Born To Rein

New Documentary Film – BORN TO REIN – Pays Tribute to Nebraska’s National Thoroughbred Horse Racing Trainers and Breeders


Nebraska will  be featured in a new documentary film – BORN TO REIN -- being developed to honor Nebraska’s Legendary National Hall of Fame Horsemen.

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. Nerud, a Navy veteran and one of America’s most accomplished and revered thoroughbred horsetrainers 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 intothe National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1970. Like his father, Jack Van Berg set records for the most wins. His best horse, Alysheba, won the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, and was Horse of the Year in 1988.

BORN TO REIN will be 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.

For more information, contact Jody L. Lamp by e-mail: or by calling 406-698-9675


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