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Horses & equestrianism
THE FEGENTRI HORSEWOMEN // 52' - 2017

12 women from different countries compete over the course of a year on the world’s most prestigious racetracks during the Fegentri Championship.
A film that gets us as close as possible to the riders, horses and atmosphere of the great races, and in which culture shocks, emotional ties and sporting rivalries combine to create a stunning portrait of twelve women with very different personalities.

Horses & equestrianism
EQUESTRIAN VAULTERS: THE HASTA LUEGO FAMILY // 52' - 2017

The Hasta Luego family is a real dynasty, devoted entirely to horses and the world of equestrian shows. For them, riding is a religion. Every morning, they meet in the huge ring for daily Mass, celebrated in the saddle, on foot or with long reins.

Horses & equestrianism
GÉRARD AUGUSTIN-NORMAND: OWNER OF CHAMPIONS // 52' - 2016

Now well rooted in the world of horse racing, the white and purple cap of Gérard Augustin-Normand's silks has established itself at the highest level. The founder of Richelieu Finances, a management company with which he made a fortune, Gérard Augustin-Normand is one of those new owners who invest heavily and unapologetically in horseracing.

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THE HARAS DE VAUPTAIN // 26' - 2016

Nestled in the grounds of Versailles Great Park, the Haras de Vauptain, once a flour mill, is steeped in history and experience. The house is impressive in its character, architecture and scale. A living heritage, reinvented by a family that has been handing down its passion for stone, the land and horses for generations.

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ARTISTS 2.0 // 52' - 2016

Lorenzo, Hasta Luego, Gruss, Luraschi, Bartabas... each more famous than the last, these equestrian artists are in demand all over the world.
And then there are the others, the "newbies". Those who have neither big budgets nor press officers. Some of them don’t even possess a horsebox. But they still believe in the beauty of their dreams...

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SANTI SERRA // 52' - 2016

From Catalonia, where he grew up and where he still lives, to the television sets that made him a recognized artist, Santi Serra Camps never ceases to leave his dreamy and poetic imprint in all the places where he has practiced his art: Dressage. At 28 years old, he is the equestrian artist that is spoken throughout Europe.

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VIENNA, EQUESTRIAN WALTZES // 52' - 2016

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna has just celebrated its 450th anniversary. An emblem of the city, it is one of the last jewels of the Habsburg crown, and a centre of unrivalled equestrian expertise and tradition.
We discover its history, the show that has made its name worldwide, the training of the horses and riders, the stables of the Imperial Palace and what is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful rings in the world.

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ON THE CROSS ROADS // 6 x 52' - 2016

Sibylle and Louis cross France, on horseback, from Paris to Marseille, to meet the people who are keeping the countryside moving. This documentary collection is a series of solutions to economic, ecological and social problems.
These six films feature people who have taken control of their lives, returning to the land and doing things at their own scale, in a small area, in harmony with nature and the earth.


1: From Paris to Burgundy: city mice and field mice:...

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BOIORIX, RACING FOR HOPE // 52' - 2016

Boiorix Banville is a four year old racing horse. The place is located in the south of France.
When Boiorix is stricken by a bad larynx affection, his owner, Bernard Aillaud, decides to take the chance of a difficult surgery operation so that Boiorix can make it back on the racing track.
The film tells the story of Boiorix Banville come-back. It shows the hardship, the pain, the uncertainty and the anxiety: Will Boiorix come back as the promising young trotter he used to be.

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THE MAGIC OF ALADIN // 26' - 2015

Today, a new generation of coaches is establishing itself, with a genius, Sébastien Guarato at its head. Starting with nothing just a few years ago and ending 2014 with over $5.5 million in winnings from the trotters he trains, Sebastian’s sights are set on the Prix d’Amérique. He’s come very close to his goal, with his legendary mare Roxane Griff, without yet making it to the top step of the podium... But Sebastian doesn’t mind: he has a colt in his stable, Aladin Ecajeul, which has all the...

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SACRED FLAME // 26' - 2015

One beautiful animal, four friends, one dream: winning the Pau Grand Cross. Hervé Audoy is a racehorse trainer by morning and a doctor by day, and keeps an unusual schedule in order to prepare his champion, Feu Croisé for competition. And yet, this 8-year-old Anglo-Arabian horse was a long way from the racecourse. He was about to be repurposed... as a hacking horse. But those around him trusted him. From long walks, to short gallops through the Landes forests, and then a life outside, far from...

