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The Saddle Club

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Cute boys and horses: A tween dream.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids may pick up some life lessons about topics like friendship and responsibility.

Positive messages

Despite facing moral dilemmas, the characters always make the right decision in the end. The show tackles topics like responsibility, loyalty, honesty, and forgiveness

Positive role models

The girls provide good, realistic role models. They frequently solve problems on their own, without adult intervention.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff

Innocent flirtation and boy-girl crushes.

Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Australian drama is based on the growing pains of three tweenaged horse riders. The series takes on the often-challenging life lessons of emerging adolescence: responsibility, loyalty, honesty, and forgiveness. Reflecting the shift of social influence in a tween's life from parents to peers, the characters tend to resolve conflict without adult input. The girls and boys at the stable also engage in some innocent flirtation.

What's the story?

Based on the books by Bonnie Bryant, THE SADDLE CLUB is an Australian series that tells the stories of three best friends -- Stevie (Sophie Bennett), Carole (Keenan Macwilliam), and Lisa (Lara Jean Marshall) -- who are united by their passion for horses. At the Pine Hollow stables, the girls not only learn about riding and taking care of horses, but also a lot about themselves and growing up. Each episode is full of drama as they try to navigate their way through the numerous challenges of adolescence. Friendships are tested, hearts are crushed, and rivals always cause trouble.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While some of the storylines and plot elements are a little unrealistic (the stable is relatively void of adult supervision), Stevie, Carole, and Lisa realistically portray tween girls and their concerns. In contrast to other shows in this genre, the characters don't try to act or dress older than they are, which is certainly a nice change. This succeeds in creating role models who are easy to relate to and whose problems seem familiar.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the dilemmas that each character encounters; each episode is full of moral conflicts. For example, should you keep a friend's secret even if you know she needs help?

  • While the series is centered around what it means to be a good friend,

  • other issues may spark discussion, too. What can you do when you

  • encounter peer pressure? How do privileges and responsibilities relate

  • to each other?

TV details

Premiere date:February 6, 2001
Cast:Keenan Macwilliam, Lara Jean Marshall, Sophie Bennett
Network:Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Drama
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 12 years old February 26, 2011

Best show in the world! Not season 3

I love it but i dont like season 3 they go rid of the old cast and got the new cast. They arnt the same as the old cast! i love it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 5 year old Written byTrebuchet August 31, 2009

I'm not seeing the morality here

I just watched an episode with my daughter for the first time. We saw "Horse's Keeper." One of the girls decided to sell her horse rather than working, and regretted it. That was okay. But when the new owner wouldn't sell the horse back, her friends told the new owner the horse had a bad hip. This is supposed to a show about morals, but they solved the problem through fraud, and harming the good name of the girl's father by claiming he sold a broken down horse as sound. In the last scene, the girl who got her horse back thanked her friends for their good idea.
Teen, 14 years old Written byHunterJumper13 April 19, 2011

Eh.

It's okay. I'm a horse person myself, so it's hard for me to watch this without seeing all the riding mistakes and such. However, it is fairly entertaining, the horses are pretty dang gorgeous, and there are some good stories. Just don't listen to any of the facts, please. They're always wrong (Sorry, Carole, but there IS such a thing as a white horse. It's called "Albino". Sheesh.).

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