Thriving is a film about a woman, a horse, and a quest for hope in a time of crisis. In May 2022, Clare Dyson set out with her seven-year-old Welsh Cob, Merry, to ride over 150 miles through the Lake District, one of the most beautiful and biodiverse regions in the UK. The route took them over fells and mountain passes, along old drovers roads and packhorse routes. The terrain was tough and it was a challenging adventure for them both.
But Clare’s aim was not just to enjoy the scenery and bond with her horse. She wanted to find out how people are working to restore the health of the land and the climate, while producing food for a growing population. Along the route, she met farmers who are adopting regenerative practices, such as holistic grazing, agroforestry, and organic farming. These practices aim to enhance soil fertility, water retention, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration, while also improving animal welfare and human health.
Check out our latest Youtube video where we interview Dom and protagonist Clare where they share the inspiration, challenges, and lessons behind the film, as well as their vision of hope for the future: