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The Saddle Club
Genre Children's Television series
Created by Bonnie Bryant
Starring Keenan MacWilliam
Sophie Bennett
Lara Jean Marshall
Opening theme Hello World Music (Season 1 - Season 2)
"Hello World" (Season 3)
Ending theme "Hello World" (Season 1 - Season 2)
"Together We Are" (Season 2)
"Wonderland" (Show Ponies Part 2)
Various songs (Season 3)
Country of origin Australia and Canada
Language(s) English, Dutch, Swedish, French and Spanish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78
(episode list)
Production
Location(s) Yarra Valley, Australia (Seasons 1 & 2)
Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
(Season 3)
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (Seasons 1 & 2)
Channel Nine/WIN TV
(Season 3)
Audio format Stereo
Original run February 6, 2001 – June 2, 2003
September 29, 2008 - April 10, 2009
External links
Official website

The Saddle Club is a children's television series based on the books written by Bonnie Bryant and is an Australia/Canada co-production. Like the book series, the scripted live action series follows the lives of three teenage girls in training to compete in equestrian competitions at the fictional Pine Hollow Stables, while dealing with problems from their personal lives.

Contents

Story

The series revolves around the experiences of Carole Hanson, Stevie Lake, and Lisa Atwood, who form "The Saddle Club" after recognizing their love for horse riding. However, their friendship is detested by fellow rider Veronica DiAngelo,she is the snooty, blonde and totally spoiled girl, the only daughter of a very rich family.

Throughout the series, The Saddle Club has to deal with Veronica, dressage training, and competitions, as well as the troubles of their friends and staff in the fictional Pine Hollow Stables. Through perseverance and friendship, The Saddle Club always comes through. The Saddle Club also has a mission set before them: get Veronica to take care of Garnet. The Saddle Club wasn't successful in their attempts to get Veronica to take care of Cobalt, Veronica's earlier gorgeous horse, due to him being put down because of a jumping accident during Season 1 in Episode 10.

Production

The show aired from 2001 until 2004, with 52 episodes produced and aired in two seasons. The popularity of the series soon after its premiere on the ABC promoted international syndication, and it can now be seen in North America on Discovery Kids, YTV, with Connecticut Public Television & Pop Girl airing it in the UK. Regionally, the cast of the television series have released a series of music albums such as Friends Forever, On Top Of The World, Secrets & Dreams, and Hello World - The Best Of The Saddle Club and have appeared in live performances such as the 2004 Sydney Royal Easter Show. "The Saddle Club - Greatest Hits" and "Summer With The Saddle Club" are available as MP3 Downloads on Amazon.com.

In 2007, there was a news release of the show announcing a casting call and the production of a third season, which was filmed from 2007-2008. The third season of the show began on September 29, 2008 and is currently showing on PBS Kids on cable. It is also showing on Discovery Kids in North America. The new Saddle Club CD "Best Friends" is now available in stores in Australia and on The Saddle Club's official Store website. However, "Best Friends" is available for Digital Download in the USA and Canada. Season 3 aired on Discovery Kids in the US on February 22, 2009 and sneak peeks of Season 3 aired on "Saddle Club Sundays" in December 2008. In Australia the new series commenced on Channel Nine & WIN TV on 7 March, 2009. By April 2009, PBS Kids released all three of the seasons.

Cast

  • Keenan MacWilliam as Carole Hanson #1 (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Victoria Campbell as Carole Hanson #2 (Season 3)
  • Sophie Bennett as Stevie Lake #1 (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Lauren Dixon as Stevie Lake #2 (Season 3)
  • Lara Jean Marshall as Lisa Atwood #1 (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Ariel Kaplan as Lisa Atwood #2 (Season 3)
  • Heli Simpson as Veronica diAngelo #1 (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Marny Kennedy as Veronica diAngelo #2 (Season 3)
  • Aisha Dee as Desi Biggins (Season 3)
  • Brett Tucker as Max Regnery #1 (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Richard Davies as Max Regnery #2 (Season 3)
  • Catherine Wilkin as Elizabeth Regnery "Mrs. Reg" #1 (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Briony Behets as Elizabeth Regnery "Mrs. Reg" #2 (Season 3)
  • Glenn Meldrum as Phil Marsten #1 (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Cosmo Feltham as Phil Marsten #2 (Season 3)
  • Kia Luby as Kristi Cavanaugh (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Marisa Siketa as Melanie Atwood #1 (Season 1)
  • Jessie Jacobs as Melanie Atwood #2 (Season 2)
  • Ella-Rose Shenman as Melanie Atwood #3 (Season 3)
  • Janelle Corlass-Brown as Ashley (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Kaiya Jones as Jess Cooper (Season 3)
  • Nathan Phillips as Red O'Malley #1 (Season 1)
  • James O'Dea as Red O'Malley #2 (Season 2)
  • Troy Lovett as Jack O'Neil (Season 3)
  • Connor Jessup as Simon Atherton (Season 3)
  • Rory Donegan as Murray Richards #2 (Season 3)
  • Alex Marriott as Scooter Mulcahy (Season 2)
  • Nikolai Nikolaeff as Drew Regnery (Season 2)
  • Maggie King as Dr. Judy Barker (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Cathy Godbold as Deborah Hale Regnery (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Matylda Buczko as Dorothèe Doutey(Season 2)
  • Sophie Hensser as Megan (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Anthony Hammer as Sam (Season 1)
  • Chris Kirby as Colonel Mitch Hanson (Season 1 - Season 3)
  • Marie-Louise Walker as Eleanor Atwood (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Matylda Buczko as Miranda (Episode: Seeing is Believing)
  • Melanie Ryder as Helen diAngelo (Season 1)
  • Tony Hawkins as Frank diAngelo (Season 1 - Season 2)
  • Patrick Harvey as Jake (Episodes: Jumping To Conclusions, Set Up, and Track Record)
  • Daniel Daperis as Liam (Episodes: Over the Bit, Fillies vs. Colts, and Blind Faith)
  • Kate Osborn as Jenna Elliott (Episode: Blind Faith)
  • Wendy Strehlow as Chelsea Owens (Episodes: Found Horse Part 1 and Found Horse Part 2)
  • Damien Bodie as Raffael (Episodes: Running Free Part 1 and Running Free Part 2)
  • Nicholas Colla as Neville Cowlin (Episodes: Running Free Part 1 and Running Free Part 2)
  • Neil Melville as Mr. Bill Roth (Episodes: Foster Horse Part 2 and Foster Horse Part 3)
  • John Orcsik as Bob Cawlin (Episodes: Running Free Part 1 and Running Free Part 2)
  • Troy Lovett as Murray Richards #1 (Episodes: Love is In the Air and Horsenapped)
  • Ailsa Piper as Whitney Richards (Episodes: Love is In The Air and Horsenapped)

