The Holidays are Here
by Carole Herder
Well, the holidays are fast approaching and everyone is making their plans. There’s so much to do for entertainment, besides visit the man in red! Trail rides in the snow, snowball fights, family visits, trips abroad, sleigh rides, tree decorating, home cooking, eggnog and mulled wine, gift shopping (do check out the Cavallo shop for some ideas!) – the list is endless. One of my ‘must do’s’ over the season is to curl up and catch a couple of good movies. There are always the traditional Christmas movies on television but just for fun, I thought I would list my top ten horse films – what do you think?
- Buck (2011) – based on the real life of American cowboy Buck Brannaman, an acclaimed horse whisperer with a unorthodox style of training
- Secretariat (2010) – heart-warming story of a housewife from the 1970s who knows nothing about horses but manages to navigate her way through the racing world and foster a horse that ultimately wins the triple crown
- The Horse Whisperer (1998) – a traumatized horse and girl team are reborn on a Montana ranch under the watchful eye of Tom Booker, legendary horse whisperer
- War Horse (2011) – a tear-jerker movie set in World War 1 and based on the 1982 novel of the same name
- Seabiscuit (2003) – based on the American legend of a small horse who became the symbol of hope during the Great Depression
- Into the West (1992) – a magical Irish film about travellers starring two young boys and a white horse called Tír na nÓg (meaning ‘Land of Eternal Youth’)
- Black Beauty (1994) – cannot be forgotten as an all-time classic, definitely a box of tissues needed
- National Velvet (1944) – starring Elizabeth Taylor, another classic about a young girl who wins a horse in a lottery and turns him into a champion
- Flicka (2006) – a young girl claims a wild horse as her own, thus proving she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch
- Hidalgo (2004) – my favorite: based on the legend of American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo and their adventure in a treacherous long-distance race called the Ocean of Fire in the Middle East
How many bare hooves can you spot? Happy holidays!