In partnership with American Doorstop Project Productions, Knight Museum & Sandhills Center invites its patrons and the public to a complimentary one-day only screening of “Born to Rein,” a new documentary film capturing Nebraska – in “never before seen” footage -- while showcasing the impact and influence that three native-Nebraskans made in the national thoroughbred industry.
The screening will take place Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center. Doors Open at 1:30 PM. Meet the Filmmakers/Producers before and immediately after the screening for Q&A. The event is free to Public. Register in advance by stopping in at 908 Yellowstone in Alliance or calling (308) 762-2384 to be added to the sign-up sheet. Seating is limited.
“Born to Rein” filmmakers and co-producers, Jody L. Lamp and Melody Dobson of American Doorstop Project Productions, LLC, will be available prior to and immediately after the screening for questions, interviews and pre-selling the film’s DVD and souvenir commemorative guide.
Born To Rein takes viewers through the journey of a young, Aurora, Nebraska native, Marion Van Berg, who was the first Nebraskan ever to be inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame; and the National Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1970. His son, Jack Van Berg, born on June 7, 1936 and raised in Columbus, would be become the first trainer ever to reach a national career high of 5,000 wins; and set a record with 496 wins in one year.
* Jack Van Berg was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 1985.
* John Nerud was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 1972.
* 2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of America’s First Triple Crown Winner,
Sir Barton, who after retiring from racing also spent time in Nebraska, as a U.S. Army Remount Service Stallion at Fort Robinson near Crawford, NE.
“Most Nebraskans have never heard the name of John Nerud or realize that National Hall of Fame trainers like Bob Baffert and D.Wayne Lukas credit his influence in the industry for their success,” says Lamp, who was raised near his birthplace at the Nerud family homestead near Lake Minatare in western Nebraska. “Mr. Nerud certainly has been not recognized in any ‘Notable Nebraskan’ narratives prior to us working on the film, so we hope others will enjoy seeing historic footage of his history and learn something new about their state of Nebraska.”
Other National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductees interviewed for BORN TO REIN, include:
* Bob Baffert, Two-Time Triple Crown Winning Trainer
* Carl Nafzger, Trainer of Kentucky Derby winners, Unbridled and Street Sense
* D. Wayne Lukas, Trainer of 24 Thoroughbred Champions
* Bill Mott, Three-Time Eclipse Award Outstanding Trainer
* Gary Stevens, Youngest jockey ever to surpass $100 million in career earnings
* Pat Day, Jockey ranking fourth in all-time career victories with 8,803 wins
Born To Rein commemorates the lives and accomplishments of native Nebraskans and National Hall of Fame Horsemen, John A. Nerud of Minatare, and father-and-son Marion and Jack Van Berg of Columbus/Grand Island. Nerud, a Navy veteran and one of America’s most accomplished and revered thoroughbred horse trainers and breeders, co- founded the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was inducted into the National Museum of Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1972. Marion Van Berg was the nation’s leading owner in racing victories 14 times and was the first Nebraskan inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1970. Like his father, Jack Van Berg set records for the most wins. His best horse, Alysheba, won the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, and was Horse of the Year in 1988.