BORN TO REIN, an award-winning documentary shares on film, for the first time, the story of Sir Barton, America's First Triple Crown Winner.
The film features communities throughout the state of Nebraska and its most accomplished National Hall of Fame horsemen, John A. Nerud of Minatare, NE; and father-and-son Marion and Jack Van Berg of Columbus, NE.
Nerud, a Navy veteran and one of America’s most accomplished and revered thoroughbred horse trainers and breeders, co- founded the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was inducted into the National Museum of Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1972.
Marion Van Berg was the nation’s leading owner in racing victories 14 times and was the first Nebraskan inducted into the Nebraska Horse Racing Hall of Fame; and the first Nebraskan to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1970.
Like his father, Jack Van Berg set records for the most wins. He was the first trainer in America ever to achieve 5,000 wins; with 496 wins in one year. His best horse, Alysheba, won the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, and was Horse of the Year in 1988. Jack Van Berg was inducted into the National Museum of Horse Racing and Hall of Fame in 1985.
Other National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductees interviewed for Born to Rein, include:
- Bob Baffert
- Carl Nafzger
- D. Wayne Lukas
- Bill Mott
- Gary Stevens
- Pat Day
BORN TO REIN was released in 2019 in time to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of America’s First Triple Crown Winner, the documentary film will pay homage to Sir Barton and his time as an U.S. Army Remount Service Stallion at Fort Robinson near Crawford, NE.
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The co-founders of the American Doorstop Project and co-authors of “A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living”, Jody L. Lamp and Melody Dobson, share the untold and forgotten stories about Nebraska’s role in the thoroughbred horse training and breeding, and national horse racing industries.
As producers of BORN TO REIN, Lamp and Dobson put a spotlight on John A. Nerud of Minatare, and father-and-son Marion and Jack Van Berg of Columbus/Grand Island.