The DFW Chapter of HSMAI Raised Paddles and Funds for Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship at its 5th Annual Chinese Auction

  • 12.04.06
The HSMAI Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter hosted its 5th Annual Chinese Auction on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at the Cityplace Conference Center in Dallas.

The high-energy fundraising event welcomed guests from all over the metroplex to bid on exciting auction items, and in its most successful year yet, raised $5,000 for its event beneficiary, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship. 

Dallas celebrity Steve Kemble, famed as “America's Sassiest Lifestyle Guru,” and star of the popular shows "Whose Wedding Is it Anyway?" and "Extreme Makeover - Wedding Edition!" brought the house to a roar as the event auctioneer.  In its largest attendance to date, the auction invited guests to bid on silent auction prizes ranging in scope from hotel packages and luxury jewelry to luxury trips and more. With paddles waiving high in the air and Kemble shouting out numbers all evening long, this proved to be one of the unique events of the season. Not only did HSMAI guest come out and horse around with paddles blazing, Equest representatives galloped for the cause with several tables of guests.

Equest provides therapeutic sports riding classes and hippotherapy to over 200 clients every week. After being the first therapeutic riding program in Texas founded in 1981, it has become one of the largest non-profit therapeutic riding centers in the state serving children and adults with all types of physical, mental and emotional disabilities.  Equest clients see substantial progress with its program. The rhythmic movement of the horse naturally moves the body in a manner similar to the human gait, improving posture, balance and muscle control. Every rider gains self-confidence and takes that back into his or her world.  The lifeblood of Equest, its volunteer network, works with the riders and horses providing valuable administrative help. Volunteers need no previous experience with horses or the disabled. Each volunteer is extensively trained on an on-going basis.  Only the most qualified instructors and therapists work with Equest, and its full time staff includes two NARHA certified Master Instructors, two NARHA certified Advanced Instructors, and one NARHA certified Registered Instructor. The therapy staff is licensed and has advanced training in hippotherapy. Equest’s staff is nationally respected for its expertise, and even the horses must meet rigorous standards.  For more information on how to become a volunteer, please visit the Equest Web site at

"Equest is so proud to be the beneficiary of this great event. The $5,000 we received this year will provide support for many children with disabilities who would otherwise not be able to afford to ride in our program,” says Kay Marsh Green, Equest Executive Director. 

“We are so delighted to have hosted such an exciting event this year, and each year the event proves more   successful through the help of our sponsors, partners and industry colleagues,” said Gustine DeVos, HSMAI’s Immediate Past President.  “It is truly inspiring to benefit a heartfelt organization like Equest, and we were truly touched by the support we received from the Equest team.”

DFW HSMAI would like to thank its 2006 sponsors whose donations of time, products, and services made the special event a tremendous success: BBJ Linens, Cityplace Conference Center, Eclipse Entertainment, Expedia, Fun Factory Events, In Chorus Marketing & Promotion, PDQ Printing, and RC Photographic Productions.

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