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EQUUS Film Festival to Showcase a Host of Equestrian Films at World Equestrian Games

Tryon, NC – September 4, 2018 – The World Equine Expo™ (WEE) and the EQUUS Film Festival (EFF) presented by Mustang Leadership Partners are working together to bring a new experience for those attending this year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018 from September 11-23 at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Western North Carolina.

For the first time ever, equestrian-themed movies will be added into the mix of entertainment and activities at WEG, giving those from near and far the opportunity to watch films they may never have had the chance to see, ranging from documentaries to feature-length productions. From noon until 5:00 p.m. EST every day, beginning on the 11th and continuing through the 23rd, a variety of films, many related to the eight FEI disciplines showcased at WEG, will be featured in the all new EQUUS Theater located near Legends Plaza as part of the World Equine Expo™, thanks to presenting sponsor, Mustang Leadership Partners.

Evening programs will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. EST on all days except for September 11, 17, and 23.

A Sampling of the Films

The EFF will offer the opportunity for spectators and attendees a chance to not only see the top competitors vie for medals at this prestigious event, but enjoy a variety of movies about horses from all around the world.

Endurance riders will be featured in All the Wild Horses, highlighting an intense cross-country race that takes place in Mongolia. Enthusiasts of the sport of Driving will appreciate The Caravan, showcasing the journey of a five-month carriage trek across America. Dressage fans will enjoy learning the true story of Totilas, following this iconic athlete’s journey after his 2010 WEG Gold medal victory.

For those interested in Reining and Para-Dressage, It’s Reining and Para Reining will give an insider’s view of these fascinating and heart-warming disciplines. Eventers will want to see Riding High, which dives into the robust history of Eventing in Australia. Vaulters will love The Horse Dancer, a feature-film about the discipline Vaulting, starring two of the Canadian Vaulting team horses.

Harry and Snowman has become an instant classic and will be a thrill for fans of Jumping, as the story about the horse who after being saved from the slaughterhouse became a world champion, and Desert Flight, a love letter to the sport.

There will also be films for polo fans, because The Four Horsemen will get to the heart of the sport.

While this is only a sampling of the many films being shown, it doesn’t matter what discipline you enjoy because the 100+ films in 84 hours over the 13 days will appeal to any audience.

Thinking outside the Box

With the goal of creating a unique experience at a World Equestrian Games, leadership is thinking outside the box and incorporating new and different opportunities. Knowing that the six-year-old EQUUS Film Festival is all about national and international horse films, they invited founder, Lisa Diersen, and Co-Organizer, Diana De Rosa, to map out a plan to include horse films designed to entertain an audience that will be coming from all over the world.

Not only will those attending have the opportunity to witness fabulous films but also get a chance to meet over 35 of the filmmakers and equine movie stars up close and personal. In addition to the films, there will be filmmaker and Q&A panels on the Coca-Cola Stage and meet & greets outside the theater. Some of those attending will also be doing demonstrations.

“Misty was the first horse movie I fell in love with as a child and my love for horse films has never stopped. I feel honored to be able to share my passion with the world at this amazing event. Our filmmakers work tirelessly creating the wonderful films that we have in the EQUUS Film Festival collection. By bringing our equine movie star horses along with EFF authors and artists to the world stage in Tryon, the dream of sharing horse movies with the world is coming true! I’m grateful for my amazing EFF Co-Organizer Diana De Rosa and our EFF team; thank you all for helping to make this happen,” commented Diersen.

“As an equine journalist, I’ve covered eight Olympic Games and every World Equestrian Games and this will be my ninth. I join Lisa noting how excited we are for the over half million expected attendees to have the chance to see so many wonderful horse films,” added De Rosa.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the EQUUS Film Festival to the programming of the World Equine Expo during the inaugural year,” said Paige Bellissimo, Director of the World Equine Expo™. “The films and stories are inspirational and moving, aligning perfectly with what we’re showcasing at Tryon International Equestrian Center during the World Equine Expo as well as during the FEI World Equestrian Games. There’s an element to film that people are passionate about and integrating the love for horses and equestrian sport will be a welcomed addition to what we anticipate will be a fantastic Expo.”

