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Lucky is the nickname of Fortuna Esperanza Navarro Prescott , the main protagonist of Spirit Riding Free . She befriends Spirit Jr. , the son of the legendary horse Spirit , after he is captured by people from her town, after the events of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron . Lucky lives with her father Jim and her bossy aunt Cora . Her mother, Milagro died.
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Lucky used to live in the city, but then Lucky moved to the small town of Miradero, where she lived as a girl in the city with her own group of friends. In the Spirit Riding Free book written by Suzanne Selfors, Lucky's old school was Madame Barrow's Finishing School for Young Ladies.
Lucky spotted a wild horse which soon became her companion later on. She named the horse Spirit.
Personality [ ]
Lucky is brave, adventurous, and rider. She loves riding her horse, Spirit, and loves to learn new tricks. She’s friendly, social, and selfless. She loves her friends and family and will do anything for them. She’ll even risk her life for them. She can also be impatient, impulsive, rebellious, and stubborn, as she usually doesn‘t give up until she does what she thinks is right. This leads to her acting out. She usually leads her friends on adventures that are more rash. She thinks it’s unfair when the adults make all the rules right then and there, as she can be openly rebellious and disobey strict orders. Normally her impulsiveness is triggered when her friends, namely Spirit, require help.
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Spirit riding free [ ].
Lucky is a beautiful young girl of average height with hazel-colored eyes and brown hair. In the series, she wears a white shirt with red trim, brown pants, and brown boots with yellow and orange flames previously donned by her mother (Milagro‘s boots). She wears no socks and is barefoot underneath her boots.
Spirit Untamed [ ]
In this incarnation, her hair is more realistic than the series version. She wears a white Mexican blouse shirt with a pink trim with flower details and dark blue pair of riding pants with a sash that wrapped up to the left side. Her mother's boots give out a different design as well.
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Personality [ ].
Spirit is very courageous and free; he has a fiery spirit that he never allows to be tamed, though he is able to balance this with his affections for his love interest, the paint horse Rain.
He is confident, charming, and caring. Spirit is handsome and he knows it, but his signature charm is endearing rather than arrogant. He is driven by his selflessness and empathy, especially when it comes to The Colonel . Spirit is honest and vulnerable, and never fails to say what’s on his mind.
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Spirit is a muscular horse with a yellow color, with a black mane, a dark brown muzzle, black legs, yellow hooves, a black tail, and brown eyes.
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Spirit: stallion of the cimarron [ ].
During the beginning of the film, a mare named Esperanza gives birth to Spirit; an only son. Spirit is a rambunctious, mischievous colt.
He continues to grow and play, becoming more and more adventurous. He manages to get his tongue stuck to a large icicle and befriend a whole herd of buffalo.
Spirit is lovingly close to Esperanza, who watches over him as he grows older.
Spirit grows into a strong and brave mustang; becoming the leader of the Cimarron herd after his father. After an exhilarating race with the wild eagle, Spirit sees a mountain lion stalking two young colts. He lets out a warning call to them, and he attacks the lion before it can hurt the colts. A battle ensues, in which Spirit finally chases off the lion and is happily surrounded by his herd afterwards.
One night while watching over the herd, he is attracted to a curious light that can be seen in the distance; driven by curiosity he investigates. Spirit comes across a group of men who had apparently been rounding up stallions the previous day. When he wakes them up, they give chase and Spirit almost escapes but is eventually caught.
Spirit fighting off the Mountain Lion
Spirit struggles to get back to freedom when the men bring him to a cavalry post where they attempt to break him. When a Lakota Indian named " Little Creek " is captured as well, the two manage to escape and free the other trapped horses as well. But on the way back to his homeland, Little Creek rounds up his fellow Indians and captures Spirit once more; bringing him back to their tribe.
As Little Creek tries to ride Spirit, he also allows him to befriend his own mare, Rain . Rain would show Spirit around the camp, a rope tied around both their necks keeping him from running off. As they grow closer, Spirit falls in love with Rain and also grows closer to Little Creek. When realizing that Spirit would never be broken, Little Creek allows him to run free. Spirit joins Rain in the field and urges her to come see his own home in the west. But Rain doesn't want to leave, and before he can persuade her anymore, they both hear the camp being attacked in the distance.
Spirit after being captured by the wranglers
Running back to the camp they find that the wranglers who had captured Spirit before were attacking the tribe, and Rain runs to help Little Creek. Spirit follows her and finds that they are both about to be shot by the Colonel . They fall into the river, and Spirit jumps in to save Rain. They both go over a waterfall before he can get her out, however, Little Creek was able to reach the bank in time. More wranglers find Spirit and Rain together, Rain just barely alive. They take an anguished Spirit away, and as they leave Little Creek runs to revive Rain.
Heartbroken Spirit is loaded onto a train, and taken to another camp where he and hundreds of other horses are being forced to pull a train over the mountain, so the men can build a railroad. When Spirit realizes that they were trying to build a railroad through his homeland, he stops them by creating a diversion and pretending to fall dead. When they start to take him away, he leaps back up and manages to free all the horses by kicking the chains from the front of the train. With no weight pulling it forward up the hill, the train begins to fall back, and it rolls down the mountainside. Spirit runs from it, and just barely makes it to another camp before the train crashes, causing a fire. It spreads to the forest, where Spirit is trying to run. When the chain around his neck gets stuck on a log, Little Creek appears, having followed him, and frees him. Together they jump off a cliff and into the water.
