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10/9/05-Tyler

Mane Mission Event Draws Hundreds Of People

There was lots of hootin', hollerin', and several hallelujah's, as Cross Brand Cowboy Church, and the band Branded kicked off Mane Mission this morning at the Crowded Six Ranch.

Jacque Fowler works for The Arc of Smith County, one of the groups benefiting from the parade. "This is so exciting. This is a culmination of all of our planning, and it's beyond anything we could have imagined," said Fowler.

People drove for hundreds of miles to take part in the two-mile trail ride which also benefited Breckenridge Village of Tyler. "It makes all the difference in the world. Just to know that everybody cares about people that can no longer make it on their own without help," said Linda Taylor, the Director of Development for Breckenridge Village.

The goal was to break the world record for the largest horse parade ever. Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country saddled up. With the shot of a cannon, they were off.

Thousands of hooves pounded the pavement, and on the back of each horse was a rider, that took time out of their life to come ride for a cause.

Pierre de Wet was the Mane Mission organizer. He said he knew he could count on animal lovers to help out. "You can put a horse in a little pen, and it will die if you don't take care of it. It's the same with our special needs people. And I knew that people that can care for animals have hearts that care for people."

When the day was over, Mane Mission did not break the world record. However, organizers still say it was a success, because the goal was to raise money and awareness for people with mental disabilities.

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