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By Ryan Wardwell
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About

THANK YOU so much for taking the time to consider contributing our project. We believe we have an extremely timely and important cause as the centerpiece of this project and in order to continue our work, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Our team has worked on this project for over six months out of our own pockets and we cannot continue production without your financial support.

SHORT SYNOPSIS: A documentary film investigating humankind's relationship with horses and the disturbing truths about rescue, slaughter and the current welfare of horses in America. (Please visit our website at http://HorsepowerTheMovie.com for lots more info, tons of photos, blogs and another teaser video!)

OUR GOAL: To educate America on the history and current state of horse welfare and positively impact regulation, training, horse care and rescue – we strongly believe this movie will help align stakeholders and improve the lives of horses. This movie is not a plea to share the opinions of the filmmakers -- far from it -- we aren't arguing absolute positions for or against horse slaughter or any other hot issues. We are passionate and we are “pro-horse”, but we take an objective approach to our research and filmmaking.

HOW WE GOT STARTED: We've invested in this project because we are documentary filmmakers committed to positive social change.  Producer Chris Jonason brings lifelong horse experience to the team, and it was her passion and persistence in the form of frequent chats in the mountains of Washington state that gave life to Horsepower the Movie. We've come a long way!

WHERE WE ARE IN PRODUCTION: Over the last several months the Horsepower team has captured an incredible amount of compelling media, developed new and powerful insights on the state of horses in the US, and attracted a passionate following as a result of our prolific filming, photography, blogging and interaction with the equine world. The videos we've created thus far are just a tiny fraction of what we've captured and we are confident that if this project is successful, the richness of the story and the production value of the movie will increase dramatically.

We are seeking financial support which will fund a 2-month filming tour across America and complete production. We will visit numerous ranches, rescues, public events and every-day horse owners across America - we will tell the story of the American horse by going to the American horse, in its many different walks of life across the United States.

We are also rehabilitating “Romy”, our Appendix Quarterhorse that we rescued from slaughter. We will learn how to rehabilitate and train a rescue horse by taking him to experts across the nation.

WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP: We realize we are not asking for pocket change to finish this project, but it truly is the minimum amount we can continue our project on. Our team is made up of extremely passionate individuals who can do a lot with very little resources and so far, we have accomplished a great deal on a shoestring budget. 

We also understand the great need horse rescues have for financial resources, so we do not ask for your contribution lightly. We believe that while the funding for this project could be used to save several horses from unfavorable situations outright, by using that money to create this film, we can educate thousands of people about the current condition of the American horse. This will potentially save thousands of horses through raising awareness about their current state. 

This is the story of the American horse. Educating people about the state of horses in the U.S. is only part of what we hope to accomplish. This movie is just as much about how we settled the frontier, raised crops, and relied upon and bonded with the horse throughout our history. We want to reawaken people's love of the horse and their passion for connecting with other living beings. Many of us not only lead digital lifestyles that are more disconnected than ever in many ways, but we are also more distant from nature, and especially the horse -- an invaluable character in our history and companion to our nation.

While many may have forgotten about the horse, our equine friends have not forgotten about us. They have helped us with all that we have asked of them and now it is time to return the favor. Please contribute TODAY and help restore the American horse's prestigious position among us.

Thank you for your time, and if you can contribute, thanks again! And a special thanks to all those friends, family, ranchers, cowboys and cowgirls and passionate horse advocates who have helped us get this far!

~ Ry, Sam and Chris - the Horsepower the Movie team

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    You will receive a super cool "I 'heart' Romy" button that you can proudly wear to show your support for our rescue horse and star of the film, Romulus. Your name will also appear on our website's "Supporters" page.

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    You will receive a "Horsepower the Movie" t-shirt, plus your name will be listed on our website's "Supporters" page. You will also receive a copy of the film on DVD signed by the film crew when it is released in Fall 2013.

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    You will receive a beautiful 12 month Horsepower the Movie calendar which contains 13 of our finest horse photos taken during the production of our film, plus your name will listed on our website's "Supporters" page. You will also receive a copy of the film on DVD signed by the film crew when it is released in Fall 2013.

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    You will receive a "Horsepower the Movie" calendar and t-shirt, the "I 'heart' Romy" button, your name will appear in the actual film credits. Your name will be listed in the credits of the movie and on our website's "Supporters" page. You will also receive a copy of the film on DVD signed by the film crew when it is released in Fall 2013.

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    You get the calendar, the t-shirt, the button, the DVD, your name in the credits of the film and on our website, PLUS a weekend horse clinic with Trail Challenge champion Mark Bolender at his horse park in Silver Creek, Washington. *Transportation, lodging and meals are not included.

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