Charitable horse event to challenge Guinness World Record

Be a part of history! October 9th, 2005 is an event not to be missed by horse enthusiasts and curious onlookers alike. Mane Mission's goal is to break the current Guinness World Record of the largest horse parade.Be a part of history! October 9th, 2005 is an event not to be missed by horse enthusiasts and curious onlookers alike. Mane Mission's goal is to break the current Guinness World Record of the largest horse parade.

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The main goal of this lighthearted event to is financially assist two groups who provide Equine Therapy for youth and adults with special needs.

Be a part of history! October 9th, 2005 is an event not to be missed by horse enthusiasts and curious onlookers alike. Mane Mission’s goal is to break the current Guinness World Record of the largest horse parade. This will take at least 8,000 mounted participants in a continuous course for over two miles.

Parade organizers anticipate the horses to walk four abreast and the parade to last for over five hours. Individual horses will only be on the route for less than two hours. Participants are expected to come from throughout the United States and Canada with all breeds represented.

Although the light-hearted goal and camaraderie among horse lovers is enough motivation for some, the original goal of the founders is much more serious. Event organizer, Pierre de Wet developed the idea for Mane Mission in order to assist two retarded citizens groups which are close to his heart.

The first, Breckenridge Village, is a planned community for adults with mild to moderate mental retardation where residents are offered opportunities which encourage them to become as independent as possible. The second group is the Arc of Tyler/Smith County which puts on programs for all levels of special needs persons. From week-long camps to daytime excursions to bowling and other fun activities, the Arc of Tyler/Smith County provides much needed education, fun and a change of pace for both parents and children.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Smith County Sheriff’s office for planning the logistical possibilities of this monumental event. Planned events coinciding with the Mane Mission horse parade include a headlining Saturday night concert, chuck wagon cooking, cowboy poets, and a horse-mounted church service.

Tyler is a vibrant community, 90 miles east of Dallas in the Piney Woods of East Texas. From the world famous Rose Garden and historic Azalea Trail neighborhoods to antique districts, museums, and the Kiepersol Estates Vineyards and Winery, Tyler is the unique heart of East Texas.

Mane Mission is a solely volunteer event. To donate or get involved, log on to www.manemission.org or call 903.526.MANE. Be a part of history!