Free Rein
GenreDrama
Created byVicki Lutas
Anna McCleery
Starring
Opening theme"No Matter" by Basic Tape versus Frances
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes32
Production
Executive producersRebecca Hodgson
Kate Little
Claire Poyser
Production locationUnited Kingdom
Running time25–33 minutes
60 minutes (special episodes)
Production companiesLime Pictures
Netflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Original release23 June 2017 (2017-06-23) –
6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
External links
Website

Free Rein is a British drama television series created and written by Vicki Lutas and Anna McCleery.[1][2] It stars Jaylen Barron, Navia Robinson (seasons 1-2) and Freddy Carter. Produced in the UK by Lime Pictures, the ten-part first series premiered on Netflix on 23 June 2017. Although the island where the series is set is fictional and unnamed, it is based on Anglesey, Wales and is referred to as "an island off the coast of England" throughout the programme. The second series premiered on 6 July 2018. Shortly afterwards, Free Rein was renewed for a third series, as well as two feature-length special episodes. Free Rein: The 12 Neighs of Christmas, premiered on 7 December 2018.[3] The second special, Free Rein: Valentine’s Day, premiered on 1 February 2019.[4] The third series, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on 6 July 2019.[5] In January 2021, cast member Céline Buckens confirmed that the series had concluded.[6]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
11023 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
2106 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Specials27 December 2018 (2018-12-07)1 February 2019 (2019-02-01)
3106 July 2019 (2019-07-06)

Series 1 (2017)

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
11"Raven"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
When her sister Rosie goes missing after arriving at their grandfather's home, Zoe scours the area, meets some locals, and has a scary encounter. Zoe reaches the beach with her bike looking for Rosie but rather encounters a wild horse called, Raven. She somehow has some sort of connection with him unlike anyone else, for the fact he is a WILD horse.
22"Close Up"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
When Mia insists on mounting Raven for a photo shoot, Zoe must calm the wild horse so he can be saddled. Rosie snoops in her mom's childhood diary.
33"Spying on Pin"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
To investigate her suspicions, Zoe defies her mom and sneaks off to the stables, where she has her first riding lesson and catches Pin red-handed.
44"Pony Camp!"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
When Pin refuses to tell Zoe why he was stealing from the medical cabinet, she follows him home and finds out. Mia learns Zoe is not allowed to ride.
55"The Sleepover"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
Still being mad at her mom for not letting her ride for no reason, Zoe meets up with Becky and Jade at a cafe where Mia and Marcus are present. On the way to the cafe, Mia invites Rosie to a sleepover. Zoe gets frustrated because of that. Zoe and her friends find an engraved riding crop that may have been left behind by the horse thief. They decided to inform Sam about this but she wouldn’t take to consideration. Since the horse thief could still come, the planned to have a sleep over in the stable for a lookout. At the sleepovers, Mia, Rosie, and Susie were looking at old photos while Zoe and her friends were favouring all of Marcus’s photos(mistakenly). Alarmed by the sound of a horse at the stables, Zoe and her friends were eager to catch the horse thieves, but turns out it was Zoes’s mom(on a horse) and Mia’s dad. While they were complaining(along with Mia, Susie, and Rosie), horse thieves are on action to take Raven. Zoe goes to rescue the day but in result, She ended up crashing to the ground and fainting.
66"Horse Thief Hero"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
Zoe learns why her mom forbade her from riding. Jade uncovers a secret about Raven's past. Becky proves to Ben that horses are better than quad bikes.
77"Emerald"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
Zoe learns more about Raven's mysterious origins. After finding what may be the real horse behind the ghost pony legend, Rosie realizes who "E" is.
88"Pony Prom"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
Mia sabotages Zoe's plans for the barn dance. Becky sets a trap for the ghost pony, but she and her friends catch a suspected horse thief instead!
99"The Search"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
Ben helps Rosie trick her dad into calling her mom. While leading the kids on an islandwide search on horseback for Raven, Zoe has it out with Mia.
1010"Show Down"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
The kids compete at the county show. An odd comment leads Zoe to realize who helped the horse thief, and sends her racing off to rescue Raven in time. *Note: Charlotte Dujardin guest stars as herself in the Season 1 finale.

