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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2014
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship Benefits from Movie Night
Ready for an old-fashioned movie experience? In a state-of-the-art theater? Come watch Hidalgo at the Alamo Drafthouse in the Vintage and support SIRE’s special needs riders at the same time.
Of Hidalgo, Roger Ebert said, “Bold, exuberant and swash-buckling, Hidalgo has the purity and simplicity of something Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn might have bounded through. Hidalgo is a throwback to a more innocent time when heroes and their horses risked everything just because life was so damned boring in the slow lane.”
SIRE patrons also will have the chance to hear from Darolyn Butler, championship endurance rider, who’s raced over some of the same harsh land portrayed in Hidalgo. Darolyn won her first of many championships in 1984. Among other accomplishments in the 1990’s, she won the Gold Medal and Best Condition at the World Nature Games in Brazil. Around the same time, she acquired her Texas Trainer’s License and trained Arabians and a few thoroughbreds for the racetrack.
In this millennium, Darolyn has represented the U.S. at the world championships in France and in the Pan American Games, where she was a member of the silver medal team in 2001. She also rode in the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
In 2010, 7 horses from Darolyn’s ranch were entered in the World Endurance Championships. Darolyn herself won the American Endurance Ride Conference Middle Weight Division Championshipr.Then in early 2011, Darolyn’s daughter Cecilia finished the highly acclaimed President’s Millennium Cup in the United Arab Emirates, just 7 minutes slower than her mom’s ride a decade before.
Darolyn and the stars of Hidalgo can testify to the spirit and power of horses. At SIRE, 300 clients are improving the quality of their lives and overcoming the challenges of their disabilities each year. 97% report physical improvements and 100% report emotional improvements. Clients do pay tuition (though many receive reduced tuition) but tuition only covers 20% of the cost of these life-changinging therapeutic horsemanship sessions. Special events like Suds, Scenes, and SIRE help make up the difference. Friends from the community get to support SIRE and have fun while doing so.
See www.sire-htec.org to buy tickets and learn more. Thanks to donations from the community, SIRE’s outstanding therapy horses, and hundreds of volunteers, SIRE’s clients can “Ride Beyond” and thrive.
Suds, Scenes, and SIRE
Saturday, August 23, 2014. 6 – 11 pm
114 Vintage Park Blvd, #J
Houston, TX 77070
Beer, wine, dinner, speakers, auction and movie
$50.00 per ticket
About SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
SIRE is a nonprofit organization with locations in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend County that provide therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The organization, founded 30 years ago, served more than 300 riders last year, helping each gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a higher quality of life. SIRE has received a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International. Four of the 31 Master Instructors certified by PATH International world-wide serve riders and the profession at SIRE.
Donations are always needed and gratefully accepted. SIRE needs volunteers (horse knowledge not necessary), horses, and resources to underwrite therapeutic horsemanship sessions.
For more information on SIRE, please visit www.SIRE-htec.org or call 281-356-7588.