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American filmmakers Sybil Miller and Tory Kelly have agreed to help make this inspirational documentary about the life of Kim Walnes.
American filmmakers Sybil Miller and Tory Kelly have agreed to help make this inspirational documentary about the life of Kim Walnes.
87 backers pledged CA$ 9,038 to help bring this project to life.

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Fans and followers of the amazing Kim Walnes, heroine to so many of us, believe a short documentary NEEDS to be made about her extraordinary life. And it's not just a 'horsie story'. This has something for everyone - edge-of-seat excitement with death-defying sport scenes from World Championship and Olympic level events, positive and uplifting/thought-provoking interviews about how we might want to better experience our own lives, a taste of what it's like to rub elbows with Hollywood film-makers, inspiration for those who have dealt with the same kind of pain Kim has had - both with her near-fatal car crash and the rehab to build up her broken body, as well as what most of us would see as insurmountable grief and despair from the shocking murder of her only daughter. So many of us have gone through less dramatic peaks and valleys, and yet handle the experiences badly, but Kim is always looking ahead and remaining centered, true to herself and open and humble when reaching out to help others.  

Kim's fans all know why she is called "Mother Goose" - the Olympic Team Captain/Captain of the Eventing team for the USA nicknamed her this because a) she had such a special bond with The Gray Goose, her only horse and b) because she usually had both her small children, Andrea and Brian,  near-by, no matter where they travelled in the world.  That is a rare thing for any world-ranked sportwoman, but somehow Kim managed it with her usual positive energy.
Kim and The Gray Goose in the Hollywood movie, Sylvester
Kim and The Gray Goose in the Hollywood movie, Sylvester
 
We are all grateful to Tory Kelly of Equine Video Production out of Oregon, and Professor Sybil Miller out of Texas for agreeing to make this inspiring-for-all documentary. As organizer of Stage One, (and based in New Brunswick province in Canada) I am looking for better skilled help than myself to run the Stage Two Kickstarter, and for those who will be invaluable when it comes time to begin publicity for the film. 
Sybil, Tory, Julie
Sybil, Tory, Julie

 

 
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 more information and a note about your donation/backing funds ---

Note re:Canadian funds - Stage One organizer Julie is Canadian, (and many of Kim's fans are all around the world, not just in the USA!) the monies we're collecting are in Canadian dollars. So in actuality, we need to raise only $7,000 usd for Stage One. Also, know that Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. Please feel free to just offer what you can - even $1.00 or $5.00. However, there are rewards offered (see right side) for donations of $25.00 and more. AND, by the rules of Kickstarter, if we don't raise the $7,000. in a month for this, "Stage One" (meant for travel costs for the film-makers and Kim or other interviewees, as well as paying for initial TIME for film-makers) then NO monies are exchanged, nor fees paid to Kickstarter. It's fine to raise MORE than our goal, just not less! So let's make sure we get this project 'off the ground and leaping that first big wide oxer!' 

 If, before you decide whether or not to donate to help make this documentary film a reality, you'd like more details about the extraordinary woman who we believe MUST have her story told, read this wonderful recent article by Doris Degner-Foster:

There's some great and exciting film footage of Kim (in orange shirt) and The Gray Goose in this excerpt from David Hoffman's Riding for America (available on Amazon): 

The below captioned slideshow is meant especially for those who know little or nothing about the extraordinary Kim Walnes at this point. It was thrown together by organizer Julie (me), just for this Stage One of the Kickstart campaign. I am obviously NOT an audio/visual technician, nor aspiring to be one! Please see our committed filmmakers' amazing highly professional work online for GREAT film footage and narration. To find out MORE about the three of US (Tory, Sybil and me) just click on the little circle at the top with a grey horse looking at a film camera - that's one of Tory's photos, and we think it's perfect for our profile pic!  You'll find more info. and links about us there.  But if you want more about KIM, KIM, KIM!, do watch this slideshow.  Keep scrolling down after this large space- (Kickstarter leaves blank space for graphic-link).

photos used in the above slide show include those from: Mary Phelps, Hugo Czerny, Cynthia Sayre Gilbert, Martha Foster. Peter Gower and stills from David Hoffman's Riding For America film
Thanking you so much for your help in finally seeing the beginnings of this "Mother Goose Project", we are, Sybil, Tory and Julie
Sybil, Tory, Julie
Sybil, Tory, Julie
 
And in memory of Kim's daughter, Andrea (Andy) Walnes, 1972-1991 
Andrea (Andy) Walnes
Andrea (Andy) Walnes
 

 

Risks and challenges

While Stage One is just the beginning phase of The Mother Goose Project, it feels good to have on board an enthusiastic and very experienced pair of equine professionals in both film-maker/photographer Sybil Miller and award-winning film editor and videographer Tory Kelly (Equine Video Productions) . You can google either of them and find out more about their many creative works. They will be steering this project from now on, but there may be times when we need help from Kim's fans and followers, both new and old. So stay tuned for where you might be able to step in to assist! It may take several years to get this film 'in the can', but please keep thinking of it, keep talking about it, and keep the good vibrations out there about it!

