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On Wednesday, June 13, Crooked Tree Arts Center is teaming up with Brek-n-Ridge Farms’ Karin Reid Offield and the Snowman Rescue Fund for a special event. Join us at 6 p.m. for a conversation between Harry & Snowman Executive Producer Karin Reid Offield and local aspiring rider in the sport of equestrian dressage, Hannah Neff. Following the talk, at 6:45 p.m., will be the Petoskey, Michigan premiere screening of Offield’s award-winning documentary film, Harry & Snowman.
Hannah Neff, a self-proclaimed equestrian by the age of four, has Olympic dressage dreams. Now 13, Neff will be training with United States Dressage Federation Gold Medalists, and preparing to compete as a junior rider this season. Offield and Neff both share a love, passion, and talent for dressage, and will share stories from their journeys toward accomplishing their respective goals.
Growing up in Aspen, Colorado, Karin Reid Offield wanted to be just like Warren Miller, a famous maker of ski films. But instead, she decided to make films about horses and show jumping. Offield’s first film documented the world of American equestrian show jumping, and her most recent, Harry & Snowman, documents the journey of a specific equestrian and horse team from the late 1950s and 1960s.
Snowman was an old, Amish plow horse bound for the meat and glue factory when Harry rescued him for a sum of $80. Less than two years after Harry rescued Snowman, the duo became national show jumping champions, media darlings, and a Cinderella story in their own right.
Out of the 155 films, Harry & Snowman was the 17th highest grossing documentary of 2016. The film won several honors including Best Documentary, Audience Choice, and the Grand Jury Award at various film festivals, and was awarded the highest honor of Best Feature at the 2015 Equus Film Festival, eventually bringing home eleven garland awards.
After the screening, and to conclude the evening, Offield will host a Q & A session about the making of the film.
Tickets for “How Dreams Can Come True & the Olympic Journey” are $10 per person.
For more information on Harry & Snowman and the Snowman Rescue Fund, visit www.harryandsnowman.com. Please call Crooked Tree Arts Center at (231) 347-4337 or visit www.crookedtree.org to purchase tickets. The Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey.