2017 ANNUAL REPORT
Forward Progress “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt For Equest, 2017 was a year that was all about forward progress. We made the leap of selling our Wylie property that had been our home since 1988 and consolidating to our facility at the beautiful Texas Horse Park (THP). As the dust settled we experienced the blessings of being welcomed by the southern Dallas community while we continued to serve children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, learning, and emotional challenges from all corners of North Texas. Since moving to the THP, much progress has occurred in cultivating partnerships with entities such as the City of Dallas, the Dallas Independent School District, the Dallas Library System, and the Dallas Police Department. Embracing our mission, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has provided funding enabling us to grow the Equest Hooves for Heroes program with emphasis on equine facilitated mental health counseling for veterans and their families. Whether riding on horseback, driving a carriage, or bonding with a horse in the round pen, Equest clients provide the ultimate inspiration as they break through barriers, progress their skills, become stronger, and improve their ability to cope with life. As you read the stories of Sandra and Mike, you’ll understand our clients’ transformation through the human-horse connection. Our progress is possible because of community support. Equest’s donors and partners in philanthropy are vital to the mission and allow us to give subsidy funding to all clients and offer tuition-free services to all veterans. Thank you so much for your belief in and support of the Equest mission. We are so grateful that you have joined us on our journey which has changed SO MANY LIVES.
ELIZABETH “LILI” KELLOGG CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
EQUEST Board of Directors
LILI KELLOGG, Chief Executive Officer
ANDY STEINGASSER, Chairman LANE CATES, Vice Chairman PIA ACKERMAN. Treasurer HOLLY TIGHE, Secretary
DR. MARGO MCCLINTON STOGLIN, Chief Philanthropy Officer AMY CAUSEY, Director of Program Quality & Development ELLIE GRANT, Director of Volunteer Services
FRANK CARTER MARGARET HENRY DAVID JOHNSON KELLIE MORRISON NANCY NATINSKY KRISTIN REED TERRI ROHAN JAMES THOMAS PHIL WHITCOMB
JEFF HENSLEY, MS, LPC, Director of Counseling & Veteran Services CHRISTINE VOLKMER, Director of Community Engagement CJ BANKHEAD, Communications & Marketing Manager REBECCA BOND, Development Coordinator JOAN CUTLER, Operations Coordinator SUSANNAH DENNEY, Veteran Program Coordinator JEN DONAHUE, Specialty Program & Outreach
KARA AXLEY, Ex-Officio, Women’s Auxiliary VALENCIA NAIDOO, Ex-Officio, Junior League MITCH MCCREA, Ex-Officio, THP Foundation LILI KELLOGG, Ex-Officio, CEO
Coordinator AMANDA FASTLE, Registrar MARTHA JOHNSON, Business & Human Resources Manager ALYSSA LANCASTER, Receptionist BOOZIE OR, Veteran Program Liaison CHRISSY RUDD, Equine & Equipment Coordinator BOBBY VALDEZ, Equine & Facilities Manager KIM BURRIS, Part-time Instructor CAROL CHAMBERLIN, Weekend Barn Manager TAMI GINN, Part-time Instructor RANDY HURT, Part-time Instructor JOSEFINA JUAREZ, Stable Hand HALEY KRAUSE, Stable Hand WEDGE O’MALLEY, Stable Hand
ABOVE Equest staff after the 2018 visit from Snowball Express. LEFT Equest therapeutic riding client Ava. Equest client completes trail pattern in class. Equest Board of Directors. Equest therapeutic carriage driving client Anne practices pattern work.
