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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Poetry in Motion: The Japan Racing Association Captures the Simple Beauty of a Galloping a Commercial

I think if I could just keep this YouTube video on a continuous loop and keep watching it, I'd have no problems keeping stress at bay. There is something very relaxing about watching these Thoroughbreds stretch across the black-and-white frame of this film, as the lovely music plays.

It's not real, of course.  This is a sort of "greatest hits" reel of slow-motion galloping horses from a series of Japan Racing Association (JRA) commercials; someone has kindly edited the slo-mo galloping sequences together for us.

I'm quite often asked for slo-mo galloping clips that do not have distracting backgrounds so for all of you who have asked, here you go. I see footage like this and can only hope that Disney did as well when shooting Secretariat (which will be out a month from now, as a matter of fact).

The original JRA commercial was quite nice and it dovetails with the melancholy I feel each September when Saratoga is over and the Breeders Cup isn't really here yet. Thank goodness for the World Equestrian Games this year.

And, for those of you like me who want to know such things, here's how they filmed the horses galloping (and the rest of the original commercial):

I've always been a fan of the rousing instrumental musical equestrian commercial genre made famous and perfected by Rolex, but I think the JRA has done something very special here. It's a commercial that conveys a reverence for horse racing and horses.

Imagine that.

Indulge yourself by watching the gallopers as many times as you please. I know some of you will be able to use these horses in your teaching. Be sure to thank the JRA the next time you see a representative at a conference. They do wonderful things.

PS As a post script, I am really happy to see that this article has been near the top of the most popular posts on this blog for the past month or so. I'm not the only one who likes it! Or, someone is watching it over and over and over again! Thanks again to the JRA.

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Kate Hunter said...

Haha The jockey in the video is Take Yutaka. Japan's most popular and often top ranking jockey.

The JRA always has really moving and enjoyable promotional videos. Though sometimes their English has a few glaring mistakes. They also put up ads in Tokyo's equivalent of Times Square. They know how to promote their sport.

Fran Jurga said...

Hi Kate, thanks for the info! I was hoping that you might check in!

RhondaL said...

Wow. Thank you, Fran, for both the footage of the running thoroughbreds and the "Making of" video. I'm glad they released both. The running horses video would make a good meditation facilitator.