Sunday, June 5, 2011


New Stills from War Horse

Due out December 2011

About a boy in his horse during World War I. I cant wait for this film it will be amazing. Its the first hero horse film since Secretariat.

Friday, May 27, 2011


Orlando confirmed He Will Return as Legolas

Peter Jackson reported on Facebook that Orlando Bloom will reprieve his role as Legolas in the Hobbit. Orlando went through intense training while filming The Lord of the Ring movies. He trained in fighting and of course horse riding. He pulled off a great performance in the three films. He mostly rode the big white draft horse with Gimili riding along with him, and we are bond to see him pull off some great riding skills in The Hobbit. We not only have just seen him ride in the LOTR movies, but in others. The LOTR films helped him to a great career and prepared him for great horse roles to come like Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, and Ned Kelly where riding a horse was crucial.

I look forward to Orland returning to Middle Earth and hoping back on a horse.

Orlando Bloom with the Pony Bill

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Beyonce and the Black Friesian

Beyonces new song "Who Runs the World (girls)" was probably one of her worst singles. The tune is annoying and the lyrics are awful, however her music video is a real eye catcher. It has one of hollywoods most eye catching equine actor the Friesian. The video has a handful of animals in it from lions to hyena's. When I worked on Evan Almighty i was informed that there was only one working hyena in the business and in the video Beyonce walks two of them on a leash, and from what I can see she is not actually walking them its two film plates they where both filmed seperatly.

A lot of the Blogs are saying Beyonce looked so poised and flawless on the horse well I think otherwise. Although the horse looked like he hit every mark and of course she did do good considering. when the video starts out she is riding the horse through a desert like setting with a tight camera angle trailing her. She then walks the horse into frame and rears him. It looks amazing, however from a horse standpoint she looks scared. She covers it great but I definitly see it. As she rides the horse she is holding the reins in her right hand and griping the saddle with her left. People that hold the horn fear they will fall off. In the rear she also points her toes that are in the stirrup down, and her legs are far back. Someone that does this has a fear of falling off as well.

Aside from the critique I give her props for doing it. It takes a lot of guts to something like that, so you go girl. Also I would like to praise the horse for his performance. Its hard for some animals to perform when the rider or trainer has no experience. That's what makes them Equine actors.

Check out the video

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Roll Sound, Roll Camera and Action on The Hobbit

The Hobbit is in production in New Zealand, and filming at all the original sound stages that The Lord of The Rings filmed on. Just like LOTR's did, The Hobbit makes everything as real as possible. So all actors go through a training bootcamp for horses. In the video below you will see what type of team it takes to bring something like this to the silver screen. The movie will be broken up into two parts. The films will follow Bilbo Baggins and his friends on a journey to reclaim the treasure taken by the dragon Smaug.

The equine actors in The LOTR's movies gave superb performances. The trainers worked very hard to bring the characters to life that J.R.R Tolkien created, like Shadowfax and Bergo. The Hobbit will hopefully do the same as Peter Jackson has decided to reprieve his role as Director along with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens to write it. At one point Guillermo del Toro was set to direct it, but now he is co-writing it with the girls. All the original cast will reprieve their roles, except for Martin Freeman who takes the title role of Bilbo Baggins. Ian McKellen returns as the great Gandalf the Grey, and Kate Blanchett will return as Galadriel. Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, and Christopher Lee will all return to play their original characters. Ian Holm who played Bilbo in the LOTR films will make an appearance as old Bilbo in the Hobbit.

The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori). Jeffrey Thomas and Mike Mizrahi also join the cast as Dwarf Kings Thror and Thrain.

Movie is set to release for the first installment in December 2012 and will be in 3D


The Prequel to The Wizard of Oz

Oz, The Great and Powerful follows in the footsteps of Wicked. We get to go before Dorthy hit the yellow brick road in her red shoes and see how the Wizard of Oz really came upon the kingdom of Oz. The film will take us back to when Oz was a Circus wrangler in Omaha. When a balloon accident brings him to the world of Oz. This is where he gets mistaken as a know-it-all and labeled the Wizard of Oz.

Walt Disney will bring this prequel to life. James Franco is set to play the infamous Oz, and Mila Kunis will play the witch Theodora. Late Spiderman director Sam Raimi is set to direct it. Michelle Williams is also casted in the film and will play Glinda the Good Witch and Rachel Weisz will play Evanora. Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp were both offered the roles in the early stages but eventually they went with Franco.