Presenting Sponsor Mustang Leadership Partners

With the support of presenting sponsor, Mustang Leadership Partners, films at the ninth World Equestrian Games have become a reality, as they will be the key sponsor for the building of the EQUUS Theater where the films will be shown.

The Mustang Leadership Partners is part of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Tennessee’s first all-girls public charter school, which Sue Anne Wells founded in 2009. Realizing the powerful leadership lessons that mustangs can provide, Wells decided to launch an equestrian program. The students meet two hours each week and are challenged to make connections between their work with mustangs and their own lives. Wells will be at WEG with four mustangs and ten girls from the Academy.

Wells made the decision to become presenting sponsor after her film, When the Dust Settles, was shown at the Festival in 2017 where it won both the Wild Horse Full Length Documentary and Best of Festival about Wild Horses WINNIE Awards. This film shows the parallel struggles and triumphs that mustangs and disadvantaged girls from inner city Chattanooga have faced in their lives. It gave Wells a chance to realize that not only did she have a wonderful platform to showcase her film, but so did all the other hardworking filmmakers.

“Horses have become such a meaningful and essential part of these girls’ lives; seeing films that honor these animals will be life changing for them,” remarked Wells. “We all will enthusiastically celebrate the filmmakers who come from parts unknown to share their films with the World Equestrian Games’ audience.”

It’s Not Too Late to Watch World Class Competition and See a Host of Horse Films

If you haven’t already put this year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on your schedule, here’s your chance to not only watch the top equestrians in the world but also be entertained by some of the best horsemen. And in between be sure to stop at the EQUUS Theater to not only enjoy excellent films but to support the passionate work of the many filmmakers. Knowing you are taking the time to watch their film makes all the long hours and hard work worth it.

For a complete list of films being shown, the filmmakers and talent coming to support their films and those doing demonstrations, go to www.equusfilmfestival.net. For more about the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, visit www.Tryon2018.com and http://www.fei.org/tryon-2018.


Founded in 2013 by director Lisa Diersen and adding Diana De Rosa as co-organizer in 2015, the EQUUS Film Festival has grown into the “don’t miss” equestrian film industry event. In 2017, over 80 films were shown with the opportunity to win coveted WINNIE Awards for being the best in the herd, including Equestrian Art Film, Director, Documentary, Commercial, International, Music Video, People’s Choice and Best of Festival. EQUUS has also created WINNIE Award categories for Literature and Art, which has rounded out its commitment to being the home to the storytellers of the horse world.

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Additional Programming Announced for EQUUS Theater at World Equine Expo

Photo: Clayton Fredericks.

TRYON, NC, USA – September 2, 2018 – Additional programming has been announced for the World Equine Expo™ to be hosted within the EQUUS Theater, occurring alongside the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) September 11-23, 2018. Spectators can expect to hear insight from renowned Olympians, experts in equine care and medicine, and from industry innovators and academics.

Clayton Fredericks, Olympic Silver Medalist in Eventing, will present on “WEG Course, Which Horse?” Using his experience as a competitor, trainer and coach at the sport’s highest level to provide insight on the progress of the discipline of Eventing at WEG. His presentation will include an analysis of how the competition is unfolding at TIEC and how he believes the Cross-Country phase of Eventing will ride, highlighting influential fences and combinations on course while making predictions of performance and pairs to watch. Fredericks will be available for a Q&A session following his presentation on Wednesday, September 12th at 11:00 a.m., and joins an extensive portion of World Equine Expo™ programming courtesy of Brooke USA.

