//Heartland: A TV series for horse lovers

Heartland: A TV series for horse lovers

After 14 seasons the Heartland series remains fireproof. With a legion of amateurs that continues to grow and closely follow the adventures of the Fleming-Bartlett family.

The TV series is based on a series of novels written by Lauren Brooke. This series of novels covers 20 novels published between 2000 and 2005.

Additionally Lauren wrote at least 5 special books in this series.

No doubt the TV series has managed to take the story of Amy Fleming and her family everywhere.

How was this Canadian television series unveiled in the world?

One of the means that has allowed Heartland’s story to cross borders was its presence on video streamming services.

The TV series currently has a presence on Netflix with the first 13 seasons. Fans for months wonder when Season 14 will be available on Netflix. It is expected to be available by mid-year.

An excellent mix of drama, action and beautiful landscapes have made Heartland a series for posterity. We can also talk about masterful interpretations of the actors who star in the wonderful series.

Heartland is one of the best horse series on Netflix.

We can see the day-to-day problems of a family trying to be re-encountered after years of being separated. A reunion that occurs in the context of a tragedy that will lead them to remember what is really important in their lives.

As soon as we add, let’s learn a little more about Heartland, his story and his charismatic characters.

Heartland’s story

The heartland estate, which gives its name to the series, is a farm dedicated to the care of horses. Directed by Marion Fleming, a very skilled woman to deal with traumatized horses.

Her incredible sensitivity leads her to jeopardize her physical integrity in order to rescue endangered horses. Certainly a soul like few others.

Marion is not only dedicated to rescuing horses but also “rescuing” people. Thus she participates in a program to reduce the sentence of young people with legal problems in exchange for work.

A way to reform and give a second chance to people who have had issues with the law.

In this context Marion has a daughter named Amy who has inherited sensitivity to horses and who prepares to take over.

In the meantime they encounter farmers who treat animals as one more commodity. Amy, like her mother, is unwilling to let the horses suffer at the hands of the farmers.

That’s why they decide to rescue a horse named Spartan The horse’s rescue ends in tragedy causing Marion’s death.

Amid the feeling of guilt and the weight of the horse care and rehablitation business behind her back, young Amy must deal with her insecurities and sadness.

Amy Fleming - The main protagonist
Amy Fleming – The main protagonist

Changes in Heartland keep coming.

As if it wasn’t enough with the loss of her mother, Amy’s life and the life of her grandfather Jack Bartlett won’t stop changing.

Amy’s older sister Lou arrives from New York for her mother’s funeral and try to help in this crisis. No doubt Lou encounters a torrent of emotions and memories that will make her stay longer than thought.

In the midst of that earthquake of emotions comes a boy named Ty Borden who was one of the boys who would work in exchange for reducing the penalty. A boy who desperately needs a second chance.

A series full of emotion where everyone grows together overcoming difficulties.

Ty Borden is a rebel
Ty Borden is a rebel

Differences and similarities between novels and the TV series

  • The series unfolds in Alberta, a province southwest of Canada. Meanwhile, the Heartland novel series written by Lauren Brooke takes place in Virginia, in the Southeastern United States. An almost coast-to-coast change.
  • The TV series follows the story of the novel with certain changes to surprise.
  • In both it is important to use alternative therapies for the recovery of horses such as Bach Flowers or Acupressure.
  • Ty Borden in the novels is sweeter and at first Ty is the bad guy who ends up pleasing Amy
  • In the series there are more elements of cowboy style and cow ranches in the day to day.
Heartland Book Collection - Lauren Brooke
Heartland Book Collection – Lauren Brooke

Heartland Curiosities

  • The series is produced in Canada and has a large legion of fans.
  • Heartland location in the novels is different from that of the TV series.
  • The series in Latin America is widely followed from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela, the land of Gustavo Mirabal.
  • In Europe the series has many followers in Romania.
  • In Canada it is the longest-running canadian television series. Far surpassing his nearest competitor “Street Legal” who had 8 seasons on the air.
  • The series also has many followers in the US.
  • The Canadian novel series is also the most read in Canada by youth audiences.
  • Lauren Brooke is a pseudonym that has been used by two different writers. But heartland’s real name is Linda Chapman.
  • The Heartland TV series has won the most prestigious award on Canadian TV. Heartland won the Canadian Directors Guild Award for Best Family Series.
  • Actors who play Jack Bartlett and Tim Fleming despite being a father-in-law and son-in-law are barely two years old.
  • From 2009 to 2014 he has won the Canadian Directors Guild of Union award for best family television series episode for the 6 years in a row.
  • Three of its actors have been awarded for their performances.
Heartland's cast
Heartland’s cast

Heartland Characters and Actors

Heartland is a series that arouses passions thanks to its great story and emotions. But it is no less true that the characters of Heartland are exquisitely written. Each of them conveys a sense of realism and humanity. In addition, this is not only due to the good writing of the writers, but also to the inspired interpretation of the actors who participate in the series.

We have actors who were already known before the series, and on the other hand we have new actors who showed great ability. This is one of the characteristics of productions for Canadian television. These productions exude professionalism, but above all, heart.

