Windridge-New Diana is believed to have been the first certified equestrian therapeutic riding center in the state. Others in Houston, Dallas, Georgetown and College Station came into being after Windridge.
The Windridge-Tyler and Windridge-New Diana centers both operate under Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas. That organization was founded by Margo Dewkett, who became its longtime CEO, but is now retired.
All money raised in Smith County in the building campaign to fund a new, larger therapeutic equestrian facility in Tyler will stay in Smith County, said Don Hood, president of Windridge-Tyler’s community board.
The inaugural luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at Green Acres Baptist Church’s CrossWalk Conference Center, billed as the “Healing Through Horsemanship.”
It is an awareness luncheon, Hood said, for Windridge to come into Smith County in a bigger way to try to meet the need for therapeutic equestrian riding among the disabled and injured.
The need in Smith County for a larger therapeutic horseback riding center in Smith County is huge, Hood said.
The luncheon will mark the beginning of the building campaign to construct next year the planned new facility for Windridge-Tyler on a 33-acre tract of land that Windridge has already purchased on Bascom Road near Lake Tyler.
Tickets to the luncheon, which are $100 each, may be purchased online at www.windridge-luncheon.eventbrite.com. Sponsorships for the luncheon are available by contacting Julie Maberry at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 903-705-2622.
Construction of the new Windridge-Tyler Therapeutic Equestrian Center is expected to start next year at a cost of about $1.3 million.
When construction is far enough along, Windridge-Tyler will vacate its existing quarters on Highway 155.
It is anticipated that Windridge-Tyler can move into and start using the new facility on Bascom Road six months after start of construction and before construction is finished.