When Opposites Do Not Attract: Veronica di Angelo Meet Lisa Atwood

When Veronica di Angelo and Lisa Atwood meet for the first time there is a clash of opposite personalities; Veronica is domineering, coldly analytical, concerned with power, and sarcastic, while Lisa is gentle,  guided by her feelings, willing to share, and sensitive to the feelings of others.  The writers and directors of Saddle Club Series 2 were astute enough to recognize the drama in the confrontation of capable actresses Heli Simpson and Lara Jean Marshall.  Therefore, much to our delight, Lisa and Veronica confront each other in several episodes. It is a tribute to the ability of Heli Simpson that Veronica can change in an instant from a domineering, commanding teenager to a clinging, whining, wheedling Daddy’s girl.   Veronica is probably given some of the best, most memorable lines, which Heli Simpson delivers with brio, a malicious, self-satisfied smile, and mocking eyes.  Lara Jean’s beautiful, questioning eyes are also not neglected by the camera, nor is the girlish smile she often can’t suppress. Together Veronica and Lisa spark off some of the most intense verbal and facial fireworks in the series.  As the series evolves, Veronica changes gradually as she begins to reveal hidden qualities such as warmth and understanding, and Lisa grows in confidence and riding ability.  At the end, the two diverse personalities of Veronica di Angelo and Lisa Atwood, reach an understanding that comes from maturity.

Lisa Atwood As Mother Figure In The Saddle Club

Of the three adolescent girls that form The Saddle Club, it is Lisa Atwood who is the mother figure.  She is the one who is constantly looking out for others, even when they don’t want her to.  Lisa is guided by a strong love of horses and compassion for human beings. She attempts to gain the trust and love of an abused horse that everyone, including her own friends, consider hopeless, and succeeds!  She also has the courage and will to follow her maternal instinct no matter where it leads her, and it sometimes leads her into trouble!  Lisa asks people about their past so that she can learn how to help them.  She is acutely aware of people’s feelings and the members of the Pine Hollow family have deep affection for her.  When Lisa is lying in a coma in the hospital after suffering a severe concussion, her friends from Pine Hollow come to express their feelings, including the often cold, condescending, Veronica di Angelo.  When she does waken, she encourages Phil to discuss his problems with Stevie with her, even though she was near death!  The beautiful, understanding, and highly expressive eyes of actress Lara Jean Marshall add much to our perception of Lisa Atwood.  In her we can truly see the mother that is, and the mother that will be.