According to Equest Board Chair Julie Sherman,
“For 41 years, Equest has celebrated the human horse connection through our equine assisted activities and therapies for children and adults with diverse needs. What many might not know is that we also offer a wide variety of programs to the broader community including our Equest’s Leadership through Equine Assisted Development (ELEAD) program.
“As companies, businesses and organizations bring their staff back to office, they are also looking for great opportunities to get back out into the community as a group, to reconnect and enjoy time together while also supporting a local nonprofit. Equest’s ELEAD program provides exactly that – a half-day or full day at the Texas Horse Park in southern Dallas, creating motivational experiences while interacting with our horses.
“Getting out of the office and into the barn will open participants to many benefits: increased self-awareness and the power of centered attention, understanding the nuances of non-verbal communication, solution-oriented collaboration, and ways to build trust and self confidence among team members. Equest provides guided work with horses as an eye-opening way to engage at a deeper level. It’s not ropes and axe throwing, but rather a breath of fresh air from the usual team building activities in DFW. And, of course, it lends well to opportunities to continue the engagement by providing opportunities for volunteering.
“City of Dallas Communications Department Director Catherine Cuellar recently organized a group for ELEAD and shared that her group not only loved it, but ‘are still talking about it two months later. The imprint of doing this kind of leadership and team building has helped our team gel again since COVID.’
“Of course, most importantly, 100% of the proceeds of this program support Equest’s mission of partnering with horses to bring hope and healing.