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    Please feel free to just offer what you can -
    we're grateful for even your $5.00!
    However, you should know that Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. If we don't raise the $8700 cdn. or $7,000 usd. (Julie is Canadian, and many of Kim's fans are world-wide) in a month for this, "Stage One" , which is simply meant for initial travel costs for the film-makers and Kim, etc. - then NO monies are exchanged, nor fees paid to Kickstarter. So let's make sure we get this project 'off the ground and leaping that first big wide oxer!'
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    For a pledge of 25.00 or more, your name and email will be added to our Stage One Wonders list and you'll be periodically sent, electronically loads of behind-the-scenes anecdotes showing Kim and the film-makers, with attached excerpts from interviews, old or new footage stills that are being considered, humorous anecdotes about the process and any 'insider info'! We'll do this up until Stage Two begins, anyway (mid to late 2018) - Stage Two will be offering many more exciting rewards (incl. options offered by the film-makers and Kim Walnes herself!) so do keep an eye out for that!

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    Stage One Whatabouts?

    Have some actual input in the film by offering 3 serious, well-phrased questions you've always wondered about Kim and her amazing life. We will ensure that ONE of your 3 questions is answered somewhere within the content of the film - either directly in an interview, or through the narration. (The delivery time is just an estimate - we aren't sure when the film will be finished!)

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    NAME ALIVE for 45 !

    Always wanted to have your name appear when credits roll at the end of a film? Now's your chance! Five lucky people from Stage One will be listed in the credits of this documentary for your $45.00 or more contribution. (The delivery time is just an estimate - we aren't sure when the film will be finished!)

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    Film Q&A - Stage One Whys 'n' Wherefores

    Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Are you thinking of going to school to study videography/photography/t.v. production/script-writing/theatre arts? We have several experienced people working in this industry who will answer questions electronically for you, filtered through Julie, the organizer of this Stage One process. For more info. on the filmmakers, click the small circular icon with the gray horse at the top. In addition to the filmmakers, there are several people volunteering their time who are teachers in Theatre Arts and Script-writing, Television Production, etc. Each person of the limited 5 may send in 5 SPECIFIC questions to be answered by the person or persons best qualified to answer each. The answers will then be culminated for you and sent back to you in one email.

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    Budget Jump Building - Stage One Wishers

    Are you on a budget, but have long been wishing for your own set of stadium jumps? Three certified riding instructors and course builders (Beau Lachaine, Julie Johnson and Roger Gibb) will send you the private link to an instructional slideshow/video with 100s of ideas for building and designing your own gymnastic lines and courses WITH SAFE AND ECONOMICAL IDEAS, many of which can be found for free or from various inexpensive resources. (Remember that scene in Sylvester, in which Kim and The Gray Goose were stunt doubles, where the character 'Charlie' rides over old dressers, etc.?) Included is a tutorial in how to paint bright and 'spooky' fences so by the time your first competition of the year comes along, your horse will have seen EVERYTHING!

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    Amazing Autographs -Stage One Wows!

    Wow! Always wanted an autograph from Kim, but never been at the same place/same time? How about even MORE - a personal message about you (and your horse, or other info'd details you want to send). Contribute and claim this reward, blow up any photo of Kim you like - riding her legendary The Gray Goose, or Gideon Goodheart, or from the movie Sylvester, or from a clinic... mail it to her with the details you'd like in the autograph/message AND a SASE so she can return it to you. When you claim this reward, we'll send you her post office box number for mailing. What a treat! (Delivery times are estimates only - Kim has a VERY busy clinic schedule, but she always keeps her promises!) Due to the difficulty in SASE returns, this can only be offered within the United States - sorry! If you're in another country and just DESPERATE to claim this reward - write me, and I'll sort it for you somehow!

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    Stage One Whooopeees !