Spirit and Little Creek fleeing from wranglers
When Spirit awakens, he and Little Creek have a joyous reunion, but a group of wranglers find them and give chase. Spirit allows Little Creek to ride him, and the wranglers chase them into the cliffs, where they manage to get rid of many of them. When they get trapped on a large cliff, Spirit slows down and comes to a stop; staring intently at the other side of the canyon. Suddenly he sprints forward and makes his leap into freedom, practically flying over the chasm. When they land safely, the Colonel gives him a nod of respect from where he had been watching from the other side of the cliff. He leads the remaining men away, leaving Spirit and Little Creek to happily celebrate their victory. Spirit gives Little Creek a ride to the tribe.
Spirit leading his herd after their reunion
Once there, Rain and Spirit are reunited, and Little Creek tells Rain to go with Spirit; and that she would always be in his heart. Spirit and Little Creek say one final goodbye to one another before parting.
Rain and Spirit travel day and night until they finally reach Spirit's herd; where his return is greatly rejoiced by the other horses.
- Spirit isn't actually named Spirit until Little Creek calls him 'Spirit Who Could Not Be Broken'.
- Although Spirit doesn't speak on-screen, first person narration resembling him is provided by Matt Damon.
- He makes a cameo on the movie screen in the 2021 film "The Boss Baby: Family Business".
- The story that I want to tell you cannot be found in a book.
- They say that the history of the west was written from the saddle of a horse, but it's never been told from the heart of one. Not till now.
- I was born here, in this place that would come to be called the Old West. But, to my kind, the land was ageless. It had no beginning and no end, no boundary between earth and sky.
- Like the wind and the buffalo, we belonged here, we would always belong here.
- They say the mustang is the spirit of the West.
- Whether that west was won or lost in the end, you'll have to decide for yourself, but the story I want to tell you is true. I was there and I remember.
- I remember the sun, the sky, and the wind calling my name in a time when wild horses ran free.
- "I'll never forget the sound and the feeling of running together. The hoof beats were many, but our hearts were one."
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Spirit (born early 1880s) is the titular main protagonist and narrator of the DreamWorks film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron .
His narration is voiced by Matt Damon , who also played Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting , Cale Tucker in Titan A.E. , Max Da Costa in Elysium , Mark Watney in The Martian and Jason Bourne in the Bourne series.
During the beginning of the film, a mare named Esperanza gives birth to Spirit; an only son. Spirit is a rambunctious, mischievous colt. He continues to grow and play, becoming more and more adventurous. He manages to get his tongue stuck to a large icicle, and befriend a whole herd of buffalo. Spirit is lovingly close to Esperanza, who watches over him as he grows older.
Spirit grows into a strong and brave mustang; becoming the leader of the Cimarron herd after his father. After an exhilarating race with the wild eagle, Spirit sees a Mountain Lion stalking two young colts. He lets out a warning call to them, and he attacks the lion before it can hurt the colts. A battle ensues, in which Spirit finally chases off the lion and is happily surrounded by his herd afterwards.
One night while watching over the herd he is attracted to a curious light that can be seen in the distance; driven by curiosity he investigates. Spirit comes across a group of men who had apparently been rounding up stallions the previous day. When he wakes them up they give chase; and Spirit almost escapes but is eventually caught.
Spirit struggles to get back to freedom when the men bring him to a cavalry post where they attempt to break him. When a Lakota Indian named "Little Creek" is captured as well, the two both manage to escape, and free the other trapped horses as well. But on the way back to his homeland, Little Creek rounds up his fellow Indians and captures Spirit once more; bringing him back to their tribe.
As Little Creek tries to ride Spirit, he also allows him to befriend his own mare, Rain. Rain would show Spirit around the camp, a rope tied around both their necks keeping him from running off. As they grow closer Spirit falls in love with Rain, and also grows closer to Little Creek. When realizing that Spirit would never be broken, Little Creek allows him to run free. Spirit joins Rain in the field and urges her to come see his own home in the west. But Rain doesn't want to leave, and before he can persuade her any more, they both hear the camp being attacked in the distance.
Running back to the camp they find that the wranglers who had captured Spirit before were attacking the tribe, and Rain runs to help Little Creek. Spirit follows her and finds that they are both about to be shot by the Colonel. They fall into the river, and Spirit jumps in to save Rain. They both go over a waterfall before he can get her out, however Little Creek was able to reach the bank in time. More wranglers find Spirit and Rain together, Rain just barely alive. They take an anguished Spirit away, and as they leave Little Creek runs to revive Rain.
Heartbroken, Spirit is loaded onto a train, and taken to another camp where he and hundreds of other horses are being forced to pull a train over the mountain, so the men can build a rail road. When Spirit realizes that they were trying to build a railroad through his home land, he stops them by creating a diversion and pretending to fall dead. When they start to take him away, he leaps back up and manages to free all the horses by kicking the chains from the front of the train. With no weight pulling it forward up the hill, the train begins to fall back, and it rolls down the mountain side. Spirit runs from it, and just barely makes it to another camp before the train crashes, causing a fire. It spreads to the forest, where Spirit is trying to run. When the chain around his neck gets stuck on a log, Little Creek appears, having followed him, and frees him. Together they jump off of a cliff and into the water.
