A sneak peak at just some of our equestrian films in play

Into The Spotlight – KYB Dressage – IL USA
74:00 min / Directed by: Erika Wyatt & Yvonne Barteau
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/185363226
Into the Spotlight began as an intimate look at the selection, training and making equine theater stars and the creation of the magic that is a live equine theater production . . . but it grew into so much more. Featuring multiple horses, including, rescue horses, and their journeys to the live stage, this feature length documentary also shines the spotlight on horse rescue and unwanted horses in the United States and the unimaginable risk of horses whose lives take the fateful turn that places them on the road to slaughter.

Davide Penitente – Bartabas & Marc Minkowski – Germany
66:00 min / Directed by: Bernhard Fleischer
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCGcc_vXQe4
For this spectacular production of Mozart’s Davide penitente on the vast stage of the Salzburg Felsenreitschule at the Mozart Week 2015, Marc Minkowski and the equestrian choreographer Bartabas used dancing horses and thus restored the former riding school to its original function. Horses, riders from the Académie équestre de Versailles and Bartabas himself, whose successful productions are unique in the world of art, perform their elegant dressage arabesques within this exceptional setting. Soloists, chorus and orchestra are ranged over three levels on galleries cut from the bare rock. The result is a unique synthesis of the arts.
“A festival of beauty”. (Münchener Abendzeitung) “Minkowski and Bartabas have created a great piece of theatre”. (NMZ)

Out Of The Wild – CA USA
97:00 min / Directed by: Paul Krizan
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea11nBbIB0U
Paul Krizan has always been interested in the world of Film and Video. From his passion of seeing the next film playing at the cinema to him playing around with his parents video cameras.
Looking up to his uncles who were photographers, Paul attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara California where his primary focus was photography, but also had the pleasure of learning much about the filmmaking process. Paul has built his directing skills while working for various photo magazines, editing television, and working on various film sets. Later, Paul created a boutique production company called REDapple Production where the primary focus was using the Red Camera to produce and direct commercials, music videos, and film.

Horse Of Kings – Spain/Netherlands
90:00 min / Directed by: Mario Dirkx
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StBornPmqLM
In the early morning as I gaze over the misty pastures of my garden and I see the first rays of sunlight carefully making its appearance in this Dutch landscape; I enjoy endlessly. Surely, when a young Carthusian stallion, his coat a soft grey color, makes his entrance out of the mist and starts to play in the still moist grass. His warm breath and the cold outdoor air combine to create soft fluffy clouds. Poetry becomes alive as he performs his game of trot, canter and prancing throwing his young body loose in the pleasure of being outdoors. His beautiful manes sing “alegrias” as he lifts his head up high while his soft neighing cuts through the silence. My heart fills with joy when he carefully interrupts his wild display of passion to approach me with his gentle touch. Showing me his friendship and trust by including me in his world for a moment… before continuing his delightful game…

CHEVAL MARWARI – France / India
54:00 min / Directed by: Valentine BORTOT et Blandine NICOT
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/67197450
This is the story of Bonnie and Francesca’s journey to promulgate and promote the horse in India and abroad. The Marwari horse has faced many challenges including near extinction. In this story you will see two modern day heroes with outstanding passion and dedication do everything in their power to promote and raise awareness of the issues facing the Marwari horse. This film will move and inspire you to be the best you can be!

Unbridled – NC USA
111:00 min / Directed by: John David Ware Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4a3OgBmsY4
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Unbridled_Movie
“Unbridled” is an emotionally gripping, unforgettable and uplifting story of redemption, healing, and overcoming some of life’s greatest obstacles. This captivating feature film tells the tale of an abused girl who teams up with an abused horse and their journey to healing. Inspired by a true story, the movie features actors you love such as Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight; The Expendables) and T.C. Stallings (War Room; Courageous).
“Unbridled” was created to draw attention to the practice of sexual slavery, which is growing in all parts of the world, particularly in the suburbs of the USA. Please help us expose the atrocity of child sexual abuse and trafficking. With your support we will call attention to this industry and how to recognize this abuse. And what better way to do that than through a movie?!
“Unbridled” is inspired by the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC. Since 2008 the Corral Riding Academy has been privileged to help over 100 abused girls through one-year long therapy programs. They pair up abused girls with abused horses and through intensive one-on-one training the girls teach the horses to trust. In the process the girls also learn to trust again. These true stories of hope and healing were the inspiration for “Unbridled.” A portion of the proceeds from “Unbridled” sales go directly to Corral.

A Sunday Horse – CA USA
107:00 min / Directed by: Vic Armstrong
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW1F9cFe1UU
Starring: Nikki Reed, Ving Rhames and William Shatner.
After having fought her way to the top of the posh horse jumping world, on a cheap horse that was once slated for slaughter, Debi has an almost fatal accident that leaves her with very small chances of ever getting back on a horse back. But the humble country girl has a strong will of her own and against all possible odds she returns to the sport. But is she able to regain her one-time status as champion of the world?

