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Check out the feature about Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine

Check out the feature about Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine

 

 

Don’t miss “Follow Your Heart, Wherever It Leads,” the feature story in the April issue of the popular Wellington-based equestrian magazine Sidelines. Writer Kayla Starnes details the story behind how BUCK the award-winning documentary came to be made, and how 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, the seven-disc instructional series, was the follow-up director Cindy Meehl knew had to be made.

“This, to me, is the way training should be done,” Cindy says about 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the article. “What I put in 7 CLINICS, I believe, will astound people with the results they will get. I don’t care what type of riding you do, Buck’s tools can take you much farther than you ever dreamed.”

Pick up a copy of the April issue!

Pick up a copy of the April issue!

Cindy also shares a little about her current projects, including the forthcoming documentaries Unbranded (about four young men riding mustangs from Mexico to Canada) and Dogs on the Inside (about stray dogs that are retrained for adoption by inmates). Pick up your copy of Sidelines (you can order the issue online by CLICKING HERE) for the scoop.

 

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and BUCK the documentary are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is the winner of two Telly Awards! Click the image above to find out more about these excellent instructional DVDs.

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is the winner of two Telly Awards! Click the image above to find out more about these excellent instructional DVDs.

 

 

And did you know? Kayla Starnes, writer of the Sidelines feature about Cindy Meehl and her film projects, is the author of TEAM ROPING 101,which is on sale now!

 

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The small town of Winchester, Ontario, Canada, hosted a special screening of Discs 1 & 2 from the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series.

The small town of Winchester, Ontario, Canada, hosted a special screening of Discs 1 & 2 from the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series.

 

One Sunday in early December, just before the holidays took over but when the cold and dark had long since driven people out of the barns, off the trails, and into their homes, horsewoman Claire Griffiths brought her small, rural community together in the Old Town Hall Theatre on Main Street in Winchester, Ontario. Her goal? To offer a horse-friendly educational opportunity to keep people connected and growing as equestrians during the season when few had the means to or venue in which to ride.

 

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“Most of us don’t have indoor facilities that allow us to ride all year, so the saddles are put away once the freeze hits and we hibernate until things start to thaw out,” admits Claire. “As a result, we typically don’t see our horsey neighbors for many months. My hope was to bring our horse community together to learn, socialize, and entertain during an otherwise long and horseless season. 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN was a perfect way to start.

“And we did it! We opened the Old Town Hall Theatre doors and invited guests to watch the 7 CLINICS Discs 1 & 2 (Groundwork). Thirty people sat together and watched these discs from beginning to end. We also sold raffle tickets that benefitted Transistions Thoroughbreds, a local horse rescue, and gave the lucky winner, Joan Shorter, the complete 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN series…I’m still excited and smiling AND planning the next event!”

 

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If you, like Claire, live in a cold, riding-prohibitive region (or anywhere where there are education-hungry horse people, really!) and would like to host your own not-for-profit, public screening of an approved portion of 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in a theater or other public venue, contact Trafalgar Square Books and Cedar Creek Productions with your proposal (rdidier@trafalgarbooks.com).

 

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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Equus Film Fest

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and WHEN I GET THAT PONY RODE are at the 1st Annual Equus Film Festival!

 

TSB congratulates Cindy Meehl, Director of the award-winning documentary BUCK and award-winning instructional series 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, along with singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson, for winning Best Music Video for “When I Get That Pony Rode” at the 1st Annual Equus Film Festival, going on now through this weekend (August 15-18, 2013).

“It was AMAZING to see our video in the Arcada Theater, on the BIG screen,” says Templeton. “That’s a first for me, and I could definitely get used to it! None of this would have happened if not for our dear friend the incredibly talented Director, Cindy Meehl.”

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After debuting online on CMT.com on February 19, 2013, “When I Get That Pony Rode” became one of the most requested videos on that site, on its second day hitting #1 over many other major country artists. The video, along with 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, is an official selection of the Equus Film Festival, and Templeton traveled to St. Charles, Illinois, where the film festival is running in conjunction with the Festival of the Horse and Drum,  to perform—as well as see her song on the “big screen”!