When Spirit awakens he and Little Creek have a joyous reunion. But a group of wranglers find them, and give chase. Spirit allows Little Creek to ride him, and the wranglers chase them into the cliffs, where they manage to get rid of many of them. When they get trapped on a large cliff, Spirit slows down, and comes to a stop; staring intently at the other side of the canyon. Suddenly he sprints forward and makes his leap into freedom, practically flying over chasm. When they land safely, the Colonel gives him a nod of respect from where he had been watching from the other side of the cliff. He leads the remaining men away, leaving Spirit and Little Creek to happily celebrate their victory. Spirit gives Little Creek a ride to the tribe.
Once there, Rain and Spirit are reunited, and Little Creek tells Rain to go with Spirit; and that she would always be in his heart. Spirit and Little Creek say one final goodbye to one another before parting. Rain and Spirit travel day and night until they finally reach Spirit's herd; where his return is greatly rejoiced by the other horses.
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Spirit Jr. is the steed of Lucky and the son of the legendary horses, Spirit and Rain.
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Public outcry over treatment of Mardi Gras horses, three removed from parade Thursday night
MOBILE, Ala. ( WALA ) - Brand new video showed a horse coming off the Polka Dots parade Thursday night, following a separate controversial video of a horse being kicked during the Conde Cavaliers parade last week.
The City of Mobile said they are stepping up efforts to protect parade horses. A former animal rescue and cruelty officer, Tracey Glover, said she was unsettled watching the video. She reacted and wrote a letter to the city, advocating for better care for the animals.
“No one has taken the responsibility, and no one is being held responsible,” said Glover.
In a statement released earlier this week, the Conde Cavaliers stated, “The horse is healthy but became anxious due to the crowd noise and laid down.”
In Glover’s letter, she wrote the culture is “treating these magnificent and feeling beings as if they were inanimate objects to be used, and abused, for our entertainment.”
She believed the way that horse was treated is text-book animal cruelty.
“While it’s totally believable the horse was stressed, that’s not in any way a typical response to stress,” she said. “Horses when they are stressed, they’ll run, they’ll bolt, they’ll kick, they’ll throw the rider off or something, but to sit down, that indicates some degree of suffering. When the horse went down, the proper response is not to punch and kick the horse. You want to first, make sure the rider is off, and then gently try to coax the animal back up, try to calm the animal down, and assess, can the animal even stand up? Is the animal injured?”
At Thursday night’s Order of Polka Dots parade, another horse was escorted out during the middle, and the city said it’s because of possible anxiety. They also said two other horses were pulled before the parade started.
Friday, FOX10 News saw an animal control officer posted at the temporary stable before the Order of the Inca’s rolled.
The city said this will be the new normal for the remaining parades.
Glover said there may need to be changes to Mardi Gras.
“If it’s inevitable, they’re scared and distressed and hurt in these parades, then I think it’s time we re-evaluate the tradition, and seriously consider finding new traditions that are more humane.”
FOX10 News tried talking to the handlers of these horses at the temporary stable downtown.
They declined comment.
The city’s animal services department and Mobile Police are investigating last week’s incident.
No charges have been filed.
FULL LETTER TO CITY OF MOBILE FROM TRACEY GLOVER:
February 02, 2024
Dear Mayor Stimpson and the Mobile City Council,
We are writing on behalf of ARC, a local non-profit whose mission is to educate the public about animal welfare and generally to be an advocate for all abused and exploited animals, and Dominion Farm Sanctuary, a local sanctuary for rescued animals including horses. We are writing because we share the community’s shock and outrage over the incident with the horse who fell and was subsequently beaten in public view at the recent Conde Cavaliers Mardi Gras parade. This incident is truly sickening and heartbreaking to watch. We urge the city of Mobile to do everything within its legal powers to see that the individual who is clearly seen punching the horse in the video is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Further, we urge the city to conduct a welfare assessment of the horse in question and the horse’s current living conditions to ensure that the horse is not currently suffering from injury, abuse, or lack of adequate care, and we also implore the city to implement more protective welfare standards to protect horses who are used in future parades, and if the city is unable to assure their welfare, to stop using them altogether.
Conde Cavaliers have defended the incident by claiming that the horse sat down out of anxiety. This is contrary to widely accepted understanding regarding horse behavior when under stress. Therefore, at best, using this as a defense just underscores how little they know about horse behavior. Horses do not sit down when they are scared or nervous. The bolt. They act skittish. They back up. They do not sit down. In the wild, they are prey animals. Sitting down would be dangerous for them. Much more likely is that the horse collapsed from exhaustion, or sedation, or was unwell, or the rider was simply too heavy, or some combination of several of those contributing factors, all of which, in themselves, show negligence on the part of the rider and crew. This horrible incident should never have happened.
In addition to the immediate issue of prosecution and assuring the welfare of this individual horse, we urge the city to take the following actions, at a minimum, to ensure that no such incident occurs in the future, that the horses being used in the parade are protected from cruelty and abuse, and that Mobile’s Mardi Gras parade doesn’t become associated nationwide with animal cruelty. These recommendations have been formulated in consultation with licensed veterinarians and animal care professionals.
1. Ban any form of drugging of horses for the purpose of using them in the parade. As noted in the letter from First Equine Veterinary Services, parade horses should receive the same training that police horses are required to undergo, as a way of avoiding stress and obviating the need for sedation which can be dangerous.
