This heart-warming and intriguing film inspects the fastest growing equestrian discipline of Endurance Horse Racing. The story follows Roger, an endurance horse, through his life of racing and illuminates the powerful friendship between him and his rider, Jerry. The sport has been described as arduous and painful, as well as pleasant and fulfilling. At its most grueling, Endurance Racing demands a horse and rider to go 100 miles in under 24 hours. With only few mandatory breaks for rest, racers endure seemingly endless hours of hard riding under the desert sun during the day and courageously trek through the ominous darkness of pitch-black night. The purity of the connection between horse and rider is poignant and inspiring, as you watch the bond strengthen into deep, touching friendship as they go through trial and triumph.
Arabian Silk: Horses of Endurance
Tony Lazzarini, Director and Christine Lazzarini, Producer/Camera check sound and camera at Karuizawa, Japan for Japan's first 100 mile ride
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Arabian Silk Poster by Michaele Tristram
May 2006, as a hiking Co-Leader for an organization, I (Christine Lazzarini) was invited to visit the Bedrock Ranch as a possible hiking area for the group. I met with Jan Zebrack wife of Dr. Jerry Zebrack who owned the ranch. Jan told me about her husband's sport and I became fascinated with it, since I knew nothing about Endurance Horse Riding or horses in general for that matter.
I met with Jerry a couple of days later to see if he would be interested in working with me on this project. After a 45 minute interview, mostly by Jerry, I asked if he was interested in the project. His reply, "Doesn't everyone want to be on TV?" I took that reply as a YES.
The journey to the ranch outside of Reno, Nevada took me 45 minutes. The journey of this story took me 2 1/2 years. Little did I know that the first time I drove down that 6 mile rutted-out-dirt-road to Bedrock Ranch was going to change the direction of my life for the next couple of years.
And so the production begins.
About the Title
This was a challenge, to come up with a descriptive title that also was intriguing. My brother Tony Lazzarini and I met at the Oakland Airport to discuss the direction of the documentary and a possible title that would work. Since we decided to follow Jerry Zebrack's lineage of horses for the documentary, we came up with "Arabian Silk-Horses of Endurance" based on the facts that all of the horses at Bedrock Ranch are Arabians and they all have the last name of DeSoi, which means 'of silk'.
What's this documentary really about?
Most people would assume that a sport based story would be about winning. Contrary to that thought, it is about finishing, about preparing physically yourself and the horse to be able to endure the hardship of completion. "To Finish is to Win" is the motto of endurance riders in the U.S.
What else is it about?
It's about the bonding that is developed between horse and rider; the long hours endured on the trail from sunrise to sunset to dawn once again. There is a trust that is developed between horse and rider; when the rider cannot see in the dark the horse can lead the rider to safety. And the horse trusts the rider to keep them going in the right direction.
Arabian Silk Horses of Endurance
Bedrock Ranch home of the DeSoi horses
To view trailers and a clip from the movie click here.
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"Arabian Silk" was shown at the Pacific Northwest Endurance Riders Convention in January 2010, to 185 of their members. Here are a few comments from the audience:
"You captured the essence of endurance, of us" "I cried" "Thank you for making this documentary"
This is the 2010 trailer for "Arabian Silk". Scroll down for more trailers and a clip of the documentary.
"Arabian Silk" Receives Another Award
The Las Vegas Film Festival will present "Arabian Silk" with the Golden Ace Award on Sunday, June 6th 2010. Christine Lazzarini, Producer, will be at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony to accept the award. Festival judges statement, "Our judges felt that your film demonstrated superior and standout filmmaking and is deserving of special recognition.
Christine Lazzarini Producer, accepts the Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival June 2010.