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The story of an Australian Horseman who, through the pursuit of soft feel and horsemanship, is changing the lives of horses and people.
The documentary story of an Australian Horseman who, through the pursuit of soft feel and horsemanship, is changing the lives of horses and people.
The documentary story of an Australian Horseman who, through the pursuit of soft feel and horsemanship, is changing the lives of horses and people.
198 backers pledged AU$ 15,564 to help bring this project to life.

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What if there was more to communicating with horses? Could you truly build a relationship of trust and confidence with your horse using feel, timing, balance, empathy and light hands? This is the story of Steve Halfpenny, the remarkable Australian horseman.

THE BEGINNING 

In July of 2017, Steve filmed a six minute short documentary. This little film was an experiment. Could Steve’s philosophy and way with horses be communicated through film? 

The answer was YES!  

Since it’s release, it has been selected for 11 international film festivals and won 5 awards including Best Documentary and Best Director. 

THE NEXT STEP

In January 2018 we began filming a new full-length documentary, following Steve’s connection with horses and how he shares his insights with others.   

We already have some great footage shot and ready to go into editing. Work on our official film photography book is also underway. Now we need your help to fund the final processes and bring this film to completion.  

By pledging to back this movie, by choosing a Kickstarter perk (see the right of the page), you will help us to bring this movie to life.

ABOUT STEVE HALFPENNY

Steve Halfpenny began teaching students his unique way of communicating with horses over 25 years ago. He is a #1 Best Selling Author, Equitana Australia presenter, and Senior Judge of Light Hands Dressage. His first short documentary has been selected for 11 film festivals and has won 5 awards, including Best Documentary and Best Director. Steve travels all over the world sharing his knowledge with students in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, and has international students in many more countries.

THE HORSES IN THE MOVIE   

Many of the horses used in this movie are owned by Steve and Irena and live in South Australia. These beautiful Palomino horses have given demonstrations at Equitana Melbourne, and travel all around Australia with Steve in his work.  

MEET THE TEAM  

Irena Halfpenny is married to Steve Halfpenny and she is executive producer of this film. She introduced Steve to horses when they met and is a keen horsewoman.  

Elaine Heney is a horsewoman and award-winning film director from Ireland. She is the producer and director of this film. She was also the executive director of Out of the Wild, the new movie by Mark Rashid which was released by Sony in December 2017.  

Tanja Penders is a Light Hands Equitation instructor from Germany, who shares Steve’s work in Germany and Ireland.  

Annemarie Keisjer is a Light Hands Equitation instructor from the Netherlands, where she helps people with their horse using the principals of Light Hands Equitation.  

Andrew Turnbull is a remarkable horseman from Perth, Australia and helped many students with their horsemanship.

The $2,000 cost breakdown:  

  • Production equipment: $800  
  • Kickstarter shares and incentives: $500  
  • Post-production: $300  
  • Advertising and design $100  
  • DVDs: $300 
  • This is a very small budget. Any funds we raise above this amount will allow us to shoot more footage, including more aerial shots, make a longer movie and include more behind the scenes footage. 

HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?  

Kickstarter is a funding platform that makes funding convenient for people who want to support meaningful creative projects like Soft Feel and Light Horses. 

We set a funding goal and have 30 days to reach that goal. Our supporters make pledges. If we reach our goal by the deadline, your pledge will be processed by Kickstarter. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT

If we don’t reach our goal, our supporters will not be charged for their pledges. It's an all or nothing deal. To be able to finish this documentary, it's critical to meet our Kickstarter goal. By sharing this Kickstarter page with your friends and family you will help us to achieve this goal. 

WHEN WILL THE FILM BE RELEASED?  

The film is scheduled to be released in September 2018. 

FAQS:  

  • Can I order this film from anywhere in the world? Yes, we will ship worldwide. 
  • When will the movie be ready? The movie will be released in September 2018.
  • When do I need to submit the working equitation and online dressage tests? These must be submitted by Dec 31, 2018.

