Hillview Stables hosts 'Special Needs Day'

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) - Slides, hayrides, a petting zoo and new corn pit are just a few things you can find at Hillview Stables. But Wednesday it was all about them.

Rick Gregory, the owner of Hillview Stables, purchased this farm in 1987. Ever since then he has built it up to be a place for more than just camels, horses and goats but for families. And a day like this was something he said he knew he had to do.

"We had a lot of phone calls, several phone calls people saying I have a child with autism. They love the animals they just don't want to be around a thousand people," said Gregory.

Prompting him to set aside 'Special Needs Day' at the stables. This is a day where only special needs families, children, and adults can come enjoy themselves without the hassle of a crowd.

Several schools participated in the event including Mountain View Elementary, Stinnett Elementary, W.B. Muncy Elementary, Cumberland Elementary and Rockcastle Senior Citizens and Adult Day Health Care.

Cody Bailey, an MSD (students with moderate and severe disabilities) teacher at W.B. Muncy Elementary says he encourages everyone to get to know these kids.

"Special needs kids are just like any other kids we have. We just have to treat them just as you would any other kid in the classroom."

"Days like this we can come and do this makes this job just all the worthwhile and so special," said Bailey.

Reminding us all that no matter our age or how different we may be at the end of the day we just want to be special, smile and enjoy life to the fullest.

This is the second year for the event and Gregory plans to continue. Hillview Stables is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends.

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