NEW YORK, NY (July 6, 2013) – SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center, where children with disabilities often speak their first words and take their first steps, is the current focus of Olive Tree Pictures. The company will be filming part of a one-hour documentary on July 17-19 with the founder in Corinth, Texas.
“In 2001, Charles I. Fletcher, at the retired age of 63, combined his passion for horses and his love for children to start SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center,” explains the website http://www.spirithorsetherapy.com. “I am the world’s richest man because I get paid in hugs and smiles, the most valuable currency that exists. I love my children and I love my job,” said Fletcher. The center teaches physically and mentally challenged children how to ride a horse. The result is that these children gain new abilities and confidence as well as the amazing ability to speak and walk for the first time in their lives.
It is the mission at SpiritHorse “to assist individual with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses. We change lives,” says Jennifer Batchelder in Development and Community Relations. “It is our goal to continue to provide the highest quality, researched based intervention for our riders that we serve, and to do so free of charge. As the only Equine Therapy Center worldwide to operate in this manner, we served approximately 400 riders over 2012 and are on track for the same this year.
“We are extremely blessed by all that we have here at the ranch. The super heroes… our horses, our angels … our riders, the most dedicated and patient instructors in the world, the surrounding community, and the best pool of volunteers ever found and lastly, but of course not least, our founder, Charles Fletcher, who had a vision, who has taught so many to follow in his steps, encouraged those to stand on their own, and walk on,” added Batchelder.
“This promises to be one of the most moving and touching documentaries we have ever done,” according to producer/director and Olive Tree President Pat Denson. “I can’t wait to put this package together and to share it on our website. It is an emotional story about what one person can do with a dream and a vision. Mr. Fletcher certainly embodies our mission to ‘see lives transformed.’”
Olive Tree Pictures is a non-profit organization empowering other non-profits and ministries to tell their stories through documentaries and short films. Not only does Olive Tree want to show how people are helping other people, but the organization also wants to provide opportunities for viewers to get involved by supporting various charities.
Denson added that the company’s mission is based on three basic beliefs. “We believe non-profits make a significant difference. We believe in the power of storytelling. We believe an informed public can further the reach of non-profits that are changing lives worldwide.
Go to www.olivetreepictures.com for more inspirational films already produced by Olive Tree Pictures. The company is represented in both Los Angeles and New York. Contact them by calling (212) 837-1550 or by writing to 240 W. 44th Street, Suite 3, New York, NY 10036.