That is why today we will introduce you to the characters that make Heartland one of the most watched series.  In addition, you will meet the actors behind each of them. With 15 years of duration, we can say that there are many people who have passed through their screens, either in training, consecration, or recognition of their career. Just add let’s get to know each character and the actor who plays him.

Amy Fleming is portrayed by Amber Marshall in Heartland, the TV Series

Amy Fleming is the heart of Heartland. She is a young woman who, in the first chapters of the series, loses her mother to save a horse. This creates a lot of guilt and conflict in her life.

This conflict will make her in the first instance have a difficult relationship with the horses. But the memory of her mother and her “gift” will be the ones that lead her back to the right path.

Her mother, Marion, had the gift for dealing with troublesome horses and healing them. For many, Amy’s mother was a “horse whisperer,” in the style of Robert Redford in the movie “The horse Whisperer.” This gift passed to Amy, but she is still very young and immature. It will be time and experience that makes her mature.

To help in her maturation process family and friends will be by her side. There will be her grandfather, Mr. Jack Bartlett and her sister Lou, a city woman full of energy.

His grandfather brings him experience and solidity. Amy has been raised by her grandmother and her late mother. Jack and Amy connect through the farm and horses.

On the other hand, her sister, whom she had a long time to see, returns to help her. Lou is an intelligent, enterprising woman with a lot of energy but who at the same time does not feel totally comfortable with the rural world.

Each one will have to learn to adapt to the new situation and save the family farm.

However, this gift and love for horses is reflected in everything he does. But let’s get to know a little bit about the actress who plays Amy, the talented Amber Marshall.

Amy the protagonist of the TV series Heartland
Amy the protagonist of the TV series Heartland

Amber Marshall in Heartland, the TV series.

The character of Amy is played by the magnificent actress Amber Marshal. Amber is a Canadian actress who was born on June 2, 1988. She loved acting from a very young age, and therefore joined the theater company “The Original Kids”.  At age 11 he had an acting agent and began her first auditions and television appearances.

In the video that follows we can see her in the trailer of the TV series “Super Ruppert” at 13 years of age.

Amber as little kid Rupert 2001

She also participated with loose roles in television series and in some films. One of the standout roles being so young was her participation in Resident Evil: Apocalypse. In this role she plays a girl whose father becomes a zombie before her eyes. In the scene we can see his reaction and how her performance convinces the audience. We placed an image of the scene courtesy of Ark Angel.

Amber Marshall en Resident Evil Apocalypse
Amber Marshall en Resident Evil Apocalypse

Thanks to these participations, her experience riding horses (which she learned right after leaving the pacifier) and her veterinary studies, Amber Marshall got the role that has given her recognition around the world. And most importantly, it brought him the love of all Heartland fans.

Introduction of the characters in Heartland, the TV series

The first chapter of Heartland is intense and tries to introduce us to all the relevant people of this wonderful series. Heartland is a TV series whose approach is familiar, but at the same time provides not only light entertainment. Additionally, this wonderful series provides a good dose of awareness generation.

Heartland is a series that deals with deep and sometimes controversial topics such as:

  • The protection of animals
  • Family tradition
  • Discrimination
  • Juvenile delinquency and opportunities to reintegrate into society.
  • Mistakes and opportunities to redeem yourself.

As we mentioned earlier, the first chapter gives the death of Marion Fleming, Amy’s mother. Marion’s death and funeral becomes the time to meet several of the characters who will become part of Heartland.

We bond with Amy, a girl who feels guilt over her mother’s death and the weight of continuing her legacy. In addition, we see an Amy affected physically and psychologically.

Amy’s sister Lou is in New York when she receives the tragic news and decides to travel home.

Amy is unable to attend her mother’s funeral because she is in recovery.

At the funeral we see Lou, Jack, Amy’s grandfather, and some other characters. Many will only make an appearance, but they will be important characters throughout the series. Next, we will go on to describe the characters, and mention the actors who play them.

Although some have a secondary or “virtual” role, they will be very important for the plot. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Marion Bartlet-Fleming

The death of Marion Barttlet-Fleming is the engine of Heartland, as this television series begins with her tragic accident. Marion is the common thread of the series in the first chapters because it is this tragedy that unites them. Next, we will explain:

  • Amy’s horse therapy skills and knowledge were taught to her by Marion.
  • Lou returns home after years away due to the death of her mother.
  • Ty borden arrives in heartland thanks to an agreement made by Marion to welcome a young man in the process of social reintegration.
  • Scott Cardinal, the vet, admires Marion and hopes Amy can help him. In addition, Lou’s return awakens feelings that were asleep.
  • Jack Barlett, Marion’s father is left with the responsibility of saving the family farm. Marion’s kindness made her an excellent horse therapist, but a bad manager. It remains with Jack to finish raising his granddaughter and try to save the farm.

Marion Bartlett-Fleming is portrayed in Heartland by Canadian actress Lisa Langlois. She has appeared in theater, television, and movies. The Ontario native had the opportunity to play this wonderful character and endowed it with great depth. Marion will then reappear in the form of flashbacks, again played by the talented actress.

