in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Great Britain, Kentucky, and
California with the Saudi Equestrian riders, the Oman Royal Cavalry,
National Jumping Champions, National Dressage Champions, National Western
Champions, National Working Cowhorse Champions.
A soaring panorama of the horse that began in Arabia and went on to create
Empires and champions today in every category.
"This is a truly exciting history from the early to the modern evolution
of the Arabian horse. Learn about the breed that has made more of an
impact on modern breeds than any other."
ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION Photo of Om El Shahmaan
courtesy of Om El Arab
"Brilliant! Galloping out of remotest antiquity, prancing majestically at
mankind's most fabled royal courts, in an awe-inspiring destiny siring all the lineages of racing's
thoroughbreds as well as the mounts for Napolean's lancers and Gustavus
Adolphus' "Polish-Arabs", the "Gift from the
Desert" is the gorgeously enchanting star of this wondrous film.
"At this moment when tragic images bombard us nightly from the Middle East,
one of our world's most expert film-makers has launched a star into our
sadly darkened sky. Gift from the Desert chronicles an all too rare
interaction with the Arab world whereby 19/20th century U.S. breeders helped
to "save" this splendid breed. For joy as well as useful wisdom -
come and view this beautiful film !"
DR. CARNEY GAVIN, Historian
"This is a fascinating film viewers are sure to enjoy again and again!
It tells the remarkable story of the Arabian horse from its ancient desert
beginnings to its place in the world today. The most beautiful equine athlete
captivates with its grace and stamina."
ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION
"A wonderful film! A fascinating and entertaining story whether you are a
horse expert or novice."
KAREN HOUSE, Pulitzer Prize Winner, former Publisher Wall Street
This film was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Jo Franklin.
Named "One of
the Top 100 Film Producers in the US" by Millimeter Magazine, Ms. Franklin
is a rider and
breeder of Arabian horses. She is a member
of the Arabian Horse Association, the Pyramid Society, and the World Arabian