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A film about the healing journey of an artist, fisherman & cowgirl, training her horses to fish to create mobility for people with disabilities.
anne vandewalle
Boulder, Colorado
United States
1 Team Member

Can I teach a horse to fish?
Who would concoct such a thing?
This is the story of an optimistic fly fisherman and cowgirl that believes she can teach horses to fish. I'm raising funds for a documentary that will film me creating a program to train horses to stand in a stream and let disabled people fish without leaving the saddle. You'll be able to retrieve that rainbow trout to a net on a trusty, rock solid steed. (I can't guarantee the size!) Fly fishing and riding a horse are my two places of healing. And I want to create that experience for others. And yes, I have done it before off my amazing horse on a stream in Colorado!

I originally started this as a very personal project but, during the filming of the intro video, I spoke with a man who was in a wheelchair and couldn't get to the water anymore. He missed fishing as he used to and really wanted to know if I could do this. And as can you hear in the first part of the video, I discovered that the real FOCUS is helping the disabled, including veterans, illness survivors and children use a horse as a mobile tool to bush whack to a remote stream, stand in a lake, or climb a mountain to get to where the real fish are.

And heal.

So, join me...in watching the kicks, (hopefully not the bucks), the breakthroughs and breakdowns, the casts, splashes, and the magical relationship that develops between a person and a horse. Chuckle with me when even the horse can't believe I keep getting my line in the trees, or feel the deep connection when he understands what I'm asking and we are in sync.

This dream began with me sitting by a river healing and will end with a trained horse that will let the disabled fish and heal.

I can't retire my saddle and set down my rod until I try.

What will your support do?
I’m proud of the progress to date, but now the work begins. Creating the videos has been amazing, but time to bring in the professionals.

Your generous contributions will help cover help with horse training, development of new gear to facilitate staying stable on the horse, a crew, an exhausted director, and getting the film out in the world. Maybe even a truck that will actually start and pull my trailer to remote locations. I have confidence that this idea will reach so many different kinds of people. I believe everyone knows a person that would benefit from this and I'm hoping you'll value the idea enough to make it happen.

I have thought hard how I can reward you for all your generosity and donations.  My prizes are unique, tailored to fisherman and horse riders alike. The top donation prize is time with me in some of the most beautiful water and back country in Colorado on your own horse.

If this story could help someone you know, or makes you wonder if I can do this, please donate and give me feedback at bitethatfly@gmail.com. As social media plays such a part in our world now, please spread this campaign around to all your friends and contacts.

Visit me on LinkedIn as Anne Vandewalle;  I'm as sucker for a connection...
Check out my page on Facebook at "Can you Teach a Horse to Fish?". Everyone wants to be liked, right? Feel free to give me some advice, thoughts, or ask any questions...all are welcome!

And of course, my website where all updates will be, http://teachahorse.com
Check here, for daily videos/blogging as the fundraising campaign proceeds and after as I film the documentary. Catch up on some of my writing and little tidbits about me and my horses. 

I appreciate your support more than you’ll ever know. It's my shot to share a wonderful part of my world with others. Thank you ever so much.

So...put your foot in the stirrup with me and let’s teach a horse to fish...

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This campaign ended on January 12, 2014
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  • $10USD
    The end result...

    A donation at this amount gets my undying gratitude (alright, alright...let's get to the real stuff....) •A digital download of my documentary!

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    More schwag...

    An official DVD (or course I'll pay for the shipping, but the handling is REALLY expensive...) • stickers from my local Colorado fly shops. I will even ship these before the documentary if you email me your address!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50USD
    Bigger schwag...

    An official DVD • a t-shirt with logo • 1 dozen killer flies used on my streams...

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $100USD
    Now we're getting somewhere...

    2 SIGNED DVD's • a t-shirt • 1 dozen flies AND...first donation at this level gets a special prize straight from me (available immediately if you provide your address)...No, it's not a trout in a box.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $200USD

    5 signed DVDs • An invitation to a private screening (ticket not included at this level...wish it was!) • For horse lovers...a signed copy of a local author's equine book • For trout bums...a signed copy of a local author's fly fishing book.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    The big kids...

    10 signed DVDs • Your name or logo in closing credits • For horse lovers...a signed bridle • For trout bums...a signed reel case • 1/2 day guided fly fishing in the Rockies (still can't pay for travel but it's redeemable for life) • Hey! First donation at this level gets a special prize straight from me (available immediately if you provide your address)...No, it's not a trout in a box.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Oh yeah....

    15 signed DVDs PLUS • Your name or company name in final credits. For trout bums...a rod with my signature • For horse lovers...a signed, framed, hand-printed 11x14 black and white print from my collection of photos. And hey! First donation at this level gets a special prize straight from me (available immediately if you provide your address)...No, it's not a trout in a box.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $5,000USD
    YEEHAW ! Ride it cowboy!

    Congrats to the Executive Producers! A donation at this level gives you a primary sponsorship for the documentary and a place in my heart. PLUS.... • Your name or logo on it's own screen in closing credits • Your name or logo featured on all marketing materials • A weekend fly fishing on horseback. Lodging, meals, horse and gear • 25 signed DVD's •

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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