Marion Fleming Bartlett moments before the crash
Marion Fleming Bartlett moments before the crash

Other characters who connect with Heartland directly.

Two characters who will have a lot of presence in the series but are not so linked to Marion are Valerie Stanton and Mallory Wells.

Valerie Stanton is a horse-breeding entrepreneur with a lot of money and pride. She’s friends with Jack, but she’s not just interested in a friendship. Valerie, though a tough woman, always demonstrates her loyalty to the people she cherishes.

Then there’s Mallory, Heartland’s adopted daughter. She is the typical nosy neighbor growing up in Heartland and is just another part of the family. His presence brings a comic and sincere touch during so much drama. But let’s look in detail at each of the characters.

Amy Fleming:

Amy is the heart of Heartland, the TV series. She is a girl with a good heart and boundless love for horses. Thanks to the teachings of her mother, she will watch over the welfare of horses at physical or psychological risk during the tv series.

Their age and maturity will be permanently tested. Through its 16 seasons we will see how it evolves to become what its mother was, a horse healer.

Amy will go from being an equestrian jumping rider, a rodeo rider, a horse tamer to a horse healer. Sometimes fame will bring her headaches, but she will always return to her roots and put the health of horses first.

Sometimes he will have to fight with his clients and other characters to give the horses the life they deserve. With an impeccable work ethic and a huge heart, Amy shows us what love for animals can do for each of us.

His relationship with his grandfather and sister, Lou, is very special. But someone who will be able to make your world head, Ty Borden, will come into your life. A life that will challenge her from a very young age to take care of the family business and her own maturity.

Amy is loved by all Heartland fans. But Amy also has a lot in common with the actress who plays her in Heartland, Amber Marshall. Both animal lovers will do their best to protect them.

Amy will protect the horses, her family and Heartland at all costs and we will learn to love her as thousands of fans already do.

Amy Fleming - The Protagonist of Heartland
Amy Fleming – The Protagonist of Heartland

Lou Fleming:

Lou Fleming is the nickname of Samantha Louise Fleming. Amy’s sister is a city woman who is forced to return to the family farm to save it. The union of both sisters will be what can save the farm.

Lou’s life was in New York until his mother’s death. He returns to Heartland to say goodbye and finds Amy injured by the incident that caused her mother’s death. Lou’s job initially is to put everything in order so he can return to his life, but Heartland’s economic situation is so precarious that he finally decides to stay for a while. This causes the loss of their love relationship and their work in New York. With nothing to go back to, Lou decides to put all his effort into Heartland.

However, Lou’s ideas are modern and neither Amy nor her grandfather Jack likes them. This brings tensions within the family that needs to be united to overcome the challenges they are going to face. However, love and family can do everything. Lou shows that his ability to manage and run a business is well justified. Thanks to this and Amy’s effort to heal horses, they manage to save Heartland.

Heartland will become a tourist ranch and a reference center for healing horses both physically and psychologically.

Both sisters will be able to work together and overcome both professional and personal adversities. The past will follow Lou and he will be reunited with an old love Scott Cardinal. Will this really be the man of your life? We’ll find out in Heartland, the TV series.

Lou Fleming - Heartland
Lou Fleming – Heartland

Jack Bartlett

Jackson Bartlett is Amy and Lou’s grandfather. He is the head of the clan’s family and also the protector of his granddaughters. In addition to being a man with a very good heart.

His instinct leads him to be his granddaughters and the people around him, but only so he doesn’t get hurt or his loved ones don’t get hurt.

Jack continues the desire of his recently deceased daughter, Marion Fleming-Bartlett, to move forward with the ranch. However, you need help to get it all done. It was there that his granddaughters took a fundamental role in the management of Heartland, the ranch he ran with Marion.

Fulfilling his wishes, Heartland will participate in a rehabilitation program for young people with behavioral problems. That’s when Ty joins the group, coming home from the show and joining in to help with the ranch.

That will set off a series of events that will make Ty one of the family and a son to Jack.

Jackson "Jack" Bartlett, the patriarch of Heartland and the family
Jackson “Jack” Bartlett, the patriarch of Heartland and the family


For many fans of the series, Heartland is the story of Ty and Amy. A love that develops from the first chapters and creates a very special atmosphere. A relationship that definitely marks the hearts of all followers.

In addition, Ty’s story is a story of overcoming. From a kid with behavioral problems to a veterinarian, Ty Borden is the picture of self-improvement. Without a doubt, a character that those who start watching the series will love and those who are in the last seasons miss.

Heartland, a series with a heart

Without a doubt it is a beautiful TV series that will make you reflect on the important things of life, love for nature and family union.

You can also find reflections on love, friendship, teamwork, respect for animals and healthy living.

It is a series that will make you feel good and show you the beautiful landscapes of Canada for your enjoyment.

Gustavo Mirabal Castro is a lover of Heartland, the TV series. Whether it’s for its family content, for the horses or for the excellent actors, Gustavo Mirabal mentions and recommends Heartland on his Instagram whenever he can.

Definitely a safe recommendation for your enjoyment and that of the whole family.