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A love letter to the sport of show jumping, DESERT FLIGHT is a documentary short film that explores the unique relationship with the horse and why people dedicate so much to the equestrian life.

Filmmaker Samia Staehle’ s goal was to capture the visceral way in which horses enrich our lives and heighten our senses. The film showcases the amazing kind of people that horses always seem to attract: individuals of enormous character, possessed of infinite work ethic, and often a very sharp sense of humor.

Set in Thermal, California the dry beauty of the desert and the horse show’s hidden dusty trails are reminiscent of her one-time home in India, a land of adventure and freedom.

DESERT FLIGHT was shot with two-cameras over three-weeks by Tell Studios. Their crew from metropolitan Detroit with nearly zero experience with horses was set loose on the horse world, not without some trepidation from Staehle and her husband Daryl, the picture’s Executive Producer. There was no script, only the mandate to go and find out what drives these horse people to do what they do every day. The result was DESERT FLIGHT.

HOW TO WATCH: Desert Flight is streaming to US Equestrian Members on the USEF Network. Not a member? Use Promo Code "desertflight" to register HERE for FREE Fan Membership and access to all the content on the network.

A window should open with text that reads "Desert Flight Racing won the National Auto Sport ASsociation National Championship in the ST3 class driving a pair of Audi RS3 LMS race cars. Finishing first and eight in the 17 car field at Mid-Ohio raceway Sunday afternoon. Sponsored by the award winning equestrian documentary'Desert Flight' the twin cars debuted a livery in the movie's signature colors. Ross Thompson drove to first place while Daryl Staehle, the executive producer of the documentary took the eight spot in the race on Sunday October 22nd,"

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