LEILANI WARRICK, Part-time Instructor MADDIE WATKINS, Stable Hand RYAN WOLF, Stable Hand KATLYN BERRY, PT MEGAN FISHER, MA, OTR JAY HAYES, LPC-Intern LESLIE HOLMES, LPC-Intern KRISTI IMMITT, OT JOANNA RUBENFIELD, OT
Sandra EQUEST CLIENT In February of 2004, Mrs. Camille Hayes went to the hospital due to complications at the beginning of her 23rd week of pregnancy. According to the doctor, it was unlikely that Camille’s baby would live. The next day the Hayes Family met Dr. Sandra Brothers. “Dr. Brothers came into our hospital room and told my husband and me that she could save our baby. We were hesitant to believe her,” said Camille. On February 14, 2004, their daughter Sandra was born, 16-weeks premature. She weighed just one pound and seven ounces. “We were advised that she might not walk, talk, see, or hear, and that her immune system would be low. However, Sandra came into the world breathing on her own, and crying! My husband and I quickly named her after the doctor who took care of us.” Despite Texas-induced allergies, Sandra is healthy. “She talks A LOT, loves to sing, walks, runs, and has the best eyesight in our family!” boasts Camille. In Kindergarten, Sandra was diagnosed with ADHD. She was not responsive to stimulant medications and began showing signs of anxiety. In first grade, Sandra was suffering from full-blown panic attacks related to going to school.
Sandra’s physician suggested equine therapy to address Sandra’s anxiety. Sandra began lessons at Equest in the fall of 2016. “She got off to a rocky start. The anxiety came back. She was less sure of herself and regressed,” said Camille. Jen, Sandra’s instructor, encouraged Sandra to enter an upcoming horse show, failing to mention that the horse show, the Special Olympics Area Games, was a competition. Sandra qualified for the Special Olympics State Championship where she placed first in Equitation and fourth in Trail. “Sandra was suddenly without anxiety. She was self-assured and confident. She began to
LEFT Sandra and Equest Therapy Horse Henry practice twice a week. Sandra loves to compete in horse shows. RIGHT Sandra loves to groom and tack Henry, and turn him out after her lesson.
talk to Jen about her riding goals and work toward them,” said Camille. “I witnessed this child blossom into her own over the last three years since she began riding. I’ve had to pause, and ask myself, ‘is this the same child?’ Her confidence, her voice, her selfempowerment, her physical strength, her drive to work toward a goal, her push, was all unveiled because of horses.” And as for Sandra, she enthusiastically reports: “I’ve learned to breathe through my anxiety. I’ve found myself working harder in school because I believe that I can do the work. I am smarter, faster, and better. I will be in the Olympics one day and jumping too. I can’t wait!”
Mike EQUEST H4H CLIENT Mike Maas is hard to miss. Between his demanding presence measuring well over six-feet tall, and his booming South African accent, everyone, including the horses, take notice when Mike is in the barn. But it’s Mike’s gentle soul and the genuine affection between Mike and his equine partner, Jonah, that truly make him stand out. Mike took a long time to find his way to Equest. As a younger man, Mike spent several years assigned to the Parachute Battalion in the South Africa Defense Force, engaged in Namibia’s civil war. Later, the Defense Force transferred him to the Calvary as a veterinary assistant and it was there that he developed a deep and enduring love for horses. “The bond between horse and rider can become so strong, and so therapeutic – it’s difficult to describe,” said Mike. Like most combat veterans, Mike’s experiences at war changed him. And like many other veterans, Mike was determined to soldier-on without looking back or asking for help. But eventually the lingering effects of posttraumatic stress began taking a toll on his emotional health. Adding to this was a 2016 diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Mike explains, “Living with PD is a challenge after being so independent all my life. The biggest issue is frustration over not being able to do what
I used to.” Mike’s psychotherapist suggested that Mike go to an equine therapy center to help manage his symptoms. Mike found Equest, and never looked back. “In equine therapy on Wednesdays, we go out on trail rides. It’s so peaceful – if I have lost my sanity, I know where to find it.” While mounted, Mike’s tremors completely stop. Slowing PD’s progression through equine therapy has helped Mike return to doing the things he loved in the years before his diagnosis – activities such as water skiing, skydiving, and running 5K races. “My dad had a famous saying, ‘Everything will work out in the end. If it’s not working out, it’s not the end yet.’”
LEFT Jonah steals a gulp of water from Mike. TOP Mike gives back to the veteran community by volunteering at Equest regularly through Equest’s Hooves for Heroes partnership with Adaptive Training Foundation serving veterans with amputations. BOTTOM Mike and Jonah won Reserve World Champion at Heroes on Horses in August of 2018.