True Appaloosa – UK
72:00 min / Directed by: Connor Woodman
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtkR4aoqfuI
Horse breeder Scott Engstrom has been trying for years to prove that the Appaloosa, a rare horse breed, came from Asia and not Spain. With only 109 true Appaloosas left in the world the question is vital. After spotting a horse uncannily like an Appaloosa on a TV show filmed in Kyrgyzstan, the fiery 69-year-old contacted the producer of the show, Connor Woodman, and convinced him to return with her to central Asia.
This extraordinary film follows her search deep into a lost valley, long considered inaccessible – until now.

The Caravan – Canada
110:00 min / Directed by: Margot McMaster
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSWIZpcfhhc
An inside look aboard The Caravan where adventurers grapple with route-finding, mother nature & group dynamics in an epic horse-drawn experience across America. Winner: NYC, Arizona, Florida, Amsterdam
The film follows carriage drivers and horse riders who willingly alter their lives for a 5 month pilgrimage. Aged from 11 to 80 they travel from California to Florida over 2,500 miles.
Leading this group of relative strangers is Gerard Paagman with his team of elegant Friesian horses fresh off filming The Hunger Games – Catching Fire. Challenging the limits of disability is Michael Muir, Great Grandson of the visionary John Muir, Father of the National Parks and co-founder the Sierra Club, a conservation movement in the US

Born to be a Cowboy: Meet Pecos Tatum – USA
17:26 min / Directed by: Eric Gonzalez
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoGTh6F00X8
As far as he can remember, 10-year-old Pecos Tatum wanted to be a cowboy. His parents, who come from a long line of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, are guiding him every step of the way. But it’s a way of life that is quickly disappearing. Follow a family as they fight to remain cowboys. Sit back and watch part one in a three-part series, “Pecos Tatum” a Great Big Short Film.

Dancing with Mustangs – TX USA
13:34 min / Directed by: Josh Wilkinson
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/182493531
Dancing with Mustangs follows Melia Gore’s journey to train a wild Mustang for the Extreme Mustang Makeover.

Stallion of A Dream: California & The Camarillo White Horse – CA USA
10:00 min / Directed by: Jen Miller – HorseFly Films
STALLION OF A DREAM: California and the Camarillo White Horse is the quintessential California story. From the 19th Century, Californians have sought a slicker means of locomotion, but before lowriders, hotrods and freeways, California was the birthplace of an endangered rare horse breed that set it apart: The Camarillo White Horse. For a century, these horses have embodied the California dream to spectators worldwide, evoking California’s storied past of immigration and empire-building and illuminating shifting attitudes on race, social status and personal identity. Into the cauldron of desire, possibility and the alchemy of transformation that was early California, came the aristocratic Spanish colonists known as the Californios, among them the Camarillo family. In this early California landscape the horse was central to traditions and culture.

Wild Horses – CA USA
19:23 min / Directed by: Stephanie Martin
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/61228022
Wild Horses tells the story of Mills, an established photographer, who returns to her native Nevada following an urgent call from her grandmother informing her that a band of wild horses close to their hearts, faces government roundup. Cruelty, courage, love and memory collide as two generations of women bear witness to the brutality common to wild horse roundups in the American West. In this story, that spans one day, Mills is exposed to a complex issue and follows hear heart, choosing to ignore the consequences.

One Eighty Out – MT USA
07:54 min / Directed by: Alec Goplen
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/152347171
Twenty-two US veterans commit suicide every day. At over 8,000 a year, this is four times greater than the casualties assumed in the War in Afghanistan. And that doesn’t account for the 1 in 5 veterans diagnosed with PTSD, depression or other psychological disabilities.
These men and women are suffering, and in some cases, killing themselves on the very soil they offered their life to protect. Why? If you ask ex-Navy SEAL Micah Fink, he will tell you it’s because the current “treatment” these men and women are receiving isn’t working. He’s says veterans don’t have a disease.
That’s why Fink started Heroes and Horses. A program that pushes vets to reintegrate into society in a way that is fundamentally different from current treatments. No therapists, no medication, and no telling them how they should feel or what normal looks like. Instead of numbing the challenges they face, Fink takes them deep into the wilderness- the heart the country they fought for – where they confront those challenges head on.

American Cowgirl – AZ USA
05:00 min / Directed by: Jamie Williams
Trailer: http://www.thatgirlproductions.com/Documentary/1
American Cowgirl is the story of the women who shaped the history and legends of the American West and the women who continue those traditions today.
It’s about women who defied convention and accomplished their dreams against all odds.
The American Cowgirl endeavor will preserve, honor and recognize the legacy of these pioneers so that women and girls today will experience renewed faith and hope in themselves to accomplish their dreams and goals.

