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QHN has compiled a list of short documentary films about interesting horses or people to watch over the weekend. • Graphic by Holly Tarquinio/Molly Montag

What to Watch: Short Documentary Staff Picks to Get You Through the Weekend

In this world of social distancing, many of us are facing unfamiliar territory at the end of each week: an entire weekend at home.

Quarter Horse News(QHN) has your downtime covered with our new “What to Watch” series. We put our heads together to come up with weekly suggestions for horsey programming to keep you entertained.

This week, we looked for short documentary films — most of them are about an hour or less — focusing on interesting horses, people or both. Last week, we shared our list of television series picks. Click here to view those selections.

As always, we’d love to hear your suggestions. If we missed anything, please send an email to Senior Editor Molly Montag at [email protected] If we get enough unique suggestions, we’ll feature a “What to Watch” list with QHN reader picks!

After all, we’re in this together!

What To Watch: Short Documentary Films

Frankel Superhorse

WHERE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime (free to Prime members)
WHY WATCH: Story of a horse hailed as one of the greatest racehorses of all time, Frankel, and the impact he had on his trainer, Sir Henry Cecil. As Frankel’s illustrious career wound to a close, Cecil was fighting terminal cancer and the great horse’s career took on a new meaning to the trainer.
WEBSITE: https://www.amazon.com/Frankel-Superhorse-Greatest-Racehorse-Time/dp/B01JPHLJZI

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The Making of A Thoroughbred

WHERE TO WATCH:: Youtube (Free, Journeyman Pictures channel)
WHY WATCH:: Story of the great Australian racemare Black Caviar, who became a national icon while winning 24 races in a row in her native country before shipping to the United Kingdom for her final race against Europe’s best at the famed Royal Ascot race meet.
WEBSITEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYNIOcK6h_w

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True Appaloosa

WHERE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime (free to Prime members)
WHY WATCH: A documentary pairing a British television host with a die-hard Appaloosa breeder/enthusiast who is convinced the breed did not come to America with the conquistadors, but had different and even older origins – and is willing to ride over mountains to prove it.
WEBSITEhttps://www.amazon.com/True-Appaloosa-Conor-Woodman/dp/B079MHS43X

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The Best Bull Rider of All Time: J.B. Mauney

WHERE TO WATCH: Youtube (Free, Vice Sports channel)
WHY WATCH: Short documentary about J. B. Mauney, whose more than $7 million in earnings make him the highest-earning bull rider of all time. The short film — just under 15 minutes — talks about who Mauney is outside the pen, and what makes him different than other bull riders.
WEBSITEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kQl6BnDRQg

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Navajo Son: Meet the Great American Cowboy

WHERE TO WATCH: Youtube (Free, Vice Sports channel)
WHY WATCH: Short doc about team roper Derrick Begay, an 8-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, and his heritage as a member of the Navajo Nation. The film isn’t very long — just over 10 minutes — but it shows a lot about who Begay is through interviews with his family, friends and fellow professional cowboys.
WEBSITE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxondYDhi5M

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