ShutteRelease Films held its premiere for the short documentary “Healed by Horses” on the evening of October 10, 2016 at Madison Central High School’s auditorium in Richmond, KY. People involved in the documentary came out along with families, friends, and members of the community to the first public presentation of the heartwarming documentary.
Former Chief of Richmond P.D. Larry Brock provided the Welcome to the Premiere.
The first speaker for the evening was Larry Brock, the former Police Chief of the Richmond Police Department. During his welcome comments he stated, “I am so glad the producers, ShutteRelease Films, have taken on this project because I feel it is important.” Chief Brock continued by saying, “We have personally witnessed transformations that have taken place in the young people that have participated in this program (of Equine Therapy).”
Officer Josh Hale, Richmond Police Department
He was followed at the podium by Josh Hale, an Officer with the Richmond Police Department and a long-time SRO within the Madison County Schools system. He also commented that, “The reason we are here is to raise awareness for juveniles and for a program in which I am firm believer that it works.”
Jona Ryan, at podium, Brittany Ryan (center) and Jersey (left)
Jona Ryan, whose Stepping Stone Ranch at Deer Run Stables was the venue for the documentary, was joined on stage by Brittany Ryan and by one of their students, Jersey. Jona said, “This documentary is to bring awareness and to find positive outlets for our children, because our children are our next generation. Horses teach us to be great leaders, to overcome fear, to build confidence and self-esteem. Horses don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Chris and Sherry Laforet from ShutteRelease Films
Finally, Chris Laforet, Producer and Director of “Healed by Horses” and his wife, Sherry, then gave the introduction to the documentary. During Chris’ remarks, he stated that, “What attracted me to create this documentary is the message that I hope will also attract you to remember it and to recommend it to others. That message is that none of us is unredeemable, none of us is so far gone that we cannot be helped. It is amazing to consider that horses are able to pull people out of their shells, able to help them forget their pasts, able to erode their life stresses, and able to erase or blunt the horrible inhumanity that some people have suffered at the hands of others.”
The documentary was then shown and was well received by the attendees. The documentary is freely available to view online and to share from here