“If I have lost my sanity, I know where to find it.” -Mike Maas
Earned income including client tuition generates 12 percent of Equest’s total income.
Equest’s income was $1,747,900 in 2017 (not including the property sale).
SUPPORT & REVENUE $76,075.00
Events such as the Gala, Boots & Salutes, Ridefest, and our Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon generate 26 percent of Equest’s income.
GRANTS & CONTRIBUTIONS RIDER FEES & SPECIAL SERVICES
F U N D I N G C A M P A I GN S
FUNDRAISING EVENTS $984,199.00
INVESTMENT INCOME 2%
1% 1% 6%
3% 0% 1%
Equest was home to 43 horses in 2017 between Wylie and the Texas Horse Park
EXPENSES PROGRAM SERVICES
MANAGEMENT & GENERAL
Equest’s expenses for 2017 totaled $1,786,048 of which $1,407,005 were direct program expenses (79 percent).
MANAGEMENT & GENERAL 10%
PROGRAM SERVICES 79%
2,869 total unduplicated people served by Equest in 2017.
client statistics 2017 Clients by Program Type 1% 5%
280 unduplicated children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, and learning disabilities were served in traditional weekly programs.
5% Veterans & Military Families
Therapeutic Riding Vocational Training Volunteer Lessons
PT/OT Police Activities League
11,000 client service hours recorded in 2017
413 veterans and veteran family members were served through Equest’s Hooves for Heroes. 2,085 children and adults in the community are reached through Equine Assisted Learning and Community Outreach. 91 Gold Star Families (children and spouses of military personnel who died while serving) served through Snowball Express.
Clients receive physical & occupation therapy called “Hippotherapy”
volunteer hours recorded in 2017
volunteers trained in 2017
2017 Clients by Primary Diagnosis Autism Spectrum Disorder Cerebral Palsy 42
Down Syndrome 73
3 4 4
Equest’s Hooves for Heroes hosts the Adaptive Training Foundation regularly to serve amputees nation-wide
ADHD Intellectual Disability Traumatic Brain Injury Spina Bifida
Developmental Delay 7
Of those who responded to our annual survey:
Prader-Willi Syndrome Other
100 percent reported improved quality of life because of attending Equest 98 percent reported progress in individual equestrian goals
Junior League of Dallas volunteer with Dallas Police Department PAL client ready for class
73 percent reported improved balance because of attending Equest 37 percent reported improved relationship with family members because of attending Equest
WITH GRATITUDE The following individuals, foundations, and companies are Equestâ€™s partners in philanthropy with donations of $1,000 or more in 2016-2017. However, we are very thankful for EVERY donation, regardless of the amount. Your support makes it possible for the human-horse connection to change lives! Thank you! 22 Kill A. L. Chilton Foundation Pia Ackerman Adaptive Training Foundation Albertsons Safeway Alpha Nu Sorority Carolyn and Romy Anderson Anita Ardinger Ray Foundation Armanino Foundation Ashford Hospitality Advisors, LLC Jason and Meredith Bach Randy and Ginny Bailey Ballew Foundation Emmy Barcelo Nancy Barcelo Jessica and Michael Barnett Sheryl and Eliot Barnett Christina and Ted Baroody Colly and Arthur Beecherl Benchmark Bank Lindy Berkley Jim Berrong Rob Bertino Priscilla Beshears & David Kellogg Sandy Bigham Billie & Gillis Thomas Family Foundation Debra & David Bird Bridget & Tom Black Lisa Blackford Linda & Bill Blake Hal and Rosemary Board Diane and Hal Brierley Annabelle Brown Elizabeth Brown Emily and Bill Browning Robin and Chris Browning Karla Buie Matthew Bush Jeff Byron and David Hurst Paige Camerer Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation Nancy & Clint Carlson Connie & Denny Carreker Carry The Load Frank Carter Nancy and Gene Carter Lane Cates and Brad McLain Carol and Allen Chamberlin Cleaver-Brooks Sales & Service Barbara Coffman Michael E. Cohen Brett and Lisa Combs Community Health Charities Texas Robyn and Don Conlon
