March 9, 2012
The Canadian community of McBride, whose residents rallied to dig a mile-long trench through deep snow to rescue two abandoned horses, is to be immortalised in a two-hour feature film.
The citizens of McBride, a small town in Robson Valley, British Columbia with fewer than 1000 people, banded together to dig for 12 straight days to free the horses, Belle, then a three-year-old mare, and Sundance, a 14-year-old gelding.
The volunteers braved temperatures as low as -30 deg Celsius, forming a trench that linked up with a groomed snowmobile track, which completed the horses’ path to freedom on December 23, 2008.
Now, production is under way for the movie, called “Horses of McBride”, starring Aidan Quinn, Kari Matchett and Mackenzie Porter. It is joint collaboration between Canada’s CTV and Whizbang Films.