On Film

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.


War Horse and Those Amazing Equine Actors

by Kristin Berkery

Hollywood Hoofbeats

Hollywood Hoofbeats by Petrine Day Mitchum

If you haven’t seen War Horse and you don’t like spoilers, you may want to read something else on ilovehorses.net. I’ve tried not to reveal too much about the climactic parts of the movie (of which there are many) while still providing some teasers.

The Horse Who Played Phar Lap

by Kristin Berkery

The uncanny resemblance between the real Phar Lap (left) and his movie double, Towering Inferno (right)

Phar Lap was such an exceptional individual that the producer of the movie Phar Lap wanted the actor playing the big red horse to be one-of-a-kind, too. The movie’s horsemaster and head trainer searched for months with no luck. Finally, the two were visiting a friend on a ranch (called a “station” in Australia) 800 miles northeast of Melbourne, Australia, when they spotted a horse they were interested in.

Unexpected Greatness: How Phar Lap Galloped into Australia’s Heart

A dirt-cheap colt becomes a national hero, an immortal icon, and an enduring mystery.

Phar Lap in 1930 with jockey Jim Pike

Phar Lap in 1930 with jockey Jim Pike

by Kristin Berkery

Phar Lap with his devoted groom, Tommy Woodcock

An Unremarkable Beginning
On October 4, 1926, during the southern hemisphere’s spring, a chestnut Thoroughbred colt was born in Timaru, New Zealand. As a yearling he was purchased at auction for only 160 guineas, or $35 in U.S. currency — about $465 today, adjusted for inflation. Certainly no one expected the colt to grow up and become an Australian national hero within five years.

Budweiser Keeps Clydesdales in the Spotlight

Anheuser Busch maintains one of the largest herds of Clydesdales in the world with more than 200 individuals.

by Kristin Berkery

The Budweiser Clydesdales at an appearance in Boston. Photo by Paul Keleher

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The Budweiser Clydesdales are one of those rare icons from the equine world that the non-horse public understands and appreciates. When Anheuser Busch‘s new corporate owner, InBev of Brazil and Belgium, decided not to run a half-time commercial featuring the Clydesdales in the 2010 SuperBowl, fans spoke out and the company changed its position, running a Clydesdale ad later in the game.

The Clydesdales became a part of Budweiser history when August Busch, Jr. gave…

>> Download the complete 700-word article for Kindle to learn more about how Budweiser has made the Clydesdale the most popular draft breed in the U.S. The Kindle ebook article includes 7 full color photos of Clydesdales, their homeland, and the Black Forest Draft breed, as well as links to resources and videos.

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