Rare Friesian horses, known for their grace, will be used in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Columbia Valley Pioneer reported earlier in the day that rare Friesian horses will be used in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We can assume safely they will be needed for the Chariot parade.

Friesian horses are originally from Friesland, Netherlands. These horses are graceful, and are known for their dark coat color along with the heavy mane.

Excerpts from the report can be read below:

The clopping of locally-raised hooves will be heard all over the world in 2013, as horses from the valley appear in the second Hunger Games movie.

The Paagman family, who live in Toby Benches, are known in the area for the rare Friesian horses they raise and train. Now nine of these horses will feature in the second film in the popular Hunger Games trilogy, entitled The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

“We are really proud that citizens and horses from the valley are participating in the biggest movie of 2013,” said Gerard Paagman, the father of the family. “When the phone rang, we asked the kids what the Hunger Games are? They started jumping and screaming.”

On September 17th, Gerard and nine of the family’s much-loved Friesian horses departed for Atlanta, Georgia to commence filming.

Caio Paagman and daughters Jambo-Ree, 8, Tomba, 10 and Ster, 12, will join their horses on set on October 9th, where the children will participate as extras.

Another of the Paagmans’ daughters, Balance, 14, is on a one-year student exchange in the Netherlands, but will fly specially to Atlanta to film a small acting role in the movie. She will also be participating in a radio interview about her highly sought-after screen credit.


The Paagmans still know very little about what the filming for the latest installment of the Hunger Games will entail, other than that it takes place over six days.

The family will not be have access to a full script until the time of the shoot.


The Paagman family, who are originally from the Netherlands, have been training and breeding Friesian horses since they moved to the valley 14 years ago. Their horses range from five to 17 years old.

The equestrian experts have developed their own system of training that they use for working with the breed.

“Our program is based on mutual respect,” Gerard said. “We deal with our horses as if they were small children. We never punish with pain or suffering because our horses are our partners, not pieces of equipment.”

via HungerGamesDWTC

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