2. Have a sufficient number of thoroughly trained animal control officers, as well as veterinary professionals, on duty to check the health status of every horse being used in every parade. Because there are a large number of horses and the parade route is long, in order for an animal control or veterinary presence to be meaningful, we recommend having every horse checked at the entrance and exit of the parade route. They should be checked by a veterinarian for things like lameness, oversedation, weight, overall body condition, etc.;
3. Horses should be required to have shoes appropriate for concrete/asphalt. A veterinarian on-site at the entrance would ensure this too. And a farrier could be on hand for shoeing issues;
4. Every horse being used in parades should be required to meet certain health standards including having an ideal body condition score (BCS), which should be assessed by an veterinarian/equine expert;
5. Set weight ratio limits so that no rider weighs more than 20% of the horse’s weight. Research shows that a horse can comfortably carry a rider of no more than 20% of its weight;
6. Require all riders to be legally sober when riding.
7. Require all riders to complete safety and welfare training with a qualified equine trainer prior to riding in any parade.
If these basic welfare conditions cannot be met and the city can’t assure that these animals will be safe, and free from stress and other harms, then we must stop using them entirely. It is unacceptable for them to be subjected to cruelty, abuse, stress, and sedation, whether the public can see the abuse with its own eyes, as we all did the other night, or whether the abuse is happening away from the public view. Thanks to this incident, a veil has been lifted, and the public is more aware than ever that these horses are not being treated with the level of care our laws or our morals demand.
These horses are not just some props in a parade like a float. They are living beings who need proper care and treatment. This incident highlights a problem that is much more widespread than this one incident and reveals a culture of treating these magnificent and feeling beings as if they were inanimate objects to be used, and abused, for our entertainment. While using horses may be a part of the Mardi Gras tradition, we know that just because something is tradition, it isn’t necessarily moral or right, and it doesn’t preclude us from creating better, more humane traditions for our future.
Sincerely, Tracey W. Glover, JD, Executive Director, ARC Amanda C. Upshaw, Founder, Dominion Farm Animal Sanctuary
Copyright 2024 WALA. All rights reserved.
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Lucky is gutsy, adventurous, and is the owner of Spirit Jr. , a male wild stallion whom Lucky first encountered on her train ride back to Miradero. Lucky's best friends are Miradero natives Abigail Stone and Pru Granger . She is the girlfriend/love interest of Javier.
While she was twelve, Lucky lived with her father and Aunt Cora. When she turned thirteen, Aunt Cora moved to Miradero's Inn and Lucky's former teacher, Miss Flores , soon became a larger presence in the Prescott household in Miradero as fiancée, then wife, to Lucky's father.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 7 References
Lucky is a beautiful, cute and attractive young girl of average height with hazel eyes, tan skin and brown hair. She wears a white shirt with a red trim, brown pants, and brown boots with yellow and orange flames previously donned by her mother, ( Milagro's boots ). She wears no socks and is barefoot underneath her boots.
In Spirit Untamed , Lucky's appearance had a major change but her clothes are the same. She will keep her white shirt, a dark pair of jeans with a scarf that wrapped up to the left side.
Lucky is gutsy, adventurous, and a passionate rider. She loves riding her horse, Spirit and loves to learn new tricks. She's friendly, social, and selfless. She loves her friends and family and will do anything for them. She'll even risk her life for them. She can also be impatient, impulsive, rebellious, and stubborn, as she usually doesn't give up until she does what she thinks is right. This leads to her acting out. She usually leads her friends on adventures that are more rash. She thinks it's unfair when the adults make all the rules right then and there, as she can be openly rebellious and disobey strict orders. Normally her impulsiveness is triggered when her friends, namely Spirit, are in need of help.
Lucky used to live in the city, where she lived as a girl with her own group of friends. but then Lucky moved to the small town of Miradero. In the Spirit Riding Free book written by Suzanne Selfors, the name of Lucky's old school was Madame Barrow's Finishing School for Young Ladies.
At the start of the series, she moves to a town called Miradero, which is where she was born, but was only 2 years old. She's joined by her father, Jim, and Aunt Cora. Lucky misses her old home, but promises to adjust. She sees a wild stallion getting wrangled by some riders. Jim assures her they're just training him. However, the horse refuses to let anyone ride him.
Everyone in town knows Lucky because her father owns the railroad. When she goes to school, her strict aunt, who's all about etiquette, makes her wear a big pink dress. A snooty girl named Maricela, the mayor's daughter, tries to befriend Lucky, but this makes her look snooty too. Jim gives Lucky special boots that belonged to her late mother, Milagro Navarro , when she performed in the circus. She meets the captured wild stallion in the stables and befriends him.
She meets two girls named Prudence Granger, Pru for short, a hard-working girl who helps out in horse wrangling, and Abigail Stone, a bubbly and naive girl who also loves horses. Lucky borrows and tames the wild stallion and helps Pru, Abigail and their horses escape from a canyon that was about to be dynamited. Pru's father, Mr. Granger, is impressed and allows Lucky to keep him, but Lucky lets him go free instead. Lucky becomes fast friends with Pru and Abigail.
Before Lucky picks a new horse, the stallion comes back and becomes her horse, who regularly visits to go riding. Lucky names him Spirit. Lucky, Pru, and Abigail name their trio as "PAL."
Lucky is rather impatient and impulsive. She never gives and tries to improve her riding skills, but her antics got Pru in trouble. She tried to show her teacher, Kate Flores, that she's a good student by winning as Student of the Month, but she had to partner with Maricela against her friends. Lucky and Pru's friendship was tested. Lucky tried to fix her friends' candles with the school's furnace, but actually burns it and melts the candles. Miss Flores thinks she did that on purpose and dismisses her from the bizarre until Pru and Abigail reasoned with her. Lucky held a grudge against her teacher ever since.
