Source: Edited Press Release
The Cloud Foundation
October 16, 2009
Colorado Springs, CO – Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions premieres Sunday evening, October 25th, 2009 on PBS stations nationwide. This program is the next chapter in the exciting life of the charismatic stallion, Cloud, and the wild horses of the spectacular Arrowhead Mountains of Montana. This new adventure captures the twists and turns of a complex family drama in a unique wild horse wilderness. Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions is a tale of two stallions, Cloud and Shaman, who raise each other’s sons: Flint and Bolder. When the lovable colts mature into adult challengers, they battle the very stallions who raised them. Five years in the making, this unpredictable tale is both epic and intimate, tragic and joyful. Cloud fights to win new mares, surprising foals are born, lethal predators prowl, and a government bait trapping operation endangers Cloud’s family. Ginger Kathrens again captures the dynamic and beautiful world of wild horses. “I hope the new show underscores just how complex wild horse society is,” states Kathrens. “And not just complex but unpredictable. In my wildest dreams I never imagined a story this dramatic.”
The first two two shows “Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies” (2001) and “Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns” (2003) chronicle the first 8 years of Cloud’s life, a story that began when a newborn wild horse foal tottered out of the forest right in front of Kathrens’ camera. She named the pale colt Cloud and has followed through him through the seasons, creating three PBS programs about his life in the wild for the Nature series, sponsored by WNET in New York City.
For the past 15 years Kathrens has immersed herself in the world of wild horses, quickly learning what they value above all else, their families and their freedom. Kathrens has written companion books to each of her three Nature programs. The third companion book, “Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions”, will be released on October 25th and is available from The Cloud Foundation. All proceeds support the protection and preservation of wild horse herds, like Cloud’s. The program DVD will be available for purchase to support the Foundation in early December.
Check your local listings for specific broadcast times. Afterwards join the filmmaker for a live Q&A at PBS.org. Visit The Cloud Foundation online for more information about Cloud and America’s wild horses.