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Lisa

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Lisa Atwood

Lisa Atwood is an honour-roll student. Petite with classic good looks, Lisa dresses in designer clothes. Lisa struggles to overcome the ‘good girl’ image and is eager to take on new challenges to prove her strength and stamina.

Lisa starts out riding Patch, the perfectly trained ‘push-button’ school pony at Pine Hollow. Eventually she graduates to riding Prancer, the chestnut thoroughbred mare. Lisa is determined to make a show jumper out of the ex-racehorse, but the blue ribbon remains elusive.

Because her mother, Eleanor, lives her life through Lisa, she wants her daughter to be the best at everything. Thus, Lisa is a classic over-achiever and perfectionist. She is always striving to be that little bit better than everybody else is so although she is a loyal friend to Carole and Stevie, there is always that edge of rivalry between them to keep things interesting. Lisa gets on well with boys and they really respond to her, because she is such a good listener about any problem they might have. And the advice she gives is always spot-on.

Lisa’s mother is a determined social climber and she sees the horse world as a way of her daughter being accepted into the ‘right’ circles. As well as the riding lessons, Lisa takes ballet, clarinet, art and tennis classes and she is envious of girls who can go home after school and just veg. out. Lisa’s younger sister, Melanie, has now been enrolled at Pine Hollow and unfortunately for Lisa, this means she will always be underfoot.

Lisa has grown from her initial insecure start at Pine Hollow to being an integral part of the place with close bonds with Stevie and Carole.

But Lisa has another, unexpected side to her character – and it is horses, which bring it out. Yes, she is a perfectionist and over-achiever, but she has a way with horses – in fact all animals – which is almost uncanny. This bond and intuition with horses is particularly strong when it comes to the wild stallion, Diablo.

Ariel Kaplan ( Plays Lisa )

Ariel Kaplan (age 13) lives in Australia. Although she’s starred in stage productions, playing Lisa Atwood in the Saddle Club is her first lead in a television series. She comes from a family of young actors (she has two sisters), and co-starred with her sister Dena Kaplan in the Melbourne and Shanghai seasons of Disney’s The Lion King as Young Nala.

Among the activities Ariel enjoys most are dancing, singing, acting, writing and shopping. Her favorite school subjects are English, humanities and music. Being part of the series, she says: “I don’t think there could be a more enjoyable and fun series to be a part of. The cast and crew have become like a family. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have had an experience like this.”

Ariel hadn’t touched a horse before the Saddle Club series, but now she says: “I can’t get enough of them even though I’m the furthest thing from a country girl. They are the most amazing animals and I truly love them.”

Her one wish for the world: “That every person should find at least one thing in their lifetime that makes them truly happy.”

Favorite Saddle Club horse: Prancer

I think Lisa is a great character. She’s sometimes seen as the goody two shoes, who tends to follow her friends in whatever they do, but when it’s important and when it means a lot to her she pulls through. She’s such a determined girl who’s often faced with really hard decisions and it doesn’t help with her mum always on her back and pushing her to be a perfectionist. However, the truth is Lisa is a tough girl with a huge heart made of gold. Playing her was a great experience for me.

The Saddle Club™ series stars three heroines, Stevie, Carole and Lisa, who form The Saddle Club™ at the Pine Hollow Stables. Each character has a distinctly different personality but all share an equal love of horses and a strong loyalty to each other.

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