Lisa and Clay Cooley J. Walter Coughlin Harley Cozewith and Blane Balch Debra and Randy Craig Kathy and Robert Craine CrossFirst Bank CSL Dallas Joan and Greg Cutler Dallas Cowboys Football Club Dallas Urethane, Inc. Daniels & Erickson, P.C. Daugherty Family Fund Jennifer Davis and Andy Wright Patty Decker and Mark Arneson Michelle & Michael Deese Carolyn Dennis Disabled American Veterans Laura and Doug Dobbs Jen Donahue Janet and Jeff Dowling East Town Oseopathic Foundation Claire and Dwight Emanuelson Emkay Industries, Inc. Daniela and Mark Engelbrecht Alan and Randall Engstrom Farmers Electric Charitable Foundation Susan and Jon Farrier Stephen Faulkner Robert and Marianne Fazen FelCor Lodging Trust Kathy and Jeromy Fielder Mary and Stanford Finney Gail and Clifford Fischer Teresa & Tom Fishman Mary and John Fleischli Martha and Mark Flora Sharon and Steve Folsom Kristi and Bill Francis Allison and Jerry Freeman Elizabeth Friedman Frontier Communications Kyle and Jimmy Galbraith Summer and Mark Gell Patricia and Kenneth George Joe Gibson Cathy Gillespie Richard Glasebrook Max Glazer Leslie and Hawkins Golden, II Vicki Granado Jennifer and Mark Greenberg Louise and Guy Griffeth Chantal and John Gunn Jeanne Wilson and Skip Haislip
Paul Hale Harmon Family Foundation, Inc. Susan Harris Laura and Charles Harrison Kimber Hartmann David Haspel Lynda Taylor and Robert Haspel Hatco/Resistol Ridesafe Haynes And Boone LLP Cindy Thomas and Bert Headden Brenda and Oz Helmer Margaret and David Henry Al Hill, Jr. Lyda Hill Sally and Forrest Hoglund Holloway Benefit Concepts Garnett and Michael Holmes Hopkins Commercial Carol and William Huckin Andra and Michael Humes Betty and Gene Hunt Marion and Jonathan Hustis Bill Hutensky Susan Iannaccone IBM Corporation Amber and Josh Imhoff Isabella Collection Brigette James Jackie and Lyndon James Harriet Jeffers Jimmy Choo USA Inc. Raymond Johnson Shirley Jones Carole and Christopher Jordan Jordan Spieth Family Foundation JS Held Junior League of Collin County Junior League of Dallas Angie and Kevin Kadesky Ann Kadesky Michael Kaminsky Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust Nancy and Tony Kaufman Lili Kellogg and Bernie Polega Leslie and Edmund Kennedy Caryl Keys Charlotte and John Kimberlin Bobby and Sonya Kimbrell Teresa and Luther King Maggie and J. Grant Kipp Sherry and Richard Kneipper Knights of Columbus, Council 10646 Kohl Foundation Joette and Justin Kropp La Quinta Inns & Suites Tracy and Ben Lange Lee Merrick Foundation, Inc. Robert Levy Joy Lewin Lincoln Harris CSG
Carol and Mark Little Sarah and Alan Losinger Lupton Huckin Family Fund at CFT Rebecca and Robert Lutz Mary and Howard Manning Mass Mutual Dallas-Fort Worth Maverick Capital Foundation Lynn and Allan McBee Helen and Robert McGraw Sharon McTaggart Astrid Merriman Judith and Gregory Mersch Metrocare Services William Miller Mizzen + Main LLC Carey & Todd Moen Cathy and Jess Moore Scott Moore Niven Morgan Clay Morris Kellie and Ron Morrison Michelle and Mark Moussa Elizabeth Murray Mystery Friend Sandy Nachman Daniel Naert Nancy & Herbert Hunt Family Foundation National Christian Foundation National Life Group Neiman Marcus Kelly Nelson