WINNER: PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, RFD-TV
We admit the sorry dearth of equestrians among our panel of judges, but this wonderful show had us hooked. The Parellis (a husband-and-wife pair of horse trainers) make it look so darned easy. Of course it’s not. But their mastery is fun to watch, and it’s hard not to appreciate their infectious personalities and beautiful training philosophy. Pat Parelli coined the phrase "Natural Horsemanship" more than 20 years ago to teach a better, safer and more productive horse training method that creates strong bonds between trainer and horse. Pat’s wife Linda, meanwhile, has used her keen organizational skills to put Pat’s philosophy into informational chunks that eventually evolved into this delightful show. Horse owners everywhere benefit from these vital lessons. And even those of us without such a companion can appreciate the kindness and humanity of the Parelli approach.
What Happens Next 101, Veria TV: Veria TV has impressed us with its wide swath of well-produced shows. And What Happens Next 101, which outlines the consequences of health decisions, doesn’t disappoint. Wanna know how long it takes to undo the damage of smoking? No you don’t.
Inside Comcast, Comcast CN100 Chicago: Inside Comcast manages to tell viewers about Comcast’s involvement in the local community in a newsy style with production values that are right up there with national TV news shows. Host Lisa Aprati shines in this perfect example of how cable can toot its horn in an entertaining way — all while strengthening its bonds with customers.