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News

Congress Featured in 2016 Film

March 1st, 2016

By: Barbara Aitken 

 

Sophie Bolen’s first time to visit the All American Quarter Horse Congress (AAQHC) happened in October 2015. Sophie rode around the grounds and even in the arena, but she never competed. Her character Pricilla did.

Sophie starred in the 2016 film, Rodeo Girl about a young dressage equestrian who visits her dad in Michigan and falls in love with rodeos. When the production needed a venue to film a National Finals scene, there was only one answer—the Congress.

Jane Bolen, Sophie’s mother, has a rich history with the AAQHC. She started riding as an amateur at the event in 1978, building her way into the professional realm until 1993 when she retired from training to raise her family.

“I always thought I would go to the Congress with Sophie and watch her show, but she has a passion for acting,” said Jane.

Nevertheless Jane raised her kids on stories and a promise that they would someday visit the AAQHC. Jane remembers arriving at the 2015 Congress when Sophie stood in awe of the show saying, “I never imagined it would be this big!”

Sophie’s character, Pricilla, enjoyed shopping, ordering lunch on the Midway, and riding the mechanical bull.

“There’s an entire montage of scenes that feature the Congress during the time when “Pricilla” is showing at the National Finals.”

Rodeo Girl premiered last month and is available at Redbox, Wal-Mart, Netflix, and Amazon.