Health—General & Rehabilitative

Spirithorse Therapeutic Riding Center

  • Corinth, TX
  • www.spirithorsetherapy.com

Mission Statement

Our Mission:

SpiritHorse's Mission Statement is: To Assist Individuals with Special Needs in Reaching their Full Potential through Interaction with Horses.

Main Programs

  1. Disabilities
  2. Children Who Are Victims of Abuse
  3. SpiritHorse Center Licensing Program

service areas

International

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ruling year

2009

chief executive for fy 2002

Mr. Charles Fletcher

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Keywords

therapeutic riding, people with disabilities, at-risk-youth, victims of abuse, children with terminal illnesses, equine therapy, lessons free of charge, horse interaction

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EIN

04-3609719

Physical Address

1960 Post Oak Dr.

Corinth, TX 76210

Also Known As

SpiritHorse International

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

We are unique in that SpiritHorse and its 48 licensed centers are the only centers in America that provide all private equine-assisted healthcare services free of charge to people with disabilities, and/or abuse histories. We currently serve over 400 children and adults FREE OF CHARGE at our center in Corinth, Texas.  We have facilitated the founding of 55 SpiritHorse Centers worldwide that serve an additional 3,500 children each week. Two hundred of our children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Studies by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, have shown that the results of intervention with our award-winning methods have met the "Gold Standard" of statistical analysis: "Significant". The last study showed that after 10 weeks intervention, 9 children measured "non-autistic". The link to the peer-reviewed journal that published teh University of Texas Southwest Medical Center study is:   http://www.pagegangster.com/p/JcUCQ/_(http://www.pagegangster.com/p/JcUCQ/_) .

We have heard 85 children speak their first words... seen 55children take their first steps... and seen 45 children sit up for the first time.

 

Here at SpiritHorse, the annual cost per rider is only $1,200 compared to a typical U.S. industry cost of $5,500. This is in spite of the fact that all of our sessions are the most expensive, private one-on-one. SpiritHorse is the only large center in the U.S. that offers all lessons FREE OF CHARGE.  Although funds are acquired through grants from foundations and corporations, we depend on support from you! There are several ways that you can help: Cash Donations, Buy-a-Brick, Shop for Groceries, Shop or Search Online, Sponsor a Rider, or Adopt-a-Horse.  If you are interested in any of these ways to help, please visit our website. http://www.spirithorsetherapy.com(http://www.spirithorsetherapy.com)

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Disabilities

Provide award-winning SpiritHorse developed equine-assisted healthcare, free of charge, to children with disabilities in the North Texas Area. The section of this program developed for children with autism has been studied by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, Liberty University, and the Autism Treatment Center of Dallas. The study paper in which the results statistically labeled "Significant" by these researchers is scheduled to be published in the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Medicine and Health in 2009.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

Budget

$416,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 2

Children Who Are Victims of Abuse

The SpiritHorse Children Who are Victims of Abuse program has been very successful in restoring sel-esteem and trust in these wonderful children. Many have smiled for the first time in years. They are taught to care for their assigned pony, and instructed in riding through 95 carefully planned steps.

Category

Crime & Legal

Budget

$52,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 3

SpiritHorse Center Licensing Program

SpiritHorse trains, free of charge, therapeutic riding instructors around the world in its award-winning and very successful methods. SpiritHorse has pioneered the development of Equine-Assisted Healthcare, which is the only program in the world with specific methods for each disability, fully documented. It is the subject of studies by six universities worldwide that have labeled the results of its intervention with children with autism as both "Significant" and "Excellent".
Curent licensees are: SpiritHorse Apolenka (Czech Republic) SpiritHorse Centro Pegasas (Uruguay) SpiritHorse Virginia, SpiritHorse Austin,  and SpiritHorse St Jo. The license sells for one dollar, one Czech crown, or one peso. Our goal is to make our methods available to children with disabilites worldwide. We expect that in five years, this program will be serving over 10,000 children.

Category

Health Care

Budget

$26,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

service areas

International

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Funding Needs

Unfortunately, the current economic situation has decreased our income from foundations, a major source of revenue, even though we have doubled our efforts to secure those funds. We were able to reduce our total costs in the fourth quarter of 2008 by 28%; sadly, a portion of that reduction was possible because we were forced to end the lessons of 60 riders three weeks early. We struggle on a daily basis to keep our costs down, which are only 23% of the national average, and to raise funds from any source. In doing so, we can keep our services free of charge. Based upon the average income per rider in other centers around the US, we save the parents of our children with disabilities over $600,000 annually.

Affiliations + Memberships

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Spirithorse Therapeutic Riding Center

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Charles Fletcher

BIO

Charles Fletcher has over 50 years experience in training and successfully showing all types of horses in almost every discipline. He has trained and shown American Saddle (five gaited) horses, fine harness horses, Standardbred horses to sulkies, and thoroughbred hunters and jumpers. He has instructed riders for over 40 years. He is a certified North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NAHRA) instructor in both riding and carriage driving. He has five years experience in recreational therapy and has pioneered Equine-Assisted Healthcare with seven years practice and has personally taught over 15,000 lessons. He is a NARHA Driving Clinician and conducts free carriage driving clinics for riding instructors from around the world. He is nationally recognized for his contributions to therapeutic driving. Mr. Charles, as the SpiritHorse children call him, has dedicated the remainder of his life and fortune to helping children through equine assisted healthcare. In addition to teaching children with disabilities horseback riding and horse carriage driving, he is well known for training abused horses and currently competes in combined driving trials. Mr. Fletcher is a retired business executive of a fortune 500 corporation and a former at-risk-youth.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"SpiritHorse has been a wonderful ministry for me. I love these children so much. By choice, I am not financially compensated which allows us to serve more children. I am, however, the world's richest man because I get paid in a higher currency: hugs and smiles. I am leaving my ranch and all of my assets to the SpiritHorse Children."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Charles Fletcher

Founder/CEO

Term: Jan 2004 - Dec 2009

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