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Carole

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Carole Hanson

Carole Hanson is a bright African-American girl with a natural riding ability. Devastated when her mother died of cancer, she almost gave up riding. But her father, U.S. Marine Colonel Mitch Hanson, reminded Carole that her mother would have wanted her to follow her passion.

With money left by her mother, she bought the stunning buckskin gelding, Starlight. Carole knows her future lies with horses, but there are many exciting paths to follow and she doesn't know which road to take. Her grades are high enough for her to become a veterinarian but she would also love to breed and train thoroughbreds. She wouldn't mind being a professional steeplechase jockey, or maybe traveling the world teaching dressage clinics. Whatever career she chooses, her most immediate goal is to be the very best rider she can be.

Like the other Saddle Club girls, Carole is becoming a young woman. Her father has started dating again and Carole must wrestle with her feelings at having to share her father with someone else and liking a boy that one of her friends is also interested in. Can the Saddle Club stay together with so many other interests impinging upon their lives?

Keenan MacWilliam ( Plays Carole )

When you are eight and Denzil Washington is nice to you on the set and lets you talk to his wife on his cell phone, you don't forget it. Keenan has worked with some big names in the world of show business, including Ann Bancroft and Gloria Reuben. She loves the industry but is well aware of its vagaries. "You can make a whole bunch of movies in a short while but then suddenly there is nothing for a year or two, so I think it's really important to keep up with school and be serious about your education," she says wisely.

Keenan was six, living in Nashville, when she was asked to do a clothing commercial. She found standing around during a modeling shoot pretty boring until she realised you got money for this, and her practical nature took over. More modeling led to acting and her credits include the starring role in Must be Santa, (CNC/Universal Studios MOW), lead roles in Deep in my Heart (CBS MOW) and Best Girl (Dish Productions). She appeared in The Bone Collector (Universal Studios), and a TV movie Get a Clue (Disney).

Since the first series, public recognition of the stars has grown to sometimes-embarrassing proportions. "I was in the mall one day and a young girl started screaming out to her friends that I was in The Saddle Club and she wanted an autograph. That was when I realised that people now know me from television. I also couldn't play in a school softball tournament because everyone was sort of following me around. The recognition is fun at times, but I don't take it too seriously," Keenan tells us.

Keenan was born in Toronto, lived in Africa for four years, moved to Tennessee then Canada. With her parents and brother Liam she has traveled a lot and has incredible self-possession and intuition for her age, setting her own goals and keeping them.

I think Carole really knows what her priorities are and at this point of her life, horses are the most important things. In this series, she will probably become more interested in boys because as you grow up, that happens. Carole is really smart and she knows an amazing lot about horses. She is a really loving girl, always thinking about the other girls, not herself and she is passionate about The Saddle Club. I think she and I share one trait - she is affectionate and so am I.

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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