In Season 2, she meets a talented trick rider named Javier and he becomes her love interest. He seems to like her too. He helps teach her tricks to be like her mom. One in particular was called "La Volata." Javier teaches her she can never stay balanced unless she falls down. He begins regularly teaching her when he visits Miradero.
Her father, Jim, meets her teacher, Kate, and they start dating. They were dating before they both found out who each other were; Lucky's father and teacher respectively. When Lucky caught them, she was horrified. Lucky's resentment toward her teacher grew as she continued dating her father, no matter how hard Kate tried to socialize with Lucky. Kate visits the Prescott's house often as if she lived there.
A mutual enemy of the PAL is Grayson, a cruel man who abuses horses and does a lot of unjust business. She disguises herself as a boy and joins a horse race for men only, with Grayson competing against her. She wins, but was revealed to be a girl so she was disqualified, making Grayson the winner. Lucky didn't care because she just wanted to prove girls deserve to race too.
Grayson respects Lucky's riding skills and her horse, Spirit. He offers to buy him, but Lucky wouldn't sell him for any price as he was her friend and a free horse. The next day, Grayson and his friends steal Spirit. The girls, and Lucky and Pru's fathers go to get him back. As usual, Grayson uses the law to his advantage because Spirit was a wild horse and Lucky didn't legally own him. Jim offered to buy him back, but Grayson keeps Spirit. As the fathers try to talk with the sheriff, Lucky couldn't wait, so the girls sneak in to free Spirit. Grayson expected this so he reveals he sold Spirit to the auction house and was on the train now. Lucky tried to catch up with the train, but it was too late. The train takes Spirit away.
In Season 3, Lucky and Jim follow Spirit to the auction house, but a woman and her daughter win him first. Lucky and Jim couldn't find them so they had to go back. As Jim continued looking, Pru recognizes the woman who bought Spirit so Lucky's gang rides to find them. The nice woman was willing to give back Spirit, but he breaks free in desperation for freedom before he sees Lucky. When Lucky gets back, she gets in trouble for leaving and argues with Jim for not being able to find Spirit. Spirit manages to get back when a Tuckapaw tends to his injuries and he reunites with Lucky.
The girls have another run in with Grayson. He bought a land and sends the girls away for trespassing. He threatened to arrest the next delinquent on his property. The PAL meet the Tuckapaw who helped Spirit, Mixtli and his horse, Crow. Mixtli was the next person to trespass on Grayson's land by accident and he gets arrested. The sheriff just wants to return him to his tribe because the law says 16-year-olds can't live alone, despite the Tuckapaw Tribe saying otherwise.
The PAL couldn't get their parents to help so they get out of school by fast forwarding the time. They rescue Mixtli and reunite him with Crow and he leaves. Grayson accuses the girls for freeing him because they would, but as proof they didn't, their teacher said they were at school until 2:00 so they were off the hook.
In Season 4, her wealthy Grandpa, James Prescott, comes to visit for Lucky's birthday. Jim knew it wasn't a friendly visit, it was an inspection to see how well Jim is working and if Cora's etiquette payed off for Lucky. Lucky was happy to see him anyway. Lucky's birthday party was a riding contest she planned to do with her friends, but her Grandpa thought she deserved a sit-down formal dinner so the contest was off.
After her friends struggled to be proper at the formal dinner, James was not impressed. Lucky tries to show him she's tough enough to live in the frontier to earn his approval. Lucky takes him for a ride and they join her friends in horse riding sports. James even joins in. While riding, he accidently gets stuck in the salt flats. Lucky saves his life with her resourceful and clever tactics. Pru and Abigail vouch for how tough Lucky is by going over all the adventurous and heroic accomplishments as a rider. James now sees that she's tough for the frontier. However, this didn't impress him. The fact that Lucky is used to the frontier is why he thinks she's not proper for city life and Jim and Cora are jeopardizing her future and "destiny" as a Prescott.
He reveals that he has decided to take Lucky back to the city with him. Jim stands up to his father with Cora backing him up. Jim couldn't be prouder of her and she'll stay until she's old enough to make her own decisions. James admits defeat and leaves. Lucky says goodbye and tells she's still happy he came, but he leaves in a huff and with a heavy heart. Suddenly, Grandpa's words result in Cora moving out because her job to teach Lucky etiquette failed.
Lucky tries to pretend she doesn't miss Aunt Cora, but she and Jim are struggling to keep the house in order as Jim can't cook and Lucky oversleeps unless Cora wakes her up. Cora decides to leave Miradero, thinking she has no place left. Lucky proves to her she does belong there and she really does love her. Cora stays, but at the Inn instead of moving back in the house.
Miradero is visited by the circus of Lucky's late mother called "El Circo Dos Grillos." Jim revealed more to Milagro's story. Her mother ran away from a wealthy man who tried to force her to marry him, until she was saved by El Circo Dos Grillos. The ringmaster and his wife, Fito and Estrella, are Milagro's adoptive parents, making them Lucky's grandparents. She happily meets them, as well as an honorary sister of Lucky's named Solana, a fellow trick rider.
