Every Second Counts

Theatrical Release: July 12, 2008
DVD Release: March 24, 2009
Every Second Counts


A large crowd cheers the penning teams at the Silverdale Valley Rodeo. Brooke Preston, a 17 year-old competitor, watches the scoreboard and timer. She and her teammates have to beat 76.12 seconds in order to win the competition. Her proud yet nervous father, Joe Preston a former penning champion, tells Brooke to “feel like a winner” and “think like a winner.” Brooke meets her teammates, Rick and Ken in the middle of the ring, and notices that her horse, Ginger, is favoring one leg, but goes on to win the competition.

With foreclosure looming in his family’s future, Joe is a broken man. The penning Finals are just days away and Brooke knows she has only one chance to save her family. Time is running out for the Prestons. Will Brooke and Ginger be able to make the Finals in Denver and win enough money to save the ranch? Is Ginger’s leg strong enough to endure one final round? With Caden’s help, Brooke and Ginger take off for an incredible adventure!

Dove Review

Magda Apanowicz gives a wonderful performance as high school senior Brooke Preston, a seventeen-year-old competitor in the rodeo who works hard mainly to please her father, Joe (Stephen Collins). Joe doesn’t compete anymore due to an old injury and he lives vicariously through his daughter without realizing it. He doesn’t see that her dreams are different and she longs to go to college. Joe hits on some hard times and owes practically everyone money. Brooke seems to be his last hope and if she wins big in the competitions, the family’s financial difficulties may be over. Yet Brooke’s mother wants Joe to stand on his own two feet.

Brooke meets a young man she likes, Caden (Brett Dier), but her training leaves little time for social activities. Joe comes across an old acquaintance who could be a help to him, but Joe bears a grudge that he is not yet willing to let go of. This is a good story with some nice family moments and realistic dramatic situations. It is a nicely made film, with beautiful scenery of the mountains and ranch. There is nothing overly intense in the film, and no strong language at all. We happily award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal and this movie is suitable for all ages. The Hallmark Channel has done it again! Every second counts and your time will be well spent in watching this fantastic film!

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Man injured; horse is going to have to be put down but it is not shown.
Sex: Kissing between boyfriend and girlfriend and between husband and wife.
Language: Butt-1
Violence: Man injured; horse is going to have to be put down but it is not shown.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Some family tension between husband and wife and daughter over various problems including financial struggles.


Company: First Look Studios
Director: John Bradshaw
Genre: Western
Runtime: 90 min.
Starring: Stephen Collins, Barbara Williams, Magda Apanowicz, Brett Dier
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter