Skip to content

NYC Carriage Horse Documentary In Production



Haverstick Films and Horse Lifestyle Media Team to Produce Full Length Film

New York, NY – July 22, 2014 – Haverstick Films and Horse Lifestyle Media have teamed up to co-produce a film based on the short form documentary “SAVE NYC HORSE CARRIAGES” narrated by Liam Neeson. The longer format will allow the independent filmmakers to track the issue over time, as the struggle plays out in New York City and across the country. The film will utilize the story arc of the issue as it continues to develop within both the political sphere and the national psyche.

“The Last Horsemen of New York” will take the audience directly inside the battle of the carriage industry and attempt to show the dynamic forces at play as the drivers seek to hold on to their way of life. The filmmakers will profile magnetic characters from both sides of this controversial debate. The long form documentary will invest the audience in the struggle of the drivers and their supporting unions, while also studying the conflict inherent from the opposing activists and the well-heeled interests of campaign politics.

“We’ll be actively seeking comments from both sides of this debate to best frame the story, “ stated Mary Haverstick, who is directing the project. “Who knows when we’re rolling the camera what stories will erupt. We will explore each story as they unfold, the more current this is – the better.”
The film project will further involve and enrich a well-rounded philosophical debate concerning the overarching humane care of the NYC carriage horses.  Scholars and industry professionals are being sought out to contribute their thoughts concerning the ethical treatment of animals. The producers will further juxtapose the viewpoints from several communities, such as the Amish, that still rely on the working animal relationship.

“This documentary is a point of view and not everyone is going to agree with it, but it’s necessary to put this story on film to best illustrate the impact over time. The news sound-bites are inadequate to the full narrative at play,” added Haverstick. “We are going to throw into stark relief this fight in New York and follow the issue from its historical base to its national outcome.  We will broaden this story out to show the entire perspective and raise the questions that force us to evaluate ourselves and our relationship with animals in the world. This will be the documentary of record on this subject. We don’t know how this is going to end.”

“Horse Lifestyle Media is confident that Haverstick Films will take great care to bring the viewer beyond the hyped sensationalism and delve into the issues that are proving to be so politically and philosophically divisive,” said Sarah A. Chase, Chief Business Officer for Horse Lifestyle Media. “We’re reminded of the saying that ‘Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it,’ and Horse Lifestyle Media is pleased to support this  project because it further illustrates the pivotal role horses continue to play in shaping our modern perspectives.”

For complete details surrounding “The Last Horsemen of New York” film project, including the press kit and the best way to make either a professional or public contribution, please visit the film’s official site at: horselifestylefoundation.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LastHorsemenNYC. EPK available, just reply to this email to request a copy.

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 3 1 31

    Read More
  • Walking In The Smokies stall deadline approaching

    The Walking In The Smokies Horse Show, scheduled for April 8-10, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is preparing for their first annual show and would like to send a reminder to anyone needing stalls that the deadline is March 15. Please contact Lexi Stinnett at 828-550-8520 to reserve stalls on the show grounds. Read More
  • Trainers' Show announces judges

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association National Trainers’ Show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. March 18-20, 2021. Judges for the three-day event will be Wayne Dean, Newton Parks and Johnny Puckett. Read More
  • USDA prepares for 2021 show season

    The USDA recently conducted their virtual HIO training course for the 2021 show season. The USDA and industry recently received the final report from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and some of the recommendations in that report are communicated in the new processes the USDA will implement in 2021... Read More
  • WHOA hosts virtual awards ceremony

    On Saturday. February 20th, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) held their National High Point awards for 2020 on their WHOA Facebook page with winners who chose to be zooming in to accept their awards... Read More
  • WHOA to host virtual awards ceremony on February 20

    The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) will recognize their award winners from the 2020 show season during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The show will be broadcast live on WHOA’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm central time. Read More
  • FAST Spring Showcase announces judging panel

    The FAST Spring Showcase is pleased to announce that John Fikes, Newton Parks and Sam Sorrell will judge this years’ two-day event. The show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. April 16-17, 2021... Read More
  • Obituary – Kimberly Woods

    Kimberly Lynn Woods, age 47 departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky... Read More
  • WHAA annual barn party rescheduled due to inclement weather

    There will be a lot of great items to auction as well as breeding fees to some of the top stallions in the industry and training fees for many of the top trainers. Everyone is encouraged to bring your young horses to preview for the upcoming show season. Read More
  • Birth Announcement – William Jackson Bauer

    Dr. & Mrs. Will  Bauer of Gainesville, Georgia welcomed their first child, William Jackson Bauer, on December 4, 2020. Jack weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth... Read More