Tomball Goat Yago: Business partners offer yoga, wine tastings with goats

Monique Dermaux, proprietor of Tomball Goat Yago, launched the business in 2017. Bobby Smallwood helps out. (Photos by Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Monique Dermaux, proprietor of Tomball Goat Yago, launched the business in 2017. Bobby Smallwood helps out. (Photos by Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Monique Dermaux, proprietor of Tomball Goat Yago, launched the business in 2017. Bobby Smallwood helps out. (Photos by Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Jarvis is a goat Dermaux rescued. As he is too big to take part in yoga sessions, he helps market the business.
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The goats come from Whiskey Creek Ranch in La Vernia, Texas, Dermaux said. In addition to their five goats, new baby goats are brought on board every spring.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Monique Dermaux turned to goats. Dermaux, proprietor of Tomball Goat Yago and an engineer, said she purchased three goats in Navasota to beta-test a yoga-with-goats business in early August 2017. Dermaux’s property on South Cherry Street had flooded multiple times since 2008.

“The goats, they can’t tolerate water—wet hooves—so we put the goats in our house for about two weeks, and then, after everything from Harvey settled down, we continued on with Goat Yago,” she said. “We wanted fun. We didn’t want serious.”

Dermaux said she and her business partner, Vicki Barfield, offer customers one hour of yoga, playtime with goats and plenty of photo opportunities for $20.

“I ask people if they’re here for the yoga, and they all just kind of stand there, and I go, ‘You’re here for the goats, right?’” Dermaux said. “[We] make sure everybody gets their photos for Facebook and Instagram, the goats get on your back, [and] we make sure everybody gets to play with the goats.”

Dermaux said yoga with goats launched after she became an empty nester.


“My kids grew up here. We had horses. We have chickens, a couple of cats, two dogs. But really, I’m a middle-aged lady: I liked the goat thing,” she said. “I had the property.”

Yoga is open to the public Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Although the business is temporarily closed to comply with health guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak, Dermaux said she plans to reopen.

Tomball Goat Yago—pronounced as “yay-go”—also offers wine with goats through a partnership with Traveling Vineyards, Dermaux said. Attendees taste five wines paired with food at no cost; however, guests are encouraged to buy the wine.

“The goats are very spoiled here,” she said. “There’s no way you’re going to leave here and be stressed out.”

Tomball Goat Yago

2531 S. Cherry St., Tomball

713-859-6750

www.greatliferanchtomball.com
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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