Smiles all around at Hooves and Halos 2017 in Mt. Pleasant
Hooves and Halos, an event that always puts smiles on the faces of northeast Texans, took place on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center Agriculture Pavilion.
The event was free for children or adults with special needs or disabilities, as well as their caregivers or teachers. Hooves and Halos is for children and adults who face special-needs challenges.
Event founder Johnette Poole, who has been in special needs care and nursing for the majority of her 30-year career, said the day was a big success.
“We had an unbelievable turnout,” Poole said following the event.
Lunch was provided and activities included music, dancing, games, activities with miniature horses and hay- and wagon-rides.
Participants spent the day on horseback and playing outside games. Prizes and keepsakes were awarded.
In addition, guests enjoyed a bounce-house, singing and dancing — and a bucking bull.
Poole said she “answered the call” to begin the special needs ministry in September 2013. “I have a desk at home, but I do most of my work and get a lot of my ideas from my tractor seat,” she told the Tribune in a past interview. “That’s where I do most of my work. “Without the Lord’s guidance, and the team of event organizers, the event would not be possible. We really try to make it special for the kids and the parents and caregivers. “They have a road to hoe that most people can’t handle.”