Equitainment Newsletter - 11 December 2014
11 Dec 2014
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This is a fabulous documentary on the trapping and removal of the wild horses in one of our Heritage Listed National Parks in NSW.
In a forbidden valley 100 kilometres from Sydney runs a river where the wild horses run free...
Can two very different men work together to save them?
Luke Carlon is a man at home in the wild. His heritage is closely linked to the free-flowing Coxs river - a NSW region of impassable beauty and rugged gorges, a place where his family has ridden horses since the 1820’s. But all that ended when the river was declared a wilderness area, his families trail riding company dissolved and Luke's stunt horseman father died.
Despite the difficult history between the National Parks and the Carlon family, Ranger Chris Banffy has a problem Luke might be able to solve. A wily mob of brumbies (wild horses) inhabit the Burragorang valley, a water catchment area sealed off to the general public for over fifty years. Classed as feral pests, National Parks head office needs Chris to remove the animals from Sydney's water supply without any of the outcry that has marred some previous control operations using shooters in helicopters. Unlike any other horse relocation program in Australia the only access to the trap-yards is either by helicopter or horseback.
If Luke takes the job he will have to find the horses, get them in the trap then he'll have to break them in enough to lead them a bone crunching 5 km up to another set of yards with truck access.
Can Luke prove himself to the ghosts of his past and lead the horses to safety and a new home with out injuring them or his crew of dedicated stockmen? Can Ranger Chris make Luke stick to the rules? Can Luke and Chris learn to work together and see the world through the each others eyes?
The Man From Coxs River - Horse Documentary - DVD
In the documentary "The Man from Coxs River" Luke Carlon refers to an old movie Sons of Matthew and how it would be great to see it re-released. Well here it is.
Inspired by a courageous true story, Sons of Matthew (also known as The Rugged O'Riordans) is the remarkable tale of three generations of the O'Riordan family, a tight-knit unit working together to survive the harsh realities of rural Australian life - a land of drought, bushfires and cyclones.
Destined to settle the rugged frontier land of South East Queensland, theirs is a story of heartache, rivalry and human resilience.
Brought to life in stunning detail by pioneering filmmaker Charles Chauvel (Jedda,Forty Thousand Horsemen), featuring Michael Pate, John O'Malley and John Ewart, Sons of Matthew explores Australia's hostile terrain and climate, a place where survival depends on a tough rural instinct, measured by blood and brotherhood.
Fully restored and presented in a brand new transfer, Sons of Matthew captures the quintessential Aussie spirit of hard work, mateship and the timeless struggle between man and nature.
Sons of Matthew - The Charles Chauvel Collection - DVD
New release Region 1 (USA) family horse movie. This is a great movie for all the family. I found I was reaching for the tissue quite a lot throughout this film but having said that it's not a "sad" movie.
Spoiled 18-yr old Dani Fieldings world is turned upside down when her father gets arrested for securities fraud, and she has to leave her upscale life in the city to stay with her gruff Uncle Sam out in the country.
As Dani and her uncle struggle to bond, she’s given an orphaned mule to foster and train. Dani pours her affection into this young mule, calling her Stormy and giving her all the attention she is missing from her unsettled life. Dani soon realizes that truly caring about others is the answer to most of life's biggest problems.
Storm Rider - Family Horse Movie - Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Here are a couple of Christmas DVDs to help with those last minute gift ideas.
A heartfelt tale inspired by a real holiday miracle.
When Nicki finds two horses stranded deep in the Rocky Mountain snow, she makes it her mission to find a way to get them to safety.
With no other options, she picks up a shovel and starts to dig out the mile-long path, inspiring her father, Matt and the rest of the community to join together and save the horses in the spirit of Christmas.
Horses of McBride - Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Matt Hanlon has one responsibility: get his kids to Aunt Tess's house by Christmas Day or his wife will be more than crazy mad at him.