Episode 2: Spirit Untamed, Olympic Preview, and Insider Stories of The Black Stallion for June 22, 2021 from Title Sponsor Fields of Grace by Cara Whitney

Horse Illustrated Podcast - Episode 2 - Elaine Bogan of Spirit Untamed, Steffen Peters, Margo Shallcross and The Black Stallion
Photos Courtesy DreamWorks Animation, Steffen Peters, and Margo Shallcross

In the second podcast episode of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, brought to you by Title Sponsor Fields of Grace by author Cara Whitney, hosts Glenn the Geek and Sarah Evers Conrad talk to Elaine Bogan, director of the new DreamWorks Animation movie, Spirit Untamed; U.S. Olympic Dressage Team member Steffen Peters, who already has an abundance of experience on the international stage; and Margo Shallcross, the former trainer of Cass Olé, one of the horses that played The Black Stallion.

Hosts: Sarah Conrad, Digital Content Editor of Horse Illustrated & Young Rider and Glenn the Geek, host of Horses in the Morning

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Spirit Untamed, directed by Elaine Bogan
Photo Courtesy DreamWorks Animation
Elaine Bogan, director of Spirit Untamed
Elaine Bogan, director of Spirit Untamed. Photo Courtesy DreamWorks Animation

Elaine Bogan is the director for the DreamWorks Animation movie Spirit Untamed, which came out in theaters on June 4, 2021. After receiving her Bachelors in classical animation at Sheridan College, Bogan found her home in story, which has translated into a challenging and successful career. She has been a story artist with DreamWorks Animation since 2005 on a wide range of feature films and television series, and began directing for the studio in 2011. Elaine Bogan became DreamWorks Television’s first female director while working on the series Dragons: Riders of Berk. Her debut episode was nominated for a 2014 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production. She went on to direct episodes of the Emmy-nominated Trollhunters and 3Below, both part of Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia trilogy. While the movie is now out in theaters, it will also be available on Premium Video On Demand platforms starting on June 25 for families to watch at home.


Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper
Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper. Photo Courtesy Steffen Peters

Steffen Peters came to the United States in 1984 from his native Germany to work for trainer Laurie Falvo in San Diego. He became a U.S. citizen in 1992. He has been one of the country’s top international dressage competitors ever since, having represented the U.S. at four Olympic Games, four FEI World Equestrian Games, and two Pan American Games, and now he is headed to his fifth Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, in July 2021.

Peters rode his KWPN gelding, Udon, to Team Bronze in his first Olympic outing in 1996. With Legolas 92, he won Team and Individual Gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and Team Bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. With his longtime mount, Ravel, the KWPN gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki, he won the FEI World Cup in 2009 and two Individual Bronze medals at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington. He has been recognized for his accomplishments with three USEF Equestrian of the Year titles, in 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Steffen Peters
Steffen Peters. Photo Courtesy Steffen Peters

Peters has built a phenomenal record with his current top horse, Suppenkasper, a KWPN gelding owned by Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm. They were undefeated in 2020 through the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla., and the CDI 3* at Desert Dressage in Thermal, Calif. The pair kicked off 2021 in the same winning fashion, winning the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special CDI 4* at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) week 3 and the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5* during week 7 of the festival.


  • SPetersDressage: Operated by Steffen Peters and his wife, Shannon, a U.S. Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist and three-time National Championships competitor
Cass Olé, aka The Black Stallion
Cass Olé, aka The Black Stallion. Photo Courtesy Margo Shallcross
Amy Carter on The Black Stallion with Margo Shallcross
Margo Shallcross leads Amy Carter, daughter of President Jimmy Carter, aboard Cass Olé (aka, The Black Stallion) at the White House. Photo by Mary E. Daily, The White House/Courtesy Margo Shallcross

Margo Shallcross was introduced to the world of Arabian horses in 1964. Shallcross joined Anderlea Arabians in Albion, Iowa, as head trainer and farm manager in the 70s. Her responsibilities included training, breeding, and showing Anderlea’s horses. In 1977, she became the head trainer and farm manager at San Antonio Arabians, home of Cass Olé. Cass Olé starred in two movies, The Black Stallion and Return of The Black Stallion. She showed the famous stallion at liberty at numerous national and international venues, including the U.S. and Canadian Arabian National Shows, the White House, and the Washington International Horse Show. She also presented Cass during T.V. appearances. In 1983, she opened her own training facility, Fancy Free Arabians, which she ran until 2006. There, Shallcross offered training, lessons, breeding, and showed clients’ horses at the local, regional and national levels.

Shallcross, who has been judging Arabians since 1990, is a Senior National Judge with the USEF Arabian Division, the Pinto Association, the American Miniature Horse Association and the American Miniature Horse Registry. She has judged numerous national and international world competitions, including shows in Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Canada.


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