Equine Productions celebrate success after winning two prestigious awards at leading equine film festival
Equine Productions picked up two awards at the EQUUS Film Festival in New York. Visual Director, Nathan Horrocks, was awarded Best International Director for “Many Clouds, The People’s Horse”, and “Mole Valley Farmers, Not Your Average Store”, won Best International Commercial.
A tribute to former Grand National winner, “Many Clouds, The People’s Horse” captures the journey of racing star, Many Clouds, during his acclaimed career - from the rise of his talent on the national hunt circuit, to his triumph at the 2015 Grand National. The story of Many Clouds was closely followed by Equine Productions and the horse holds special memories for Visual Director Nathan Horrocks, the gelding’s former exercise rider and director of the film.
On winning Best International Director, Nathan said he was “completely overwhelmed”. During the weekend, he received high praise from fellow award winning filmmakers from across the globe.
“I entered the film into the festival to share the Many Clouds story with an American audience, to show how much he was loved, but I never expected to win. This is my tribute to him to say thank you for what he has done for me, both personally and professionally, he literally changed my life." Nathan Horrocks
The film was created using interviews and footage, originally commissioned by the Jockey Club in the lead up to the 2016 Grand National and the material was reused by kind permission of ITV Racing and Racing UK.
This is the third year in a row Equine Productions has triumphed at EQUUS Film Festival.
“Thank you to the Equine Productions team who put up with my tears and emotion whilst piecing together the Many Clouds footage. A special thank you to trainer of Many Clouds, Oliver Sherwood, and owner Trevor Hemmings, for bringing him into my life. The investment and hard work that goes into these top horses allows us to appreciate and love these incredible animals.” Nathan Horrocks
Watch Many Clouds, The People’s Horse here.
Moving away from the racetrack, roaming free ponies and other animals were the stars of the show in the “Mole Valley Farmers, Not Your Average Store commercial.” Here, Emma Massingale, utilised her unique training methods to create a “Night at the Museum” inspired commercial promoting the launch of a brand new Mole Valley Farmers store in Holsworthy. Featuring ponies, a dog, a chicken and a duck in a shopping takeover, the commercial follows the animals around the store, secretly helping staff members behind the scenes, taking on tasks such as pushing trollies, moving feed sacks and posing as pretend horse mannequins.
“It’s absolutely brilliant to win another award in New York, working with Equine Productions is always great fun and we knew from the cast of horses, ponies, a duck, a chicken, a dog and two Shetlands, that it would be a challenging but entertaining shoot. I love thinking of crazy ideas and then seeing the horses’ amazing ability to bring them to life. You can teach horses and other animals pretty much anything but only when they make it their own does it look truly magical on screen!!” Emma Massingale
“We at Mole Valley Farmers are delighted to be involved in such an exciting and creative production, and we’re thrilled that it has been recognised on a global stage. The combination of Emma Massingale’s brilliant ability with animals, and Equine Productions’ film know-how, created something really special, and we couldn’t be happier with the reaction the film continues to receive.” Andy Skarzynski, Head of Marketing at Mole Valley Farmers
The popular commercial has just under one million views online, watch Mole Valley Farmers, Not Your Average Store below:
“Without Emma’s dedication and talent, this film would have been unachievable. The reaction at EQUUS Film Festival was unbelievable and the commercial was incredibly well received. The team at Mole Valley Farmers were brilliant at taking on such a brave creative and allowing us free rein – especially in their brand new store!!” Dave James, Creative Director at Equine Productions
“These awards are a great recognition for our team’s talent and dedication. We’re proud of every film we produce and to have these accolades is really special for everybody.” Sam Fleet, Managing Director at Equine Productions
The EQUUS Film Festival took place at the Helen Mills Theater in New York between 17 – 19 November 2017.