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Press Release

Movie Premiere: Sunday, May 15 4:30 pm

Tickets: Tickets are free but a reservation is required. Click here!

If I Could Ride is donating all proceeds from the film screening to Helping Hooves at Willow Brook Farm in Plainfield, NH, which offers Equine-Facilitated Mental Health counseling services to children and teens. A suggested $10 donation per ticket is requested at the theater entrance. Checks are payable to Willow Brook Farm/Helping Hooves. We appreciate your support in this effort! 

Very proud to release a scene, 1 of over 100, from the upcoming family feature film IF I COULD RIDE. This scene, which takes place near the beginning of the film, exemplifies the stark difference in this story between the two young stars. Twelve year old “Jodie” played by amazing young actress Alexis Arnold, and Seventeen year old “Bridgett” played by NBC’s World of Dance star and talented film star Eva Igo. Also staring in the scene is Bridgett’s horse trainer “Jimmy” played by another amazing movie star. Tom Vera. Also appearing are supporting actors Jeff Kavy and Rhyleigh Russell. Short song verse at the end is a small part of “Jodie’s Song”, produced exclusively for the film. It is written and sung by Singer/songwriter Lori Oz.

This touching family film will be enjoyed by everyone from ages 5 to 85! Director Shawn Welling and his talented team outdid themselves on this production. Great acting, breathtaking scenery, amazing beautiful horses, exquisite filming locations and a story that will tug at so many emotions. A MUST SEE!

Exciting news for the Vermont/New Hampshire Upper Valley area. A movie film crew and actors from around the country will be invading the area in October to film the movie “If I Could Ride” based upon the recently released book “If I Could Ride” by local author Don Miller. It follows his successful book and movie “IF I COULD RUN”.  IF I Could Ride is a touching story about a physically disabled girl who’s family struggles and a girl who’s family lives a very lavish lifestyle. Witness how fate brings together these two distinctly different young girls and how thier moments with each other prove the existence of true friendship through physical and emotional trials. It is a true family movie to be enjoyed by all ages.     

Director/Producer Shawn Welling – Houston Tx.

Shawn has recently completed the production of the widely successful “NARCO SUB” which is playing in select theaters nationwide. Learn more about Shawn

Lead actors/actresses starring in the film, visiting the Upper Valley:

Tom Vera- Houston TX. – “JIMMY”
Starring role in NARCO SUB which is presently playing in theaters nationwide. Also, CW show WALKER

Eva Igo- St Paul MN. – “BRIDGETT”
Competed in WORLD OF DANCE competition- 2017 and 2018, Starring role in THE LAST ASTRONAUT- 2019   

Alexis Arnold- Houston TX- “JODIE”

Ursula Minich-Boutwell- Gilford NH – “VICTORIA”
Starred in the film LIFE LESSON, Theater Shows- Agnes of God, Nunsense, The Dinner Party, The Odd Couple 

Michael Coppola – Portsmouth NH. – “STEPHEN”
Movies- Alternate Ground, First Signal, Loud Places

Rhyleigh Russell- Old Lyme CT. – “SANDY”
Stalker’s Prey 2: Predator’s Obsession, The Rise and Fall (T V Series)

Lori Oz (Oszterling)- Singer-Songwriter combines with Movie/TV and music producer Carter Green, owner of Greenjeans Studios, Wellington Kansas to add their extreme talents to produce and preform a song and soundtrack for this film that tugs at so many emotions.

Area locations to be used for filming:

Willow Brook Farm Equestrian Center, Plainfield NH.
This beautiful complex will be known in the film as “HELPING HOOVES “, a horse camp for therapeutic and rehabilitating children and adults. Liz Guaraldi, Owner and manager of this amazing place will also play the “Camp Director” in the film.

Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, Windsor Vt.
A surgery, a major injury, and rehabilitation take place in the movie. This beautiful facility and some of its wonderful staff will be used for the filming of these medical scenes. 

Bashon Brook Farm, County Road, Windsor Vt.
This amazing farm will be used for the affluent “Van Heusen Family Estate” where the young girl “Bridgett” (Eva Igo” and her family reside. The owner of the farm, Jeff Kavy, will play “Grampa” in the film

Green Mountain Horse Association, South Woodstock Vt.
With a horse show at this spectacular complex falling during the movie filming, the film crew and actors will be able to do limited filming at the event. With the fall foliage at it’s peak, the added visual beauty should compliment the scenes beyond compare.

White’s Dairy Farm, North Hartland VT.
This landmark feed store will be used for a scene where the totally different two girls first meet. “Jodie” (Alexis Arnold), with her physical handicap, has her heart broken by the belittling treatment given by “Bridgett” (Evva Igo) the spoiled, affluent girl with everything.