Thanks to her father, Dani (Danielle Chuchran - Christmas for a Dollar) has had a good life which includes competition horse riding on her prized horse. But that all changes when her father is sent to jail for securities fraud and her stepmother, and half brother leave, as she is forced to sell her beloved horse and to avoid going in to care has to go and stay with her Uncle Sam (Kevin Sorbo - Shadow on the Mesa), who fell out with his brother a long time ago. Whilst Dani finds it initially hard living with her Uncle on his ranch things start to change with the help of his friend, Jody (Kristy Swanson - The Bouquet), and also a mule which needs training as Dani begins to embrace country living.
"Storm Rider" is the sort of movie that once the set up is in place you end up writing the rest of in your head, working out what developments will crop up for the main characters. That set up is the upset Dani going to live away from everything she knows with her Uncle, who happens to be a bachelor living in a pig sty of a home who has a bit of a stand-offish attitude. He also happens to be friends with a woman called Jody but of course is a bit too stubborn to admit to the fact he likes her. Oh and of course this happens to be horse movie, a variation on the usual set up with Dani already being a horse lover but it still has that familiarity which contributes to it being one of those movies which as I said you start writing in your head once the basics are established.
The thing is that "Storm Rider" delivers that look and feel which makes it a pleasant, inoffensive family drama for those looking for something to watch with their children that will also deliver a positive message. Part of that look and feel comes from the trio of Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson and Danielle Chuchran all of whom have this nice laid back vibe which whilst making their characters familiar and not exactly true to life also makes them likeable as well as entertaining.
What this all boils down to is that "Storm Rider" is nothing out of the ordinary and one of those horse movies which you can predict where it is going once the set-up is in place. But in truth that isn't a problem as it adds to this movie's inoffensive, watchable nature.