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THIERRY DUVALDESTIN, ITINERARY OF A SELF-MADE MAN // 52' - 2015

With a score of Group 1 wins to his name, including two Prix d’Amérique, and a reputation as a meticulous and highly successful trainer, Thierry Duvaldestin’s public image is well known. Our goal is to reveal the private man behind the professional.
Those who call him dour, taciturn and focused solely on his work are not entirely wrong! Thierry Duvaldestin is a self-made man. But what also made him one of the best trainers in France? What are his working methods? How did he rise to fame?

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LICENSE TO DREAM // 52' - 2015

Who are the people who train racehorses... but without making it their job? What drives them to rise before dawn and invest their time and money in “making horses run”? “Licensed Trainers” come from all social classes: post office workers, doctors, mechanics, restaurateurs, nurses, EDF agents, teachers... they are also often farmers. Training in the morning before going on to their "real" jobs, they lead double lives that are difficult to manage, in terms of hours, family commitments and...

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ANDALUSIAN SPLENDOURS // 52' - 2015

This documentary sets out to explore one of the leading centres of Equestrian Art, the Royal Andalusian School in Jerez.
An undeniable part of Spain’s cultural heritage, Iberian equitation is brought here to a state of perfection... But the horse is also the emblem of Andalusia. Shot in 4K during the annual horse Feria, this film invites us on a wonderful journey through a region high in colour and tradition.

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AKIM DU CAP VERT, ITINERARY OF A RISE TO FAME // 26' - 2015

Since 1988, birth registration documents must include the name of the horse, the first letter being the same for all trotters born the same year. Only the first 22 letters of the alphabet are used. As a result, the letter A, used for the first time in 1988, came around again in 2010.
Akim du Cap Vert, one of the two leaders of this new "A" generation along with Aladin Acajeul, is the main character in our film.
At his Normandy stables, we meet the trainer of the horse that could...

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THE GENIUS OF GEMIX // 26' - 2015

Sketching a portrait of a horse always involves questioning its entourage. Gémix is the main character, the hero of the story, but the trainer, owner and breeder, are the ones who, in recounting the horse’s exploits actually tell their own stories. Gémix deserves to be put in the spotlight, and his entourage is ready to reveal everything that has led to this great champion’s success.

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CAGNES-SUR-MER, A WORLD IN ITSELF // 26' - 2015

The Cagnes-sur-Mer racecourse is a legendary racetrack. Very different from the other 250 racetracks in France because of its geographical location on the French Riviera with its feet in the Big Blue, it is also a "mixed" track, where the three equestrian disciplines, flat racing, jump racing and trotting, rub shoulders.
Cagnes-sur-Mer is also a winter meeting. From December 2nd to the 13th March, the racecourse is a hive of activity, with 61 days of racing and nearly 900 horses on the...

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AN EQUINE CAREER // 15 x 26’ - 2014-2013

How can you turn a love of horses into a full time career?
This collection examines the everyday lives of professionals working in the horse industry who all have one thing in common: they’ve turned their passion into a vocation.
From success to failure, from dream to reality, this series takes a candid look at a variety of equestrian trades and helps us to understand their role in a world full of surprises. Each episode follows a typical day in the life of a person working in...

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FROM ONE LIFE TO ANOTHER // 52' - 2014

The world of sport and the world of hunting with hounds have one thing in common: the horse.
But far from bringing them together, it divides them. While hunters think that sports riders are "too uptight”, sports riders accuse hunters of using their horses as "mopeds"!
The former chief equerry of the Cadre Noir in Saumur, Loïc de La Porte du Theil, a horse-trials and classical dressage rider, was himself a great huntsman. He says, "There are few traditional horsemen who hunt with...

Horses & equestrianism
THE NEW LIFE OF NEPTUNE COLLONGES // 52' - 2014

While many racehorses end their careers quietly grazing in a meadow, some owners want to give their champions a second career. Such is the case with these two great horses, "Neptune Collonges" and "Prince des Ifs", who after winning many Group races, in France and in the UK, are now destined for a new career in dressage and eventing.

