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HEROIC 90-YEAR-OLD SANTA ANITA PADDOCK GUARD, JOHN SHEAR, FEATURED ON HRTV'S "INSIDE INFORMATION" THIS SUNDAY
Arcadia, CA, Aug. 31 -- A paddock guard at Santa Anita for a half-century, John Shear gained national accolades for his selfless bravery early this year when, at age 90, he saved a young girl from serious injury while doing his job.
Shear will be the featured subject on the next installment of HRTV's award-winning "Inside Information” documentary series, set for Sunday, Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
The show will provide a retrospective look at his unforgettable act in shielding the young girl from a loose horse in the Santa Anita paddock in March, as well as a deeper look at the determined, hard-working English-born gentleman who grew up to love horses, and how they have brought him face-to-face with some of the most famous, and infamous, people in history.
The show will include never-before-seen footage of the fateful March afternoon when Shear risked his own life, and suffered critical injuries that kept him in the hospital for more than a month. In addition, it will include a candid conversation with the affable, understated Shear, about his life, difficult in his younger years, and the many people he's met along the way.
Shear is an institution at the renowned Southern California track, and interviews with John's son, Mike, his wife Diane, and Santa Anita officials provide a testament to his love for Santa Anita, and his resolute determination to man his usual paddock post for the track's Winter/Spring meeting on Dec. 26.
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a 24-hour, television-based multimedia network dedicated to horseracing from the world’s greatest racetracks, as well as a wide-range of world-class equestrian competitions. HRTV also features original programming and award-winning documentaries covering a variety of racing and general equestrian topics. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at www.hrtvlive.com. The HRTV television network is presently available via cable, telco video and satellite in more than 19 million U.S. homes.
Contact: Scott Cooper, HRTV, 609-391-8166