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Equest fans get gussied up for Triple Crown Gala at Southfork Ranch

Equest fans get gussied up for Triple Crown Gala at Southfork Ranch

Shane Walker, Cara Pierce, Kunthear Mam-­ Douglas, Teffy Jacobs and Cara French,equest gala
Shane Walker, Cara Pierce, Kunthear Mam Douglas, Teffy Jacobs, Cara French Photo by Kristina Bowman
2014 Gala Co-­‐Chairs Maggie Kipp and Shay Geyer, equest gala
Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer Photo by Kristina Bowman
Ginny Urban, Kathy Permenter and Natalie Snyder
Ginny Urban, Kathy Permenter, Natalie Snyder Photo by Kristina Bowman
equest gala
An exciting afternoon at Southfork Ranch for the 2014 Equest Triple Crown Gala. Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jocelyn White and Kim Seal, equest gala
Jocelyn White, Kim Seal Photo by Kristina Bowman
Karla Peterson, 2014 Gala Honorary Co-­‐Chair Phyllis Glazer, Equest Co-­‐ Founder Susan Schwartz and Karla Buie, equest gala
Karla Peterson, Phyllis Glazer, Susan Schwartz, Karla Buie Photo by Kristina Bowman
Blake Stephenson, Kersten Rettig, equest gala
Blake Stephenson, Kersten Rettig Photo by Kristina Bowman
Guy Griffeth, Louise Griffeth, Bob Dyer, Ann Dyer, equeset gala
Guy Griffeth, Louise Griffeth, Bob Dyer, Ann Dyer Photo by Kristina Bowman
Ann Dyer, Katherine Coker, equest gala
Ann Dyer, Katherine Coker Photo by Kristina Bowman
Dorothy Neustadt, Equest Co-­‐Founder Susan Schwartz, Equest gala
Dorothy Neustadt, Susan Schwartz Photo by Kristina Bowman
Kunthear Mam-­Douglas, 2014 Gala Honorary Co-­‐Chair Phyllis Glazer, equest gala
Kunthear Mam Douglas, Phyllis Glazer Photo by Kristina Bowman
Victoria Friend, Chris Rinebarger, Zeus, Equest Gala
Victoria Friend, Chris Rinebarger and Zeus Photo by Kristina Bowman
Shane Walker, Cara Pierce, Kunthear Mam-­ Douglas, Teffy Jacobs and Cara French,equest gala
2014 Gala Co-­‐Chairs Maggie Kipp and Shay Geyer, equest gala
Ginny Urban, Kathy Permenter and Natalie Snyder
equest gala
Jocelyn White and Kim Seal, equest gala
Karla Peterson, 2014 Gala Honorary Co-­‐Chair Phyllis Glazer, Equest Co-­‐ Founder Susan Schwartz and Karla Buie, equest gala
Blake Stephenson, Kersten Rettig, equest gala
Guy Griffeth, Louise Griffeth, Bob Dyer, Ann Dyer, equeset gala
Ann Dyer, Katherine Coker, equest gala
Dorothy Neustadt, Equest Co-­‐Founder Susan Schwartz, Equest gala
Kunthear Mam-­Douglas, 2014 Gala Honorary Co-­‐Chair Phyllis Glazer, equest gala
Victoria Friend, Chris Rinebarger, Zeus, Equest Gala

More than 500 guests, decked out in their finest derby attire, made the trek to Southfork Ranch to attend the highly anticipated Equest Triple Crown Gala, themed “Hats & Horses: A Texas Derby Day Soiree,” chaired by philanthropic powerhouses Maggie Kipp and Shay Geyer.

“This annual Triple Crown Gala gives our wonderful volunteers, staff and patrons the chance to sit back and enjoy what Equest is all about,” Kipp said. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ and to celebrate their many accomplishments thus far.”

As befitted the theme, guests were greeted with mint juleps to jump-start the festivities. After making the rounds at the silent auction, they gathered for the highlight of the afternoon: riding demonstrations by Equest clients and their beloved horses.

Of course there was a hat competition, and judges — Louise Griffeth, Jeff Byron, Kersten Rettig, Blake Stephenson and Lezlie Noble — had a tough job. They narrowed it down to five finalists before crowing a winner. Finalists Shane Walker, Kunthear Mam-Douglas, Teffy Jacobs and Cara French applauded when champion Cara Pierce took the stage to bask in her derby day glory.

Another memorable moment followed when Equest co-founder Susan Schwartz revealed this year’s Susan Schwartz Founder’s Award recipients, Bert Headden and Cindy Thomas. After the pair was given proper recognition, a touching video served as a nice reminder of the remarkable stories that take place every day at Equest.

Equest’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs by using horses to bring hope and healing through equine-assisted activities and therapies. To accomplish this mission, the organization relies on generous individuals who are willing to share their expertise, time and money.