Dr. Katie Cosgriff Curry is a fourth-generation farrier and holds a doctorate in chiropractic from the University of Western States. She is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and specializes in equine hoof care in relation to horse spinal health. Curry is also the author of “No Back, No Farrier,” created from her experience as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist to help farriers and trimmers prolong their careers in the profession and will be bringing this expertise to the podium in the EQUUS Theater on Sunday, September 16th at 9:00 a.m.

Presenting a top ten list of important facts regarding equine identification, Debi Metcalfe, founder of the nonprofit organization Stolen Horse International, Inc., will utilize her decades of experience working to recover stolen equines to present content that can help all equestrians prevent horse theft. Metcalfe will present on Thursday, September 20th at 11:00 a.m.

The World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) is the only international federation of studbooks for sport horses in Dressage, Jumping and Eventing. The federation’s goals include stimulating the development of sport-horse breeding worldwide and bridging the gap between breeding and sport. Nadine Brandtner will give a presentation of the evolution of sport horse breeding, the role of the studbooks, and the history and development of the WBFSH on Friday, September 21st at 11:00 a.m.

One of numerous programming components related to equine breeding, Dr. Modesty Burleson’s presentation on Wednesday, September 19th at 11:00 a.m. will focus on breeding sport horse mares and common problems often faced in this field, also including descriptions of diagnostic procedures such as transrectal ultrasound, intra-uterine culture and cytology, hysteroscopy, and uterine biopsy. She will review common treatment therapies and will discuss breeding with fresh vs. frozen semen.

Dr. Erin Newkirk will present an informative discussion on heat, stress, and reproduction in performance mares and stallions, drawing from her work as an associate veterinarian at Reid & Associates Equine Clinic in Loxahatchee, FL to enhance and develop Reid & Associates reproduction service with an extensive laboratory to support equine breeding and reproductive medicine. Dr. Newkirk graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, is a member of the Society for Theriogenology, and is pursuing her diplomate status for the American College of Theriogenologists. Dr. Newkirk will present on Tuesday, September 18th at 9:00 a.m.

Lisa Lourie, owner of one of the largest sport horse breeding operations in America known as Spy Coast Farm, will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that U.S. breeders face on Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00 a.m. She will share her knowledge of breeding management and marketing as well as review topics relating to training and showing in the U.S.

The lead educator with Franklin Method Equestrian, Alysen Starko-Bowes will take to the EQUUS Theater on Thursday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. to demonstrate the organization’s imagery and body educational system with focus on the sport-specific needs of equestrians for riding. Franklin Method Equestrian utilizes “Franklin Balls” as tools both in and out of the saddle helping riders become balanced, focused and communicate efficiently with their horse, which Starko-Bowes will demonstrate in addition to how “Franklin Balls” can be used as an exercise tool both in and out of the saddle to increase strength, flexibility, and awareness.

Presenting on the effects of horse-and-rider interactions on equine performance, Dr. Kristine Vernon of Clemson University’s Animal and Veterinary Sciences department will highlight her recent research and current field knowledge on the horse-rider interface, which directly impacts the horse’s athletic performance and longevity as an athlete. Dr. Vernon will present on Friday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Samantha Brooks will present on “Horse Genetics 101: What Every Horse Owner Needs to Know about Genes,” where she will explore how the future of a foal unfolds from the genetic code contained within its cells and survey the basics of genes’ influence over important characteristics for equine health and performance on Thursday, September 20th at 9:00a.m. Brooks will also share on “Galloping into the Future: Recent Research in Horse Genomics,” covering emerging technologies in genome sequencing and how new tools available to horse owners and breeders have the potential to change the way sport horses are bred and managed on Friday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Sarah Mouri, DVM and Resident Sport Horse Veterinarian at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington, KY, will present an overview of current modalities for equine fitness, injury prevention and rehabilitation on Sunday, September 23rd at 9:00 a.m. She will discuss the need for clinical studies to substantiate claims of efficacy in horses and the suggested protocols for modality use.