    Do you like a good laugh? Have you always wanted to be 'the stuff of legends'? Would you like to offer a permanent gift to a deserving friend or family member who is a real comedian, or just loves comedy? This is a great offer - for $100.00 or more YOU or the person you choose in your stead, can have NAME and CHARACTERISTIC included in an online-anthology of ridiculous limericks, and Dr. Seuss-like verses along with sketches by graphic designer/illustrator Richard Reich. Author J. Ivanel Johnson offers her upcoming 2019 "LIme Green & Limericks" book with 10 extra pages just for THIS STAGE ONE WHOOOOOPEEEE reward! How fun! (There's an alternative to this offering - if you or the funny person you'd like to gift this to would rather contribute your/their OWN limerick - about any subject that's family-friendly - that limerick can be published as a 'guest author'. DETAILS ON THIS REWARD, AND HOW TO SEND INFO. WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU AS SOON AS YOU'VE CLAIMED THIS.

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    One-Five-Oh - Stage One PRO

    This is a popular reward, and who wouldn't want it? If you claim this reward and contribute 150.00 or more, YOU AND 4 OTHERS WILL BE LISTED in Bold, Stand-out Letters, ON THE CREDITS at the end of the film, under the V.I.P. heading of: EXECUTIVE TEAM PRODUCERS. Wow! What a feather in your film production caps! (The delivery date is only an estimate as we aren't sure when the film will be finished).

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    Life Coach Care, Stage One WOW

    Wow! Just W O W ! Kim is offering her utterly beautiful spirit and her vastly experienced qualifications as a Life Coach to you! For all that Kim has been through in her life (and if you've read a bit of her bio. or seen the slideshow in our pages here, you'll know some of this) she continues to spread hope and optimism, as well as stellar ideas and creative thinking 'outside the box'. Take advantage of a ONE HOUR COUNSELLING SESSION , privately, with Kim - either by phone or by Skype, sometime within the year of 2018 (the estimated delivery time is just a possible starting time...) Grab this reward now! Only TWO spots being offered!

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    Cross-Country for Stage One Wanderers

    Come spend a long weekend in the beautiful Appalachians of New Brunswick, Canada (20 minutes from north-east Maine) in a spacious six-bedroom farmhouse. Eat only home-grown, home-made food at the self-sufficient Blue Belldon Farm, enjoy the magnificent scenery from the top of the mountain, play with the goats, chickens, horses, use the farm's canoe to paddle in our many lakes and rivers, etc AND on Cross-country Day of the INAUGURAL 2018 Foshay International Three-Day Event, be driven through the beautiful Saint John River valley to walk the course with former competitor and internationally-certified coach/trainer Julie A. Johnson, watch the competitors, and return home to a knowledgeable critique of the best and worst rides of the day! (Your travel costs to and from the quaint Perth/Andover N.B. are not included).
    For more information on the NEW event:
    http://www.foshayinternational.com/

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    Skype Score! Stage One W O W !

    You've SCORED a doozey here! Wow! How often do you get to ride for a world champion? Ride for Kim (via Skype), and she'll discuss/analyze and coach you and your horse as a team. Either upload a video to Youtube, and you and Kim discuss it over Skype, OR have someone video-tape you as she watches/comments via Skype. AMAZING reward - better snap it up - only 2 available! To be claimed sometime within the year of 2018, depending on Kim's scheduling - the estimated delivery date is just a possible start time.

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    Week's Training for Stage One Wanderers

    What a great reward!
    Three options - a) Enjoy a week at Blue Belldon Farm (see above reward) WITH YOUR HORSE. Board for both you and your horse is included for the week, and there are countless miles of trails through field and forest for hacking, as well as the MAIN MENU - an intensive training program with internationally-certified coach/former eventer Julie A. Johnson. Work can be specifically on the flat, over fences, or trying your hand at some cross-country jumping or Western trail obstacles. This includes a morning and afternoon mounted lesson each day of one hour's duration each (some video-taping for analysis later) and an hour's theory in the evening - your choice of topics with an unlimited number of video resources to entertain and educate! A discussion (either via phone or Skype) with Kim Walnes herself will be organized for one of these evening lessons. (travel costs are excluded).
    b) If you can not transport your horse and yourself to New Brunswick, arrangements can be made for Julie A. Johnson to fly to your area and stable for a week of the same. You will be responsible for Julie's travel costs, but not for her room/meals.
    c) If you'd like to come to New Brunswick for
    option a), but would prefer to take a full 3 days off your own riding lessons to be a spectator at all 3 competition days of the Foshay International 3-day Event 2019, this can be arranged. (This is 2019, as there are a limited number in the Cross-Country package to view at the inaugural in 2018.)

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