From Bill Brioux of the Canadian Press:
B.C. town rode to rescue of horses
When Aidan Quinn returned to this picturesque town outside Calgary last March to shoot The Horses of McBride, he was happy to see a familiar face â€” John Scott. The veteran horse wrangler and Alberta rancher has been helping everyone from Brad Pitt to Sam Elliott to Jackie Chan stay in the saddle for 40 years. Scott worked with Quinn, Pitt and Anthony Hopkins on the 1994 feature Legends of the Fall and with Quinn again on the 2007 HBO film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Read more.
From Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald:
- Horses of McBride offers story of community and survival
Aidan Quinn is hardly a delicate flower. One of the stars of TV film The Horses of McBride, the American actor has been a movie tough guy for years. He lives in the country. He loves the wilderness. But even he has his limits. Moose Mountain in Alberta, for instance. Read more.
From Fish Griwkowsky of the Edmonton Journal:
- Horses of McBride retells dramatic rescue
Written and directed by Edmonton-born Anne Wheeler, executive-produced by Due Southâ€™s Paul Gross, The Horses of McBride fictionalizes the 2008 true story of a family who rallied an eastern B.C. mountain town to dig out the emaciated creatures. The pack animals were abandoned by an Edmonton hunter in the fall of that year near McBride, west of Jasper National Park, and by winter had lost hundreds of pounds and much of their fur from sleeping on ice. Theyâ€™d even eaten each othersâ€™ tails. Read more.
From Brad Oswald of the Winnipeg Free Press:
- Horse tale helps your family shovel away winter blues
Given recent weather patterns hereabouts, and the repetitive outdoor-chore obligations they’ve inevitably created for local folks, it might seem a bit risky — foolish, even — to recommend a TV movie that’s basically about shovelling snow. But in the spirit of the spirit of the season, here goes: The Horses of McBride is a lovely, well-crafted and beautifully performed yarn that’s perfect for family viewing during the festive season. Read more.
From Liz Brown of Metro Canada:
- Horses of McBride tells of real life rescue from B.C. mountain
Just before Christmas in 2008, Toni Jeck was faced with a tough decision. Armed with some hay and a shotgun, she was tasked with deciding the fate of two starving horses her snowmobiling brother had found trapped in two-metre deep snow on the side of Mount Renshaw, near McBride, B.C. Read more.
From Nick Kuhl of the Lethbridge Herald:
- Southern Alberta touch to CTV movie based in B.C.
When CTV airs its holiday movie “The Horses of McBride” on Sunday, viewers may notice a significant southern Alberta flavour. Not only was it filmed just west of Calgary, but the production stars MacKenzie Porter, who grew up near Medicine Hat, and Kari Matchett, who went to high school at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. Read more.