Randi Thompson is the CEO of the “Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs,” including: How to Market Your Horse Business, Jumping Instructors, Dressage Instructors, and Movers and Shakers of the Horse World, and the Ladies’ Horse Society. She will present an interactive discussion on Equine Liability Statutes and examples of what equestrians can do to make a difference in how they are doing business in the horse world on Sunday, September 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

The CEO of Equicore, Summer Stoffel, will discuss how new technology is transforming and disrupting the equine industry in a positive and empowering way, and what it means to horse owners worldwide on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Equicore was founded in 2015 and seeks to be a catalyst for integration of technology in the equine industry for positive impact while supporting every facet of the equine industry through advanced technology solutions.

Programming is subject to change, and to view the full schedule of programming in the EQUUS Theater, including the EQUUS Film Festival Presented by Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC, click HERE.

Learn more at www.Tryon.com.

EQUUS Film Festival at World Equine Expo to Feature Inspiring and Educational Films

TRYON, NC, USA – August 23, 2018 – The World Equine Expo™, hosted September 11-23, 2018 alongside the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), is set to host an abundance of diverse programming including a highlight piece featuring the Equus Film Festival, presented by the Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC. Access to the World Equine Expo™ and all programming is included with any WEG competition ticket, but Grounds Passes, which offer access to the general public facility grounds, can be purchased individually at www.Tryon2018.com for $20 per adult and $10 for children 3-12 years old, with free admission for children 2 years old and younger.

The EQUUS Film Festival, presented by Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC, will take place over the two weeks of the World Equine Expo™ airing inspiring, heart-warming, and informative films screened throughout each day. The festival will showcase films from 12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. every hour, and then Featured Films will air each night from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.

The Coca-Cola® Stage will also host an EQUUS Filmmakers Q&A each morning at 10:00a.m. and again at 5:00p.m. to discuss films aired throughout the day and featured films set to play each evening.

View the schedule of featured films and descriptions for each week below.

Week 1 Featured Films:

Wed. Sept. 12th: “Down the Fence” – 94 min – Each year, horse trainers journey to Reno, Nevada to compete for one of the most challenging equestrian championships in the world. For the trainers, winning means putting food on the table and hay in the barn for another year. For the world, it means another year of survival for a culture at risk and the continued refinement of the art of vaquero-style horsemanship that dates back to the first Spanish missions in California.

Thurs. Sept. 13th: “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem” – 70 min – The French equine artist and theatrical genius Bartabas presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. Horses and riders from the formidable Academie Equestre de Versailles join forces with the Musiciens du Louvre, conducted by Marc Minkowski, the Salzburger Bachchor and ”an excellent quartet of soloists.” An absolute highlight of Salzburg’s Mozart Week with ”highest art of sound and riding.”

Fri. Sept. 14th: “The Story of Totilas” – 83 min – The most-talked about horse in the world came, saw, and conquered the Dressage world with his rider Edward Gal. Together they won the heart of millions all over the world, winning three titles at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and setting multiple record scores in Kentucky in 2010.

Sat. Sept. 15th: “Healing with Horses” – 17 min – A documentary about a local mission with a global message, using vaulting horses to help with the healing process.

“When the Dust Settles” – 45 mins – The film shows how the struggles of wild horses mirror those of disadvantaged girls, resulting in an earned trust when they’re given an opportunity to prove their worthiness to the world.

Sun. Sept. 16th: “All the Wild Horses” – 90 min – “All the Wild Horses” follows five international riders from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, and the UK as they compete in the Mongol Derby horse race in Mongolia. This multi-horse, multi-station race over a 1000 kilometers of Mongolian steppe is the longest and toughest horse race on the planet. The riders are out on their own and navigate with GPS from horse station to horse station, where they change their horses every 40 kilometers.

