Equestrian Documentary DESERT FLIGHT World Premieres at World Equestrian Games
It’s likely that every attendee at this month’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ knows what it feels like to be ‘bitten by the horse bug’ but where does this passion come from and what are its implications? In her documentary film “Desert Flight” former Associated Press news producer and amateur equestrian Samia Staehle of Washington state set out to find out.
Staehle narrates the weeks leading up to show jumping mega-circuit HITS Thermal’s biggest class aided by some legendary (or soon to be) equestrian voices as they expose their drive to win.
The film which has been running advance screenings around the country’s horse show circuit this summer is an honest expose’ on how much the sport of show jumping means to its participants and in some cases, is even their source of strength to keep going in life. Heartfelt moments within ask the viewer to contemplate the power of the horse/human connection. Longtime horseman Buddy Brown jokingly refers to his ups and downs at times “living under a bridge” and how his connection to the horses remains constant.
Staehle herself describes a moment when she was prepared to give up on the sport and how through her inner connection to the horse she was motivated to get back in the saddle.
The imagery of the film is itself inspiring, set amidst a backdrop of beautiful desert scenery. Michigan’s Tell Studios which produced the picture captures the cadence of the horses’ movement in a beautiful way. Shots capture warm light on the animals’ backs from early morning sun rises to evening sets and their deep moist breathes. You can practically smell the dander in their coat.
U.S. Equestrian Team member Will Simpson touches the heart as he reflects on how he has been personally championed by his partnership with horses. It’s a moment which leaves viewers with a tear of pride in the eye.
Be forewarned, Desert Flight is going to give you the urge to go spend time with your horse!
Desert Flight’s world premiere will take place during the EQUUS Film Festival at this year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, North Carolina on September 21st. A premiere party is scheduled to begin at 5pm with the premiere itself at 6:30. Admission is free on a first come, first serve basis to those with competition tickets or a pass to the World Equine Expo™ on the grounds. A video trailer for the film and information regarding screenings can be found at desertflightmovie.com. DESERT FLIGHT is being represented by equestrian media personality Steve Williams who plans to roll the film out in the United States via streaming services and globally at trade shows and conferences.