RODEO clown and zebra trainer Ian Bostock and stunt double Laura Haigh at Cabarita yesterday
RODEO clown and zebra trainer Ian Bostock and stunt double Laura Haigh at Cabarita yesterday

Don?t cross a zebra

By ADAM WRATTEN

COWBOY Ian Bostock has been busy earning his stripes in the movie industry.

Mr Bostock and his partner Laura Haigh spent six months working in South Africa training the zebras for the upcoming movie Racing Stripes, due for release tomorrow.

Despite working with horses for most of his life there was nothing black and white about handling the temperamental zebras, Mr Bostock said yesterday.

He was at the Cabarita Equestrian Grounds preparing for Saturday night's rodeo, where he will be one of the clowns.

The couple were responsible for breaking-in and then training the zebras.

"I had never seen a zebra up close before," Mr Bostock said.

"They are a very tough an- imal to work with, nothing like a horse.

"They can be more dangerous and will kick and have a bite."

He said there was no room for error during training or filming.

"They are not as forgiving, you can't experiment, you have to get it right first time.

"We would have to stand maybe 30-40 feet away from them and control their movements .?.?. make them face the camera or look a certain way.

"We had them racing in with the horses.

"No-one had trained a zebra to the extent we had to for the film."

He landed the job after a friend referred him to the movie's producers.

It was the first major film he had been involved in, though he had worked on commercials.

"It was a great opportunity and I really enjoyed it," Mr Bostock said.

The couple returned about one year ago from helping produce the film.

Now that the film is set for release Mr Bostock said he was looking forward to watching it as much as everyone else, having only seen 10 minutes of action before returning to Australia.

"It's going to be a good movie."



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