Week 2 Featured Films:

Tues. Sept. 18th: “The Horse Dancer” – 114 min – When one of America’s most promising young gymnasts, Samantha Wick, is cut from the Olympic team, she decides to follow her dreams of horseback riding by joining a girl’s horse camp. With financial troubles threatening to shut the camp down, Samantha uses her gymnastic prowess to start an equestrian vaulting (“horse-dancing”) team to raise money and save the camp!

Wed. Sept. 19th: “Li’L Herc A Horse” – 7 min – “Li’l Herc”: The Power of Kindness shares how Li’l Herc helps ‘Marie’ heal from a difficult time in her life due to a lifelong illness. Because she is unable to run and play or even go to school, Marie feels “different” than other kids, and worries things may never change for her. “Li’l Herc” is based on Hercules, the real-life Lusitano bay colt. Li’l Herc is brought into Marie’s life by Frida to help Marie overcome her sadness and frustration.

“The Wild Ponies of Chincoteague” – 59 min – The ponies swam free of the sinking ship and reached the New World. Decedents of that lost band live today, wild and free, on the barrier island, Assateague, Virginia. The local fire company owns the herd now. To keep the population in check foals are auctioned each year. Sabrina Dobbins made a winning bid and took a pony home. For Sabrina it was a pivotal moment.

Thurs. Sept. 20th: “Golden Genes” – 53 min – Show jumping horses bred in the Netherlands are some of the best in the world. It is no coincidence that foreign riders won gold and silver medals in the Olympic Games of 2008 on Dutch horses. This is big business and passionate breeders have everything they need available in the Netherlands.

Fri. Sept. 21st: “Harry & Snowman” – 84 min – Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken-down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid 80 dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods. They became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six-year-old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit.

Sat. Sept. 22nd: “The Caravan” – 110 min – An inside look aboard The Caravan where adventurers grapple with route-finding, mother nature & group dynamics in an epic horse-drawn experience across America. The film follows carriage drivers & horse riders who alter their lives for a five-month pilgrimage. Aged from 11 to 80, they travel from California to Florida over 2,500 miles. Gerard Paagman leads the group with his team of Friesian horses.

For more information and descriptions on all of the EQUUS Films and Featured Films, click here.

Learn more at www.Tryon.com.

EQUUS Film Festival Trotting Over to FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals Omaha

FEI World Cup Finals Omaha 2017 and EQUUS Film Festival Create a New Tradition

The fifth annual EQUUS Film Festival, which takes place in New York City November 16-19, 2017, with tour stops throughout the year, has added the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping & FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals Omaha 2017 to its 2017 roster. Visitors coming to Omaha from around the world will be able to see a wide selection of equine films that were first screened at the New York City event.

“We are delighted to have the EQUUS Film Festival in Omaha be a part of this elite equestrian championship in jumping and dressage,” said Mike West, CEO of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation that is organizing the event.

“Our goal is to raise the standards for the fan experience at this premier equestrian event, and having these outstanding films available to fans from around the world is helping us do that,” he said.

“It is the first time the EQUUS Film Festival has been involved with the FEI World Cup Finals Omaha 207 and the first time Omaha has hosted a global sports world championship.”

Films can be seen March 29 through April 1 at two locations. There will be two matinees daily on Thursday, March 30, thru Saturday, April 1, at the Marcus Midtown Cinema at Midtown Crossing from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided from the front entrance to CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Films will be shown in two-hour blocks, which will include one feature and a few shorter films. Among the features are Unbridled, Slow and Steady Wins the Race: The Story of Laura Graves and Diddy; Horse Shelter Diaries; The Four Horsemen; Dancing with Mustangs; Christmas Ranch; Albion the Enchanted Stallion; American Cowgirl; Hordur and others.

“We’re thrilled the EQUUS Film Festival is coming to Marcus Midtown Cinema at Midtown Crossing and agree that this festival is a perfect way to add to the excitement of the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017. The enthusiasm surrounding this event is felt throughout the community and at Midtown Crossing and we welcome the opportunity to host guests from around the country and the world,” said Molly Skold, Midtown Crossing’s vice president of marketing and communications.

