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Synopsis: The Last Ride is the title song to the documentary film, “Their Last Ride”, by Thundering Hooves Non Profit and
So Be It Films. The music video and documentary were made to bring awareness to the issue and the plight of wild and domestic horses being transported across our borders for slaughter, and sold for consumption in a European market.

The music video for “The Last Ride”, was filmed in West Texas on several locations in Toyahvale, Marfa and Presidio by director/producer M. Aku RoDriguez of So Be It Films.

Song written by Gareth Laffely and Susan Oliver of Roaring Brook Records.

Parts of the music video were filmed at Thundering Hooves Memorial Fence – which is a moving tribute to the Horse Nation.
To find out how you can help, and have your name placed on a red tie on the fence to show your support,
visit MEMORIAL FENCE – Help us extend the length of the fence to one mile long!
Red ties blowing in the wind for all the world to see…for the Horse Nation!

“Watching the making of “The Last Ride” music video was an emotional journey. As the dirt gently filters through Gareths’ fingers, as he kneels next to the memorial fence, I felt the injustice of it all – every horses’ last ride
should be a gentle return to the earth.”
– Neta Rhyne ~ Founder Thundering Hooves



Run Time

5 minutes


Gareth Laffely (Flutist)

Directed by

M. Aku RoDriguez


Gareth Laffely

Director's Bio

Being of Native American and Zapotec heritage RoDriguez was taught and inspired by the traditions of his culture. While in film school at T.C.C. North East College, he started his career working as a production assistant and line-producer for commercials and independent film companies, where he learned the intricacies of feature film production from some of the most skilled and talented technicians in the industry. It is also here where RoDriguez began working as a actor and Producer for commercials and independent films. He then went on to acting on indie film, “The Prodigy.” in 2005, “Walker Texas Ranger” TV series in 2006 and indie film “Black Nile” in 2006, where he was casted in indie film, “The Blue Jay.” 2007.

In 2008, RoDriguez was brought on to direct, produce, write, and compose the acclaimed PBS documentary “ The Rose A Sense of Place” that received a The Telly Award. He also began working as a Director, Producer, and Director of Photography (D.P.) with indie film “Uprising Of The Six Sun.” while working in the sound department on “I See World Peace” documentary film in 2012. With the extraordinary international success he Produced and Director of Photography (D.P.) a film, through his company So Be It Films… the political documentary “La Gran Falacia” (The Great Fallacy) Documentary in 2013.That received Official Selection & Best Spanish Language in 2013 SunScreen Film Festival, International Puerto Rico Heritage Film Festival 2013, and R.I.F.F. RINCON International Film Festival.

Currently RoDriguez is working on Writing, Directing and Producing 2 feature films based on true events, 3 documentaries that focus on social problems and global social change – both inside the United States and throughout Africa, Brazil, India, and Haiti.

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