Connecting Horses to the Public: From ‘Black Beauty’ to Cavalia

The AHC showcased the importance of connecting horses to the public during a webinar featuring experts, including a Cavalia stunt rider and the writer/director of an upcoming adaptation of the equine classic, available soon on Disney+.
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Connecting Horses to the Public: From ‘Black Beauty’ to Cavalia
Kansas Carradine performs stunts during Cavalia, a live show that brings the magic of horses to audiences around the world. | Photo: Courtesy Kansas Carradine

An equine encounter in the media or in person can spark a lifelong interest in, if not love of, horses. The American Horse Council (AHC) knows that by showcasing the beauty of horses and the power of the horse-human bond to the general public, the industry can attract a new generation of horse enthusiasts. With this goal in mind, the organization hosted a webinar on Aug. 17 called “Putting Horses in the Public Eye.”

The event featured Ashley Avis, the screenwriter and director of the upcoming movie “Black Beauty,” stunt rider Kansas Carradine (the daughter of actor David Carradine), and media consultant and journalist Elizabeth Kaye McCall.

The panelists through their work have all helped bring the beauty of horses to the general public. Avis’ movie is scheduled for release on the streaming service Disney+ later this year, while Carradine and McCall have been involved with the traveling live-action equine show Cavalia

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Tracy Gantz is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and a regular contributor to Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News, and Appaloosa Journal.

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