A collection of EQUUS Film Festival shorts will also be shown at the CenturyLink Center Omaha starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, and continue throughout the day thru Sunday, April 2. This will happen in the Horse Discovery Zone, the educational area at the event which is free and open to the public. A total of 27 domestic and international short films and documentaries as well as a variety of horse related programs from the 2016 EQUUS Film Festival will be shown.

The EQUUS Film Festival is the first of its kind to offer a home to the storytellers of the horse world, with films, documentaries, videos, commercials and shorts from around the world, as well as cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature.  EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse.

For more about the EQUUS Film Festival Nebraska Tour Stop, visit the website at www.equusfilmfestival.net. For the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping & FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals Omaha 2017, visit their website at www.OmahaWorldCup2017.com. For information about the Marcus Midtown Cinema and Midtown Crossing, go to http://www.midtowncrossing.com/ and for parking go to http://www.midtowncrossing.com/visit/.

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Equus Film Festival Welcomes “Protect the Harvest” as Its 2016 Title Sponsor

New York, NY (October 25, 2016): EQUUS Film Festival, the only horse focused movie, art and literary gathering in America, is proud to name “Protect the Harvest” as the title sponsor of its annual event to be held in New York City on November 17-20. Protect the Harvest is a non-profit organization that focuses on the betterment of life for all animals, including horses.

Protect the Harvest is a national pro-agriculture coalition founded by Lucas Oil Products, Inc. CEO, Forrest Lucas.

“One of the major concerns of Protect the Harvest is how to protect horses living in the wild,” said Lucas.  “While not everyone agrees on how to do that, many horse lovers agree that we don’t want our wild horses dying from starvation or dehydration and that something must be done.”

“We believe that smaller herds will help preserve their freedoms and their health. Opening up a dialogue on how to best solve these issues and protect Range Lands is something that needs to be discussed by ranchers and horse lovers.”

“The Wild Horse issue is only one of the many areas that EQUUS Film Festival focuses on and now with the help of Protect the Harvest, we will be able to continue to give the many filmmakers a place to showcase their hard work that has resulted in wonderful films that need to be seen and shared,” commented EFF Founder, Lisa Diersen.

The EQUUS Film Festival also takes a selection of its films to various “Tour Stops” throughout the year. “Our goal is to showcase our filmmakers, and this title sponsorship is going to allow a selection of these horse films to be shown at more locations,” added co-organizer Diana De Rosa.

This year’s EQUUS Film Festival begins on Thursday night, November 17 with a Welcome Reception where the horse loving public is invited to meet the many filmmakers, authors and artists (you must reserve your free ticket by going to Eventbrite via the website). November 18-19 will feature films from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. at the Village East Cinema (and will include the Li’l Herc two-hour free children’s screening).

On Sunday, November 20, the WINNIE Awards will be given out at The Wild Horses of Sable Island Gallery. For more information, a time schedule about this year’s EQUUS Film Festival, and a link to purchasing and/or reserving tickets, visit the website at www.equusfilmfestival.net.

ABOUT THE EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL: The annual EQUUS Film Festival, founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, is the first event of its kind to offer a home to the storytellers of the horse world, with films, documentaries, videos, commercials and shorts from around the world and also cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature.

This year’s EQUUS Film Festival will take place November 17-20 in New York City. For more about the EQUUS Film Festival films, contact Lisa Diersen at lisa@EQUUSfilmfestival.net or 630-272-3077, and for sponsorships and press, contact Diana De Rosa, dderosa1@optonline.net, 516-848-4867. www.EQUUSfilmfestival.net.

ABOUT PROTECT THE HARVEST: Protect the Harvest is a national coalition formed to defend the rights of America’s farmers, ranchers, animal owners, and outdoors enthusiasts.

