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2013 Healing Statistics after 11 years of operation:
~104 children have spoken their first word on a    SpiritHorse pony
~63 children have walked for the first time to reach    their pony
~57 children have sat up for the first time on a    SpiritHorse pony
~11 children with autism have been measured non    autistic in blinded measurements
We at SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center are pleased to announce that Charles Fletcher, our founder and CEO, has been named a 2012 Purpose Prize Fellow - a national honor.

Charles FletcherThe Purpose Prize fellows are chosen according to their creative problem-solving skills and their entrepreneurial spirit for social change, in the latter half of life. Charles was named a fellow due to his innovative and philanthropic work in Equine Therapy. SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center in Corinth, along with our SpiritHorse representatives around the nation and the world, are proud to be the realization of this man's vision. And we are proud and gratified for this vision to be recognized and honored through the Purpose Prize. Congratulations Charles!

To read more about Charles' award please check out or click on the badge above! To learn more about the Purpose Prize and Encore's work, visit their main page at


SpiritHorse Trains People Without Disabilities!

SpiritHorse International congratulates Charles Fletcher (Mr. Charles) its founder and chief executive officer upon winning the 2011 Governor's Lonestar Achievement Award, "for those rare individuals who dream the impossible and make it a reality".  

Our Mission:

To Assist Individuals with Special Needs in Reaching their Full Potential through Interaction with Horses

We Change Lives

We are unique in that SpiritHorse International; together with its 80 licensed centers is the only center in America that provides all private therapeutic horseback riding services free to people with disabilities, children who are victims of abuse, battered women, children who are terminally ill, at-risk-youth, and wounded US Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in our "SpiritHorses for Heroes" program to be launched in September. In opening these 87 licensed centers we have assisted in the creation of over 535 new jobs in the US!

We currently serve over 400 children and adults FREE OF CHARGE at our Corinth, Texas facilities each week, and we have 110 children on our waiting list. We serve another 5,000 at our 80 centers worldwide, more than any organization in the world. Three hundred of these children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We operate seven days each week, twelve hours each day.

In ten years of operation, as the result of our research and development and the faithful application of our methods by our certified instructors, we have heard 104 children speak the first word of their lives, helped 59 children walk their first steps to reach their ponies, and seen 57 children sit up for the first time. A study by a leading medical school recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal for Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed that we moved 24 severely autistic children to mild autism and one to non-autistic in just six months of intervention with our research-based, award-winning methods.

The statistical analysis of the blinded measurements rated the improvement as "Significant". The study was also published by the National Institutes of Health in their review PubMed in January 2012. The study has been published in 10 other publications that provide the latest news of intervention with autism. We believe this to be the first study of intervention in autism with blinded measurements and statistical analysis. Other studies have been found to be based upon anecdotal information.

A study by Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, soon to be published in a European peer-reviewed medical journal showed identical statistical results and of 47 children who measured on the autism spectrum, 9 children measured in blinded Childhood Autism Rating Scale measurements as “Non-Autistic”.

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