Although filming hasn't started and no set stills yet this is a film to watch for some equine actors. Like the Wizard of Oz there was the infamous Horse of a different color. He played a role that isn't forgotten by the Equine actor fans.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Movie Stills

One of the roles that made Arnold Schwarzenegger so famous is now being taken over by an unknown, Jason Momoa. The film is set to be released 2011, and is plotted to be about Conan and his trek across Hyboria to avenge the death of his father. Typical story, but looks like some killer horses. I remember Conan the Barbarian as a very animal packed movie, so hopefully this will be the same and hopefully more horses.

The film is directed by Marcus Nispel who directed the Pathfinder which has one of my favorite rearing scene.

Movie Review


The grotesque and brutal film about a roman solders Centurion Quintus Dias struggles to get out from behind enemy lines, while being chased by the Picts, a nomad clan. The Picts have been taking out Roman soldiers one by one. Quintus escape puts him under the command of General Titus Flavius Virilus played by Dominique West (300, 28Days, Mona Lisa Smile) to once again go back after the Picts. The Picts are a savage bevy of people, that are expert trackers. When betrayal becomes a key character in the film it puts Quintus again back behind enemy lines, but now he is accompanied by 6 other men. The film traces these men and their journey to survive the harsh winter of the Scottish highlands and the Picts close on their tails.

Its a graphic film with lots of blood and epic battle scenes. The Roman soldiers on the run are on foot, but the Pict Warriors are on horse. The horses are all of some draft type. Very Scottish breeds, but what I really liked about the look of the horses was that they had that tether worn look. You know you have seen these films that have these beautiful Friesians and other majestic horses that we all love to see, but they look like they have gone through the grooming works. These horses are supposed to be in battle living in the woods. Most movies make the horses look so good you could lick whip cream off their neck. Not these horses they had full on winter coats and were dirty, it was very actual. In the film actress Olga Kurylenko plays Etain the betrayer and antagonist in the film. You have seen Olga in films like Hitman and she was the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace. She rides and fights in the film, however nothing too daring. She had some ample fight scenes, but on horse I was not too impressed. She rode a white draft looking horse, that probably could of been a Lipizzaner. He looked very lazy to me. The Roman soldiers of course rode the more sophisticated horses compared to the Picts. In the first battle scenes where there is a Pictish raid on the Romans, some of the actors that played roman soldiers where holding the horses in the scene while the key actors performed. I frown on stuff like that, because being in the business horse and riders are very capable of this. I can't say for sure but I'm sure there is a reason for the action.

The Film was directed by Neil Marshall who also brought you Doomsday and The Descent. The character of Centurion Quintus Dias is played by Michael Fassbender. You have seen him in films like in Inglourious Basterds as Lt. Archie Hicox, and 300. His next move is the young Magneto in X-Men: First Class.

I give it 2 1/2 hoofbeats. Go check it out!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Production Stills

Check out these new stills from the much awaited film Secretariat

Friday, August 6, 2010

Films in Production


Harbor Mist is becoming quite the star and has been on rising career high with in the last two years. Harbor Mist formally known as Mr.T is the star of the upcoming film Secretariat and played the race filly in Dreamer and has had many supporting roles. Rex Peterson is the Clint Eastwood of Hollywood's horse trainers and is Mr. T's owner and trainer. Rex and Mr.T are now working on a new film called Arthur, which is a remake of the 1981 film starring Dudley Moore and Jill Eikenberry. The film tells the story of a drunken billionaire playboy arranged to marry a wealthy heiress. The remake will star the beautiful and talented Jennifer Garner and the hilarious Russell Brand.

Harbor Mist has been on a role this last year really kicking it into high gear. Although Harbor Mist is a kick ass horse, he's no super horse and there are times where he needs a double. What most film makers and other people don't know is that horses need doubles too. Lizard is Mr.T's double and looks identical to him. The horse even fooled the script supervisor into thinking that Lizard was the hero horse. The picture shows the two stunt riders for the two actors on Lizard running the scene. Rex and the two horses have been filming for two days and the two horses alternated through out the days.
Jennifer is a naturally talented rider Rex commented. She was able to walk, trot, and canter with much control. The one problem however was her wardrobe. She had high heels on and Morgan Le Fay gown, which made it a little difficult, but Garner is a very athletic and talented person so she handled it with much ease.

The movie is set to release next year. Its directed by Jason Winer, who has had his directing chops in some popular TV shows like Modern Family and Samantha Who.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Up Coming Films

War Horse the movie

Steven Spielberg is the top dog in Hollywood making some of the most memorable and amazing movies of all time. His movies touched me as a child all the way from ET to Indiana Jones. Spielberg is back in the studio working on his next project that just happens to be about horses. I am so excited about this film, but I'm curious to see how it pans out. There has been the typical background horses in his film and of course the beautiful sequence in the Indiana Jones the Last Crusader where Harrison Ford rides the black horse along side the tank, but he has never done a horse film.

