On Film

Top Gear TV Show Races Ford Mustangs Vs. Horses

by Kristin Berkery

On Tuesday February 21 at 9 pm EST History Channel will air a new episode of Top Gear USA which will pit Ford Mustangs (a Boss 302 and a Roush) against horses in a Pony Express challenge. I was fortunate enough to attend the audience taping for this show so I know how the race turned out… but I’m not telling! It will be a nail-biter and I bet you won’t be able to resist cheering for the horses.

Look for me in a lavender shirt in the audience scenes. In one, I’m standing next to a Roush Mustang and in another I’m about three people behind co-presenter Tanner Foust.

Watch Top Gear on Tuesday at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm Central on History Channel.

Now they need to add a horse to their promo image.

Valentine’s Day Wishes for Horses

Photo by Didier.tresse

Valentine’s Day can be lovely and romantic for some, but annoying or lonely for others. If you’d prefer to ignore the holiday, make it a special day for you and your horse instead.

In the video below, owners all over the country express love for their horses in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Each of the horses in the video looks so content as it soaks up the love. The Equi-Heart Pledge at the end of the video is a great idea, too — pledge to spend quiet time with your horse every day for 30 days. What could be better than that?

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Favorite Horse News from January

by Kristin Berkery

I wasn’t able to post on ilovehorses.net as often in January because I have some exciting publishing opportunities I’m working on. I’m still active on Twitter and Facebook almost every business day, sharing horse-related news and photos from around the world. Here are a few of my favorite stories from the last few weeks.

Cavalia
Similar to Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse is an artistic celebration of horses. It features 45 horses from 10 different breeds as they do amazing feats and interact with the human performers. Currently in Seattle until February 19, the show is moving to St. Louis beginning March 14.

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More *Witez II and A New Film About Polish Arabians

This video blog post is a follow-up to the article, A Real-Life War Horse: *Witez II’s Journey Through History.

In the clip, I provide more information about the author of the book And Miles To Go and reveal the truth about *Witez II’s “liberation” after the war. I also highlight the video Path To Glory: The Rise and Rise of the Polish Arabian Horse, which is probably the most comprehensive film ever made of Arabian horse history.

Bonus points if you can name the model horse behind me. 🙂

A Real-Life War Horse: *Witez II’s Journey Into History

by Kristin Berkery

And Miles To Go
by Linell Nash Smith

The two world wars have been fodder for many filmmakers, but there’s a compelling story from that era that’s fallen between the cracks. And Miles To Go by Linell Nash Smith documents the life of the Arabian stallion *Witez II from his foaling in Poland the year before the Nazi invasion to his life as a celebrity sire in the U.S.

First published in 1967 by Little, Brown and Company, And Miles To Go was reprinted in 1986 by the Arabian Horse Trust during a time when the Arabian business was still flush with cash. After the crash of the Arabian market, the book was never reprinted. The Arabian Horse Trust closed its doors in 2000.

The Polish family portrayed in Witez’s early life is fictional, but the author stayed true to the events that were happening in Poland. Other key characters who interacted with Witez (pronounced vee-TEZH) during his journeys were real people.

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