Private Project

Changing Strides

Professional horseback riding is a dangerous sport. Six three-day-event athletes reflect on the risks and rewards.

  • Madeline Tremblay
  • Madeline Tremblay
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
Director Biography - Madeline Tremblay

Madeline Tremblay is a filmmaker from Massachusetts. A drone pilot who has done aerial videography around the globe, she plans to be a cinematographer. With an extensive music background, she’s also interested in sound design and scoring for film.
Currently, she is studying film production at Florida State University in the College of Motion Picture Arts as a BFA student. Outside of film school, Madeline is a rower and a horseback rider.

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Director Statement

In this documentary I wanted to explore the risks and the rewards of the horseback riding world. More specifically, those who dedicate their lives to horses as three-day-event riders. As someone who has competed as an event rider at the lower levels, the injuries and challenges I have faced from the sport are minuscule compared to those riding at the Olympic level. With the risk of death or life-altering injuries every time one gets on a horse, I wanted to better understand those who chose to accept the risks and make horseback riding their career, rather than a hobby.