Learn more:  

Visit Steve Halfpenny’s Light Hands Equitation website: www.lighthandsequitation.com  

Visit Elaine Heney’s Grey Pony Films website: www.greyponyfilms.com   

 

Risks and challenges

Steve Halfpenny The Movie will face the same risks as all documentaries, most notably the financial risk. When we started, we knew we would eventually have to reach out to the world for help to complete the film. As a team, we're fully committed to this project. Although there are sometimes scheduling challenges, and could be some in the future, we work so well together that they are always resolved. If we foresee or encounter challenges in the future, we will include details in our updates and get your feedback!

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    OUR APPRECIATION + THANKS

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    LIGHT HANDS PACKAGE

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    LIGHT HANDS EXTENDED PACKAGE

    Get the online movie, the DVD, the behind the scenes footage, the extended student interviews, the Movie eBook, the Relaxed Rider online course, 1 online dressage test, 1 online Working Equitation test and the official movie t-shirt.

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    SIGNED MOVIE BOOK PACKAGE

    Get the online movie, the DVD, the behind the scenes footage, the extended student interviews, the Movie eBook, the Relaxed Rider online course, 1 online dressage test, 1 online Working Equitation test, the official movie t-shirt and the limited edition movie book signed by Steve Halfpenny.

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    PRIVATE CALL WITH STEVE HALFPENNY

    Get the online movie, the DVD, the behind the scenes footage, the extended student interviews, the Movie eBook, the Relaxed Rider online course, 1 online dressage test, 1 online Working Equitation test, and a 30 min Skype call with Steve Halfpenny or Elaine Heney (director).

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    BEST FRIENDS PACKAGE (15 DVDs)

    Get 1 copy of the online movie, the behind the scenes footage, the extended student interviews, the Movie eBook, the Relaxed Rider online course, 1 online dressage test, and 15 DVDs to share with your friends.

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    LIGHT HANDS ONLINE MASTERY

    Get the online movie, the DVD, the behind the scenes footage, the extended student interviews, the Movie eBook, the Relaxed Rider online course, 1 online dressage test, 1 online Working Equitation test, the official movie t-shirt, the limited edition movie book signed by Steve Halfpenny, the online trailer loading course, 9 hour online masterclass and the online Path to Liberty course by Steve Halfpenny.

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    GOLD OFFICIAL SPONSOR

    Get 20 copies of the DVD, movie credits at the end of the film, the rights to say you are an 'Official Sponsor' of the movie in your marketing material, and your name on our website as our film sponsor.

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    PRIVATE LESSON WITH STEVE IN AUSTRALIA

    Get the online movie, the DVD, the behind the scenes footage, the extended student interviews, the Movie eBook, and the official movie t-shirt. You will also visit the movie set in South Australia and enjoy a 1 hour private lesson with Steve at his home in Blanchetown, South Australia. You will ride one of Steve's own horses. You must make your own way there, as travel costs are not included. The date of the lesson is when Steve is at home. Also get the 9 hour Online Masterclass with Steve Halfpenny which covers Steve's in depth guide to developing lightness and softness, the float/trailer/horsebox loading online course, and the Path to Liberty Online Course by Steve Halfpenny.

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    MOVIE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Get 'Executive Producer' credits at the start and the end of the movie, a 30 min Skype call with Steve Halfpenny and Elaine Heney (film director), the hard cover movie book signed by Steve Halfpenny, the official movie t-shirt, the movie DVD, the extra behind the scenes footage, 9 hour online masterclass, Path to Liberty online course, Trailer Loading online course, Confident Horse and Relaxed Rider online course and the online movie.

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    Become a diamond corporate sponsor and get 50 copies of the DVD, movie credits at the end of the film, 'In Association With' credits at the start of the movie, your brand logo on the DVD back cover, your name on our website as our film sponsor, the rights to say you are an 'Official Sponsor' in your marketing material, and the rights to 1 public screening of the movie.

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