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Good morning, McKinney!

For those of you who have been following The Art of Living Beautifully for a while, you will have already heard of ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship and the fantastic work they do with children and adults with special needs, helping them move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse. Last spring I first introduced ManeGait to you by publishing a re-cap of their annual Donor Dinner, a chef-prepared private dinner for top donors, board and committee members and hosted by ManeGait Founders Bill and Pris Darling at their McKinney home. Then, later in the fall we dedicated our October 2017 magazine to ManeGait by giving the entire magazine an equestrian theme and telling the history of ManeGait. Needless to say, Brian and I have tremendous respect for this McKinney-based non-profit organization and the work they are doing to improve the lives of those in need in North Texas.

In the late spring, Brian and I attended this year’s Donor Dinner beneath the oak trees once again, and per usual, the enchanted evening was characterized by gourmet cuisine served in a beautiful setting. The oak grove adjacent to the Darling’s home held wooden tables set with hydrangeas, curly willows and lanterns. A guitar player strummed classic guitar music while guests visited and sipped chilled wine beneath strings of edison bulps draped from the tree canopy.

The ManeGait Founding Family: Zach and Landon Schneider and Bill and Pris Darling


Dallas Chef and restauranteur Kent Rathbun was in attendance and prepared a meal not only delicious, but exquisitely plated. He welcomed all guests and told us about his newest establishment, Imoto, an Asian-fusion restaurant in Victory Park serving Thai-inspired food with a full sushi bar. The Chef and his wife, Tracy, are known for opening many up-scale Dallas eateries such as Abacas and Shin Sei. He mingled with guests throughout the evening and personally invited everyone in attendance to visit Imoto. I hope you will too!



How can I help?

If you are wondering how you can help or become more involved with ManeGait, I have listed some opportunities below.

-The annual ManeGait Gala is taking place on October 6. Tickets will be on sale at the end of July, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Friends, this Gala is our favorite event each fall, and I hope all of you will consider attending. For more information about the Gala, view the Save-the-Date.

At the ManeGait Gala 2015

At the ManeGait Gala 2016

At the ManeGait Gala 2017

-Four of the precious ManeGait horses need sponsorships: Bailey, Houston, Gray Dog and Bob. $3500 sponsors one horse for an entire year! This pays for their day-to-day living, food, treats, vet care, chiropractic care and dental care. Please consider sponsoring a horse. You can contact ManeGait for more information.

-In order to function, ManeGait requires 300 volunteers a week! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at ManeGait, please visit their volunteer page.

-ManeGait is also participating in North Texas Giving Day on September 20th. Learn more by clicking here.

Gather at the ‘Gait is ManeGait’s newest program. On the last Friday of each month, ManeGait holds a Gather at the ‘Gait event for Military Veterans and First Responders to come and experience the ManeGait to Freedom Program. This program aims to provide therapeutic horsemanship to veterans and first responders to help improve their lives in many facets.

Brandon and Stephanie Tomes

Bill McCaddon and Luann Van Winkle

Dana Hamann, Jennifer Moss, Christina Burress and me

Luann Van Winkle and me

Zach and Landon Schneider, Jonathan and Allison Booth, and Alyson and Matt Booth

Ron and Jan Holmes

Mike and Amy Robison, Maryanne and Jeff Hunt, Dr. Jeffrey Osborn and daughter

Dr. David and Sharon Stephens

Ryan and Kimberly Griffin and Josh and Mary Sandler



photo credit: Lori Wilson Photography


Corrie Barto Photography

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