Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions

About

Acclaimed wildlife filmmaker Ginger Kathrens has been filming the life of the remarkable wild stallion, Cloud, since the day of his birth in 1995, allowing NATURE viewers to watch as he grew from tiny foal to the powerful leader of the largest band of wild horses in the Arrowhead Mountains that he is today. Along the way, much has been learned about wild horse society and the importance of family and loyalty in their dangerous and unpredictable world.

In this chapter of his story, Cloud is one of two fathers who bring up each other’s sons. Bolder is Cloud’s son by birth – beautiful and golden, but raised by Shaman, a rival band stallion. Flint, dark and determined, was sired by Shaman, but became Cloud’s adopted son. The two sons mature and progress from playful youths into valid contenders for mares and bands of their own. Will one of them rise to take Cloud’s place?

This poignant and engrossing chronicle explores the challenges presented not only by ambitious sons, but also by the harsh mountain weather, deadly mountain lion attacks, and the changing relationships within and between bands of wild horses in the mountains.

The film also touches upon the effect of the on-going efforts of the Bureau of Land Management (the BLM) to administer a program of population control, including infertility drugs and bait trapping, to remove animals from the mountains. It is yet another hurdle that Cloud and his family and the rest of the horses in the Arrowheads must overcome in the day-to-day efforts to survive in the wilderness.

Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions premieres Sunday, October 25 (check local listings).

You can follow the developments of Cloud’s family, along with updates about the BLM measures to control horse population at the Cloud Blog.

If you missed the first two installments, watch Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies and Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns online.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Written and Produced by
GINGER KATHRENS

Associate Producer
MAKENDRA SILVERMAN

Cinematographers
GINGER KATHRENS
MAKENDRA SILVERMAN
MARIO BENASSI

Aerial Photography
SIMON WERRY
GLENN CHAMBERS
SKY AVIATION

Composer
KELLY BRYARLY

Editor
GINGER KATHRENS

Assistant Editor
MAKENDRA SILVERMAN

Additional Photography
BRIAN McCLATCHY
STEVE KROSCHEL

Camera Assistants
MAKENDRA SILVERMAN
ANN EVANS

Grips
DEB LITTLE
MIGUEL VALDEZ
TOM DILLON
KATIE EITZEN
PAT SUPER
CAROL WALKER
TIMO SEIDEL
THOMAS HOMBURG

Location Scout/Grip
MATTHEW DILLON

Production Assistants
JO SOUDER
ANNI WILLIAMS
NANCY CERRONI
VOLKER ARZT
SUSAN SUTHERLAND

Location Services
HORSESHOE BEND MOTEL, LOVELL, WY
=R FOXTROTTERS & THE MANGUS FAMILY

Video Post Production
42 PRODUCTIONS, BOULDER
COLORIST: RICK GOUGLER

Online Editor
ANDREW RATZLAFF

Visual Effects
PAUL LEE

Audio Post-Production
POST MODERN, DENVER

Supervising Sound Editor
CHUCK BIDDLECOM

Sound Editors
MIKE CRAMP
DANIEL GONZALES
SIDNEY D. JONES JR. (INTERN)

Narration Record
JON BERMAN

Sound Mixers
ED CAMPBELL
JON BERMAN

Motion Picture Lab
DuART FILM AND VIDEO

Transfers
BILL STOKES

Stock Footage
MARTY STOUFFER PRODUCTIONS

Thanks to
US DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF LAND MGMT.
BILLINGS FIELD OFFICE
CUSTER NATIONAL FOREST

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE TEJARATCHI HESS

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Online Editor
CHRIS CONNOLLY

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of Taurus Productions, Inc. and Thirteen in Association with WNET.ORG.

This program was produced by Thirteen, which is solely responsible for its content.

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Web Credits

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
CHIE WITT

Designer
JOY WEEENG

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Senior Director
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Writer
CHRISTOPHER WADE