Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Film and University Honors
Documentary films -- Authorship, Documentary films -- Production and direction
The Outriders is a portrait documentary filmed in Saudi Arabia. The film follows David, the head outrider, at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh. An Outrider is a mounted horseman who assists racehorses to facilitate and maintain safety on the track. The primary duties highlighted in the film are that of catching loose horses and escorting non-compliant horses to various stations along the track. The documentary delves into David's history, starting in the US, and the journey that led him across the world to Saudi Arabia. It offers a window into what it takes to be an Outrider in terms of their mental approach, and it examines the outriders' relationships with the very horses they ride in both technical and emotional detail. From the thrills of high-speed horse chases to the shaking worries of injury, this documentary is a gallop into the world of The Outriders.
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Rodgers, Zak, "The Outriders" (2021). University Honors Theses. Paper 978.