I have truly enjoyed your site. I have, like yourself, just recently
became a "Viggo Fan". I'd like to "share" the
process with you, it is somewhat comical, even to myself. I am a
Spanish Mustang breeder, promoter and endurance rider for about 22
yrs. I noticed Viggo's name on the "Hidalgo" website. I
obviously am very familiar with Frank Hopkins and the whole story.
By the way I am not convinced it is a "hoax". I have seen
at least a couple of original newspaper articles about 100 plus
years old, at an old Spanish mustang aficionado's ranch in Finnley
Okla. in 1987. The old cowboy, Gilbert H. Jones, was collecting
anything and everything that had to do with Spanish mustangs.
Back to Viggo, I
was ecstatic that finally somebody was making a movie about triumphs
of the Spanish Mustangs. I just wasn't sure about this "Viggo
character", to me he was a total stranger, since I was not a
"Lord of the Ring" fan. Then I saw a feature on him at the
Vanity Fair Magazine, and I knew he was absolutely perfect for the
role. I can hardly wait for the premiere.
As far as that
silly controversy with the "Long nosed Riders Guild" it is
Sour grapes for them! As far as I am concerned, this is not a
Documentary, but it is entertainment and Disney got at least two
important "facts" in Hidalgo; Frank Hopkins was a real
person, and a damn fine rider, and the Spanish Mustang is the
greatest endurance horse in the whole world. I have rock solid proof
to the latter claim! Last but not least Hidalgo is going to be a
blockbuster in spite of the "Long nosed Riders"!!
Pinter, owner of Windwalker Ranch, home of the Legendary Endurance
Horses of the "Old and Today's West, the original Spanish
March 5, 2003. Official Site:
See Viggo on
Thursday, March 4, 2004 on David Letterman.
and Commander The Far Side Of The World.
Ways Of Speaking. Some of my favorites: Track 7--Other
Ways Of Speaking and Track 6--The Same Person.
and interview with A Beautiful Mind director, Ron Howard: