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S37 Ep9

Equus "Story of the Horse" | Episode 2: Chasing the Wind

Premiere: 1/23/2019 | 00:00:35 |

Discover how humans have partnered with the horse throughout the centuries, creating more than 350 breeds found all around the world.

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Discover how humans have partnered with the horse throughout the centuries, creating more than 400 breeds, from the Yakutian Horse to the Arab Horse, found all around the world.

Noteworthy Facts:

  • Horses are the stars of Ice Age art; our ancestors drew them more than any other animal. The first piece of art to depict a living thing was a tiny figurine of a wild horse living somewhere in Europe more than 35,000 years ago.
  • Humans began to domesticate the wild horse about 6,000 years ago.
  • There is only one species of domestic horse, but around 400 different breeds that range dramatically in shape and size.
  • Horses have evolved to be able to survive the most extreme climates on earth, from the bitter cold of the Siberian Arctic to the scorching heat of the Arabian Desert.
  • All thoroughbreds are a descendant of one of three stallions who lived 200 years ago. The thoroughbred has been a closed Stud Book since the early 1800s, when it was determined that no further input from exotic gene pools would improve the breed.

Buzzworthy Moments:

  • The coldest place humans live is the Verkhoyansk Mountains of northeastern Siberia. Most of the population is comprised of ethnic Yakuts, and they wouldn’t survive without their Yakutian horses, who can survive winter temperatures that fall to -58 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks at a time. Apart from their extremely thick coat of hair and their stocky build, Yakutian horses have developed a form of “standing hibernation” by lowering their metabolism during the coldest weather and entering a form of semi-hibernation.
  • Irish geneticist Emmeline Hill discovered a genetic code in thoroughbreds that reveals their racing potential. Horse breeders now have access to a genetic test that predicts at birth whether a thoroughbred will be a distance, sprint or mixed-distance runner. Hill’s “speed gene” test is now used at top horse training centers to select the most promising thoroughbreds for training, and to determine which races are best suited to their genetic profile.
  • The world’s only truly wild horses live on Canada’s Sable Island, where a population of 500 horses has been living for at least 40 horse generations. Although descended from domesticated horses abandoned or shipwrecked in the 19th century, these horses receive no care from humans today. Population biologist Philip McLoughlin has discovered how the horses are changing in response to their environment. With no natural predators, they do not startle and run like typical wild horses. They live in partnership with the seals, who provide natural fertilizer to the barren dunes every winter when they gather to give birth on the island, ensuring a healthy grass diet for the horses.
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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
Niobe Thompson

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Caroline Underwood

PRODUCED BY
Niobe Thompson

LOCATION PRODUCER, KAZAKHSTAN & RUSSIA
Nurbol Baimukhanov

EDITORS
Brenda Terning
Krystal Moss

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Daron Donahue
Aaron Munson

MUSIC COMPOSED & CONDUCTED BY
Darren Fung

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER & PRODUCTION MANAGER
Sandra Tober

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Tamarra Canu

SOUND RECORDIST
Philip Dransfeld

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Charles Taylor
Gabrielle Nadeau

PHANTOM HIGH SPEED OPERATOR
Luke Campbell

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Sergio Olivares
Niobe Thompson
Tamarra Canu
Sergei Shauchenka
Christina Ienna

GAFFER
Terry Sims (Head)
Mel Geary

GRIP
Larry Kelly (Key)
Anthony Goertz
Nevin Merrells

SOUND DESIGN AND MIX
Johnny Blerot

SOUND EDIT
Iain Pattison
James Murdoch

FOLEY
Chris Szott
Isael Huard

VOICE COACH
April Banigan

ORCHESTRATION & SCORE COORDINATION
Vincent L. Pratte

SCORE RECORDING ENGINEER
Jeremy Tusz

MUSIC PREPARATION
Stephanie Urquhart
Christopher Hawn
James Slainmann

ORIGINAL MUSIC PERFORMED BY
Members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Pro Coro Canada, and Booming Tree Taiko at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music

For the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music:
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Annemarie Petrov

ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATOR
Rob McAlear

FACILITIES COORDINATOR
Diana de Sousa

ORCHESTRA CONTRACTOR
Eric Filpula

For Pro Coro Canada:
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Michael Zaugg

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mireille Riiavec

SUPERVISING SCORE MIXERS
April Tucker CAS
James Clemens-Seely

SCORE MIXERS
Alex Bohn
Kseniya Degtyareva
Lilita Dunska
Esther Gadd
Joaquin Gomez
Mariana Hutten
Jonathan Kaspy
Aleksandra Landsmann
Matthew Manifould
Luisa Pinzon

