Free Rein

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Free Rein
Created byVicki Lutas
Anna McCleery
Opening theme"No Matter" by Basic Tape versus Frances
Ending theme"No Matter" by Basic Tape versus Frances (Ep. 10 only)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes22
Executive producer(s)Rebecca Hodgson
Kate Little
Claire Poyser
Production location(s)United Kingdom
Running time25–33 minutes
57 minutes (Special episodes)
Production company(s)Lime Pictures
Original networkNetflix
Original release22 June 2017 (2017-06-22) –
present (present)

Free Rein is a British television series created and written by Vicki Lutas and Anna McCleery.[1][2] The ten-part first series premiered on Netflix on 22 June 2017. The show is produced in the UK by Lime Pictures. Although the island where the series is set is fictional and unnamed, it is based on the Isle of Wight but referred to as "an island off the coast of England" throughout the show. The scenes on the pier are shot in a town called Beaumaris, located on the isle of Anglesey.[3]

The second season premiered on 6 July 2018. Shortly after, the show was renewed for a third season, as well as two feature length special episodes. The Christmas special titled Free Rein: The 12 Neighs of Christmas, premiered on 7 December 2018.[4] The second special, Free Rein: Valentine’s Day, premiered on 1 February 2019.[5]


  • Jaylen Barron[6] as Zoe Phillips, a 15-year-old girl from Los Angeles who spends the summer in her mother's hometown island in England, where she develops a kinship with a horse named Raven.
  • Freddy Carter[6] as Peter "Pin" Hawthorne, a quiet, mysterious and brooding stable boy whom initially Zoe finds suspicious. Pin is the son of Ted, while Pin's mother left the family when Pin was five to travel the world. Pin is the one who encourages Zoe to ride. Pin ultimately dates Zoe by the end of season 2. It's also revealed in the end of season 2 that he is a duke and inherits a fortune which he uses to buy Raven and Bright Fields Stables. He has a horse named Elvis.
  • Manpreet Bambra[6] as Jade, Zoe and Becky's best friend who rides at Bright Fields. She is very logical and practical.
  • Kerry Ingram[6] as Rebecca "Becky" Lavinia Sidebottom, Zoe and Jade's best friend who rides at Bright Fields. She is convinced of the existence of "Ghost Pony" and is Ben's older sister. Becky is impractical and hyper. Becky works part time at The Barley Bag Cafe. Becky and her brother own a black and white Pinto horse Gypsy horse named Bob.
  • Bruce Herbelin-Earle[6] as Marcus Greenbridge, a handsome, well-liked rider and trainer at Bright Fields, who has a past with Mia. He is Sam's cousin. He dates Zoe, but later they break up, and she begins to date Pin. At the end of season 1, he gets accepted into the academy; being the person from the island to go.
  • Céline Buckens[6] as Amelia "Mia" MacDonald, a snobby girl whose father financially supports Bright Fields. She and Zoe immediately clash. Mia is jealous of Zoe. After Episode 9, Mia and Zoe put aside their differences and become friends. Mia owns Firefly.
  • Navia Robinson[6] as Rosie Phillips, Zoe's younger sister who has difficulty adjusting to England, but becomes friends with Ben.
  • Natalie Gumede [6] as Margaret "Maggie" Steel Phillips, Zoe and Rosie's overprotective mother. Maggie is a former equestrian. As a child she had a horse named Emerald. Maggie doesn't allow her daughters to be around horses out of fear that they'll get hurt. Maggie wants to keep her daughters safe and protect Zoe from Raven. Maggie forbids Zoe from riding because she and Emerald had an accident and they were both badly hurt. Emerald broke his leg in their accident after Maggie had a fight with her mom and ran away with him. Emerald couldn't be saved and died. Maggie blamed herself for Emerald's death. After their accident Maggie became afraid of horses and riding. Maggie eventually started riding again to help her accept the fact that Zoe was going to ride whether she liked it or not. Maggie reluctantly lets Zoe ride on the condition that she's careful. In season 2, she becomes the manager of Bright Fields.
  • Caroline Ford as Samantha "Sam" Myers (season 1), the sensible owner of Bright Fields and one of the trainers. She is Marcus' cousin. However, it is revealed that she had been working with the horse thieves who were trying to steal Raven.
  • Noah Huntley as Elliot MacDonald, Mia's wealthy, but often absent, father. Elliot is a childhood friend of Maggie and Ted. Elliot encourages Maggie to ride again. He gives Maggie riding lessons at night.
