2020 AHC Webinar Putting Horses in the Public Eye August 17
(Washington, DC)– If you want to learn, get inspired and go behind-the-scenes with people who excel in putting horses in the public eye in ways that help our industry interest newcomers to horses and lifelong enthusiasts — then join the American Horse Council for a must-see webinar on August 17, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET. Featuring a dynamic panel of experts, from television and film to live performances, they are masters at captivating the public with horses!
Ashley Avis is an American director, screenwriter and producer, who united her passions for horses and films for the upcoming feature film Black Beauty, which she wrote and directed in this modern-day reprisal of Anna Sewell’s classic tale. Scheduled for release in 2020,Black Beautystars Kate Winslet, Mackenzie Foy and Iain Glen. Ashley is currently writing and show running a new television horse-themed series based on the iconic Breyer toy brand for Ron Howard, Brian Frazer, and Stephanie Sperber of Imagine Entertainment. On the release horizon for 2021, is Ashley’s documentary filmWILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West.
Kansas Carradine comes from a Hollywood acting legacy, but horses have defined her performing career. As a member of Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, Kansas appeared across the US and abroad trick riding and roping. Other credits include Disney’s “Hidalgo,” MTV, ESPN, CBS, and worldwide sporting events. Although raised in a rodeo arena, Kansas developed her unique style while touring with the acclaimed spectacle Cavalia, thrilling fans from California to Australia Roman-riding a 4-horse team and more. With a long view on Cavalia’s success, Kansas also worked behind the scenes—acquiring and training new trick horses for the show.
Plus author, journalist, and media consultant Elizabeth Kaye McCall who has been involved on the entertainment side of the horse industry for over 20 years. From writing about horses in film and TV to working with Arabian Nights to the French equestrian theater troupe Zingaro, she became the original horse industry liaison for Cavalia and helped build its reputation in the North American market.
As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.
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I met Hollywood horse trainer Corky Randall in 1997 on my first assignment for Cowboys & Indians. The horses were in training for The Mask of Zorro, one of his last films before retirement. My memories of the Hollywood horse training legend surfaced repeatedly while I was writing about the 40th anniversary of The Black Stallion, the movie that launched Corky’s training career.
“Training is really more understanding the animal than anything else,” Corky told me at one point. “It is also a profession that if you’re going to be very good, or a master, it has to be in your blood or your mind.”
Corky had both. He was a two-time winner of the PATSY Award, the animal trainer’s Oscar.
Born in Gering, Nebraska, in 1929, Corky had polio as a child. His father disagreed with the polio treatment of the day. Instead, he had Corky jumping rope and exercising, and his grandmother rubbed his legs. By age 9 or 10, Corky was galloping Thoroughbred colts in the morning for his father before going to school.
No big wonder that his father, Glenn Randall, Sr., would see horses as part of the regimen that would make his boy well. Randall Sr. trained Roy Rogers’ Trigger and the horses on Ben Hur (yes, the chariots!).
Having survived polio, once Corky started wrangling horses at Republic Studios during high school, he never considered another lifestyle.
While he’d made his name as a horse trainer on The Black Stallion 20-odd years before I met him, Corky still made a point of crediting his brother’s role in his success. “If it weren’t for ‘J.R.’ — ” Corky would say.
J.R. as in “junior”. “Junior” as in Hollywood stunt coordinator Glenn Randall Jr.
In one of the last interviews I did with Corky, he declared Cass-Olé , the black Arabian star of The Black Stallion, his all-time favorite equine actor. “He was so smart and such a character,” Corky said. “Cass-Olé loved to be around people and he loved to make pictures. He was almost human. He even had an expression on his face and horses usually don’t have expressions.
“You run into exceptional animals. They come like people. Some are just outstandingly brilliant in certain fields. They’re kind of like little kids. They like to show off and they’re just very easy to work in a picture. They seem like a well-trained actor — they just fall in there and do their part.”
Corky died in 2009 at the age of 80. I will never forget the sound of his gravelly voice, his kindness, and his willingness to discuss horses and Hollywood.
Nor will I forget something that Corky once said and that I remembered time and again while writing about that very special film: “I think there are still a lot of successful pictures to be made with horses, if you can capture the relationship between the animal and the person, like they did on The Black Stallion.”