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Equest, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted services to children and adults with disabilities and veterans with special needs, will host its annual Fall Fun Fest presented by Pendery’s on Saturday, October 21, from 10:30 – 3:30 p.m., at Equest at Texas Horse Park, 811 Pemberton Hill Road, Building 4, in southeast Dallas.


Co-chaired by Angela Escamilla and Cari Tortorice, Fall Fun Fest, previously called RideFest, will celebrate the accomplishments of Equest clients, the dedication of volunteers, the support of our donors, and families in the greater southeast Dallas community that Equest calls home. The community is welcome to come learn more about Equest’s mission, meet other resource providers who also serve families with special needs. Learn more about our programs supporting veterans and first responders as well. 


Free and open to the public, Fall Fun Fest will include, games, food trucks, a petting zoo, face painting and more. 


“We are immensely excited to open our annual Fall Fun Fest to the greater community. As a family resource for all and the only equine therapy provider in the City of Dallas, we invite our neighbors and clients as we celebrate the power of the human-horse connection,” remarked Myrshem George, CEO of Equest. “We are also grateful to our event co-chairs Angela Escamilla and Cari Tortorice for their longstanding support of Equest, and particularly their hard work in ensuring Fall Fun Fest’s success. We hope the community will join us on October 21!”


Fall Fun Fest sponsorships begin at $1,500 and are available now by contacting Cari Tortorice at Admission is free, however to attend the event please RSVP on For more information, contact Angela Escamilla, 972.412.1099 ext. 209 or



About Equest

Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine assisted learning, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping and learning disabilities, as well as veterans who receive all of Equest’s services at no charge.  The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine facilitated counseling and equine assisted learning, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship and competition. With the help of 30 therapy horses, eight instructors, four therapists, three counselors, and 700 volunteers, lives are changed for more than 2,000 served annually. Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas and remains one of the largest in the country. Equest offers an engaging volunteer program that provides 30,000 hours of direct program service opportunities each year.



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