The Second Annual Texas Dressage Fall Classic, benefiting Azleway Boys’ Ranch and Children’s Services, is planned for Saturday, September 25, at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler. This event raises funds for Azelway, Inc., a charitable agency specializing in helping Texas children in crisis. Through their programs such as foster homes, group homes, a wilderness camp, and a therapeutic residential facility, Azelway helps heal children and gives them the chance in life that they deserve. The funds raised will help support 1,000 Texas children in 103 counties.
Serving a second year on the planning committee for the Texas Dressage Fall Classic, Susan Stuart invites the community to come out in support of this unique, charitable fundraiser. The evening will feature the classical riding style of “dressage,” in which a horse and rider perform a series of complex and physically demanding moves while appearing to progress effortlessly through the ring. In addition to the magic of dancing horses, guests will enjoy Texas wine and Texas cheese tasting, and a full dinner, catered by Villa Montez, will be served. The event will also include a silent auction, a live auction, and live entertainment and dancing.
As the owner of Texas Angels, Miniatures Horse Farm, Mrs. Stuart is an active member in the American Miniature Horse Association and the Women’s Horse Industry Association, where she has served on various committees. She is also active in the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club.
After being diagnosed with plymyositis, a form of arthritis, Mrs. Stuart served on the Texas Arthritis Foundation board for six years where she helped to create Dancing in the Streets, a fundraiser at the West End in downtown Dallas. She lobbied in Washington for the Arthritis Foundation, was interviewed on the radio regarding local arthritis events, appeared in a commercial for the agency, and has given many speeches to expand awareness about the 100 forms of arthritis.
“It is important to step outside your comfort zone and give back to others,” Mrs. Stuart said. “Every cause needs support. You just need to find the one that you’re passionate about, and step up to the plate. You do not need money to make a difference, just time.”
Born in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, Mrs. Stuart has lived in Tyler for five years. She and her husband, Marvin Lazar, have been married 15 years. Mrs. Stuart is a graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, also in Dallas, and attended Dallas Oriental Medical School. Mrs. Stuart is a member of Park Cities Baptist Church.
“Five years ago my husband and I fell in love with the people, atmosphere, countryside, and slower pace of Tyler. We now own a 133-acre ranch where we raise, breed, and show miniature horses. By being involved with Azleway, I have formed great Tyler friendships, and I enjoy combining my love of horses with a charity that is so necessary for children,” Mrs. Stuart said.
For more information about The Second Annual Texas Dressage Fall Classic, please visit www.azleway.com.