'Taking the Reins': Release date, spoilers and all about Hallmark romance

'Taking the Reins': Release date, spoilers and all about Hallmark romance
Nikki DeLoach and Scott Porter in a still from 'Taking the Reins' (Hallmark)

What goes well with pumpkin patches and pumpkin spice lattes? Everybody's favorite annual 'Fall Harvest' series on Hallmark, of course! The network has over the years gained a reputation for screening some of the finest heartwarming yet gripping movies on its channel, and 2021's Fall Harvest schedule isn't any different. 

'Taking the Reins' is the newest addition to Hallmark's famed series. If you love horses and mushy romantic movies then 'Taking the Reins' should definitely be on your watch list.  So while you wait for the upcoming movie's release, here are some other  Hallmark's fall harvest romances you might want to check out: 'Roadhouse Romance', 'Finding Love in Mountain View', 'The Baker's Son', and 'Her Pen Pal'. 



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Nikki DeLoach in 'Taking the Reins' ( Hallmark)

Release date and how to watch

'Taking the Reins' premieres on Saturday, September 25, at 9/8c on Hallmark.  In case, you don't have access to the channel, you can get a free trial to one of the streaming services that offer Hallmark, such as Philo, Sling TV, Vidgo, and FuboTV. If you are not based in the United States, using a VPN will help you catch this Hallmark romance.



When Samantha (Nikki DeLoach) is told by her magazine editor that she needs to put more of herself into her writing, she decides to go back home to her family’s horse ranch to write an article about the one subject she’s always been passionate about: horses. With her family hosting the annual Equestrian Competition this year it should be easy. But once there, Sam will have to face her past, which not only includes her reason for giving up riding but also why her marriage fell apart with ex-husband Luke (Scott Porter).



Although Sam goes back to her hometown in order to research horses for her magazine story, she instead ends up finding answers to what ended her marriage and why she suddenly stopped riding horses despite being very passionate about them. We don't want to reveal too much as you might want to check out this beautiful heartwarming love story when it premieres on Hallmark. 


A still from Hallmark movie 'Taking the Reins' (Hallmark)



Nikki DeLoach

On 'Taking the Reins' DeLoach will be playing the role of the movie's protagonist- Samantha, a writer for a magazine. Born in a small town in South Georgia, DeLoach always wanted to be an entertainer. At the age of 12, she got her first big break when she became a member of 'The Mickey Mouse Club' alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Ryan Gosling. 


She is best known for her role in 'Awkward' and 'The Mickey Mouse Club'. She also guest-starred on shows like: 'NCIS,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'CSI,' 'Mad Men' and 'Without a Trace,' among many others. She was also a series regular on the popular show 'North Shore.' Her film credits include 'Love & Other Drugs', 'Flying Lessons'.

Nikki DeLoach in a still from 'Taking the Reins' (Hallmark)


Scott Porter

Scott Porter plays the role of Samantha's husband Luke on 'Taking the Reins'. Porter is best known for his critically acclaimed performance on the beloved Emmy-winning NBC drama series 'Friday Night Lights,' on which he starred as the fallen quarterback, Jason Street. He currently stars on the Netflix series 'Ginny & Georgia' and previously recurred as Tim Armstrong in the popular CBS drama series 'Scorpion.' 


Scott Porter plays Luke on 'Taking the Reins' (Hallmark)


'Taking the Reins' also features Corbin Bernsen and Janine Turner.


Andrew Gernhard, Dustin Rikert, Barry Hennessey, and Colin Theys produced 'Taking the Reins', while Clare Niederpruem served as the director. 





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