Movie night comes to the Highland Park library

December 20, 2016 by  

Horse lovers and anyone in Edison who wants to enjoy an intriguing, family-friendly documentary, should make plans to visit the Highland Park Library as the facility’s International Film Festival shows ‘Dark Horse’.

The documentary was made by Louise Osmond, and tells of Janet Vokes, a barmaid in a Welsh mining village, who decides to breed a racehorse. The villagers are having a tough time, but Janet, having bred whippets and pigeons, think she can do this. She convinces her husband to join her in the venture, along with 23 other people, who each chipped in £10 (roughly $12) a week to cover the expenses of raising and racing such an animal.

This unlikely consortium bought a stallion and a mare, and soon there was a foal—Dream Alliance, raised by Vokes. When he was three years old, and the syndicate had raised enough money, they hired Philip Hobbs to train him. He finally went on to win the Welsh National in 2009. Over the course of his career, Dream Alliance won about £138,646 ($171,057), and each member of the group realized £1,430 ($1,764).

The film, which won the World Cinema audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, will be shown at the library this evening (December 20) at 6:30 pm.

Facilities like this can benefit by working with a flyer printing company, which can create handouts for special occasions.