Characters

Discography

There have been a number of albums released in Australia featuring the actors/actresses in the series. The second album On Top Of The World was nominated for an ARIA Award for "Best Original Soundtrack" in 2003. Each of the albums has made the top 50 of the Australian album charts and the first three records have achieved gold record status including:

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Main albums

Albums

  • Fun For Everyone (2002) - #45 Australia
  • On Top Of The World (2003) - #20 Australia
  • Friends Forever (2003) - #38 Australia
  • Secrets & Dreams (2004) - #49 Australia
  • Hello World - The Best Of The Saddle Club (2004)
  • Summer With The Saddle Club (2008)
  • The Saddle Club - Greatest Hits (2009)
  • Grand Galop - Hello World (2009) - Released in France only.
  • Best Friends (2009)
  • Grand Galop - Meilleures Amies (2009) - Released in France only.

Singles

  • We Are The Saddle Club (2002) - Australia
  • Hello World (2002) - #27 Australia #8 France
  • Hey Hey What You Say (2003) - #20 Australia
  • Hello World/Hey Hey What You Say (2003)
  • Wonderland (2003) - #17 Australia
  • Special Mane Event EP (2004)
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie (2003) - #29 Australia
  • Everybody Come On (2003)
  • Undercover Movers and Shakers (2004) - #42 Australia
  • L.I.F.E (2004) - #34 Australia
  • Welcome To The Saddle Club (2004)
  • These Girls (2009)

Sophie & Kia discography

Singles

  • Planet Tokyo (2005) - Australia
  • He's Everything (2005) - Australia #40 AUS

Albums

  • Planet Tokyo (2005) - Australia
  • He's Everything (2005) - Australia
  • Raw Beauty (2005) - Australia
  • Spin (2005) - Australia
  • Raw Beauty Acoustic Sessions (2005) - Australia

Heli Simpson discography

Albums

Singles

  • Don't Ask Me (2004) #16 Australia
  • Princess Veronica Tour EP (2004)

Ashley and Melanie discography

Singles

  • Trouble (2003) Australia

Videos

A number of videos and DVDs have been released in Australia and other countries including the United States. These include:

  • The Saddle Club: Adventures At Pine Hollow (2001)
  • The Saddle Club: The First Adventure (2003)
  • The Saddle Club: Horse Crazy (2003)
  • The Saddle Club: The Mane Event (2003)
  • The Saddle Club: Storm (2004)
  • The Saddle Club: Friends Forever (2004)
  • The Saddle Club: Saving Pine Hollow (2005)
  • The Saddle Club: Series 1 (2009)
  • The Saddle Club: Series 2 (2009)
  • The Saddle Club: More Adventures at Pine Hollow (2009)
  • The Saddle Club: The First Adventure (2009 Re-release)
  • The Saddle Club: Horse Crazy (2009 Re-release)
  • The Saddle Club: The Mane Event (2009 Re-release)
  • The Saddle Club: Storm (2009 Re-release)
  • The Saddle Club: Friends Forever (2009 Re-release)
  • The Saddle Club: Saving Pine Hollow (2009 Re-release)
  • The Saddle Club: Back in the Saddle (2010)
  • The Saddle Club: Back in the Saddle (Handle Case) (2010)
  • The Saddle Club: Horseback Riders (2010)
  • The Saddle Club: Horseback Riders (Handle Case) (2010)
  • The Saddle Club: Ride Free (2010)
  • The Saddle Club: Staying the Distance (2010)
  • The Saddle Club: Happy Trails (2010)

See also

External links


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