RFD-TV's Horsemaster at Camelot Farms
“Quiet on the set” -- a phrase heard very frequently at Camelot Farms Equestrian Center on Saint Helena Island this past April as filming began for RFD-TV’s Horsemaster Television show with Julie Goodnight. Six episodes of Julie's show were filmed on the 6o acre farm in the seacoast, Lowcountry area South Carolina.
Anne and Mark Kennedy, owners of Camelot Farms Equestrian Center, were thrilled to host the television crew for the week, as well as welcoming riders and their horses who were featured in the individual episodes of the show. Anne was particularly excited to show off her Rocky Mountain Horses. Camelot ‘s Cocoa Confection will be featured in one episode to air in July. Cocoa won the Three Year Old- AOT Show Pleasure class at the 2007 International. Anne and Mark both really enjoyed working with Julie and her staff, learning more about their own horses, those of the other show participants and how all of this gets put together into a TV show. It can be pretty challenging to “start over” or “ take it from the top” when you are in the saddle. Julie worked with Cocoa on turns on the haunches -- not generally an easy maneuver to teach gaited horses.
The last day of filming the crew all went to the beach and we shot trail riding pictures of Cocoa. Three of these pictures can be seen in the June "Trail Rider Magazine". Several of the crew members had to have a go at that Rocky ride and were all smiles when they returned. The week ended with the Kennedy's hosting a post production party for all participants. Julie Goodnight, Horsemaster sponsors were tremendously generous with gifts for the participants and lots of sad farewells were shared with special new friends. Check www. juliegoodnight.com for clips of the show filmed at Camelot Farms Equestrian Center.
"It was great to work with Anne and her beautiful mare who is calm, well trained and responsive. I love it that Anne and Coco have taken on many challenges from the show ring to leading trial rides. It’s a challenge to train both a horse and rider a new skill at the same time—a horse can learn much faster from a rider that knows the skill and cues well. But because of Coco’s talent and demeanor, she did quite well and Anne did great, too." - Julie Goodnight