Saving Winston

DVD Release: October 4, 2011
Saving Winston


“Saving Winston” is a faith-based drama about a troubled teen who finds redemption through her faith in God and the rehabilitation of a rescued horse.

The story begins with Ashley, a drug abusing teen, being arrested instead of her delinquent boyfriend in a botched robbery attempt. This event forces Ashley to begin a long journey to rediscover her true self. After her release from six months of institutionalized rehab, Ashley goes to live with her aunt, a horse trainer. As Ashley tries to rekindle her memories from her lost youth of becoming a champion rider, she struggles to end all contact with the ex-boyfriend that enabled her addiction.

While adjusting to her unfamiliar surroundings, Ashley stumbles upon a malnourished horse named Winston, abandoned and forgotten behind a neighbor’s dilapidated house. Ashely and her aunt rehabilitate the poor unfortunate animal. As the horse’s health improves, so does Ashley’s state of mind.

Following her aunt’s example, Ashley learns the true meaning of living a righteous life, but shadows from her past continue to resurface, tempting her to slide back into her self-destructive lifestyle. Ashely must choose between returning to the deceptive “comfort” of her dark past or continue on the narrow path to salvation accompanied by God and horses.

Dove Review

“Saving Winston” is a case study in the recovery process of a young girl named Ashley who runs into trouble when she and her friends attempt to rob a restaurant. When she is caught, part of her probation includes drub rehab. Upon completion of the program, she is released into the custody of her aunt but soon slips into some of her old habits. As she learns to deal with life’s struggles, she encounters an abandoned horse named Winston. While she is taking care of her new charge, she learns patience and perseverance but is still missing the key ingredient to sobriety, life in Christ.

Ashley’s life becomes changed after she accepts God and there is a moving scene where she says the sinners prayer and asks Jesus to come into her life. Dove is pleased to award this film our “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: God, Jesus and Christ all used in reverence.
Violence: None
Drugs: Drinking by two underage teens.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: PureFlix
Writer: Jodi Johnson
Director: Shane Hawks
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 86 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe