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Film Review: Dark Horse

Film Review: Dark Horse
Catherine Madera

The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

 

Dark HorseDark Horse is the real life fairytale about how a Welsh barmaid from a poor coal mining town decided to breed a racehorse and take on the sport of kings. Jan Vokes knew nothing whatsoever about horse racing, but had bred birds and dogs—so why not a racehorse? She convinced pub customer Howard Davies to join her and they eventually formed a syndicate of locals—retirees, small businessmen, shopkeepers and barflies—who each contributed 10 pounds a week. They purchased an aging Thoroughbred mare that never won a race and bred her to an inexpensive American stallion, raising the resulting foal they named Dream Alliance essentially in the backyard. It all looked like an eccentric lark until the horse started winning, and winning big. Watch the trailer and learn more at http://www.sonypicturesclassics.com/darkhorse.

Editor’s Review: I loved everything about the film, which opens this month in select theaters. This is the dream of every backyard breeder and though common sense screams it is a foolish “one in a million” gamble it is a tremendously inspiring story. From the toothless and tattooed commoners that made up Dream Alliance’s syndicate, to the faith and courage it took for Jan Vokes to believe she was worthy of the sport of kings, this is a film for everyone that fears their background or lack of money prevents them from accomplishing the impossible. Moreover it is a film that proves, once again, how horses ignite passion and dreams. Completely heartwarming.

 

Published in May 2016 Issue

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Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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