Each year thousands of wild horses are rounded up and removed from public lands by the U.S. Government. All will need permanent homes. None has ever been touched by a human hand.
Wild Horse, Wild Ride tells the story of the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, an annual contest that dares more than a hundred horse trainers to each tame a totally wild mustang in order to get it adopted into a better life beyond federal corrals.
On Thursday, March 21 you are invited to witness the stories of eight brave individuals who take up the challenge. But wait! This feature film, just released in December, 2012 has an even bigger surprise. One of the 8 trainers showcased in this documentary is a Door County local that many people know of as Chewy. Jesus Jauregui and his brother Teo are well known as partners in a roofing and construction business. But, not many people know that they are recognized all over the USA as true horse-whisperers in the Vaquero tradition. Part of the film was shot here in Door County at Chewy’s Horsemanship Ranch.
Stunning and poignant, Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus’ debut feature documentary chronicles a handful of unforgettable characters from their first uneasy meeting with their horses and over three months as they attempt to transform from scared strangers to the closest of companions.
Eventually all will converge in Fort Worth, Texas, to compete against each other and offer the horses up for adoption at an auction in which the trainers, if they wish to keep their horses, must bid against the public.
Hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as a “crowd-pleaser with a big heart,” the film traverses across the United States to tell stories of the profound the bonds that can develop between people and animals. From the rolling hills of New Hampshire to the Navajo Nation to the heart of Cowboy Country, the film captures a journey that is at times harrowing, humorous, heartwarming and heartbreaking as these wild spirits- both human and horse- embark on the ride of their lives. Husband-and-wife team Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus have worked in the production of non-fiction television for over 15 years.
Alex is a documentary producer and writer whose body of work covers a wide range of themes and genres and has appeared on networks including History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, CNBC, HGTV, OLN and PBS.
Greg is a Director of Photography whose job has taken him all over the world- from Myanmar to the Amazon; New Zealand to Saudi Arabia; Alaska to Liberia. He has filmed well over 100 programs for networks including Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, A&E, and PBS and has also contributed to several independent films and music videos.
Having lived and worked in New York and Chicago, Alex and Greg currently reside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with their two young children. Wild Horse, Wild Ride is their feature directorial debut.
“An engrossing study in the communication possible …between man and beast.” – Variety
“That rare gem that reaches out to anyone with a soul and leaves an indelible impression.” – Collider.com
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