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Workhorse to Dreamhorse

Television (Excerpts) – 2001

The major contribution made by horses to New Zealand’s development is investigated in this Bryan Bruce documentary – from the first to arrive (a stallion brought by missionary Samuel Marsden in 1814) to equestrian gold medallists and sires of Melbourne Cup winners in more recent years. This excerpt features extensive archive footage of some of the 10,000 horses sent to Europe and the Middle East during World War I (with only four returning); and talks to one of the last milk vendors to use a horse and cart (only retired with very mixed feelings in 1984).

As the tanks rolled on to the battlefield at the end of World War I, it became clear that this would be the last war in which the horse would play any significant role.
– From the film's narration

Key Cast & Crew

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Mary-Jo Tohill


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Bryan Bruce

Writer, Director, Producer, Editor

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Paul Chattington

Sound Recordist, Sound Recordist

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Ian Leslie

Sound Mix

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Jan McKinlay

Sound Recordist

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Len Potts


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Red Sky Film & Television


Made with funding from NZ On Air