For more information, visit: www.protecttheharvest.com

EQUUS Film Festival Memorial Sponsorship Honors Horses and Humans

Do you have a human or animal you want to honor? Now you have the chance because the EQUUS Film Festival has just created a Memorial level sponsorship honoring horses and humans.

This category entitles one of its WINNIE Award Winner sponsorship trophies to be named after a human or animal you want to honor. Your honoree’s story will be told in a press release, placed on the EQUUS Film Festival website, in an honorees corner at the annual EQUUS Film Festival Pop-Up Gallery and as a brief mention before the presentation takes place.

There are various options for you to choose from and this sponsorship can also be combined with a money award for the winner of the WINNIE Award.

Do you have a loved one you want remembered or a horse that was your friend? With this new sponsorship category, you now have the ability to share that person with others. You can tell their story as part of this sponsorship package

This is only one of a selection of sponsorship categories still available for this year’s EQUUS Film Festival, which will take place November 17-20 in New York City. For more about the EQUUS Film Festival sponsorships, email dderosa1@optonline.net or call 516-848-4867. For more about the EQUUS Film Festival, visit the website at www.equusfilmfestival.net.


The fourth annual EQUUS Film Festival is the first event of its kind to offer a home to the story tellers of the horse world, with films, documentaries, videos, commercials and shorts from around the world and also cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature. In 2015 EFF hosted close to 140 films and is expected this year to draw record nominations as well, with over 40 categories being presented with WINNIE Awards at Saturday night’s eq-equivalent of the Oscars.

CONTACT: Diana De Rosa, dderosa1@optonline.net, www.equusfilmfestival.net, 516-848-4867

Equus Film Festival Attains Record Numbers of Sponsorships, Film Submissions, Awards Categories

New York, NY (November 14, 2015) – Like a Kentucky Derby hopeful, the EQUUS Film Festival has come into its own in its third year, returning to New York City November 19-22 with more substance to its already “good bones” thanks to record growth in sponsorships, film submissions, and award categories for its eq-equivalent of the Oscars: the Winnies.

Heading that honored list of sponsors for the world’s first combined film, art and literary event celebrating the horse are Presenting Sponsor Edge Brewing Barcelona and Platinum Media Partner EQUUS Magazine. Rated the 2014 Top New Brewer in the World, all profits from the Edge Equestrian Line of Beer go to equine-based charities and filmgoers will enjoy samples at Saturday night’s Winnie Awards ceremony. EQUUS Magazine, The Horse Owner’s Resource since 1977, provides the latest information from the world’s top veterinarians, equine researchers, riders and trainers and will sponsor EQUUS Magazine Directors and Guests Panels on Friday and Saturday afternoons in the 66-seat Director’s Panel room and covering such topics as the safe use of horses in film-making.

Return sponsors Blackburn Architects, PC (appearing on the EQUUS Magazine Authors Panel) and New York State Horse Council (volunteers and liaison with Central Park Carriage Horses Stables) are joined by Cowboy Magic, Horseware Ireland, Humane Society of the United States, Mane ‘n’ Tail, and Trafalgar Books.

In opening opportunities to nonprofits for sponsorship visibility, EQUUS Film Festival founder and director Lisa Diersen has also welcomed the All American Walking Horse Alliance, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Rewilding America’s Mustangs and Rangelands and the Metropolitan Equestrian Team.

EQUUS Film Festival press and promotions organizers Diana De Rosa and LA Pomeroy confirm record coverage and advertising for this year’s event, thanks to media partnerships with EQUUS Magazine, Equestrian Quarterly (naming EFF-NYC among the top eq getaways of the fall), Elite Equestrian, Holistic Horse, Modern Horseman, Southeast Equine, Horse News and The Plaid Horse.

