Sadie sponsors Luke to train with Monty Roberts in the USA

Sadie sponsored her Prince’s Trust mentee Luke Tucker to train as an apprentice horse whisperer at the Californian home of Monty Roberts, the real-life inspiration for the Robert Redford movie Horse Whisperer.

Sadie was inspired to give Luke this opportunity after witnessing his passion for communicating with horses on the 2009 SLL Wild Horses project, during which she mentored 10 disadvantaged teenagers from the UK The Prince’s Trust and French charity La Sauvegard as they rode wild horses from the South of France to London. The trained horses were donated to RDA disabled riding schools.

Sadie co-produced and presented a short documentary film about the project, Wild Horses, directed by Dom Dandridge and broadcast on France 3, following the film’s screening in short film corner at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Now, Sadie’s preparing to make a spin-off doc about Luke for Sky‘s Horse & Country channel.

Sadie recently arranged for Luke to meet her friend, polo champion Carlos Gracida, at Cowdray Park. Earlier in the year, Luke attended the Centre For Social Justice Awards in London with Sadie. Luke also had the opportunity to work with another gifted horse whisperer, Susannah Armstrong Gilmore, in Spain. Tucker’s Luck will air on H&C in 2012.