The Long Shot (2003) is a Hallmark movie in which whats-her-name from Dexter stars as a down-on-her-luck dressage rider.
I don’t want to ruin it for you, but like most horse movies of its ilk, there are hardships to be overcome (like, at some point her horse goes suddenly blind in both eyes) and the finale is a high-stakes competition–in this case, a dressage show where the winner is awarded $20,000. Somebody didn’t do their research on that one.
Here’s an excerpt from the movie, a clip of the big-finish dressage test: I couldn’t embed it into the post, so you’ll have to check it out on YouTube here. My favorite part is when the dressage trainer makes not piaffe, not passage, not even half-pass but the TROT-CANTER TRANSITION out to be the most difficult part of the test. An hour-and-a-half of your life you’ll never get back… download it today from Netflix.
Trainer, while watching dressage test: “He’s running blind in traffic!”