MUSIC EDITOR
Derek Syverud

Score mixed at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

COSTUME DESIGNERS
Zhannat Baimukhanova, Kazakhstan
Kari-Lynn Kleinwachter, Canada
Liza Xenzova, Canada

COSTUMERS
Zaure Aitbai
Zere Makhambet
Zhan Aldekov

PROSTHETICS AND MAKE-UP
Aliya Shmanova
Albina Rodygina
Luiza Amanbayeva

PROP ARTISTS
Seken Nurgaliev
Asylbek Tortkara
Daniyar Baidaralin

SET ARTIST
Alexey Shindin

CARPENTERS
Kairat Tasov
Eszhan Baltabai
Bolat Ertaev
Zeba Etaeva
Nurasyl Tasov
Arman Nurzhan
Beksultan Moldabekov
Erszhan Baltabaev
Daulet Nurmakhan
Ulan Sisenbaev

ARCHAEOLOGIST CONSULTANTS, DRAMATIC RECREATIONS
Professor Viktor Zaibert
Nurbol Baimukhanov
Gabit Baimbetov
Emma Usmanova
Professor Mayke Wagner
Professor Pavel Tarasov

ANIMAL WRANGLERS
Aldabergen Shalipov, Kazakhstan
Baltabai Ibraev, Kazakhstan
John Scott, Canada

CASTING DIRECTOR
Nurbol Baimukhanov

ACTORS:
HUNTER-GATHERERS, KAZAKHSTAN
Janat Daley
Aidynbek Beisenuly
Aigerim Beissembayeva
Zaure Aitbai
Zere Makhambet
Almas Ulan

BOTAI, KAZAKHSTAN
Yurii Matvienko
Timur Janyshev
Alla Stassyuk
Ilgizar Mavlyanov
Oksana Olenik
Milana Simonenko
Alexandra Belova
Kira Belova
Dariya Markina
Denis Markin
Artem Markin
Tatyana Laukert
Marina Burko
Nadezhda Chepenko
Tatyana Sklyar
Ruslan Aldazharov
Evdokim Artyushenko
Viktor Egozov
Evgenii Ostrovsky
Marina Egozova
Sergei Safiulin
Nikolay Simonenko
Andrei Mayer

MONGOLS, KAZAKHSTAN
Edii Moldaliev
Toichubek Serkebaev
Sultan Dikambaev
Temirkhan Tursungaliev
Aidos Iskakov
Ilchibek Nuraev
Nurbek Bolotov

STUNT MASTERS
Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov, Kazakhstan
Timur Janyshev, Kazakhstan
Ruslan Podaruyev, Kazakhstan
Mike Loades, United Kingdom

COLOR GRADE & ONLINE MASTERS
Glenn Sakatch

VISUAL EFFECTS & ANIMATION DIRECTOR
Greg Marshall

3D ANIMATIONS
Ryder McLean
Karl “Nekosei” Reichert

STOCK FOOTAGE RESEARCH
Gina Cali

ACCOUNTING SERVICES
Candice Kent

PRODUCTION SOLICITOR
Linda Callaghan

STOCK FOOTAGE & ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
University College Dublin Research & Innovation
Getty Images
Shutterstock
Filmsupply
NatureFootage
NBC
National Geographic
The Calgary Stampede
Zatzworks Inc.
United Church Archives

SPECIAL THANKS
Sable Island National Park Reserve, Parks Canada
Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association
HRH Princess Alia bint Al Hussein
The Calgary Stampede
Glebe House in Coolcullen, County Kilkenny
Ministry of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Shejire DNA
State National Nature Park Burabay
State Historical-Cultural Reserve Museum Issyk
The British Museum
Musee departemental de Prehistoire de Solutré
Caverne du Pont D’Arc (Chauvet), Ardeche
Siksika First Nation
The horse community of Edmonton, Alberta

Produced with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund

Produced with the participation of
The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Produced with the cooperation of the
Canadian Federation of Musicians

Produced in association with
the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production for CBC
Sue Dando

 

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

Coordinating Producer
JAYNE JUN

Associate Producer
JAMES F. BURKE

Legal Counsel
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

Digital Producer
HEATHER TONER

Social Media Editor
KAREN HO

Audience Engagement
CHELSEY SAATKAMP

Budget Controller
JAYNE LISI

Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Re-Recording Mixer
JON BERMAN

Original Funding Provided in Part by
Canada Media Fund
Rogers Documentary Fund
The Arnhold Family In Memory Of Clarisse Arnhold
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III
Kate W. Cassidy Foundation
Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust
Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao
Anderson Family Fund
Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation
Rosalind P. Walter
The Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr.
Sandra Atlas Bass
The Hite Foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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