No One Trick Pony!

Baxter, Turning Point Executive Director Rachel Royston, OSU Pi Phi Faith Bollom, her sister, Emily Bollom who teaches First Grade at Richmond and Ms. Bollom’s class.

Story provided by Turning Point Ranch

Baxter, Turning Point’s mini therapy horse, went back to school in a Big Way on March 8, 2022.  He took books to EVERY First Grader at Sangre, Westwood, Richmond and Skyline.  That’s 14 classroom and 4 libraries!

The First Book distribution is a partnership between Turning Point Ranch and Pi Beta Phi sorority at OSU who wrote a grant together to buy hundreds of books.  Then they raised a little extra to give a book to every child plus a bundle to each school Library.

Baxter also gave each class a copy of his favorite book: Little Black, A Pony.  He had a little trouble turning loose of that book in Mrs. Billman’s class at Richmond.

Baxter reluctantly gave Mrs. Billman his last copy of “Little Black, A Pony” at Richmond. Really he was just hamming it up for the cameras.

Baxter is BB at the OSU football games when he’s not working at schools, the Life Center, Wings of Hope or other sites in his job as a therapy horse.  So he also gave each class his 2022 Calendar with his picture on every month,

And there was a surprise at Sangre when he was so “hungry” for knowledge that he ate a worksheet right off the wall.  Really!! A horse ate my homework?

Oops! Baxter is apparently interested in writing sentences and helped himself to a worksheet at Sangre to the surprise of Turning Point Executive Director Rachel Royston.

And how does a mini black horse and hundreds of books get to school?

In a mini van, of course!  He usually rides in the back seat of a black pickup truck with “BB’s Ride” vanity plates.  But prefers either to riding in a horse trailer.

Turning Point Board Member Natalea Watkins transports First Books for every student and Baxter the mini horse and Executive Director Rachel Royston in her mini van.