There are just so many things about this movie that make it hard to watch. The main character, Dusty, shows up at her rural Texas school surrounded by ranches and is mocked for wearing cowboy boots? There's an Army base in the town and yet she is scoffed at for trying to raise funds for the troops? Huh? Her 35-40 year old dad (who's still only a 2nd lieutenant?!) somehow has a beard and mustache? When did the army change that rule? Her mom is referred to as lieutenant and yet wears the rank of a major? Dusty suddenly gets classmates to sign up for her equestrian team and even though none of them have ever ridden before suddenly they're all performing? There are 8 girls on horses in the events and yet only 5 of them are ever seen together elsewhere? Her dad is sent away to war without warning (right in the middle of the Sadie Hawkins dance of course) and then gets injured. Lo and behold he is somehow flown all the way back home without any notice from the Army. Then mom's helicopter is shot down and she's lost. A massive rescue operation ensues and then she too, without notice or communication of any kind, appears at home, right at her daughters event (where the only person who's been told what's going on is the announcer), unscathed! (Why was she sent all the way home if she's uninjured?) Wow! So she was found, but they didn't tell anyone, then brought back to the base, but didn't tell anyone, then shipped all the way home (how many hours over how many flights would that be?) and she somehow knows to go the rodeo and not home??? Oh please! I know this is made for kids but even my 11 year old was rolling her eyes at how dumb this all was.