Wild Horse, Wild Ride Theatrical Trailer from Alex Klenert on Vimeo.

You know you’re watching a good horse movie (or any movie for that matter) when the opening sequence makes you cry and the closing credits bring you to your feet. That was my experience when I screened “Wild Horse, Wild Ride” at last year’s BendFilm Festival here in my hometown of Bend, Ore.

The film is a documentary that follows participants in the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge. The competition covers 100 days and includes 100 people training 100 (nearly) untouched Mustangs gathered from Bureau of Land Management herds, culminating with a horse show and auction in Fort Worth, Texas.

After making the film festival circuit last year and garnering more than 20 awards, “Wild Horse, Wild Ride” was released nationally in late August 2012. Between now and the middle of October, the film is opening in an additional 15 cities, including Denver, San Dieg