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.

Go Behind the Scenes with Heartland’s Director, Dean Bennett

Dean Bennett has directed 39 episodes of Heartland, including the pilot, in addition to A Heartland Christmas. He has directed the last five season finales – from Season 4 to Season 9 – and directed this weekend’s finale, “Greater Expectations.” Heartland…

Talking with TV Star Jason Cermak

From Supernatural to Once Upon a Time, Interstellar and Heartland, Jason Cermak has been in multiple productions – many  horses. He has also appeared in Zoo, When Calls the Heart and Psych. 1. Tell us about the different productions that…

Meet Madison Cheeatow, CBC Heartland’s Jade Virani

Heartland fans first met Jade Virani, played by Madison Cheeatow, in season 7, episode 8, titled “Hotshot.”  Throughout the seasons, and the years, Jade lands herself into heaps of trouble, just like any young adult.  However, more recently Jade has…

Meet Tasya Teles, The 100’s Echo

Tasya Teles plays Echo in the CW’s show The 100. As Tasya explains, the show is about a post-apocalyptic world, that has little to no technology – as such, horses are quite common. Tasya has also appeared in Prison Break,…

Game of Thrones’ Ross O’Hennessy

You may recognize Ross O’Hennessy from the popular Game of Thrones, The Musketeers or The Bastard Executioner. When reading this interview, you might also recognize the name Sultan – this horse gets around. Not only is he the horse from…

Talking with Graham Wardle, Ty Borden of Heartland

Earlier this year I had the chance to visit the set of CBC’s Heartland and chat with Graham Wardle, who has been playing Ty Borden for the past 10 years. Graham’s character has quickly grown to become one of the…

Meet Michelle Morgan, CBC Heartland’s Lou Fleming

Heartland fans will instantly recognize Michelle Morgan as Lou Fleming – Amy’s older sister, who is opinionated, but yet always has her heart in the right place. As a fan, it has been interesting watching Michelle play Lou, as the…

Once Upon A Time’s Horse Wrangler Jamie Payton

Once Upon a Time is a TV show that centres around real-life fairy tales and features such characters as Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and their daughter, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison). Many of Disney’s fairy tales –…

Meet Cindy Busby, CBC Heartland’s Ashley Stanton

Cindy Busby may have been absent from the world of Heartland for a few years – her last episode was in Season 7 – but she definitely has not been forgotten. Her character, Ashley Stanton, was definitely one to remember….

Actor and Equestrian Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier, an actress that has appeared on numerous films and TV shows including Two and a Half Men, Lost Girl and Mistresses, is quite the equestrian. Throughout her busy schedule of filming and travel, she always finds time to…

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