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Synopsis: Three old men set out to ride the Old Spanish Trail, a 1200 miles journey from Los Angeles to Santa Fe. The historical trade route was formed in 1829, when Mexicans packed blankets and other woven goods on mules in New Mexico before traveling over rugged terrain to Los Angeles to trade for horses and mules. This is the first time some one is riding the entire trail since 1849. A film to inspire us all to protect and preserve our natural landscape.

The Old Spanish Trail is a documentary film about the historic trail, tracking the journey of Richard Waller, Otis Calef and Jim Clark on horseback 1200 miles from Los Angeles to Santa Fe. They rode the trail in two legs, fall of 2014 and summer of 2015.

The Old Spanish Trail witnessed a brief but furious heyday between 1830 and 1848 as a trade route linking Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California. The riders run into problems staying true to trail because of highways and private land during their ride tracing the past. The film is a reminder to all of us to protect and preserve the natural landscape and it’s trails.

The film won an award in the category of Environmental and Mountain Culture Film at Mountain Film Festival 2019.

Ned Clark, Composer/Voiceover

Ned is born and raised at a ranch in Ojai, California and has a B.A in music at California Institute of the Arts. After graduating he spent several years playing with different bands at clubs in Hollywood and the Los Angeles area.

Ned has been involved in all of his wife’s Born To Play Productions projects from the beginning. He composed music for “The Music Box DVD” and he was featured in the “Roadtrip Niger” as well as doing sound recording and voiceover. Ned composed all the music and did voiceover for The Old Spanish Trail film.
Ned is also a business owner together with his dad Jim Clark and run a gas station for trucks in Santa Paula, California.




Travel, Cowboy, Wild West History, Trails, mules, horses





Run Time

55 minutes


Richard Waller (Self)
Otis Calef (Self)
Jim Clark (Self)

Directed by

Benedicte Schoyen

Written by

Otis Calef
Ned Clark

Prod. Company

Born To Play Productions
Benedicte Schoyen

Director's Statement

I hope The Old Spanish Trail film will inspire people to get out and explore our natural landscape and remind us all how important it is to protect and preserve the nature for future generations to come.

Director's Bio

Benedicte has years of experience as a professional dancer, choreographer and ballet teacher. After many years working with dance she is happy to have found another outlet to continue developing her craft in the arts, as a director, editor, writer and producer. In 2008 she produced a 40 min. film for children: The Music Box – A Dance Along Fairytale. She directed her first documentary film Roadtrip Niger, a journey with the Nomads in Niger, in 2016, and The Old Spanish Trail in 2018.


EQUUS FIlm & Arts Fest - USA - 2019


Environmental and Mountain Culture Film at Mountain Film Festival - USA - 2019


Santa Fe New Mexican - "Old Spanish Trail to premiere in Santa Fe" -

Moab Sun News - "Trio retraces the Old Spanish Trail" -

Moab Times - "California riders will stop in Moab" -

The Richfield Reaper - "Riding to a rendezvous" -

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