Columbia Valley Pioneer reports:
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.
“It is almost impossible to get days off school in Holland, but we managed,” Caio said. “Balance is really excited.”
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.