Horse and Rider

About

NATURE explores the fascinating partnership between animal and human in Horse and Rider.

“Bet Yer Blue Boons” is one of the most agile and intelligent cutting horses in the world, a true champion.

“Rio,” a spectacular polo pony, is a gifted athlete able to sprint at 30 miles per hour, then stop suddenly and turn on a dime.

“Chamont” has the natural talent and physique of a great dressage horse, but also at times a timorous personality that puts a question mark on his future success.

Each of these remarkable animals shares an astonishing trait: the ability to implicitly trust, and perform complex tasks in tandem with, a human partner working toward a common goal. This teaming of horse and rider is arguably the most sophisticated and intriguing example of human-animal cooperation. NATURE explores and illuminates this absorbing phenomenon in Horse and Rider.

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Online content for Horse and Rider was originally posted October 2002.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Producer / Director
TOM SIMON

Editor
LISA PALATTELLA

Associate Producer
ANNA GEDDES

Camera
TERRY HOPKINS
REUBEN AARONSON
BILL MILLS

Sound Recordists
WAYNE BELL
JOE FOGLIA
JOE HETTINGER
VINCE NUCCIO
ROGER PHENIX
SCOTT TERHARK

Music Composed and Produced by
EDDIE FREEMAN and MARTA VICTORIA
ICARUS MUSIC

Coordinating Producer
LINDA PATTERSON SHARPLEY

Creative Consultant
JEANNE SHANAHAN

Assistant Camera
DICK WILLIAMS
SAMSON CHAN
JASPER GRAY

Production Assistant
ABIGAIL ROSENBERG

Assistant Editor
MATTHEW MICKA

Special Thanks:
Chris Bates
Betty, Bento and Martin
Susan Blinks
Tammy Bradbury
Sally Dininny
Tara Farnham
Judith Hannah
Ruth Hogan-Poulson
Horses In The Hood, Los Angeles
Kentucky Polo Horse Sales
Ginger Kirk
Marcia S. Kulak
LA's Best
Colleen Murphy Logan 
Palm Beach Polo & Country Club
Thumbs Up Riding Club, Los Angeles
Ultimate Farm
United States Equestrian Team
United States Polo Association

Stock Footage Provided by:
Taurus Productions
Running J Productions
National Cutting Horse Association

Online Editor
BARRY GLINER

Sound Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Sound Editor
BRIAN BEATRICE

Film Laboratory
COMMONWEALTH FILM SERVICES

Film Transfer
HENNINGER CAPITOL

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON
SUSANE LEE

Associate Producer
GIANNA SAVOIE

Production Assistant
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
AUSTIN RIPLEY

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Online Editor
BARRY GLINER

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

Produced by
Working Dog Productions, Inc and Thirteen/WNET New York

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

Web Credits

Legacy Producer
RONNIE GODEANUDirector of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistant
DANIEL ROSS 

Creative Director
NICK MILLER 

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Content Consultant
SUSANE LEE

About the Writer

David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.

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