Series 2 (2018–2019)

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
Series
111"Rivals"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
When rival riding school Holloway steals Bright Fields’ recently won County Cup, Zoe and Pin must steal it back before Mia’s press interview begins.
122"Golden Boy"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
The gang sees Pin in a new light. On his last day, Marcus confesses a guilty secret to Rosie. Becky says a heartfelt goodbye to Marcus.
133"Maid of the Island"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Things get out of hand during a jousting match at the annual Maid of the Island tournament when Zoe and Mia face off against Gaby from Holloway.
144"Truth or Dare"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
At a beach party, a game of truth or dare forces Zoe to face her feelings for Pin, and a horse race on the sand leads her to betray Raven’s trust.
155"Sweet 16"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
At Zoe’s 16th birthday bash, Gaby stirs up trouble between Pin and Marcus, Rosie plays matchmaker, and Mia gathers proof of Callum’s bad behaviour.
166"Runaway"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Zoe takes Raven to a private spot to win his forgiveness. Becky, Ben and Rosie stumble upon a mysterious discovery. Mia overhears an upsetting chat.
177"Bob"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
A fire brings an unlikely hero to the rescue. Gaby reveals her painful past to Zoe and Pin. Jade comes through for Becky during a time of need.
188"Gaby"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Gaby secretly trains on Raven, but Zoe’s kindness makes her feel guilty. Rosie and Ben hunt for treasure in the tunnels. Pin makes plans with his mum.
199"Road Trip"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
After Zoe and Pin miss the ferry to Nationals, they get a ride in Grandpa Frank’s van. But an empty gas tank leads to an unplanned trip to a fair.
2010"Nationals"6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
At Nationals, Pin does things his way, Becky cures Jade’s fear of performing, Rosie uncovers an old family secret, and James tries to sabotage Raven.
Specials
21"The Twelve Neighs of Christmas"7 December 2018 (2018-12-07)
As Bright Fields prepares preps for its Mistletoe Ball, a broken ornament leads Zoe to a family secret, while Gaby finds herself at the mercy of new boss Mia.
22"Free Rein: Valentine’s Day"1 February 2019 (2019-02-01)
Love is in the air as Zoe and friends go on a quest to find a fabled Maid's Stone. But when rivalry blinds them to danger, it is Raven to the rescue.