The Equestrian – UK
25:00 min / Directed by: Sybil H Mair
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFsKtz3b54I
Starring: Layke Anderson; featuring James Wilby with cameo by Carl Hester
Freddie Forester, a young dressage rider, is at the start of a promising career. Talented and ambitious, with a gifted stallion he is set to compete in his biggest championship yet. But on his journey to manhood, he will struggle to discover hidden truths about his relationships with his father, his horse and ultimately himself.
Sybil Mair’s “The Equestrian” promises to provide a rich and intense story about the partnership between man and horse – or is that horse and man? Though many equestrians will recognize the familiar setting they should be prepared to be challenged by the powerful message that lies deep within.

Valiant – USA
06:55 min / Directed by: Stuart Henderson
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eXowTiGQ1s
Valiant, the documentary is not just about a story of a blind horse, it’s the story of the people and lives he has changed. How people truly receive from Valiant the support and message they need…hope, inspiration, love and courage to mention a few. Valiant awakens emotions and one doesn’t know why but only that it feels good and feels right. To Jeanette, this horse has changed her life in the most positive way and he has helped others on their own journey.

Riding My Way Back – USA
28:31 min / Directed by: Robin Fryday & Peter Rosenbaum
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDzu8WT6Dz0
Riding My Way Back is a short documentary that chronicles one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide. In 2010, Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in addition to third-degree burns and nerve damage from a roadside bomb. At his most desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred. Through caring for Fred and building mutual trust, Aaron begins the difficult process of reconnecting to the world around him and healing the terrible, invisible wounds of war that had nearly defeated him.

Talking To The Air: Horses of The Forbidden Kingdom – Tibet / USA 56:00 min / Directed by: Sophie Pegrum & Jen Miller
TALKING TO THE AIR: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom, takes us not only to the top of the world but blows the tops of our heads off once we get there, drawing us into a land beyond time and the medieval culture of Mustang in Nepal along the border of China. This is the Shangri-La of horsedom, where wealth is measured in hooved gold and the quality of a man and his history is reflected in the honor he shows to his herd. As deftly as its horses negotiate Mustang’s mountainous terrain, this film carries you through an ancient landscape still raw in unpolluted beauty and home to a culture simple in materials but rich in spirit, reminding us once again that the history of the horse is forever parallel to our own. The stable doors of this forbidden kingdom have been flung open. Enter and let TALKING TO THE AIR lift you up and carry you away.

Horse Tribe – Final – USA
60:00 min / Directed by: Janet Kern
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2wyrqDoGv0
The 21st century Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho decided that timeworn notions of Native American nobility and loss were unproductive. Once a great American horse tribe, they initiated a renaissance by bringing horses back to their land and lives with the help of a charismatic Navajo horseman whose exceptional gifts bring Nez Perce horse culture to modern renown and guides tribal youth to the ‘strong medicine’ of horses. But his personal demons — and Indian on Indian racial prejudice — imperil both accomplishments. ‘Horse Tribe’ illumines the connection of human to animal, history to life, and values to action. It is a heartbreaking, intimate and epic tale of vision and grit, a community in conflict, a man in crisis, and a beloved herd at risk.

Finding Fortune – CA USA
47:22 min / Directed By: Kayli Fortun
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyvGrUlGx9w Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2KezEwo-P0
Finding Fortune, based on a true story about a prize horse that is accidentally sent to slaughter and how the search to save her brings a father and daughter closer together.
Kayli Fortun embarked on her journey into the industry as an award-winning student at Mount St. Mary’s University, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Film & Social Justice and Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television. Her passion for film is only equaled by her love of competing in the Arabian Horse show circuit and has won 15 national championships.
Kayli currently holds the position of Media Production Manager for Fortun Foods and oversees the social media campaigns and commercial production for the company, having produced six national commercials to date.
Kayli’s love of movies and horses was recently evidenced in the film “Finding Fortune”, which she wrote and produced, based on a true scandal that rocked the Arabian Horse world.

Li’l Herc – Portugal
3:00 min / by Beatrice Bulteau & Suzanne Kopp-Moskow
Trailer: http://www.lilhercworld.com/
Li’l Herc is based on a live Lusitano (“Hercules”); created for the enjoyment of folks of all ages by Suzanne Kopp-Moskow and Beatrice Bulteau.

The Edge – Bruce Anderson Natural Humanship – SC USA
39:00 min / Directed by: James O’Connor
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/161533904
Bruce Anderson believes that man’s capacity to reduce the wild is the cause and effect of mental imbalance. As a boy,
Bruce Anderson spent most of his time in “Mother Nature’s classroom” learning key tools to balance the mindset; be more AlphA. The impact that horses have had on his life is fundamental to his work which uses a 1000 lb animal to deliver an epiphany: you are merely a steward of this earth.

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