Two adorable miniature ponies are headed for stardom as they complete their television debut in an advertisement promoting a year’s subscription for Horse & Country TV. The delightful duo, known to friends and their trainer as Ernie and Albert, are blasting onto television and video in their first starring roles. For that matter, the commercial filmed by the twosome and released on Nov. 21 is their very first effort.
Their audiences can readily see that Ernie and Albert display horsey star quality. Not only are they cute, draw their audience into the advertisement, never miss a cue, but they are also enjoyable to watch as they simply go about their roles. They are certainly not at all pretentious about their star quality.
They learned their roles in a short two weeks of training. The cameras were ready and captured their cute antics. They were already used to liberty work so learning their parts was a breeze for them. In a short matter of time, they had the commercial in the can for Horse & Country TV.
Their performances were hired for Horse & Country TV which airs out of Britain. Emma Massingale is the human responsible for training the two miniatures. Their advertisement to promote Horse & Country TV is slated to promote the channel’s subscription service.
Massingale is known as a horse trainer who works with horses and ponies without force, without bridles, halters or lead ropes. The animals gravitate to her and all they really ask is her patience. Massingale gives her animal students plenty of that and lots of kindness to go with it – And they respond!
The diminutive team consists of Albert, a three-year-old Shetland pony who is the ringleader, and Ernie, who is the younger of the two at only two years of age. As the commercial starts, the little horses are sound asleep in their cozy stable, probably dreaming about something cute. The two wake up, and soon they find themselves in the house by the Christmas tree, searching for presents.
The advertisement was the brainchild of Horse & Country TV and Equine Productions which is also filming a documentary on Massingale about her work with horses. The idea to use the miniatures was formed after Equine Productions’ Sam Fleet saw a picture of one of the small horses lying funder a Christmas tree.
Fleet says, ““We particularly wanted to work with Emma’s miniatures, since they’re so cute. When we told Emma about our plans and asked if the various scenes were possible, she kept telling us it would be no problem, which was great.” Fleet remarks that the pint-size horses were “super professional” and the “filming went without a hitch.”
Apparently everyone involved in the making of this short spot enjoyed working with the equine pair. Massingfale says, “Albert and Ernie did everything I asked every time, without making any mistakes. I was extremely proud of them both and I hope everyone loves the resulting advert as much as I do.”
Richard Burdett, Horse & Country TV’s managing director, had fun with the filming and chuckles as he says,
Luckily, we managed to secure the talent in our advert in return for a bale of hay and a few bags of carrots. Hats off to Emma and Equine Productions, as well as our two equine stars.
What exactly did Albert and Ernie find under the Christmas tree? They found a gift card for a one-year subscription to Horse & Country TV!
Horse & Country TV hopes to draw new viewers through digital subscriptions priced at £42.95. According to the statistic, the channel gets over a half-million viewers each month, and that amounts to more than 136 Facebook fans and over 35,000 Twitter followers.
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