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The Horses of McBride (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 16 December 2012
When Nicki discovers two horses stranded deep in the Rocky Mountain snow, she is determined to find a way to set them free.


Anne Wheeler


Anne Wheeler
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Quinn ... Matt Davidson
MacKenzie Porter ... Nicki Davidson
Kari Matchett ... Avril Davidson
Edward Ruttle ... Kenny Davidson
Scott Hylands ... Preston
Caroline Cave ... Fiona
Greyston Holt ... Simon Senegal
Lloyd Robertson Lloyd Robertson ... Self - Newscaster (archive footage)
Francis Damberger Francis Damberger ... Stranger
Patrick Gilmore ... Winston
Dustin MacDougall ... Older Brother
Anand Rajaram ... Dr. Kumar
Phil Fulton Phil Fulton ... Pete
Benjamin Laird ... Cam (as Ben Laird)
Lisa Christie ... Lilly


When Nicki discovers two horses stranded deep in the Rocky Mountain snow, she is determined to find a way to set them free.

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Drama | Family


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Epilogue before end credits: "The family remains on their ranch outside the town of McBride. Since their heroic rescue from Mount Renshaw, the horses have been adopted and are now healthy and happy." See more »

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Dedication before end credits:  "The movie is dedicated to the Jeck family, and all those who help dig the long trench to freedom." See more »

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A good bit of Canadiana and Aidan Quinn
22 January 2018 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

This is a true story about a father and his daughter who mobilize the residents of a small Canadian town near McBride B.C to rescue two starving horses trapped on a snow covered mountainside.

First discovered by snowmobilers the story is soon picked up by the media and the entire country watches the community pull together, digging a mile long trench through 10 feet deep snow back onto a logging road to rescue the abandoned horses.

This made for TV movie runs every Christmas where I live and I've seen it a couple times now. I think I originally watched it because Aidan Quinn was in it -not sure how or why he made this? but its pretty good all round.

I like the fact that it was obviously filmed in real winter, its cold, it does not look fun for the actors with deep blowing snow, very bad, true BC weather not the fake sunshiny stuff filmed in the summer like most Xmas movies seem to be. The family dynamics portrayed here are good- assume also true- family on the verge of moving, no work at the mill, the vet out of his element in the severe cold. The horses have also been made to look rough, patchy hair, bad hooves. A good bit of Canadiana.

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Release Date:

16 December 2012 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Turner Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Whizbang Films See more »
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