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image "Sam" the horse
who starred in
"Blazing Saddles"


San Bernardino is in the state of California, United States of America
Story from "Running Free " OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL GENERIC HORSE ASSOCIATION Fall-Winter 1996

The Famous and the Forgotten

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Even though all the HorseAid horses are special in their own way, we got two really interesting geldings into our program this past year.

One is a "star" of sorts, a horse that all of you have probably seen at the movies or on TV, and in complete contrast the other is an absolute unknown ? he didn't even have a name, let alone an identity, before becoming a HorseAid horse. You will probably recognize Sam as the sheriff's horse in the 1974 Mel Brooks classic comedy, "Blazing Saddles." The flashy Palomino has been seen by movie fans all over the world, and he will forever be immortalized on film. Though old and toothless now, Sam is still chipper and loving. Donated by his owner of eight years after the man suffered a stroke, Sam had lost weight and was basically being neglected at his boarding stable. The San Bernardino Humane Society got involved, but thankfully Sam's owner was able to give the Palomino to HorseAid, who will care for him and give him the attention he requires for the rest of his life.



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"Sam" the horse & actor Cleavon Little

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The movie Blazing Saddles was partly filmed at Vasquez Rocks located North of Valencia, Santa Clarita, Newhall, Saugus, Canyon Country in the state of California.

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A few of the other horse stars of "Blazing Saddles" filmed at Vasquez Rocks


Big Red is a horse nobody knew when he was found wandering the streets wearing a Charro saddle. A concerned resident caught the tall sorrel Thoroughbred and then called the Ventura County Humane Society. The dirty, unkempt horse was limping, but otherwise OK. It was assumed that the gelding had escaped from a charreada rodeo and that someone would come along and claim him. This never happened. After the waiting the legally required time, the VCHS donated him to HorseAid and Red now awaits a loving home. We are only guessing at how the horse ended up a stray but since most of the stock performing in charreada rodeos later go on to slaughter after they are used up, Big Red was very lucky indeed to have escaped! (The lameness in his hind leg would indicate he may have been roped and thrown to the ground.)

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SHOWS FILMED AT THE FAMOUS VASQUES ROCKS

TITLE TV MOVIE SERIAL
The Golden Horde
Apache Rose
The Periils of Pauline
The Flintstones
The Cowboy and the Movie Star
Power Rangers
Alias Smith and Jones
The Westerner
Blazing Saddles
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The Family Channel 1998 movie "The Cowboy and the Movie Star" used the animals from World Wide Animals and they were trained by Shelly Davis.
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