Star Crossed Horses

Show business by itself is a fascinating subject; add a horse, and it gets even more interesting. Ever wondered what it's like to ride on camera? Or how a certain scene was filmed? Are you curious about the stars from your favourite horse-themed TV shows and movies?

Join freelance writer Carol Hansson as she goes behind the scenes to learn the secrets to producing compelling television and film incorporating horses. She will talk the actors, trainers and wranglers who make it all happen, and learn how they have been affected and inspired by their four-legged co-stars.

Celebrities, just like anyone else, are affected by the people they work with - even if that "person" has four hooves and neighs. Some horses are especially memorable, some scenes cannot be forgotten. Even if a horse is only in someone's life for a short time, an impression is made. From everyday horse lovers to the most famous of celebrities, horses leave hoof prints wherever they go.

Nathaniel Arcand plays Dr. Scott Cardinal on Heartland.

Meet Nathaniel Arcand, Heartland’s Dr. Scott Cardinal

Nathaniel Arcand, better known as Dr. Scott Cardinal, has been on CBC’s Heartland since the very beginning. Appearing in 85 episodes since 2007, Scott is a well-beloved character in the show, first appearing as a love interest for Lou Fleming,…

Costume designer Allisa Swanson

Once Upon a Time’s Allisa Swanson Talks Costume Design

Allisa Swanson is a costume designer for The 100, Once Upon a Time, When Calls the Heart and many other Vancouver-filmed productions. I was able to sit down and chat with her at the Northern FanCon in Prince George. 1….

Elysia Rotaru with Dead Again in Tombstone co-star Danny Trejo.

Meet Elysia Rotaru of Dead Again in Tombstone

Actress Elysia Rotaru recently appeared in Dead Again in Tombstone, a Western film shot in the Calgary area. Elysia has also appeared in Supernatural, Arrow and much more. 1. Tell us about Dead Again in Tombstone; for those of us…

Heartland's Amber Marshall, season 11

Amber Marshall Takes on the Role of Mom

In fall of 2017 I was able to visit the set of CBC’s Heartland for a couple of days. The following is my interview with Amber Marshall, who plays Amy Fleming. 1. How do you keep your joy in horses?…

Harry & Snowman movie poster

Harry & Snowman Director/Producer Ron Davis

Harry & Snowman is a movie based on the life of Harry DeLeyer and his horse, a rescue from the meat truck that went on to win blue ribbon after blue ribbon, including the Open Jumper Championship at Madison Square…

Michelle Morgan, Heartland's Lou Fleming.

Catching Up with Michelle Morgan, Heartland’s Lou Fleming

I was in Calgary earlier this year to catch up with some of the cast of Heartland; here is my interview with Michelle Morgan, who plays Lou Fleming. 1. What can fans look forward to in this season? Fans can…

The Horse Dancer’s Sophie Bolen

Sophie Bolen is a young American actress who has an equestrian background and has starred in a few horse films, including most recently, The Horse Dancer, which is now available from Canadian Netflix. 1. For those who haven’t seen The Horse…

What’s Heartland’s Georgie Up To?

This past week I had the pleasure of joining the cast of Heartland on set in Calgary. I will be providing the interviews over the next few months – first up is Alisha Newton, who joined Heartland in Season 6…

Meet a RCMP Musical Ride Member

The RCMP Musical Ride is something that even non-equestrians enjoy. Every year, a group of RCMP officers and their black horses take to the road to showcase one of the most iconic Canadian pictures ever – an RCMP officer in…

Trainer and Stuntwoman Niki Flundra

For Heartland fans, Niki Flundra may not be familiar name; however, her horses, Zyada, Stetson and Sonny, are very familiar, as they have doubled for Spartan (Amy’s horse on the show) many times. Niki, a stuntwoman and liberty horse trainer,…

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