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.

Lucian-River Chauhan with Graham Wardle (Ty) and Amber Marshall (Amy).

Meet Luke, the New Kid at Heartland

Lucian-River Chauhan, an eight-year-old actor from Calgary, Alberta, plays Luke on CBC’s Heartland. Luke, a young boy with a troubled past, is a very likeable character, as I believe many will find that he has many of the same traits…

Morgan Neundorf plays Skye on Ponysitters Club.

Morgan Neundorf Stars as Skye on Ponysitters Club

Morgan Neundorf is a young actress on Ponysitters Club, an Ontario filmed show that is  available on Canadian Netflix. 1. Tell us about your character, Skye. Skye lives at Rescue Ranch where she makes sure everyone feels welcome and all…

Niobe Thompson, director of Equus – Story of the Horse.

Equus: Story of the Horse

Have you ever wondered how the relationship between horses and humans first began? This – and many other questions regarding horses and humans – is what spurred Niobe Thompson to begin his journey of creating the documentary Equus: Story of…

Barrel Racer Takes on The Amazing Race Canada

Nancy Csabay is one of the contestants on this season’s The Amazing Race Canada. Nancy is a breast cancer survivor and a well-known barrel racer, and her teammate, Melissa Hollingsworth, won a bronze medal in the 2006 Turin Olympics for skeleton….

Free Rein’s Manpreet Bambra (aka Jade)

Manpreet Bambra stars as Jade in a Netflix show called Free Rein, which premiered its second season on July 6th. For those that have not seen the show, I highly suggest watching! 1. For those that are unfamiliar with Free…

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…

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