If you haven’t seen “When I Get That Pony Rode,” check it out here:

Speaking of the big screen, if you are planning to check out the Festival of the Horse and Drum, or if you’re just in the St. Charles area, you can attend a one-hour screening of 7 CLINICS on Sunday, August 18, at 2:30 pm. Tickets to event are available at the Arcada Theater–only $6.00 for an all-day pass to see all the horsey film selections!

If you haven’t been there, the Arcada Theater is worth a visit! Built in 1926 by local millionaire and Chicago Tribune cartoonist Lester J. Norris, it became known as one of the outstanding Vaudeville houses of its day. Many legendary stars have graced the stage, including George Burns and Gracie Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Olivia DeHavilland, the John Phillip Sousa Band, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Vincent Price, Jeanette McDonald, Walter Slezak and Maria Von Trapp, to name a few. In 2005, the Arcada was fully renovated and now plays hosts to festivals and entertainers, including today’s hottest stars.

 

It's a thrill to have 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and WHEN I GET THAT PONY RODE on the big screen at the historic Arcada Theater!

It’s a thrill to have 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and WHEN I GET THAT PONY RODE on the big screen at the historic Arcada Theater!

 

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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I admit it–I haven’t read the book, and I haven’t seen the stage production…and now that I’ve seen the trailer for the much-anticipated Steven Spielberg production of Michael Mopurgo’s bestselling book WAR HORSE, I don’t know that I’ll be able to sit through the movie. Did anybody else sob audibly during the running scene at the end of the Coen Brother’s rendition of TRUE GRIT? I was upended and undone for days afterward.

I started thinking about War Horse after seeing the special section in Vogue magazine last month–I found the photos startlingly beautiful, and as always, I’m intrigued by the horse and the model (or in this case, actor) pictured. I find myself wondering, “Does he/she even LIKE horses?” “Is that bit really necessary for a fashion shoot?” “Does anyone actually RIDE in an Hermes saddle?” “Who thinks it’s a good idea to ride a gray horse bareback in black designer pants?”

But the Vogue photos were truly stunning, and evocative enough to inspire me to try to find out a little more about the movie and whether the actor who plays the lead, Jeremy Irvine, actually knew anything about horses before he found himself “lucky” enough to play the role. And what about Spielberg? How did he manage to direct a film that has been called by some “Black Beauty in the First World War”?

Working with horses on this scale was a new experience for Spielberg, who commented on flicksandbits.com that: “The horses were an extraordinary experience for me, because several members of my family ride. I was really amazed at how expressive horses are and how much they can show what they’re feeling.”

“It’s challenging to tell a story where you have to look at a horse and wonder what the horse is feeling from moment to moment. But that’s why I wanted to direct this picture,” Spielberg says in a USA Today article. “You’re giving language to a horse based all on physical performance.” (Check out DANCING WITH HORSES: THE ART OF BODY LANGUAGE by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling.)

And what about young Jeremy Irvine? Vogue reports that although he grew up around horses, he’d never actually been on one until he began intense training for the film. “We spent two months learning to ride together,” he says in the November issue, “racing across the fields with swords…it was the best summer ever.” (He should have read RIDING FREE by Andrea and Markus Eschbach first!)

So what do YOU think? Should I read the book, see the play, or go right for the movie? With all the buzz, I can’t ignore it completely…is it required reading/viewing in my line of work?

I’ve heard from colleagues and friends that the stage production is magnificent–and gut-wrenching. “I was fortunate to see the theater production of War Horse this spring at the Lincoln Center,” says TSB Promotions Director Julie Beulieu. “The production was spectacular. While you may begin watching with a feeling of awe at the puppetry, by the end of the play you are in tears as the puppets have magically become real horses in your mind. I am not in a rush to see the movie production of this play, as I was so struck by the torture these horses endured in the war that I am not sure I want to relive their pain.”

Publishing and equine industry consultant Susan Harding says she loved the play, too. “What made it so special was the reality created by the puppets. Having now seen the movie [Susan caught a screening–the film is officially released in movie theaters December 25th), I would say that the puppets were more ‘real’ than the horse in the movie. The movie gives too many human emotions and actions to Joey [the main horse character]. If you haven’t read the book, I definitely recommend it!”

If you have an opinion, let me know! I’m a crier, be warned…the end of Homeward Bound (yes, the one with Michael J. Fox as a dog) gets me every time.

Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor

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