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RICHARD THE LIONHEART // 52' - 2014

Portrait of a key figure in the racing world.
Still standing, stronger than ever, life has not been easy for Richard William Dénéchère, either on a personal or a professional level. But he always manages to bounce back, sometimes with the help of a little luck. Self-denial is the watchword. One thing is certain; Richard is a leading reference in the world of trotting. Crowned Best National Driver 6 times and with more than 3000 wins to his name, his record speaks for itself. Another...

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A QUESTION OF FEELING // 52' - 2014

To date, All Feeling has run 10 times, finishing 9 times in the top 3, and winning 3 races.
Recently, the horse faced the elite of its generation for the first time, and narrowly missed winning, making a very good impression on the specialists.
Michael is thinking big with his new pearl. Within two years, he hopes he’ll win the Prix d'Amérique.

Horses & equestrianism
ONE HUNDRED POUND PRINCES // 26' - 2014

"Making weight" is an obsession for jockeys.
When they ride in races, they have to meet the weight set by the handicappers.
The aim is that all horses theoretically have the same chance of winning at the starting gate.
The lowest permissible weight is 100 pounds.

Horses & equestrianism
THE MAN WHO LOVED ARTISTS // 52' - 2014

Guy de Labretoigne is a horseman, equestrian art enthusiast and art expert. We go behind the scenes of the annual AR (T) CHEVAL contemporary art exhibition in Saumur, of which he is President, to discover the issues and secrets of the art world.
Through his thirst for knowledge and taste in artists, Guy de Labretoigne introduces us to artists, collectors, experts and auctioneers ... and we find out how much the equine and art worlds coexist and resemble one another!
And when the...

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EQUESTRIAN VAULTERS // 26' - 2014

Portraits of some of the greatest French equestrian vaulters filmed in slow motion. Through them, we discover how vaulting has evolved from the battlefield to become a spectator sport.
A poetic journey to the heart of a dedicated and impressive discipline.

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MY GREAT STABLES // 52' - 2014

Envied throughout the world, the Grandes Ecuries of Chantilly were born of a legend. The dream of a prince, they were built in the 18th century by Louis Henri de Bourbon, and considered to be the most beautiful stables in the world.
Besides the tutelary presence of the Prince of Condé, it’s mainly with those keeping the Great Stables alive today that we go behind the scenes and discover its stories, legends and anecdotes as well as history with a capital "H".

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BADMINTON: AN AWFULLY BRITISH EVENT // 52' - 2013

Every year, the Badminton Horse Trials in England is one of the most popular equestrian events of early spring. "We’re going to the Duke’s" say the English, showing their devotion to the three-day competition held in the 11th Duke of Beaufort’s park.
What gives this mythical event its charm?
Badminton’s “talent” lies in the successful combination of sport, folklore and tradition. The extremely high level of competition has never affected the quality of the reception given to...

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THE ART OF RELAXATION // 52' - 2013

A technical term that every rider hears throughout his or her sporting career, "relaxation" is comparable to warming up, a preparation for any kind of riding. However, the term is open to different interpretations depending on the discipline, the horses and the dictums in play.
Where does relaxation begin and end? A question that calls for technical, sensorial and medical answers. Have scientific advances, particularly in the field of the locomotion and mindset of the horse, opened up...

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TROTTING TO VICTORY // 52' - 2013

Harness racing is a little known sport. However, in recent years it has started to find an audience, keen to find out about the complicity between man and horse that its history, spanning thousands of years, represents.
An Olympic sport for the Greeks and Romans, harness racing is now recognized by the International Equestrian Federation as one of seven high-level equestrian disciplines. Harness racing reaches a high degree of excellence and technical expertise. The spectacular...

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INSIDE THE RING: THE CADRE NOIR SET TO MUSIC // 85' - 2013

In this highly prestigious equestrian show, the Cadre Noir of Saumur, accompanied by the Paris Instrumental Ensemble, present us with a display of French horsemanship at its very finest.
Composed of 15 “tableaux”, in which the quintessence of equestrian art is combined with the works of great composers (Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Bizet, Richard Strauss, Britten and Bartok), the film succeeds in creating an emotional whirlwind, culminating in the melodic inebriation of Astor Piazzola’s...

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THE GREAT PARDUBICE STEEPLECHASE // 52’ - 2013

An opportunity to discover one of the loveliest and oldest steeplechase races in Europe and the world. A story studded with outstanding performances. We explore the 6,900 metre track with its 31 obstacles, combining gallops on both grass and clay, on which the horses run for about 10 minutes! But the biggest challenge is the fourth obstacle, the "Taxis Ditch”, a 1.50 metre hedge concealing a 4-metre long pit, which has been the scene of numerous falls and refusals over the past 122 years.