As she spends time with the circus, it fells like she actually got to know her mom. It was as if she was still here. However, as her teacher, Kate, was there too, her resentment towards her grew even more. Kate kept coming to keep house, prepare dinner, and host parties as if it was her house. Lucky thought she was trying to take her mom's place and Jim was putting her first.
When Solana sprains her ankle, Lucky volunteers to perform for her. To make sure Jim remembers how Milagro and herself are important, she performed the ring of fire as the final act. Suddenly, Jim mistakenly missed the performance to make sure Kate didn't leave. Lucky was hurt and she learns that Jim and Kate are now getting married. Now Lucky was at the end of her tether. She packs her stuff and runs away to join the circus. She figured the circus was her true family and because Jim will have a new wife, she thinks he forgot about Milagro and she has to do the same, but she just can't let her mom go. She asks Spirit to go with her. With a heavy heart, Spirit chooses Lucky over his herd and leaves with her to join the circus.
In Season 5, she and Spirit make it to the circus. Fito and Estrella are shocked she came and wanted to send her back. Lucky refuses because Jim was now marrying Kate and she thinks he forgot Milagro. She also doesn't think it's fair that others are doing what they want except her. Fito lets her stay for now, but sends a letter to Jim so he doesn't worry.
Pru and Abigail catch up to Lucky to bring her home, but she's too stubborn to change her mind. Lucky, Pru, Abigail, and Solana all act as a team and earn their keep in the circus. Lucky becomes determined to protect her friends from a dangerous and mysterious criminal named Butch LaPrey. The circus helps a "bad eye-sighted" woman named "Jane" who came across the criminal. It's turns out she was Butch LaPrey. She and her two men kidnap Lucky for ransom. Lucky uses her trick to free herself and loses Butch, who falls into a ditch. Butch survives secretly and vows to catch Lucky again.
As the circus were going past the mountains and winter was coming, it will prevent them from turning back, meaning they will be gone until spring. Unless the girls stay, this is their last time with the circus. Lucky still wants to stay.
They come to a town where the adults don't trust circus folk, but the kids still wish to see it. Lucky is annoyed that adults are, as usual, making the decision without letting the kids getting a say in it. Fito compares this with Lucky's falling out with her dad. After the girls perform secretly for the kids, a girl named Milly in particular, they earned the respect of Milly's father at least. Pru and Abigail were ready to go home and still insist Lucky comes too, but she snaps at them and bitterly tells them she won't go back, hurting their feelings.
The next morning, Pru and Abigail leave without saying goodbye. Lucky stops them and argues with them for that. They argue back that it's not any different than when she ran away without telling everyone. They worried about her and she left without talking to her dad. They tell Lucky she must face her changes in her life instead of running away from them. Lucky just doesn't want to leave mom and she thinks Jim doesn't miss her. Her friends say he does and Kate is really nice and marrying Jim won't replace Milagro. Lucky decides they're right so she returns home. She reconciles with her dad and tries to accept Kate.
Lucky has to get used to all the changes in town. Still trying to accept Kate, she tries to invite the orphanage she grew up in to her wedding with Jim. The PAL find the place abandoned, but there was a letter left for Kate. It was a picture of her biological parents along with a necklace from them. Lucky decides it's time to accept Kate as a Prescott.
In Season 6, Grayson keeps getting on Lucky's nerves with his underhanded, but legal, business ventures. During a drought, the river was dried up and the town was low on water except Grayson, who had enough water to sell. The PAL find out the river didn't dry up, there was a landslide that blocked it, allowing Grayson to sell the town their own water. The girls released the water to the town.
In Grayson's defense, the landslide happened on his land. Therefore, selling the water was not illegal. Lucky was mad he got away with it, but Jim assured her while there are bad people who take advantage of others, but at least there was good people in the world too.
On New Year's Eve, Lucky had a huge list of resolutions to finish until then. At the same time, she tried to participate in a parade with Javier. By doing too many things at once, she didn't finish her list on time and she ruined practice time for the parade, earning a scolding from Javier. Lucky apologizes to him and he forgives. Javier asks her why didn't she just tell him she was busy, to which Lucky answers she didn't want to disappoint him. The reason for that was because she likes him. Lucky and Javier admit their feelings for each other and share their first kiss.
Lucky's relationship with her future stepmother has improved. Kate gives Lucky the necklace from her parents. Lucky and the girls make it their mission to make the wedding day perfect. However, the day is supposedly cursed when Jim and Kate see each other before the ceremony. Every attempt to organize everything keeps going south and they all get ruined. Lucky blames herself for everything, but Jim says it's just an average day for her. Lucky just wanted the day to be perfect, to which Jim says it is. Lucky even admits she now loves Kate. When she least expected it, she and dad were confronted by the vengeful Jane "Butch" LePrey .
In Season 7, Lucky breaks out of Butch's clutches with the help of Pru and Abigail. But Butch makes a getaway on a train to steal Lucky's family fortune with Jim in captivity. Lucky works together with Grayson, and they stop Butch LePray. The Sheriff takes Butch away at the next depot. Lucky watches Jim and Kate get married in front of the house.
When Lucky finds out her new mother is going to have a baby, she wants to prove that she's responsible enough to take care of it. So she babysits Snips for a day, and has to give him a haircut. But he avoids her all day, and when Lucky brought him to the barbershop a the very last minute, it closes. Lucky then gives him a haircut with her own scissors.