Series 3 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date [7]
231"Wild Horses"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
Zoe's cousin from Los Angeles, Aaron, arrives earlier than expected. With the new mayor, Claire, arriving, the riders at Bright Fields organise an open day to impress her. However, Aaron leaves the gate open, and wild horses from the island stampede. Heather, Claire's daughter, tries to mount a wild horse but gets thrown off. She fakes an injury, leading to Claire wanting the horse captured.
242"Hunted"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
Following Claire hunting for the wild horse, Pin and the Bright Fields riders set off to find her. On the way back, Mia is thrown off of Firefly, leading to her developing PTSD when around horses. Becky starts The Breakfast Club, composed of Aaron, Winnie and Heather. Susie starts her internship at the council office, and uses insider information to warn the riders about Claire.
253"Ariel"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
Zoe and Gaby attempt to figure out what's wrong with the wild horse, Ariel. Mia goes to the council offices and manages to talk Claire into firing Susie and hiring her; due to her fear of horses after the accident with Firefly. Marcus' exam for a trainer qualification is moved up, and when Mia fails to show up, Pin fills in, but he fails the exam.
264"The Tea Party"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
Aaron suggests the riders host a tea party at Pin's family castle and invite the mayor in order to persuade her into protecting the wild horses. Zoe was meant to give the speech, but due to her competing with Gaby, she is late, and Jade fills in for her. She agrees that the horses are special, until Zoe trips into Aaron, splashing cream all over the mayor.
275"Foal O'Clock"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
Marcus notices that Mia is upset, and tells her to face her fears. Ariel gives birth to a foal, named Scout, with the help of Mia. It is revealed that Raven is the father of the foal. Claire turns up to take Ariel away, but Jade starts a livestream on Becky's blog with 3 million subscribers, and coerces her into protecting the horses and supporting her horse project. At the end of an episode, a wild horse chokes and collapses.
286"Pony Safari"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
Pin hosts a pony camp, and when Winnie's classmates turn up demanding a photo with Ariel, Pin and Zoe are in disagreement on what to do. Mia begins to show trust in horses again, after helping out at the pony camp. Zoe paints Raven so that he looks like Ariel, and rides him. Carly, Winnie's classmate, posts the video of it, which goes viral.
297"Tryouts"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
The tryouts for the Under 18s Riding Team are held, to which Zoe, Gaby, Mia, Susie and Callum compete in. While looking after Scout, Aaron loses Ariel. At the tryouts, Gaby steals Zoe's riding routine, and Jade discovers the horse tags in the bin outside. Callum is revealed as the winner of the tryouts.
308"Princess"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
When Zoe, Jade and Gaby sneak into the mayor's office to find information about the wild horses, Zoe discovers that Gaby was the reserve for the Under 18s Riding Team. She also finds a receipt for horse food being delivered to Claire's house. They go to her house, but discover that the food was part of Heather's birthday present; her horse, Princess. Mia mishears Marcus talking about Princess, thinking he was talking about her, rather than the horse.
319"Victory Parade"6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
Jade and Becky sneak into the castle, suspicious that Arthur, the butler, is poisoning Pin and the wild horses. However, when they go searching in the lake, they find building waste, containing lead. Jade explains that Pin, Arthur and the horses sufferer from lead poisoning. Claire hosts a parade with Callum as showman, but he drops out. Zoe decides that she wants to move back to Los Angeles with Raven.
3210"S.O.S."6 July 2019 (2019-07-06)
Zoe and Gaby go hunting for the wild horses, and after finding them, Callum locks them in the barn. With the horse tags, Zoe sends an S.O.S. message via morse code, which Aaron receives and goes to save them with The Breakfast Club. When they arrive at the barn, they break them out and head to Elliot's Firefly Hotel opening. It is revealed that Elliot dumped the waste and got Callum to help dump the waste and collect the horses in an exchange for a place on the Under 18s Riding Team. Mia goes to find her father, and with a horse tag, manages to alert the police to his location. In a 3 month later flash-forward, it shows Becky getting a medal, Jade getting an honorary letter from David Attenborough, and Gaby getting the spot on the team. Mia says thank you to Marcus, and kisses him. Gaby lets Ariel run wild, and it is revealed that Gaby sent the video of Zoe riding to a school in Florida, and they want her to audition.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Children's Program Free Rein Nominated
2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Series Free Rein Won
2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Children's or Family Viewing Series Paul Walker Won
2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Children's or Family Viewing Series Vicki Lutas and Anna McCleery Nominated
2019 WGGB Awards Best Children's TV episode Vicki Lutas and Anna McCleery Won
2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Children's, Preschool Children's or Family Viewing Program Free Rein Nominated
2020 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Children's, Preschool Children's or Family Viewing Program Vicki Lutas and Anna McCleery Nominated

References

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  2. ^ "New on Netflix UK: June 2017". The List. 22 May 2017. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  3. ^ "When Will 'Free Rein' Return? Christmas Special Airing Ahead Of Season 3". International Business Times. 13 November 2018. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Free Rein: Valentine's Day". Netflix. Archived from the original on 7 December 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  5. ^ "'Free Rein' Season 3 is Coming to Netflix in July 2019". What's on Netflix. 9 June 2019. Archived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  6. ^ Louis Strong. "Episode 3: Celine Buckens". Headstrong (Podcast). Archived from the original on 18 January 2021. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
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