Therapy horses model beach fashions for visitors, donors at Equest Open House in Wylie

Susannah Denney and Therapy Horse Gil model beach attire.
Equest Volunteers demonstrate Hippotherapy with the assistance of Crunchie the horse and program rider, Autumn Holden . Pictured left to right are: Jeannie Whittington, Crunchie, Autumn Holden, Ken Seggerman, Marilyn Hammett, and Joanna Rubenfield
Eric Hogue, Mayor of Wylie, accepts Community Spirit Award from Linda Kordek-Milton, Equest Director of Development.

(Wylie) June 14, 2013 –Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship, located on Troy Road in Wylie, welcomed visitors and donors to its beach-themed summer open house on June 8, which brought in several donations in support of  the center’s programs for adults and children with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities.

The highlight of the evening was the fashion show, which featured five of the program’s horses dressed in beach-inspired attire.

The city of Wylie was well-represented at the event, with Mayor Eric Hogue acting as the Master of Ceremonies.

In honor of the city’s continued support of the program, a bronze plaque, which will be displayed in the city’s town hall, was presented to Hogue at the fundraiser.

Marvin Fuller presents check to Patrick Bricker, Equest CEO and Linda Kordek-Milton, Equest Director of Development on behalf of Farmers Electric Charitable Foundation.

Marvin Fuller, a board member of the Farmer’s Electric Corporation Foundation, presented a $5,000 check on behalf of the foundation in support of Equest’s programs.  Fuller also serves as the president of Inwood Bank in Wylie.

Toyota of Rockwall General Manager Jason Ortgeis and Owner Steve Jackson pose with their adopted horse, Hampton, and are accompanied by their granddaughters.

Other guests included Steve Jackson and Jason Ortgeis of Toyota of Rockwall. The dealership has been a supporter of several Equest programs in the past including sponsorship of RIDEFEST, the fall fundraiser and trail ride.

Equally important, Toyota of Richardson has adopted the care of Hampton, one of the outstanding Equest therapy horses.

Equest’s next major fundraiser event, RIDEFEST, will take place on October 19 at Equest’s main facility in Wylie, and will have the circus-inspired theme of “Experience the Extraordinary at Equest”.

“We are so grateful to the people and businesses that choose to make a difference in our community,” Equest Director of Development Linda Kordek-Milton said. “Their generosity funds eighty-six percent of the cost for [Equest] riders to participate in the program and provides scholarships to riders who cannot afford the program costs.”

By Leslie Griffin, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship. Photos courtesy of Rebecca McDaniel.

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