  • Geoffrey McGivern[6] as Francis "Frank" Steel, Maggie's father, Huck's father-in-law, and Zoe and Rosie's grandfather. Frank is fun loving. Upon the arrival of Zoe's family Frank is recovering from a broken foot. When Meredith arrives with papers proving that she's Raven's legal owner he tries to assure Zoe that Raven will always be in her heart.
  • Carla Woodcock as Susie, Mia's best friend who is often bossed around by Mia.
  • Tom Forbes as James, the former trainer of Bright Fields and the current trainer at rival riding school, Holloway.
  • Charlotte Jordan as Gaby Grant, sister of James and former enemy of Zoe. It’s revealed in Free Rein: 12 Neighs of Christmas that Gaby is homeless, and Zoe finds out which leads Zoe to ask Gaby to move in with her.
  • Martin Bobb-Semple as Alex, a rider at Holloway and Becky’s love interest.
  • Joe Ashman as Callum, Susie’s ex boyfriend and all round bad boy of the neighbouring riding school. Susie broke up with him when Mia exposed him for attempting to cheat on Susie.
  • Billy Angel as Benjamin "Ben" Sidebottom, Becky's younger brother, who befriends Rosie.
  • Milo Twomey as Edward "Ted" Hawthorne, Pin's shifty father who has a past with Maggie. Ted is the one who buried Emerald when he died. Ted wants Pin to stay away from Zoe's family. Ted believes that Zoe will hurt Pin.
  • Holly Hayes as Meredith Moore, Raven's rightful owner. The final episode of Season 1 reveals that Raven was stolen from Meredith as a foal. Meredith explains that Raven's registered name is Midnight Blue and he's a racehorse. Meredith informs the gang that Raven is the offspring of the famous race horse Ruby Dawn. When Meredith shows up to legally take Raven home with her, he refuses to leave Bright Fields and Zoe. After Zoe reasons with Meredith, she agrees to board Raven at Bright Fields. She asks Zoe to train Raven for her despite the fact that she's flying home to LA. Zoe has to choose whether she is going to stay in England or return to LA, in which she chooses to stay. At the end of season 2, it’s revealed that Pin bought Raven from her, as a gift for Zoe.
  • Ryan Sands as Huck Phillips, Zoe and Rosie's laid back father, Maggie's husband, and Frank's son-in-law. Huck supports the fact that Zoe wants to ride.
  • Paul Luebke as Derek Wrigley (season 1), a police officer who comes to the stables occasionally and has a crush on Sam. In the Season 1 finale Derek is disappointed in Sam when he has to arrest her for helping a gang of horse thieves steal Raven and Firefly.


SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
11023 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
210 (+2)6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
7 December 2018 (special)
1 February 2019 (special)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"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.
2"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.
3"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.
4"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.
5"The Sleepover"23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
Mia invites Rosie to a sleepover. Zoe and her friends find an engraved riding crop that may have been left behind by the horse thief.
6"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.
7"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.
8"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!
9"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.
10"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.

Season 2 (2018-19)[edit]

Series 2
No.TitleOriginal air date
1"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.
2"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 her long-time crush.
3"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.
4"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.
5"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.
6"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.
7"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.
8"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.
9"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.
10"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.
Special episodes
No.TitleOriginal air date
11"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.
12"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's Raven to the rescue.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Children's Program Free Rein Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series Free Rein Won
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Children’s or Family Viewing Series Paul Walker Won
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


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