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CROSS-COUNTRY, THE BATTLE OF LORDS // 52’ - 2013

Cross-country is a splendid discipline, perhaps the noblest of all in the philosophical sense of the term. It’s the discipline of patient men and women who take the time to work on maturer horses that have left the giddiness of their youth behind them.
The trainers are highly skilled at fine tuning those horses that merit it, and their agile, brave mounts return the favour through their magnificent victories, just like “Chriseti", "Another Whisper" and "Phakos”.
By the end of...

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THE JOCKEY AGENT // 26’ - 2013

"Jockey agent": a curious job performed by only a handful of people in France. The jockey agent manages his client’s career by securing the horses that he will ride in races. Well connected, a good negotiator and trainer, he manages the schedule and the physical and mental well-being of the jockey, who usually participates in several races a day on different tracks, jumping in and out of cars and planes in order to honour all his obligations.
In short, the agent is an EXPERT in...

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THE MERCILESS FARLOW DES MOTTES // 52’ - 2013

Every year, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris becomes synonymous with everlasting recognition. Created in 1874, it’s one of the world’s most legendary and extreme challenges with its 5,800 metre course, 23 obstacles (including the monstrous Rail Ditch and Fence, also known as “The Justice of the Peace") and 500,000 Euro prize. In this film we’re promised a merciless battle between the best steeplechase horses in the world, with the young Farlow des Mottes a firm favourite. But the race isn’t...

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A LEGENDARY LAND, 150 YEARS OF THE VINCENNES RACETRACK // 52’ - 2013

A return to the heyday of the Paris-Vincennes Racecourse to mark the 150th anniversary of the most famous trotting racetrack in France. With its legendary race the Prix d'Amérique, the Vincennes "Temple", as it is known to punters, is renowned throughout the world: from America to Japan to Africa, everyone knows Vincennes. Not for its flamboyant castle or its verdant green woods, but for the black cinder track of its racecourse. Spending a Sunday at the races in the company of drivers, owners,...

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ROXANNA DE BARBRAY, ON A KNIFE EDGE // 52’ - 2013

Italian emigrants without a penny to their name, the Donati family worked for a variety of stable owners until one of their bosses went bankrupt and left them a building with a few looseboxes, an ageing sulky and some harnesses... but no horses! After a life lived in the shadow of others when it came to training, how would they persuade people to bring them their trotting horses? Challenging encounters and fast-paced adventure in the heart of the horse racing world, with its intense highs and...

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PASSION IN THE BLOOD // 52' - 2013

They train together, travelling the racetracks of France and abroad, sharing the victories and also the defeats… They are A FAMILY and their lives revolve around racing. Their passion for horses comes from their elders: “Daughter or son of...” they’ve made it their profession and it fills their every waking hour.
The punters may not know it, but these big dynasties form part of the history of horse racing. We meet the “children” driven by a passion handed down through the generations.

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CONCERTO EQUESTRE // 56' - 2012

This is an equestrian and musical show of the French Republican Guard, the cavalry regiment of the Republican Guard, the Choir of the French Army, The fanfare of the Republican Guard, the string quartet of the orchestra of the Republican Guard.
Program recorded at the Haras du Pin, in the musical Septembre festival of orne.
Musics : Albert Gossez, Marius Millot, Raoul Ponsen Francis Lordey, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Purcell, C. Franck, Giuseppe Verdi, Anton Weber, Luigi Ardit,...

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JEAN TEULERE, THE HORSEMAN // 52' - 2012

Jean Teulère, ranked amongst the world’s top 5 equestrians, rarely gives interviews.
But he’s made an exception by opening his stables to his brother Alain and agreeing to share his world with us. In this documentary we learn how he prepares, picks out, trains and brings on a horse he believes in, taking it to the very highest level. Using his 4 best horses as examples, Jean Teulère explains the qualities, such as physique, bloodlines and character, that make a future champion.
A...