Spielberg is planning to bring War Horse the story about a boy and his young horse who is sent off to the Calvary in world war I. War Horse is the novel by Michael Morpurgo, and was adapted into the inspiring and heartbreaking London Play by Nick Stafford.

The play uses remarkably true to life puppets while the actors ride and perform with them. The play will becoming to Broadway in March next year with the film following close behind it. The movie will start principle photography soon. The story follows young Albert played by unknown Jeremy Irvine who travels to France to find his beloved horse that was sold to the Calvary to fight in World War I. Its a story of friendship, bravery, and a bond between a boy and his horse.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Movie Posters

Check out the new poster for Disney's Secretariat

Staring Harbors Mist, who starred in Dreamer as Sonador and made an appearance in Temple Grandin, will now play the amazing and legendary Secretariat. Harbor Mist is a 12 year old Thoroughbred owned and trained by Hollywood's A-list trainer Rex Peterson.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Best Animated Horses

Horses in films don't always consist of real flesh and blood, some of the best horses come as animated ones. Some of my favorites are listed below.
How could I not mention My Little Pony's. They're the greatest animated horse stars of all time.

The Hunchback of Norte Dame has Achilles, Phoebes horse. Achilles might be the horse star in the film, but Frollo's horse who's name is never mention, but in the commentary it's snowball, is a big black friesian. One of the greatest one liners is when Phoebes walks off screen and says " Achilles, heel. " Great!

The Last Unicorn is one of the films that is not from Disney, but is one of my favorites.

Hercules along with the Last Unicorn hold the title for mystical horses. Pegasus is Hercules right hand partner, and one of the best in Disney history.

Sampson in Sleeping Beauty helped the prince rescue the beautiful Aurora, while also being the stubborn old nag.

I couldn't leave out Bullet in Toy Story. Great Pixar horse.

Mulan and Kahn are a great team. Kahn is of course one of my favorites, well because he's black. Softy for blacks.

The Road to Eldorado has one of the forgotten animated horses. Altivo was Cortez horse, and walks of the ship in quite a cartoon frame then relaxes when he joins the two adventurers to find gold.

Last but not least, the all time best animated horse film of all time is Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron. Spirit embodied the true mustang, and the livelyhood of the wild horse. Narrated by Matt Damon and music by Bryan Adams, made a great film.

Let me know what your favorites are!!!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

LOST Question

My Only Unanswered LOST Question
(of course it has to do with a horse)

LOST is over and I'm truly devastated. Although all my questions about the entire show were answered I did however have one burning question. Who and where do that black horse come from. I have concluded my own explanation for it, but I guess I will never know the truth.

If your not a Lost fan then it is hard for you to even comprehend why I would desperately want to know this, and you will probably not really understand what I'm about to say.

Kate in one of the seasons is picking fruit in a tree when she looks up there is a black horse just standing there. This leads into one of the flashbacks showing her getting arrested, then the black horse is in the middle of the road causing The Marshall to swerve and she then escapes. Now when I thought that the horse on the island was a complete ma raze for her, Sawyer shows up and can also see the horse. Now since that episode the black horse never showed up again, and of course they didn't address it in the finale.

My conclusion is, like every other scenario on this island it just happened to be a coincidence. The man that worked for Dharma at the out post house had animals, he also had a little sorrel horse, so my only conclusion is that the horse came from there. But man what a gorgeous horse, I love the above picture of him with Kate. The horses name is Pearl, and lives in Hawaii. If you watch this episode, watch for the trainers hand in the top right hand side of the screen. Oops!

I guess this is something I will never know. Tell me what you guys think.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Brego Legendary Lord of the Rings Star undergoes Colic Surgery

Viggo Mortensen beloved pet and co-star was rushed to the Massey University Equine Hospital in New Zealand last week to have emergency Colic surgery. Veterinarian Ray Lenaghan, who is Brego AKA Uraeus caretaker and was also one of the accredited Vets on the Lord of the Ring Films, noticed the 22year old Dutch warmblood Stallion wasn't feeling well. While Viggo is off filming his movie Ray cares for the Horses and he noticed that Uraeus wasn't feeling well.

The horse turned out to have a tear in his bowel, which was making him very uncomfortable. Doctor and specialist Frederik Pauwels did a mid-line incision to find his small intestine to have a tear in his gut. They removed more then six feet of intestine to repair it. With a month of stall rest Uraeus will be fine.

Uraeus is a former sport horse sire and FEI-level dressage horse ridden by the late Lockie Richards. As most everyone knows Viggo purchased Uraeus who plays Brego and Kenny, the horse who played Hasufel. The two horses live with Ray and his wife Jane Abbott (who was Liz Tyler's stunt double on the white Lipizzaner) in New Zealand.