SHELBURNE, PBS, NEWSPAPERS, and MANY OTHERS !
friends in the media, like Anita Shelburne of the Charlottesville
Daily Progress, have been kind and enthusiastic with their
coverage of the Bowman Belgians
and the Bundoran Driving school.
Anita writes the column Hoof Prints
The Daily Progress as well as serving as the editorial
page editor. We enjoy her thoughtful, and reasonable, approach
to editorial writing.
Her thoughts about Virginia's government
and governance are most welcome. She is a voice of reason.
Plus, her love of heavy horses
- and her desperate need for copy! - have brought her to
Bundoran several times both as our guest on a trail
ride and to write about our operations. She wrote an
extensive article about the restoration
of our horse-drawn carousel for the nationally circulated
Carousel News and Trader magazine.
Belgians have been the subjects of a feature article in the
Draft Horse Journal, and the
Heavy Horse World, published in Great Britain. Extensive
coverage of our horses and of the Driving
School has been printed in the Staunton Leader, the
Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the Winchester
Star, among others.
Locally, our WVIR Channel
29 television crew has used our teams a number of times,
pulling our carousel, parading
with the fire pumper, or dressing
up their weathermen for
Virginia Horse Journal featured our team on its cover
for its annual driving issue, as did the Driver's Digest -
a nationally circulated driving magazine. Locally, the glossy
Albemarle magazine - which covers our wonderful community
- did a nice piece on the Bundoran hitch. It's all very flattering!
The Carriage Journal generously reported the "People's
Choice" award granted to our horse-drawn
carousel at the spring 2000 CAA meeting at Colonial Williamsburg.
December 2003, Rob Longley of the Staunton News Leader
nice article about our carriage barn.
Our photographer friend Don
Long works for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and he lent
us his talents as he took many of the photographs that you
see on this site. Don and his wife - also named Anita - lent
us their daughter Staci who was one of our first hitch drivers.
Dons co-worker Carlos Santos is a bright and enthusiastic
reporter assigned to Charlottesville and he has covered a
number of horse-related events here at Bundoran. We are grateful
for Carlos fine reporting, including a full photo feature
on Kathy Peace's striping of our
little stationary carousel.
It's easy to see why Gianni Versace's
photographers wanted to use these quiet draft horses in their
fashion catalog. The beautiful young fashion models were much
too valuable to risk.
Virginia is blessed with superb Public Television. May Lilly
Lee, cameramen John Warner and Mason Mills, and director Shaun
Freude of the Community Idea Stations of Richmond filmed a
segment on our school on their award-winning show Virginia
Currents. Order a video (about $20.00, ask for
Program Number 818) or call them at: 804-560-8113.
Gilliam, a PBS television producer, writes: "Fred: you,
and Bundoran Farm, could not be more accommodating to a film
maker. In connection with our production on the history of
the horse for Virginia public broadcasting stations, you have
been extremely helpful in providing a knowledgeable understanding
of the history of the work horse in a useful way. Your
farm, including the draft horses
and the wagons and carriages,
provides a splendid backdrop. Your
horses were well-mannered--a tribute to the effectiveness
of the firm but affectionate discipline you advocate--and
will be useful actors in the production. The location
of your farm is a dream...I cannot imagine more beautiful
backdrops anywhere. Thank you for everything.
Shawn Freude, directing the film crew for both productions
at Bundoran, adds: "Expect a warm welcome at Bundoran! We spent the day with Fred Scott and his Belgian team,
Ben and Abe, and our video shoot seemed more
like a pleasant day in the country
than work. The horses were the most patient extras one could
hope for; Ben and Abe took direction graciously
in order to create the perfect shot and the team knew instinctively
how to add emphasis to the narration! What a great day."
Gilliam concludes: "Fred, I know you are inundated with
requests so I am especially grateful that you were able to
take such good care, so quickly and easily, of me and my crew.
Your charges were moderate--I feel we received excellent value
for our investment. Many thanks."
George H. Gilliam is the Producer of
"The Ground Beneath Our Feet"
and other excellent PBS programs here in Virginia.
In the fall of 2003, a PBS special "The Defining Hour" on Senator J. William Fulbright
was partially filmed here by
Rubicon Productions using our drivers,
horses, wagons, and location. Rubicon Productions produced the
superb PBS special on
"The Tuskegee Airmen".
An Outdoor Channel segment - in production by Forest Pursuits
- on archery hunting, tentatively called "Wild Heart
Outdoors" was filmed here by Cedar
Ridge Outdoors of Virginia, and sponsored by T.R.U.BALL,
manufacturers of superb archery release triggers in the Lynchburg
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