co-Chair Kathy Fielder, Equest CEO Lili KelloggGretchen DarbyPhil Whitcomb and Di Johnston with daughter Claire Johnston.

Tickets for the Saturday, April 29th gala at Texas Horse Park are going fast.

CJ Bankhead