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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Frank T. Hopkins and Hidalgo

Last night Candi and I watched a movie we've wanted to see for a long time...Hidalgo!
The movie is based on the true story of the life of Frank Hopkins and Hidalgo. In the movie, Fank and his tamed mustang travel around doing long distance racing.

1"Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire--a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy sheik invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time. During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry--and had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik puts his claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world's greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders--some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse attempt the impossible."

Frank won over 400 long-distance races, including the 3,000 mile ride across the Arabian Desert in 1890 on his mustang stallion, Hidalgo. :O Frank raced all the way into his sixties then died at age 86. Can you believe this person was real?


2"Some people think that mustang and wild horse mean the same thing. They do live in the wild but are not really wild, they are untamed horses that could have escaped or have even been released into the wild.

Ancestors of the mustang who were already tamed where brought over by Spainish explorers, like Christopher Columbus, and Francisco Pizarro. Some horses escaped from their owners and went to live in the wild and that is how they got the name mustang other known as mesteno, meaning untamed.

the mustang depends mostly on grass and water. Mustangs can be found in ten different western states; you can find the most mustangs in the Great Basin in Nevada. Mustangs are smaller than the regular horse; they only weigh about 1,000pounds, which is 450kilograms, or they can weigh less. The regular horse can weigh about1,200pounds which is 545kilograms, or weigh more. The mustang is smaller becasue they have trouble finding enough food in hot areas."

Source 1:Here!
Sorce 2: Here!


At 7:02 PM, Blogger Candi said...

Thank you for showing me this film. I loved Hidalgo, and love how Frank fought for the rights of wild mustangs!!

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Razzle said...

I learn something new with all your posts! :) Sounds like a really interesting movie. Yay Hidalgo!

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds interesting!


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