(1985) Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Melissa Gilbert Director: Tim Hunter. A young girl's unwavering faith in a battered horse takes them both to the prestige and honor of national competition in this touching heroic drama. Melissa Gilbert makes a spirited film debut as Charlie Railsberg a 16-year-old wrangler who recognizes the noble spirit of a wild horse she christens "Sylvester." Oscar nominee Richard Farnsworth portrays John Foster a hard-headed stockyard boss who takes Charlie and her "two" orphaned brothers into his home. Foster is convinced that Sylvester is worthless but is proven wrong when Sylvester and Charlie become the odds-on favorite at the National Equestrian Trails. Before it's all over Charlie falls in love and is faced with the opportunity-and decision-of a lifetime.