Don was born in Fort Worth, graduated from Paschal High and TCU. His career in the restaurant business spanned over 50 years, founding Pancho’s (1966), Dos Gringos Inc. (1972), Mercado Juarez (1982).
After developing a high pressure process for food, Don founded Wholly Guacamole and built processing plants in Mexico, Peru and Chile. The business was sold in November 2014, and now Don leads the charge to promote Victory Therapy Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Equine Facilitated Program.
VTC serves physical, cognitive and emotional needs of individuals, creating hope and healing regardless of their ability to pay.
Through Therapeutic Riding, Physical Therapy and Counseling, Victory has seen children take their first steps, or speak for the first time after sessions with horses.
Don assisted in starting services for Cook Childrens' Hospital and continues to work securing funds for the Horses For Heroes program, an invaluable service allowing Military Personnel a safe place to address their needs with Licensed Counselors in peaceful horse pastures.
(Photo Caption- Don and Linda Bowden with their children Donna Winborn and Clay Bowden)