TWO WHITE THOROUGHBRED HORSES BRED BY ONTARIO-BASED
BLAZING COLOURS FARM SET TO STAR AS 'SILVER' IN DISNEY'S
NEW 'THE LONE RANGER MOVIE' OPENING ON JULY 3, 2013
(Wellandport, Ontario) - (June 21, 2013) - Blazing Colours Farm, a Wellandport, Ontario-based
equestrian center and breeding facility, announced today that two white thoroughbred horses bred
at Blazing Colours Farm and sold to Walt Disney Productions in 2011 will be starring in Disney's
new movie, "The Lone Ranger". The movie, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, debuts in
theaters on July 3, 2013.
April Wayenberg, founder and owner of Blazing Colours Farm, said that she was approached by
one of the head "wranglers" for the movie in May of 2011. The wrangler, who was responsible for
selecting and training the horses appearing in the film, did visit the Farm in person soon thereafter
and made the decision to purchase the two white thoroughbreds born and raised at Blazing Colours
Farm for use in "The Lone Ranger."
The horses purchased were Cloud Ten (a 6 year old stallion) and White Pharaoh (a 4 year old gelding).
"The two horses looked liked twins and most people could not tell them apart, so the wrangler
thought they would make great body doubles for each other in the movie," said April Wayenberg.
A total of 4 white horses were used during production of The Lone Ranger, including the two
Canadian-bred horses from Ontario. Both horses were born and raised at Blazing Colours Farm
and sired by the stallion Sato, who is also owned by Blazing Colours. Sato is famous in his own
right, as he was immortalized as a Breyer horse model in 2010 due to the fact that he is a
rare Palomino Pinto Thoroughbred and the first one ever born in the world. Both Sato and Cloud Ten
were also photographed and featured in "Horses in Living Color", a book published in 2010 by
renowned equine photographer Barbara Livingston
Cloud Ten made headlines in several newspapers when he was born in 2005 because he was
the FIRST white Thoroughbred to ever be foaled on Canadian soil. At that time there were only
about 20 white Thoroughbreds every registered by The Jockey Club out of a total of nearly 2.5
million Thoroughbreds on record, which made Cloud Ten quite a rarity.
Cloud Ten and White Pharaoh were chosen for the movie for their colour, size, temperament,
athleticism and trainability, according to the Disney wrangler, all traits that Blazing Colours
Farm is known for producing in their horses.
It All Began With a Strange Phone Call
Farm founder April Wayenberg recalls her first phone conversation with Disney's head wrangler.
"He told me his name, said he was interested in a couple of my horses but didn't tell me who he
was or why he was calling," says Wayenberg. "He asked me several questions about them which
were normal and then he asked me whether their manes would grow long and if they had ever heard
gunfire. At that point, I thought, this is sort of odd and I wondered if he might be off his rocker and
just wasting my time, because of course their hair would grow, and why would he care about that
anyway? And gunfire -- what was that all about? But I was polite and answered all his questions,
including the odd ones, because it's really impossible to tell a serious buyer from a 'tire kicker' during
one phone conversation. I had no idea he was shopping for horses to star in a movie, let alone
a Disney movie, until a few conversations later, which then explained some of the odd questions
at the beginning.
Wayenberg said that Disney discovered Blazing Colours Farm and its white horses because
White Pharaoh was being advertised for sale and the wrangler had seen a YouTube video of him
that Wayenberg had produced. Cloud Ten was actually not for sale at the time, but was discussed
because he also fit the bill of what the producers were looking for. White Pharaoh was purchased
first and later an agreement was made to purchase Cloud Ten as well.
It's A Family Affair!
April Wayenberg noted that Cloud Ten had two sons, both of which are white, that were born and still
reside at Blazing Colours Farm. The future plans for these two white stallions include becoming driving
horses to be hired by the public to do weddings and other special events. They will be available for
booking events starting in early 2014. Blazing Colours Farm also retained frozen semen from Cloud
Ten to be used and sold after The Lone Ranger is released.
"Because we have frozen semen from Cloud Ten available, it's possible for anyone out there to
have their very own offspring from "Silver" that starred in The Lone Ranger movie," she says.
Was it difficult seeing here two horses leave the Farm?
"It was very tough," says Wayenberg. "When you breed and raise a horse for a number of years they
become part of the family. But at the same time it was tremendously exciting to know that they were
going to be immortalized as part of movie history. I grew up watching The Lone Ranger and Mr. Ed,
and I know the impact that movies and television can have on millions of people who watch them. So,
for horses that I bred and raised and trained to be used in a remake of a movie on a scale like this
is such an honor and something that I will cherish for the rest of my life."
April says she is eagerly anticipating the movie's July 3 debut. "I will be there, that's for sure!", she
says. "And I'm sure that everyone from Blazing Colours Farm will be going with me. We plan to
make a big night of it."
What Does The Future Hold for Cloud Ten and White Pharaoh?
"At last report I heard both horses were taking some much-deserved rest," April said. "I was told
that if there is a sequel to The Lone Ranger they would be used again for it. And in the meantime
they may be used in commercials or other movies requiring gorgeous white horses."
What else does Blazing Colours Farm do besides sell horses for movies?
"We are a breeding and training facility that specializes in Warmblood and Thoroughbred horses to
compete primarily in the disciplines of hunter, jumper, dressage and eventing. We stand 5
stallions to the public and maintain a group of broodmares that produce 5-10 foals each year.
We sell many of our foals before they are even born - 3 of the 2014 crop are already sold and 1
from the 2015 crop has also been sold. We do offer a rider program as well, where we teach
private and semi private riding lessons in our state of the art riding center. This is why we are
considered a full service breeding and training facility.”
For pictures of the two white thoroughbred horses visit www.blazingcoloursfarm.com. There is also
merchandise for sale with pictures of these horses on them.
For further information on this Press Release please contact:
April Wayenberg / Blazing Colours Farm
Phone: 905-386-0815 www.blazingcoloursfarm.com
and on FACEBOOK under Blazing Colours Farm.