When I was growing up we lived in a neighborhood behind the elementary school, and a group of neighborhood girls would walk to and from school together. One day when I was in fifth grade my younger sister and her friend decided to "ride" imaginary horses to school instead of walk. They had names for their horses, took them out of the stable (aka the side yard) every morning, and galloped to school. This went on for years, and they eventually went on to take horseback riding lessons and even compete in horse shows. Now my daughter is about her aunt's age when she started "riding" horses to school. Last week I saw the same draw to horses in her that I had seen years ago with my sister during our VIP sneak peek party where we saw the first two episodes of the new DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free series which premieres Friday, May 5th on Netflix.
Everyone at the party was enthralled by the majesticness of Spirit and the other horses and loved the story of Lucky, a brave and spunky twelve-year-old, as she bravely finds her way in a new town. The series is an energetic coming of age story where three girls find true friendship, and learn about their own strength, as they encounter characters that defy stereotypes and share powerful role models with young viewers. With her friends, human and equine, by her side, Lucky explores her new world and learns what it really means to be free.
Inspired by the DreamWorks film Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron, Spirit Riding Free is a brand-new, Netflix original series, which premieres Friday, May 5th. A line of toys and books will soon follow. My oldest has already added the first book Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins, by Suzanne Selfors, to her birthday wish list. Rumor has it her great-grandmother already ordered it for her. Learn more about Spirit Riding Free and follow the adventure on Facebook.
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