“Hay” there, equestrian enthusiasts, animation aficionados and adventure addicts, May is almost here, which means it’s time to “saddle up” for the premiere of DreamWorks Animation’s newest original series Spirit Riding Free, available exclusively on Netflix on Friday, May 5. The series, inspired by the Oscar®-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, follows the heartfelt journey of a gutsy 12-year-old girl named Lucky who befriends a wild mustang whom she aptly names Spirit. With her two best friends (and their horses) by her side, Lucky and her friends explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses and and never ending fun! Together they’ll push their own limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it truly means to be free.
I was kinda obsessed with horses when I was younger. It all started after I read The Black Stallion and I would daydream of someday owning a ranch with horses on it. I still have that dream but probably wouldn’t be riding them. I am a chicken, I know! But this new series from DreamWork’s Animation Spirit Riding Free is the perfect show for any horse-loving kid. We have some fun activities and a cool giveaway so be sure to check it out.
In addition to checking out the “mane” event on May 5 and the shareable trailer below, we wanted to provide some craft and activity pages that your readers and their horse-loving friends and family members might enjoy. Check out the packet linked to below for DIY “Friendship Frames” and friendship bracelets, word searches, mazes and coloring pages of your favorite Spirit Riding Free horses and riders.
Each episode of Spirit Riding Free will be filled with frontier adventures and fun — from inclement weather like flash floods and blizzards, to human malfeasance from train robbers and banditos, to kid-centric capers like treasure hunts and secret sleepovers. And some stories will even be told from the horses’ point of view!
Even the most action-packed episodes will be grounded in the emotional realities of being a kid — stories that will resonate with any kid, anywhere, in any era, whether they go to a one-room country school house or a mega modern high school; stories about fitting in, finding your place, figuring out who you are and who you want to be, and all the other weird, wonderful, alarming, and amazing parts of growing up.
Spirit Riding Free is a coming-of-age story for Lucky, but also, in a very different way, for Spirit. Over the course of the series, each will realize their truest selves. Lucky will learn she is far more than just a city girl with a wild streak, and Spirit will learn that his freedom is only as real as the choices he can make. Together Spirit and Lucky will illustrate both sides of the same theme: only by doing, can we truly become what we are meant to be.
We have an awesome giveaway for the horse-loving kid! Includes: materials for the DIY picture frame and a friendship bracelet, along with a journal, a bandana, a plush toy. and the “Spirit Riding Free” book.
Note: We are part of the Netflix StreamTeam but all opinions are our own