Documentary on the pony-doping case

22 05 2007

Remember last year’s horse show mom from hell? She was accused of feeding sedatives to competitors’ ponies at a show her child was participating in. Apparently Channel 4 in the UK will be airing a documentary called Sports’ Dirtiest Secrets, in which the pony-doping case will feature, May 28 at 11:30 p.m. Some of their programming is available online, though I’m not sure if that doc will be among the offerings or even if it will work with a non-UK IP address. Linda Corby has written an article about the case; looks like her daughter’s pony was one of the mounts affected? (Linda, if you’re out there, feel free to leave a comment!)

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UKers: tell your horse story on TV

15 04 2007

To celebrate the independent launch of Horse & Country TV on Sky from July 2, 12 people have the chance to produce and tell their story in their own television programme. Horse & Country TV is for people who are passionate about horses and also those who love, live and work in the countryside.

The team at Horse & Country TV want to hear from people of all ages, from all walks of life, and covering a full range of topics.

Your passion may be your horse’s rise to fame or it could be a celebration of a real local hero, a video diary of a day at your local show, or fantastic countryside initiatives happening in your neighbourhood.

So get your thinking caps on and send your ideas to Horse & Country, including information about yourself, your story and the reason you would like them to help you tell it.

Horse & Country will be running this competition during the course of the year and will choose 12 stories from the entries received. Their viewers will then be asked to vote at the end of the series, and the overall winner will receive a fantastic prize of a £3,500 Camcorder or cash equivalent. Read more

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I want my HorseTV

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Barbaro documentary by HBO Sports to air in June

20 03 2007

RIP Barbaro, originally uploaded by Cowtools.


HBO Sports has begun production on a documentary that explores the triumph and tragedy of Barbaro. It will air June 6, three days before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.

Tracing the colt’s significant accomplishments and setbacks, Barbaro, a “Sports of the 20th Century” documentary, will chronicle his medical treatment after the 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as well as the resolute character of his eternally optimistic owners and trainer.

“The story of Barbaro is extraordinarily dramatic,” HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said. “We will tell the complete story of his remarkable life journey. One year ago, he emerged at Churchill Downs as the best 3-year-old Thoroughbred with a genuine chance at greatness. Fourteen days later, on May 20, all that changed when he suffered the devastating leg injury at the Preakness.

“The film explores this engaging animal’s will to survive and the deep love affair that many of us have with horses.”

With the cooperation of Barbaro’s owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Barbaro explores the many facets of the story, including the exceptional compassion displayed by trainer Michael Matz and the uncommon trust between Matz and the Jacksons.

Barbaro captures his spectacular victory and promising future; the heartbreaking events two weeks later at Pimlico Race Course; and the challenging medical procedures used to try and save the horse’s life.

Despite the odds, the Jacksons remained dedicated and never relinquished hope, with the medical expertise of Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, at the New Bolton Center enabling Barbaro to survive in the wake of his accident. On Jan. 29, Barbaro’s valiant struggle came to an end when he was euthanatized.

The executive producers of Barbaro are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; the producer is Margaret Grossi; and the story editor is Mary Carillo. It was written by Frank Deford, with original music composed by Brian Keane.

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I want my HorseTV

3 09 2006

Chris at Horseshues reports that HorseTV will now be making their shows available over the internet for a small monthly fee. I’ve been dying for HorseTV ever since I first heard about it but it isn’t available to Canadians (they also demand to know your name and email before even telling you if the channel is available in your area, which puts my back up a little). It’s great to know we have this option now.

Heroines and Horses

10 08 2006

Producers of a Canadian film about the special partnership between women and horses are looking for stories. Open Road Productions is a Nova Scotia-based production company developing this film for CBC Television.

Heroines and Horses is an intimate portrayal of Canadian girls and women who overcome life’s obstacles by gaining strength and inspiration from a very unique bond: their friendship with a horse. The film will look at diverse relationships Canadians have with horses and why females in particular are drawn to this large animal as a companion.

Please contact Donna Gabriel with thoughts and story ideas at, tel: (902) 446-2292.


World Equestrian Games, Aug 20 – Sept 3, 2006

2 08 2006

The World Equestrian Games will be starting soon in Aachen, and feature competition in seven disciplines: show jumping, dressage, three-day eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. If you can’t be there in person, you can monitor the action through a webcam mounted on top of the Judges’ Tower, order some souvenirs, or watch all the action on TV. CBC Country Canada will be showing the Games in Canada; HorseTV will be handling U.S. coverage. Any readers outside North America who can let everyone know where the Games will be broadcast in their country?

Oh, and the 2010 Games will be held in Lexington, Kentucky.

New reality show: Only Fools on Horses

9 06 2006

From show business to show jumping, twelve celebrities are chomping at the bit to raise money in BBC’s Sport Relief presents…Only Fools on Horses show, from 7 – 15 July, with the live final one of the highlights in The Night of Sport Relief show on BBC ONE. Read the rest of this entry »

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