Texas Horse Park to Host Inaugural "Saddles in the City" Gala
RELEASE: February 19, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Alexis Westbrook
The Texas Horse Park, a world-class equestrian facility currently under development on 600 acres south of downtown Dallas and a vital part of the Trinity River Project, will host its inaugural annual gala event, titled "Saddles in the City," on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at 6: 30 p.m. at Eddie Deen’s Ranch (944 South Lamar, Dallas, TX, 75202).
Former Dallas Cowboys fullback, horse enthusiast, and "real-life" cowboy Walt Garrison will serve as honorary co-chair of the event, which will feature a live and silent auction, barbecue cuisine and boot scootin’ entertainment by Eddie Deen, and scheduled guest appearances by local dignitaries and celebrity guests.
Proceeds from the event will help support the completion of the Texas Horse Park. This important equestrian center will provide underserved children in the southern sector of Dallas with an opportunity for growth, self-discovery and responsibility through nurturing and caring for horses. It will also provide a home for equestrian competition and educational, cultural, therapeutic, and recreational opportunities for the citizens of Dallas and communities throughout the state of Texas.
Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling the Texas Horse Park at (214) 269-5699 or by visiting the website at www.texashorsepark.com
. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to secure your sponsorship, please contact Jaymie Sattiewhite with the Texas Horse Park at (214) 269-5699 or e-mail Jaymie@texashorsepark.com
Honorary Chair Garrison spent time on the professional rodeo circuit on off-seasons while playing for the Dallas Cowboys. A Dallas-area native, his love of horses and the outdoors made him a natural choice to serve as chair of the Texas Horse Park’s inaugural gala. “I am honored to serve as honorary chair of 'Saddles in the City' and urge the public to join us for a night of fun and fundraising for this amazing facility,” said Garrison. “As a lifelong rider, I am looking forward to the completion of the Texas Horse Park and to the outreach opportunities that it will provide for the citizens of Dallas.”
The “Saddles in the City” gala will include a live and silent auction for luxury prizes, including a Half-Arabian hunter pleasure gelding horse; dinner for eight at Walt Garrison’s private ranch; a week’s stay at a luxurious San Diego beach house; autographed Dallas Cowboys’ items; a photo shoot with renowned local photographer Kristina Bowman; a fine art piece valued at $7,500; fine handmade jewelry valued at $2,500; a pair of custom cowboy boots; and dinner for six at the new Uptown restaurant by Dallas Stars players Brett Hull and Mike Modano, Hully and Mo, among other items.
Gala sponsors to date include: Grand Champion: Tracy Caruth; Blue Ribbon: The Botsford Group; Grand Oak Farm; and Half Pass Training Center; Red Ribbon: Kristina Bowman; BRW Architects; Sue and Ben Casey; Kathy Donovan and Julia Wellborn; Amy and Kevin Ganci; Vicki and Mike Gill; Molly and Mike Mayes; Carol Nichols; and Kay Weeks. Additional sponsorship levels are still available.
For more information on “Saddles in the City” or the Texas Horse Park, please visit www.texashorsepark.com
The Texas Horse Park, which will encompass over 600 acres adjacent to the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest located just eight miles from downtown Dallas, is designed to host national and international equestrian competitions, provide miles of beautifully preserved riding trails for the public, and offer educational and recreational opportunities through its community outreach programs. The facility will benefit the city and citizens of Dallas, economically and recreationally, as well as provide a unique destination for world travelers. The Texas Horse Park will be on