Modern Horseshoeing Meets Hollywood

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Have you ever dreamed of going behind the scenes as a Hollywood horse feature gets filmed? Great news! This fall, EponaShoe is prepared to make your dreams come true with a special blog series on their Tumblr page, which you can follow here: EponaShoe.

EponaShoe produces shoes made of composite materials that can flex with the hoof while providing comfortable and natural support for the horse. It’s founder, Monique Craig, is a hoof researcher, farrier, consultant to farriers, artist, author and perhaps most importantly a rider. While aiming for her PhD in Computational Linguistics at Stanford, Craig purchased a Holsteiner stallion with chronic hoof problems and her entire career path took a turn for the better of the equestrian community. Earlier this year, she published a book on her findings called “A Modern Look at The Hoof; Morphology, Measurement, Trimming, Shoeing.”

Now Craig and her shoes have been cast in the role of keeping the equestrian stars of the upcoming feature film Emerald Bay comfortable throughout their demanding shooting schedule.   The film is based on a true rags to riches story of famous show jumping horse named Emerald Bay, and will feature four horses playing the title role in various circumstances.

Montage, otherwise known as Monte, the main equine star of Emerald Bay.  Photo courtesy of EponaShoe.

Montage, otherwise known as Monte, the main equine star of Emerald Bay. Photo courtesy of EponaShoe.

Montage, otherwise known as Monte, will take on the lion’s share of Emerald Bay’s appearances in the film, including a walk down Las Vegas Boulevard at Night, a run on the beach, and a bareback jumping scene. In order to prepare for the part, he has taken up residence at the Epona Institute for the past five months. Today, Monte moves with increased suspension thanks to his new shoes, and is ready for his close up!

Ode, Donna Cheek and Terry Arner, who has covered 3,600 miles in EponaShoe in Endurance.  Photo courtesy of Eponashoe.

Ode, Donna Cheek and Terry Arner, who has covered 3,600 miles in EponaShoe in Endurance. Photo courtesy of Eponashoe.

Ode, and OTTB rescue horse who will play the “before” version of Emerald Bay, is also receiving his very own EponaShoes for the film. In real life, Ode was a winning horse on the track, but ultimately broke down and required pins in his right front pastern bones. Corrective shoeing will help him give his best performance in front of the cameras, and as a reward for his service Ode will be retired in style after completion of the film.

Craig and EponaShoe will be joined by an equestrian all-star team to make movie magic. Donna Cheek, the first African American woman member of the U.S. Olympic show jumping team, cast the horses. She is a longtime fan and friend of Monique Craig and EponaShoe. In addition, Gina Miles, the 2008 Olympic individual silver medalist in eventing, will consult for the film.

The newly formed Hollywood Motion Picture Experience (HMPE) will produce the film. While this production company may be new, it already includes some serious star power. It was founded by Todd Fisher, son of “Singin’ in the Rain” star Debbie Reynolds and actor Eddie Fisher, and the brother of Carrie Fisher of “Star Wars” fame. Fisher heads HMPE as CEO, Reynolds is chairman/producer; Carrie Fisher is writer/producer; and Fisher’s actress wife, Catherine Hickland Fisher, is also a producer. Emerald Bay, a script based on a book by Paula Kennedy, beat out some twenty other screenplays the company currently owns to be its debut film.

Fisher selected this film because he believes it is an excellent opportunity to highlight talent local to the San Luis Obispo area where the production company is located, such as Craig, Cheek and Miles, as well as regional businesses and attractions. In addition, Fisher told Pacific Coast Business Times that the technology on hand at HMPE “really enhances the way the filmmaker can get into the mind of the horse, which otherwise wouldn’t be very easy.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 10.21.10 AMNow it’s time for you to see all of this talent come together! Filming begins in November, but you can get on the set and behind the scenes starting today by following the EponaShoe Tumblr page here: http://eponashoe.tumblr.com.

To learn more about Monique Craig, the Epona Institute, and EponaShoe, please follow EponaShoe on Facebook or visit their website at www.eponashoe.com.

 

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