The above featured video is a four minute demo of the DVD series: SERIOUS HORSEPLAY FOR AMATEUR CUTTERS and is meant to give you a sense of what the project will be like. This proposed project will be filmed from start to finish with new participants, horses and episodes that have been updated since this DVD was produced in 2008.
OBJECTIVE: Production of the top-rated weekly equine show on the number one agricultural/equestrian channel RFDTV. Designed to educate the public on the exciting and addictive world of cutting horses . The NCHA's Triple Crown of Cutting offers $10M in prize money, topping even the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horseracing. This is the fastest growing equestrian sport in the world with fans and competitors worldwide. This series will provide the viewing audience with information and detailed instruction on how they can participate in this exciting sport in a cost effective way. This 13-episode series will be broadcast in a prime time slot on RFDTV. The information in this series will be presented by a world famous legend and icon in the cutting horse industry: Leon Harrel.
Leon Harrel's natural talent and graceful horsemanship techniques have made him legendary worldwide and his achievements speak for themselves:
*Hall of Fame Member 1989
*NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association) President
*NCHA Lifetime Director
*PCCHA (Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association) President
*2 time NCHA Futurity Open World Champion (Doc's Yuba Lea/ Smart Date)
*2 time NCHA Futurity Reserve Open Champion (Nu Niner Bar/ Cal's Cindy Ann)
* Trainer/rider of four horses that finished in the top ten all in the same year (Doc's Playmate, Nu Bar, Fizzabar, Doc's Tule Lu)
*NCHA Futurity Open finalist 17 times
*Winner of 5 Open World Championships (including AQHA)
*2 horses inducted into the Hall of Fame (Doc's Playmate/Fizzabar)
*Clinician since 1967
*Author of Western Horseman’s book on CUTTING: Leon Harrel
*Co-producer and host of the number one training video on the market for amateur and non pro cutters: “Serious Horseplay for Amateur Cutters”
*Life time earnings from 1969-1998 : $1.2+ million (In today's prize money this number would be more than ten times this amount for the same accomplishments)
Leon's charm, wit and entertaining presentation make learning easy and fun for students. His on screen presence is very powerful and inspiring and his teaching techniques are akin to Rosetta Stone's methods. Before you know it, you're doing it! He always leaves viewers feeling confident in their ability to perform the tasks easily and effectively.
This television series is inspired by Leon's highly successful and popular video called: SERIOUS HORSEPLAY FOR AMATEUR CUTTERS. It will be filmed using top quality horses sired by the leading stallions in the industry. We will be showcasing a variety of riders new to the sport as well as seasoned riders who are extremely competitive in the cutting arena at both local and national levels.
The program will cover everything necessary to get started in the cutting arena and will provide viewers with insider information unavailable elsewhere in the industry. The individual episodes of the first season will be filmed in 13 sequenced programs. They will be easy to digest and make the learning process very attainable to those viewers wishing to put the information into immediate practice for their own use. They will be able to experience instant results from each episode. The exceptional take home value per episode will be the key to this program's overwhelming success.
This is the first and only television series that will be broadcast on RFDTV that actually takes the audience from start-to-finish through the process of entering, participating and competing in the exciting world of cutting horses. Viewers will be guided through the various stages step by step by one of the greatest teachers and communicators in the horse industry. Leon Harrel has started and developed thousands of riders throughout his career who have gone on to become successful competitors and trainers. He will offer a comprehensive education full of insights, pertinent information and applicable training techniques to the viewing audience that will give them the tools they need to become cutting horse riders and competitors.
The series will cover everything newcomers to the sport of cutting need to know in order to make safe, well informed choices about selecting and purchasing their first cutting horse. He will guide them through the following processes:
*What type of horse will best suit them to get started
*How to make sure their horses are correctly screened and vetted by reliable professionals
*Knowledge about the care and maintenance specific to cutting horses including the expenses involved
*Information about the selection and correct use of equipment for themselves as well as their horses
*Understanding and development of horsemanship skills and techniques unique to cutting horse riding and training
*Specialized exercises that will facilitate a rider's ability to quickly learn exactly what it takes to ride, tune/prepare and show a cutting horse.
This is the only program in the industry designed specifically to support and educate riders who are contemplating becoming cutting horse competitors both recreationally as well as professionally.
It is an excellent introduction to the cutting horse world for any equine enthusiast as well as animal lovers in general. Leon's methods are humane and respectful of both horse and rider, and demonstrate how easily these extraordinary animals will perform for even the most inexperienced of riders when approached in a way they can easily comprehend.
There is serious interest and enthusiasm on behalf of the RFDTV programming staff for a show of exactly this type. Not only does it offer incomparable educational take home value, but it is also the first program of it's kind to be aired that is associated with a specific equestrian discipline that is both professional, extremely competitive and offers the largest amounts of prize money in the horse world today.
Funding would cover:
*Filming and editing costs ($75,000) done by:
Multiple award winning :High Horse Video Producers - Michael and Dianne Killen
Michael and Dianne filmed, edited and produced our video, SERIOUS HORSEPLAY FOR AMATEUR CUTTERS and have produced numerous programs for television, including but not limited to some of the top equestrian programs on RFDTV today. They are intimately familiar with the professional production details required for this type of programming. The video and audio quality of their work is exceptional and makes program viewing a pleasurable experience.
*Airtime on RFDTV ($150,000)
*Rewards for contributing funders ($25,000)