Neuberger Berman, LLC Allan Neustadt Dolores Neustadt Kathy Neustadt Lezlie and Bill Noble Mimi and Mike Nolan Tammy and Jack Novak Jennifer Meghan Nylin Debra Oâ€™Banion Nick Olenec Craig Oliver Orix Foundation Gail and Jonathan Pace Palmer Walker Foundation Parker University David Pedowitz Pamela and Vin Perella Lydia and James Perry Pam and Michael Petty Mary Martha and John Pickens Pinto Ranch Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. Pamela and Steven Pluss Blair Pogue and Family Michal and Loyd Powell David Preston PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Charles Pruitt
Natalie Pruitt R.L. & Phyllis Glazer Family Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation Douglas Rachlin Heather Randall Karen Raydo Kristin and Mike Reed Dottie Reeder Kelli Reising Michele Ritter and Benjamin Stool Kathryn Roan Lisa Rocchio Rockwell Collins John Rollins Leslie and Randy Root Rosemary Haggar Vaughan Family Foundation Rotary Club of Park Cities Foundation Fund Ruthieâ€™s Rolling Cafe Samsung Electronics North America Kristy and Patrick Sands Schneider National Foundation, Inc. Susan Schwartz Diane and John Scovell Kimberly and David Senior SettlePou Julie Sharp Bonnie and Patrick Shelby Karen and David Shuttee Connie and Marc Sigel Lisa Sinak Meribeth Sloan Mandy Smith Southwest Airlines Special Olympics of Texas Julie Spencer Jennifer Stalkup Karen and Marshall Stallings Beth and Al Staples Andy Steingasser and Paul Valdez Sandie and Randy Stem Toni and Gordon Stevenson Nancy Strickland Elisa and Stephen Summers Molly Sweeney Rebecca and Richard Szelc Chris and Jimmy Taylor Texas Capital Bank - Dallas The Arrangement The Browning Family Charitable Fund The Catholic Foundation The Eugene McDermott Foundation The Foundation for All Creatures The Huckleberry Foundation The Joe M. & Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation The Lawley Art Group, LLC The Mary Kay Foundation
The Moody Foundation The Rainwater Charitable Foundation The Rees-Jones Foundation The Ruth C. & Charles S. Sharp Foundation, Inc. The Susan Schwartz Family Foundation The Talbots, Inc. Beth and Chuck Thoele Thomas Family Fund Thomas L. Manuel Charitable Foundation Thompson & Knight Foundation Thompson & Knight LLP Holly Tighe Vic Tinsley Scott Trahan Corey Trautvetter and Robert Wellons Lisa and Kenny Troutt USAA Melissa and Steven Utley Sherrie and Tony Varrichio Verizon Nancy and Paul Vermeer W. P. and Bulah Luse Foundation Wal-Dot Foundation Helena and Doug Wall Jack Wall Donna Weber Joan Weil Petra Weldes and Karen Fry Wells Fargo Foundation Lezlie and Todd Welty Terri Sue and Jack Wensinger Tina and James Wentz Westwood Trust Kristina and Phil Whitcomb Jocelyn White and Kim Seal Daniel Whyman William Noble Rare Jewels Lisa and Scott Wilson Melinda and Stephan Winn David Winson Tish and Ron Witten Margaret and Bill Wolf Sherry Wood and Christine Volkmer Deborah and Steven Wynne David Yaniko James Yoder Edith and Richard Ziemelis
Artwork by Equest Client Rebeca O.
2017 Levi Strauss Award Winner
LEANNE HOFFMAN 2017 Levi Strauss Award Winner
2017 Levi Strauss Award Winner
2016 Equest Horse of the Year
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2017 Equest Horse of the Year
Equestâ€™s mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs by partnering with horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies. EQUEST AT THE TEXAS HORSE PARK 811 PEMBERTON HILL ROAD BUILDING 4 DALLAS, TEXAS 75217
MAILING ADDRESS PO BOX 171779 DALLAS, TEXAS 75217
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