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Real Desire film honored

August 12, 2005

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Vigilante Films of Bozeman, Mont., Monica Thors of Princeton, N.J., and Amy Krause of Yardville, N.J., co-producers of the Standardbred documentary "Harness Dreams--A Real Desire for a Dream," have been officially notified by the selection committee of Festival EPONA that their documentary film has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Le Festival à L'Image du Cheval.

Co-sponsored by Standardbred owner and breeder George Segal of Brittany Farms, and by Peter Gerry, on behalf of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, the 24-minute documentary was aired on RFD-TV six times between March 31 and April 3 of this year. The piece was part of the eight-week series entitled "Horse Babies," which presented documentaries about Rocky Mountain Horses, Tennessee Walkers, Black Egyptian Arabian Horses, Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods, Friesians, miniature horses, and Standardbreds.

Of the more than 500 film submissions from 29 different countries, 45 films were selected as finalists for the 12th annual festival. The criteria for selection as a finalist included the quality of the subject, beauty of the images, diversity of the topics, and originality of the approach of the programs.

Hosted by La Societé Cheval Française, whose mission is to promote horses and horse events in France, the film festival is open to the public and will be held in Cabourg, France from Oct. 7-9.

The story behind "Harness Dreams" is the saga embarked upon by the then relatively unknown young husband-and-wife team of Blair and Karin Burgess. In the fall of 1999 they purchased a very modestly priced yearling named Real Desire, and the film follows the thrills and challenges of the humble and hardworking trainer-caretaker duo, who together developed their bargain priced ($16,000) acquisition into a high moneywinnig and stakes-class racehorse -- and ultimately into a world champion.
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