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THE COURSE DESIGNER’S SECRETS // 52' - 2012

The course designer is a key figure in jumping events. The “conductor” of the competition, he devises the courses and ensures that the events run smoothly and fairly.
When the show-jumper walks the course for the first time, he’s faced with a puzzle: how will he solve the enigmas and achieve a clear round? How does the course designer see his role? How do the riders tackle the traps? How does a coach teach riders to read a course? With some events, designed for young horses, the idea...

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TO BE BORN A HORSE // 52' - 2012

This documentary focuses on the first three years of a horse’s life, the determining period in its physical and intellectual development, little known to riders. We follow foals at decisive stages in their education as they develop a trust in man. We see them in different environments, such as sport, racing and leisure. The education varies depending on the horse’s destiny, but springs from the same root: ethological knowledge. The aim is to show the rider the importance of understanding the...

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THE FRENCH TROTTING HORSE, PICKING UP SPEED // 52’ - 2012

orse breeding is a passion that unites about 6,800 people in France and is recognised by every accomplished professional to have experienced joy on the track. "The ultimate pleasure is to be the breeder of a winning trotting horse!". Of the 11,000 foals born every year, few grow up to achieve this dream, with just 40% qualifying and only 2 or 3 per generation emerging as champions.
From Normandy to the Loire Valley, through central France to the South West, we follow the great French...

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200 YEARS OF EQUESTRIAN PASSION IN MAURITIUS // 52' - 2012

As they prepare to celebrate 200 years of racing on their island, the Mauritians open their doors to us, sharing their home movies and their history. They are Hindu, Tamil, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Catholic and Protestant; they live thousands of kilometres from the lands in which their ancestors were born, in the middle of the Indian Ocean. They have one thing in common: a burning passion for horses, which decorate the walls of their houses and fill their dreams and songs. Every week, the...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY STABLES OF TURKMENISTAN // 52' - 2012

A land unknown to everyone, a mythical horse... The scene is set for this documentary directed by Aleksandar DZERDZ. Thanks to him, and for the very first time, Turkmenistan and its extraordinary stables are opening their doors to a television crew. A unique chance to meet Turkmen breeders, trainers and even jockeys all driven by the same passion: Akhal Téké. Adulated by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, this golden horse has become the national emblem. Previously unseen footage, exclusive...

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IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT POSITION // 55' - 2011

This documentary addresses the rider’s position in the saddle from every angle. The dressage seat, since it is the basic sitting position for flat work and the first thing taught in clubs before any consideration of moving on to another discipline such as dressage or jumping. Then the jumping position with its various "approaches", the three or two-point seats in the area leading up to a jump.A bad position can damage the rider’s back and can cause numerous health problems for the horse,...

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THE HORSE, AN INTELLIGENT BEING // 52' - 2011

Despite being domesticated for around 6000 years, the behaviour of the horse is still frequently misunderstood.Of all the animals, the horse is without doubt the one that has made the greatest impact on history and human progress… Beginning with the horse’s senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste), this 52’ documentary will give horsemen and women a better understanding of their mounts.

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GOLDIKOVA // 3 X 26' - 2011

This trilogy tells the saga of Goldikova, the only mare to have won three prestigious Breeders’ Cup Mile races and to have made the front page of the Le Monde newspaper. Most champions retire to stud once the dream has become reality, and few mares are still racing at the age of 6. But such is the case for the legendary Goldikova. In this epic tale we follow this exceptional mare and the men that accompany her to races and training sessions, and in her travels and challenges.
PART 1:...

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A RESPONSIBLE GENERATION // 52' - 2011

Sustainable development… is this trend affecting the equestrian world? The answer is YES, and it’s not a trend!
In a tense environment with breeders and farmers in the front line, accused of placing the health of both humans and animal at risk through polluting practices, some horsemen, horse breeders and equestrian managers are moving the traditional lines of resistance. These pioneers are coming up with new solutions which could place the horse within the heart of a more ecological...

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WHEN FEAR STEPS IN // 52' - 2010

Riding requires us to conquer our fear not only of the animal but of hurting ourselves. The novice rider has no choice: to learn, he must overcome his fear. But this fear doesn’t necessarily vanish with experience. Sometimes it stays with a rider for a long time, or catches up with even the best equestrians. It then becomes an enemy to conquer, the last hurdle to overcome...
Through accounts and stories shared by horsemen and horsewomen, this documentary shows us the reasons for this...

