11 May 2012 Filming has just wrapped up in France for the new movie based on the life of Olympic gold medal showjumper, Jappeloup de Luze and his rider Pierre Durand.
Jappeloup was a small black horse (barely 15.2 hands) who came to international fame when he beat the mighty Gem Twist to win gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Pierre Durand originally refused to ride The French Trotter, Thoroughbred cross as he was so small. Jappeloup spent the first few years of their partnership regularly dumping Pierre in the arena, most memorably at the 1984 Olympics when he galloped back to the stables bridleless, leaving Pierre to walk back on foot. Didn't something similar happen to Rupert Campbell-Black in Riders? I wonder if that's where Jilly got her inspiration from!
The film is starring French actor Guillaume Canet who also co-wrote the screenplay. Canet comes from a very horsy background and was himself a leading junior showjumper until a nasty fall forced him to change careers and become an actor.
The film is due to be released in 2013, but I haven't been able to find out if we will get it here in Australia yet. I guess it would be a foreign language movie although British actor Donald Sutherland has a role in the movie, so we might get lucky. I'll keep you posted as I find out more.