She and the others went on a search for Daisy Mcwane and Spirit spotted her and Lucky walked over to her, not knowing that Daisy was on a lake with thin ice. She encouraged Daisy to not be scared, and although the others saved Daisy, Lucky fell through the ice. The horses broke the ice, and Pru and Abigail pulled her out, saving her life.
Lucky gets tired of having to manage with hearing Al and Jim's band, and strikes a deal with her dad. If she completes his Frontier Fillies obstacle course, the band rehearsals have to occur at the depot now on, but if she is unsuccessful in completing the obstacle course, she has to join the band. Lucky and her friends end up not passing the archery obstacle, but end up finding that the dads got into their own trouble. The PAL build a special raft to save the dads from falling into the moving river, and Lucky and her friends get promoted to fully-fledged Frontier Fillies!
In Season 8, Lucky, Kate, Spirit, and Jim went to the Cedar Gulch outpost. However a lightning storm caused a fire to break out and it trapped a group of horses. Jim went with Spirit to free the herd, and Lucky stayed to help Kate give birth to a girl, that Kate named, at Lucky's suggestion, Polly. Later, after Pru was sabotaged at a dressage competition, Lucky thought it was Pru's rival, Rose, but then she found out that it was Rose's friend, Eliza, who did it.
Lucky, Aunt Cora, the PAL and Maricela go to the city for a boarding school interview. However, due to Lucky's klutzy nature from living in the frontier, she accidentally made the headmistress fall into mud and got her into even bigger disasters. Still, after hearing good things about Lucky from Pru, Abigail and Maricela, she let Lucky come to the boarding school. Unfortunately, Spirit didn't want to go, so Lucky and the others stayed in Miradero.
- Lucky didn't know she named Spirit Jr. after his father .
- " Leave him alone !" (Defending Spirit)
- Lucky: " Maybe I can drop out of school and be a pro trick rider ."
Pru: " You would do anything to get out of school !"
- " Not even for a million! Spirit is a wild horse. And I wouldn't sell him to anyone, especially not to you! " (Rejecting Grayson 's offer.)
- ↑ Riding Academy : Lucky uses her prize money from the Junior Cup to buy the horse Chocolate from Mr. Krumholt.
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US reporter held by Russia on spying charges denied release
US reporter held by Russia to stay in jail
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy stands on the right. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Journalists watch a TV screen broadcasting hearing on Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s case from a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
CAPTION CORRECTS GRAMMAR U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy speaks to the media after a hearing of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s case at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
CAPTION CORRECTS GRAMMAR Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s lawyers Maria Korchagina and Tatiana Nozhkina speak to the media after a hearing of Gershkovich’s case at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
CAPTION CORRECTS GRAMMAR Journalists watch a TV screen broadcasting a hearing of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s case from a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. A Russian judge has ruled that American journalist Evan Gershkovich must remain behind bars on espionage charges. The case is part of a Kremlin crackdown on dissent and press freedom amid the war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage as photographers photograph him in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. A Russian judge has ruled that American journalist Evan Gershkovich must remain behind bars on espionage charges. The case is part of a Kremlin crackdown on dissent and press freedom amid the war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A Russian judge ruled Tuesday that American journalist Evan Gershkovich must remain behind bars on espionage charges in a case that is part of a crackdown the Kremlin has intensified on dissent and press freedom since invading Ukraine.
Appearing in public for the first time in weeks, the 31-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter stood in a defendant’s glass cage in Moscow City Court, wearing blue jeans and a navy blue gingham checked shirt. He paced at times with his arms folded, talking through an opening with his lawyers and occasionally smiling as he acknowledged the other journalists crammed into the courtroom for photos before the hearing was closed because Russian authorities have declared the case secret.
Gershkovich is the first U.S. correspondent since the Cold War to be detained in Russia on spying charges, and his arrest rattled journalists in the country and drew outrage in the West. Gershkovich, his employer and the U.S. government deny he was involved in spying and have demanded his release.
“Evan is a member of the free press who right up until he was arrested was engaged in newsgathering. Any suggestions otherwise are false,” the Journal has said. Last week, the U.S. officially declared that Gershkovich was “wrongfully detained.”
Russia’s Federal Security Service arrested Gershkovich in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg on March 29 and accused him of trying to obtain classified information about a Russian arms factory.
In rejecting Gershkovich’s appeal to be released from pretrial detention, the judge ruled he must remain in jail until at least May 29. The journalist’s lawyers said they petitioned for house arrest or for his release on bail of 50 million rubles (about $610,000), but were rejected. The lawyers said they plan to appeal the ruling, which the Journal and its publisher, Dow Jones, called “disappointing.”
Russian journalist Vasily Polonsky posted a video in which he shouts, “Evan, hang in there. Everyone says hello!” Gershkovich then nods.
Gershkovich could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Russian lawyers have said past espionage investigations took a year to 18 months, during which time he could have little contact with the outside world.
He is held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison , which dates from the czarist era and has been a terrifying symbol of repression since Soviet times, especially under Josef Stalin.
“It’s not a very nice place in general, but conditions are OK. He doesn’t complain,” his lawyer, Tatyana Nozhkina, said after Tuesday’s hearing.
Gershkovich had no medical complaints and was getting exercise by walking, she said, adding that he also was watching a cooking show on TV and reading, including Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”
“He said that in the morning he eats porridge, and he wrote to his mother that it looks like his childhood,” Nozhkina said, a reference to his Russian heritage. His parents moved to the United States from the Soviet Union.
“He’s in good fighting spirit. He’s ready to prove his innocence and defend media freedom,” she said.