As home to the storytellers of the horse world, the EQUUS Film Festival and special events, November 19-22 at the Village East Cinema, is the first event of its kind dedicated to equestrian-themed film, fine art and authors, EQUUS Magazine Directors Panels, a pop-up artist, filmmaker and literary gallery, Sunday tours of the Clinton Park Carriage Horses Stable, and a Manhattan Saddlery sponsored Thursday evening VIP Party and Sunday shopping hours.

The EQUUS Film Festival will also include Li’l Herc™ Kids Fest sponsored by Suzanne Kopp-Moskow with free Saturday family films and fun. A special treat during the FREE kids morning will be the showing of “A Sunday Horse,” the ideal horse story for families and teens. This is the true story of Ocala show jumper Debi Connor, played by “Twilight” actress and musician Nikki Reed, who overcame hurdles bigger than any Grand Prix course – including a near-fatal accident and diagnosis of epilepsy – to prove that a horse called The Evangelist deserved to also be called a champion.

Founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, the 2015 EQUUS Film Festival NYC will present almost 150 films and double (32) the number of Winnie Awards presented in 2014 at the Harlem MIST Theatre, including best Eq Art Film, Director, Documentary, International, Music Video, People’s Choice and Best of Festival.

Tickets are limited. Order now at www.equusfilmfestival.net and join nearly 10,000 fans on www.facebook.com/EquusFilmFestivalNYC.


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Equus Film Festival Fast Facts

WHAT: EQUUS Film Festival (3rd Annual) – www.equusfilmfestival.net

Third annual EQUUS Film Festival NYC is the first event of its kind to offer a home to the story tellers of the horse world, with films, documentaries, videos, commercials and shorts from around the world and, for the first time in 2015, cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature. In 2014 EFF hosted over 100 films at MIST Theatre in Harlem and is expected this year to draw record nominations in double (28) the categories presenting Winnie Awards at Saturday night’s eq-equivalent of the Oscars.

WHY: EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. EFF NYC presents a platform to educate and enlighten the world to horse-related issues. The festival’s ultimate goal is to better the world for horses.

WHEN: November 19-22, 2015

11/19/15: EQUUS Film Festival VIP Party at Manhattan Saddlery 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Meet filmmakers, artists, authors of EFF NYC and special guests. Must have ticket to attend.

11/20 & 21/15: EQUUS Film Festival films start 12:00 noon, last screening 10:00 p.m.

11/20 & 21/15: Pop-Up Equestrian Artists, Filmmakers & Literary Gallery. 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Ukrainian Village East Hall – $10 at door or order online (included if you purchase theater tickets)

11/20 & 21/15: EQUUS Magazine Directors Panels throughout the day at the theater.

11/21/15: Li’l Herc Kids Fest – FREE films and fun events for kids 10:00-1:00 p.m.

Free to the community children’s horse films, face painting, and fun.

Must reserve a ticket to attend. Order online. Limited seating.

11/21/15: EQUUS Film Festival Winnie Awards at Ukrainian Village East Hall – 7:00-11:00

28 Awards categories presented at the eq-equivalent of the Oscars!

11/22/15: Clinton Park Carriage Horses Stable tours (must have ticket – order online)

Manhattan Saddlery extended Sunday hours (EFF NYC ticket for discount) 1:00-4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Avenue at 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

Ukrainian Village East Hall, 140 2nd Avenue; Manhattan Saddlery, 117 E 24th Street

HOW: EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. EFF NYC presents a platform to educate and enlighten the world to horse-related issues. The mission of the EQUUS Film Festival is to better the world for horses.

SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/EquusFilmFestivalNYC

EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL HISTORY: EQUUS Film Festival is founded and organized by Lisa Diersen, who has spent her life in the company of horses. Her mission is to show the world how horses unite regardless of race, age, gender, ability or challenges. She raises and trains Lusitano horses in St. Charles, IL at The Royal Lusitano Breeding Farm.

Press Link, Diana De Rosa, dderosa1@optonline.net, 516-848-4867
L.A. Pomeroy, PomeroyLA@aol.com, 413-563-5895