Nice, entertaining family movie, with a cutting horse theme.
This Hallmark movie was on tonight. Set in Washington state, the surroundings looked more like Canada. Plus the young actors who played the boy and girl said "a-boot" for 'about', which is the Canadian way. However those were just points of interest, and did not detract from my enjoyment of the movie. I suppose it is still considerably more cost-effective (cheaper) to make movies there.
Stephen Collins is Joe, former champion horseman who was badly injured 18 years earlier, and had to give up competitive cutting horse riding. However now he has a 17-year-old daughter who has become a champion rider under his coaching. Within the story we find out that she never really considered whether she actually wanted to do that, it was just something she always had done. It was her father's way of living the life he could not any longer.
The mother is played by Barbara Williams as Helen, who also plays the guitar and sings.
Canadian Magda Apanowicz is the girl, Brooke Preston, and she really does look 17 even though she is now in her 20s. The boy she becomes friends with is Canadian Brett Dier, a real teenager, as Caden.
As the story progresses we find out that Joe was so focused on his daughter's riding that he didn't always take care of business at home and at work, as a mechanic. The family begins to worry that they may even lose their home. Brooke wants to go to college to be a Vet but worries that her parents may not be able to afford to send her. Joe had been counting on winnings from the horse competitions but when Brooke's horse broke down everything looked gray.
A good, clean family drama that doesn't break any new ground, but has a worthwhile message.
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