She added that Gershkovich has received letters from his parents and supporters, but hasn’t been allowed any phone calls. He also told his lawyers he was thinking about writing a book about the ordeal when he’s free.
The case has exacerbated tensions between Moscow and the West over the invasion of Ukraine and is another sign of the Kremlin’s crackdown on opposition activists, independent journalists and civil society groups. The sweeping campaign of repression is unprecedented since the Soviet era. Activists say it often means the very profession of journalism is criminalized, along with the activities of ordinary Russians who oppose the war.
On Monday, in the same courthouse where Gershkovich’s hearing was held, top opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. was convicted of treason for publicly denouncing the war and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Last month, a court convicted a father over social media posts critical of the war after his daughter drew antiwar sketches in school and sentenced him to two years in prison.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S., U.K. and Canadian ambassadors over “crude interference in Russia’s internal affairs” after they attended the Kara-Murza hearing Monday.
After pressing authorities for days to grant consular access to Gershkovich, U.S. Ambassador Lynne Tracy, who attended the hearing, said Monday she had visited him in prison . She tweeted that “he is in good health and remains strong,” reiterating a U.S. call for his immediate release.
U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to Gershkovich’s parents last week and again condemned his detention.
“We’re making it real clear that it’s totally illegal what’s happening, and we declared it so,” he said.
The last American reporter to be arrested on espionage charges by Moscow was Nicholas Daniloff in 1986. A correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, Daniloff spent 20 days in custody before being swapped for an employee of the Soviet Union’s U.N. mission who was arrested by the FBI, also on spying charges.
A top Russian diplomat said last week that Russia might be willing to discuss a potential prisoner swap with the U.S. involving Gershkovich — but after his trial. That means any exchange is unlikely soon.
In December, WNBA star Brittney Griner was exchanged for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout following her trial and conviction on drug possession charges. She had been sentenced to nine years in prison and ended up spending 10 months behind bars.
Another American, Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan, has been imprisoned in Russia since December 2018 on espionage charges, which his family and the U.S. government have called baseless.
Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine-war
West Virginia Elementary Teachers, Inspired By Texas A&M Yell Leaders, Establish Yell For Their Students
In an elementary school gymnasium more than 1,000 miles from Texas A&M University, a sound familiar to Aggies of all ages echoes into the hallway. It’s the sound of yells. These yells sound a bit different than the ones performed at Midnight Yell and are led by much younger voices — but they are unquestionably yells.
Ramage Elementary School in Danville, West Virginia, has recently become home to its own Ramage Rams Yell Leaders. The Aggie Spirit made its way into Ramage’s gym thanks to its two physical education teachers, Deron Godby and Brandon Burns.
“I was watching College GameDay on ESPN around the beginning of October, I believe,” Godby said. “They said, ‘let’s take it out to College Station’ and I saw a guy in all white standing in front of everybody going ‘beat the hell out of South Carolina.’”
The Texas A&M Yell Leaders is the official spirit organization of the university, comprised of five students who are elected by the student body each year. The Yell Leaders use a variety of hand signals called “pass backs” to direct the crowd to yell in support of the Aggies at athletic and other university events. The Yell Leader tradition at Texas A&M dates to 1907, when the university was an all-male military academy.
Godby, who is not an Aggie and so was unfamiliar with the university’s traditions, said he rewound the ESPN broadcast and rewatched that clip 9 or 10 times. “I called Brandon and I said, ‘Hey we gotta get involved in this somehow.’”
So they started working on bringing the Ramage Rams Yell Leaders to life.
Burns proposed the idea of incorporating yells into a field day, with the plan of having a school-wide yell practice followed by a yell competition between the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.
Crafting The First Yell
Unsure how to start their journey to making Ramage Yell a reality, they enlisted the help of Jordan Richardson, program manager for the Aggie Yell Leaders .
With Richardson’s help, they crafted Ramage’s school yell:
R-A-M-A-G-E R-A-M-A-G-E Aaaaaaaa Fight ‘em, Rams!
This yell, along with others that are still in the works, will be led by five fifth-graders who will serve as the Ramage Yell Leaders on field day this spring.
When Texas A&M Head Yell Leader Trevor Yelton heard about what was brewing at Ramage, he loved it. “This is more than just teaching them how to do yells,” he said. “It is about the spirit that Ramage Elementary has and the passion that each student obtains within them to be proud Ramage Elementary Rams.”
The Value Of School Spirit
For Godby and Burns, the addition of yells to their P.E. class means so much more than a way to hype up their students. Ramage Elementary is one of around a dozen West Virginia schools participating in the GameChanger program, which aims to build school environments that prevent opioid and other drug use before it starts.
“Our area has been hit pretty hard by the opioid crisis, some of our kids have had tough goes,” Godby said. “For most of them, our class is their Little League baseball or buddy league basketball.” Godby and Burns said they want students to leave their class knowing they have someone who cares about them, and to have an absolute blast.
“Our goal is to send them back to class and have them in trouble because they’re so crazed,” Burns joked. “Because a lot of them, that’s all they get in the day as far as activity with other kids.”
While practicing the yells is a lot of fun, that’s not what stood out to Godby on that Saturday morning watching College GameDay. “I mean, just that spirit and pride [the Yell Leaders] take in their school,” he said. “We would like to give our kids some of that. The self-esteem and pride that comes with being a part of something.”
Media contact: Lindsey Norman, [email protected]
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