“East of Everything” (2008) – Series 1
This was an ABC television series about a travel writer Art Watkins (Richard Roxburgh), who returns home after spending his life wandering the globe in search of paradise - too late to be by his dying mother’s bedside. On his return he is forced to face his bitter brother, childhood sweetheart and a teenage son he hardly knows.
Tony Jablonski and assistant Donna Morton, coordinated a featured liberty horse for one of the 6 episodes.
“McLeod’s Daughters” (2004)
The story behind this television series was as follows: Drover’s Run was a large cattle property 180km from the nearest town and 400km from the city. It had been in the McLeod family for generations, passed down from father to son and now to daughter. Series three of McLeod’s Daughters continued the unforgettable saga of Claire and Tess and the continuation of the great adventure of ordinary women living an extraordinary life on the land.
Tony Jablonski and his assistant Donna Morton, spent just over one month in South Australia working alongside the Willoughby brothers, well known horsemen in the film industry. I organised, trained and wrangled two horses for the episodes - the Ghost White Horse and the young thoroughbred, which Nick had broken in and handled for the Veterinary.
McLeod’s Daughters series ran until 2008 and starred Lisa Chappell (Claire McLeod), Bridie Carter (Tess McLeod) Aaron Jeffery (Alex Ryan), Myles Pollard (Nick Ryan), and Sonia Todd (Meg Fountain).
“Beastmaster” Series I, II, III (1998-2000)
USA co-production with Coote Hayes (AUS), Tribune Ent Production. This series was shot over 3 years and based in Queensland (Warner Roadshow Movie World Studios, Gold Coast)
The Beastmaster series was a Fantasy tele-feature. Dar (Marc Singer) teamed up with Seth (Tony Todd) to rescue his brother. It seems that the boy was captured by the evil Lord Agarn, who keeps youthful by sacrificing young prisoners. Along the way they meet a beautiful witch who promises to help them and a blonde warrior who goes along with them. ~ Brian Gusse, All Movie Guide
Tony Jablonski was the animal co-ordinator and horsemaster was responsible for a huge and diverse range of animals and their trainers/ handlers from exotics such as tigers, cubs, lions, elephants, alpacas, free flying birds, snakes to ferrets, and wolf like dogs, horses and unicorns! To bring together such a large array of animals involved consultation with Government Departments e.g. Australian Quarantine Inspection Services (AQIS), Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Primary Industries.
“Roar” TV Series (2006)
Australia’s Heath Ledger starred in this TV series that began his film career. Roar was one of the most captivating television adventures ever, set in 400 AD. Prince Conor (Ledger) was the only one who could unite the long suffering Celtic clans against the seductively lethal Roman Queen Diana and her evil wizard Longinus. As Conor attempts to harness the magical power of the land called “The Roar”, he is assisted by a ragtag group of fighters.
Tony Jablonski was horse contractor and head wrangler over the 13 episodes assisted by Barry Thurlow.