Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell from the film “A Winter’s Tale” — photo courtesy Horses Daily  (The white horse? That’s Elise’s former Horse of a Lifetime, Novelisto — a phenomenally sweet, talented, and loving Andalusian stallion)

Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell from the film “A Winter’s Tale” — photo courtesy Horses Daily

(The white horse? That’s Elise’s former Horse of a Lifetime, Novelisto — a phenomenally sweet, talented, and loving Andalusian stallion)

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Aired May 10, 2019

Equestrians often say that horses take them on amazing journeys in life. That’s certainly true for movie trainer Cari Swanson.

Cari has provided horse talent and training for dozens of top films and television shows including Helen of Troy, Night of the Museum, Yellowstone, Taking Woodstock, and Arthur, as well as Orange Is the New Black, Person of Interest, The Knick, and Snowman.

One of Elise’s personal favorites is Winter’s Tale, much of which was filmed on location in New York City and stars Russell Crowe, Will Smith, and Colin Farrell.

For Elise, however, the real star of this movie is Novelisto (aka Listo) — her former Andalusian stallion and the equine love of her life!

Cari has also provided and trained horses for photo shoots for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Tory Sport, Kate Spade, Harpers Bazaar, British Vogue, and Allure magazine. And she has polished the riding skills of countless actors, including Ethan Hawke, Russell Crowe, Gigi Hadid, Haley Bennett, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Hilary Duff, and many others.

Chances are, when you see horses in a movie, on TV, a music video, or in a fashion shoot… Cari’s behind the scenes, training and working with them.

Cari riding the star of “Hidalgo,” RJ Masterbug. Photo by Kathy Landman

Cari riding the star of “Hidalgo,” RJ Masterbug. Photo by Kathy Landman