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Dennis Spear posts a message on 7/12/2005 1:35:29 AM Martha and Bill ---- Have not heard from any of you lately. Hope the Awards add excitement to your life. The riding in TBC was lyrical, like a ballet. It's worth another look. Guess I'll watch it again this weekend. Adios for now--- Dennis
Bill posts a message on 5/4/2005 12:06:26 AM Dennis, I will be at Snow Ranch this Saturday (5/7/05). Come on out amd I will show you the locations.
Martha Cantarini posts a message on 5/3/2005 9:14:36 PM Dennis - things are perking right along. I sent all the movies I had, including TBC and they are making a video of all the action clips into a big one to show at the awards. It looks as if Jean Simmons will be my presenter so yes TBC will be well represented. I am a nervous wreck! I hope I can buy a video of that and perhaps the awards. Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Phil Spagenburger (sp) who taught the quick draw, Mark Harmon and I will be awardees. Not all the presenters are listed yet I do not think. Will keep you posted.

Dennis posts a message on 5/3/2005 8:59:41 PM Martha -- Let's hear about the golden boot and if TBC played a part. -- I have been busy and just watched TBC again with an eye toward the view of conflict resolution. I've got to get to Bill and have a field trip to the site. -- I still want to get a copy of a script if anyone can assist. --Thanks
Martha Crawford posts a bold assertion on 3/26/2005 7:33:47 PM P.S. And, I would add, that we (the horse group) were such knowledgable riders that there was hardly anything they wanted you to do that you could not do. All they had to do was explain it to you. The young horse I jumped on Interrupted Melody had never seen a jump untill I got on him! And, the stock contractors and wranglers were so knowledgable about their stock that they most always brought you the perfect horse to do what was asked of you. It was wonderful.
Martha Crawford posts a gentle reminder on 3/26/2005 7:15:43 PM There were no stunt schools in my day. The 10 or 12 girls that did work came up thru the rodeo trick riders or show horses as I did or just that horses were a huge part of their life. Most all men and women, had grown up around horses and they are almost an obsession with you. I was not a trick rider but did spend a lot of time on the bars and acrobatics. I started riding at 2 . . . I have never thought you could learn what we all knew in a 'stunt school'. A lot of what 'we had' you were born with and no one in a school was going to teach it to you as an adult. At least not in the way we 'had' it. Maybe car chases, etc. but not with the horses. This type of riding and handling of the horses had to come from growing up around them - you cannot do it in the same way if you start as an adult. Let me know when you go on your tour and I will be thinking of you all and following along if only in spirit. Oh! Jean Simmons is going to try really hard to do the presentation (if she doesn't have to go to England). Will have Fess Parker if not Jean. Both are my favorites.
Dennis posts a message on 3/26/2005 6:57:55 PM Martha--- Where does someone get that kind of training? I assume in TBC, that they relied on your personal experience rather than a diploma from a stunt school. Were there any special training facilities at that time? ---I've got to get ahold of Bill for my planned trip to the sites near Orvis Ranch. Want to join us?
Martha Crawford posts a bold assertion on 3/26/2005 5:57:37 PM You will like my book, if and when it ever gets published! I do not get any of those westerns where we are now. Not even on satelite! But the horses are most likely on a par with the new breed of actors ie a lot less training! I did a Buick commercial for the Academy Awards on a golden palomino and am going crazy trying to find it. I think it would be a good 'then' and 'now' would be driving a 'golden' Buick up to the Golden Boot Awards.
Dennis posts a message on 3/26/2005 5:50:42 PM I would love to see your comments in article form looking at the horse stuntwork in TBC compared to contemporary horse work in Tombstone, Silverado and the poplular Deadwood (on cable). You should have no trouble finding a good agent.
Martha Crawford posts a message on 3/16/2005 8:52:59 PM Thanks Dennis - I hope to do just that. I hope I can find an agent to talk to re a 'then' and 'now' theme. ie comparing a horse scene from before to something today like a fancy motor home. (love to drive them). I will keep you posted. I know WB is making a fortune.
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