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PRINCE OF THE DESERT // 3 x 52' - 2010

The Arabian horse: an animal whose character has been formed under the harsh conditions of desert life and whose bloodlines can be found in almost every equine breed today. It has inspired the greatest artists. It has fascinated men. It is the only animal to have conquered the world on an artistic, spiritual and military level. In this trilogy we reveal the secrets behind this Prince of the Desert.

PRINCE OF THE DESERT, the Story of a Legend (51')
A film that tells the...

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THE GREAT TREK // 10x52' - 2009-2010

The great Trek is a sequel documentary series of 5 episodes per season. In an exceptional location, 6 horse riders are gathered by the French windsurf champion Nathalie Simon. They are coming from different areas : from the show business or jet set (singers, comedians, ex sportsmen…) from the media area (TV hosts, journalists…) and the horse universe (jockeys, drivers, riding sports or shows riders). No competition, no rivalry but shared moments for unpredictable moments on a horse…

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A LEGACY OF FEAR // 52' - 2009

Fear is written in the genes of horses. Since the very beginning, it has allowed them to avoid death and danger. Domestication has not erased this legacy. And when one spends time with them, either on foot or riding them, the question inevitably comes up one day or another: is he making fun of me, or he really afraid? It’s a difficult question given that, more often or not, the answer has to be found in an emergency... Riders and experts share their views and offer concrete ways of conquering...

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MEMORIES OF SABLE // 55' - 2009

This is the story of three women who live, or once lived, on Sable, an island in Nova Scotia. Lost in the Atlantic Ocean, it contains a lifesaving station and a population of wild horses. The accounts of three women from three different periods, 1900, 1950 and today, interweave to paint a picture of a storm-swept, isolated island. Out there, time passes slowly, the shipwrecks and signs of man gradually disappearing beneath the sand. All that remains are the memories of three women, united...

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JAPAN: RACING FEVER // 55' - 2009

The Japanese love horse racing. Betting more than any other country, every year nearly 150,000 Japanese watch the Japan Cup, the high point of the Nipponese equestrian calendar. Through the accounts of those involved in the industry – breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, journalists and punters – this documentary takes us behind the scenes of horse racing in Japan, to the heart of a nation’s obsession with thoroughbreds.

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THE GUARDIANS OF RAPA NUI // 52' - 2008

3,700 inhabitants and almost as many horses. One more mystery for the most remote piece of land in the world. In the shadow of the famous moai of Easter Island, the animal is king. Sixteen-year-old Nico is one of the residents of this far-flung island. Between work on the family horse-breeding farm and preparations for the election of the new Island Queen, he tells us what it is to be Rapanui.

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THE TIME OF THE GIANTS // 52' - 2008

Fernand Leredde, Alexis Pignolet and Germain Levallois are alchemists in search of perfection. Their genius has given rise to some of the greatest sport horses of the 20th century. To hear their story is to share a passion and the memories of a lifetime devoted to horses.

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BRETON DRAFT HORSES // 56' - 2007

A portrait of the Breton draft horse seen through the eyes of three generations. Once at the centre of country life, the Breton horse fell victim to mechanisation in the 1960s, its gradual disappearance coinciding with a dilution of Breton cultural identity. Over the last few years, Brittany has been reviving its old traditions, and the breed has had a new lease of life. New breeders have developed an interest in the Breton draft horse and are putting it to new uses.

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THE LEGEND OF THE BUTTERI // 49' - 2007

No, you’re not dreaming! The lonesome cowboy riding his trusty horse through the desert isn’t a thing of the past. And they’re not restricted to the Wild West, either. In Italy, the butteri, the cowboys of the Maremma marshes, have refused to lay down their arms in the face of mechanisation. This dwindling band of horsemen in the heart of Tuscany carry on and even boast that they’re more skilled in the saddle than John Wayne’s compatriots. And on what do they base this claim? The fact that they...

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THE GOLESTAN HORSEMAN // 55' - 2006

Abduljabar is a jockey. He’s preparing for the big race in Tehran. He’ll be competing against the best horsemen in the land. Born into a largely unassimilated minority group in Iran, the Turkmen, he has to win the respect of his clan. More than that, he has to fight to guarantee himself a future, to be the best. He’s only 12 years old.

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EQUESTRIAN ALCHEMY // 26' - 2004

A chance to meet Arnaud Gillette, the rising star of equestrian theatre, from the beginnings to the first night of his latest show, a visual extravaganza combining cinema and theatre.


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