The Mobridge community is hosting a famous guest around this 4th of July holiday.
A horse that plays Silver in the new Lone Ranger movie is in Mobridge and getting a lot of attention during his trip to South Dakota.
"It's been a positive feedback from everybody. The community had been wanting to take pictures with him," Mobridge Rodeo Association President Dean Tisdall said.
Tisdall’s parents own a ranch in Nebraska managed by K.C. Peterson who owns and trains Leroy, a horse movie-goers know as Silver.
"They wanted a good-looking white horse, and I said, 'I've got the right horse,’" Peterson said.
Leroy wasn't the only Silver on set, but Peterson says he got a lot of screen time. Peterson says being white with dark eyes helped Leroy. His calm disposition helps as well, making him a good fit for actors without a lot of riding experience.
"He's the one Armie Hammer learned to ride on,” Peterson said. “He took up riding lessons everyday before they started filming and he rode Leroy."
Leroy isn't the only "star" in Mobridge this week. Peterson brought along other horses that appeared in the movie.
Event promoters in the Mobridge area are hoping the famous horse will help the city.
"It definitely gets a buzz in the air and people talking. Anytime you get that, it’s always a positive for any event," Tisdall said.
Timing for the South Dakota visit couldn't have been better. The Lone Ranger opened in theaters nationwide Wednesday.
Peterson says he's heard talks of a potential sequel. He's hoping Leroy will get a second shot at Hollywood stardom.