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Louisiana Horse Culture Documentary Opens March 15

Documentary on Louisiana horse culture opens in Lake Charles on March 15.

February 15, 2012

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The new documentary "T-Galop: a Louisiana Horse Story" will premiere on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center in Lake Charles as part of the Louisiana Folklore Society’s Annual Meeting that is being hosted by McNeese State University and co-sponsored by McNeese Banners Series.

“T-Galop takes the audience deep into the horse play and work of French Louisiana,” says film consultant Nick Spitzer. “Cajun and Creole cowboy and cattle traditions are revealed from colonial times to present day swimming herds, bush tracks, zydeco cowboys, mounted Mardi Gras revelers, knightly 'tournois,' workaday ranchers and famed jockeys. It’s all there.”

Indeed, in "T-Galop," Creole cowboys, Cajun jockeys, Cotton Knights and Mardi Gras revelers reveal the long history and blend between Creoles and Cajuns and the horses they love.

“This equine love affair began more than 250 years ago on the first ranches of South Louisiana where Creoles became some of America’s first cowboys,” explains Conni Castille, the film’s writer and director. Not only essential to hard ranch work, horses were often the focus of French Louisiana’s renowned joie de vivre. “The Creole and Cajun idea of `passing a good time’ of course made its way into their horse culture, like the old bush track races that birthed so many great jockeys, or the Mardi Gras horseback riders, or the leisurely Creole trail rides."

"T-Galop" romps playfully across South Louisiana through professional sports to community rituals bearing witness to a modern horse culture that was born many centuries ago.

Castille also made "I Always Do My Collars First" (2007), "Raised on Rice and Gravy" (2009), and "King Crawfish" (2010). The film screening is co-sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana.

"T-Galop: a Louisiana Horse Story" will screen in Lake Charles at the Central School, 809 Kirby Street. Admission is free.

Donations will be accepted (and appreciated) to benefit the Louisiana Folklore Society.

For more information on the screening or the Folklore Society’s Annual Meeting, visit www.louisianafolklore.org, or call (337) 475-5312, or e-mail clegeune@mcneese.edu.

"T-Galop" was supported in part by grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Entertainment, Louisiana Economic Development Association, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism.