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Author: With Lisa Diersen, Festival Founder and Director, Hosted by Julianne Neal

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Hello and welcome to the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest Podcast, the premiere program for horse lovers who have a passion for horses in film, art and literature. Each week we will have interesting conversations with equestrian filmmakers, artists and authors from around the world, discussing the nature and challenges, as well as the triumphs, of creating their work. Ready to talk horses in film and the arts? Tune in each week and join your host, Julianne Neal, along with Lisa Diersen, Festival Founder & Director. In our first episode, meet Lisa Diersen, festival Founder and Director, and learn about the festival's early days in Illinois and New York and the new move to the Kentucky Horse Park. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival.
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Tune in to Episode 2 of our second season to hear about two special occasions in October involving our filmmakers and partners. Films For a Cause is an online fundraising movie event featuring the premiere of Hope's Legacy. This episode includes a delightful chat with Douglas B. Maddox, the director and producer, on the making of the movie which deals with Lizzie’s strong emotions after the death of her grandmother; her obligations to the farm and her horses, and an upcoming three-day eventing competition. Lizzy must learn to stand on her own two feet but with Legacy, her horse, by her side she can do it. The movie premiere on the Equus Film Channel serves as a fundraiser for Brooke USA and kicks-off The Power of ONE, a one year campaign to raise $1 million for Brooke USA, recognizing that one donation can change the life of an equine, a person or a community. Brooke USA raises funds to support a wide variety of programs for working horses, donkeys and mules to help them become (and remain) healthy and happy, now and in the long-term, which also benefits the poor families who depend on those animals to help them earn a living. Movie tickets, $25 and $150, are available to purchase at www.BrookeUSA.org. Tune in to Brooke USA On The Road podcast for more information from Board Members and Ambassadors for the organization.For more information on the film, Hope's Legacy, visit http://www.dbmfilm.com. For more about Douglas B. Maddox, visit https://dbmcommunications.com/about_doug.html.The second half of the podcast features a special announcement from Julie Veloo. Welcoming families. Traditional culture. Epic History. Untamed adventure. Stunning scenery.  Wild open steppe.  Last surviving horse culture on the planet. ​Unspoiled nature. Mongolia has it all - and Horse Trek Mongolia can take you to it...on horseback.EQUUS Herd Filmmaker Julie Veloo usually starts out with a herd of her own on the annual Gobi Gallop adventure, raising money to meet the needs of children in Mongolia. This year's adventure will have a different twist as Julie takes on the challenge...solo.To learn more about the Gobi Gallop and Julie's solo fundraising ride, visit http://www.horsetrekmongolia.com. She will give updates and tidbits about the culture, people and horses of Mongolia through livestreams and social media updates during each step of her journey.To learn more about podcast host Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project, their equine and arts-based 501 (c)(3). You can also visit www.naturesview.us to schedule an appointment. A documentary about their work and films in the Natural Humanship Training Series, are available on The EQUUS Channel at https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/equus/film/the-edge/. Julianne is the organizer of the Camden Tour Stop for the fest, so visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com for a complete listing of activities and updates on a possible rescheduling of the spring event for the fall of 2020.For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature mentioned in the podcast, visit equusfilmfestival.net. To see the EQUUS films, visit https://horsenetwork.com/equus/
Tune in to Episode 1, Part 2 of our second season as we speak with Sandra Beaulieu, a creative equestrian that specializes in dressage, liberty, musical freestyle, and equine art. She incorporates her unique sense of artistry to all aspects of her work with horses. Sandra will be presenting her work next week in the virtual format for EQUITANA USA, so you'll hear more in this interview about her demonstration, as well about as her new book, FREESTYLE - the Ultimate Guide to Riding, Training, and Competing to Music.To learn more about Sandra, visit http://beginthedance.com.To learn more about podcast host Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project, their equine and arts-based 501 (c)(3). You can also visit www.naturesview.us to schedule an appointment. A documentary about their work and films in the Natural Humanship Training Series, are available on The EQUUS Channel at https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/equus/film/the-edge/. Julianne is the organizer of the Camden Tour Stop for the fest, so visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com for a complete listing of activities and updates on a possible rescheduling of the spring event for the fall of 2020.For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature mentioned in the podcast, visit equusfilmfestival.net. To see the EQUUS films, visit https://horsenetwork.com/equus/
In this episode, Julianne takes a quick break to speak with Trish Bankes, organizer of the Some Horses Events and Expo, a 4 Day Labor Day Weekend Virtual Event to be presented on September 3rd - 6th. The Equestrian Event of the Northeast, originally planned for the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland, Vermont, this now virtual event is presented as a free online experience. There is something for horse enthusiasts of all ages & disciplines, from demonstrations for learning the art of handling horses, horsemanship and Natural HumanshipTM, to family friendly entertainment from top equestrian films through the EQUUS Film Channel, as the Some Horses Events & Expo presents the 2020 Virtual EQUUS WINNIE Film Fest. To learn more about the Some Horses Events and Expo, visit https://www.somehorsesexpo.com. You'll find the code for free access and a link to the EQUUS Film Channel on the page.Tune in to this episode, Part 1 of Season 2 as we make the move from our live events and tour stops to a series of online virtual events. Stay tuned for next week's release of Part 2 of our Season 2 kick off when we speak with Sandra Beaulieu, a creative equestrian that specializes in dressage, liberty, musical freestyle, and equine art. She incorporates her unique sense of artistry to all aspects of her work with horses. To learn more about Sandra, visit http://beginthedance.com.To learn more about podcast host Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project, their equine and arts-based 501 (c)(3). You can also visit www.naturesview.us to schedule an appointment. A documentary about their work and films in the Natural Humanship Training Series, are available on The EQUUS Channel at https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/equus/film/the-edge/. Julianne is the organizer of the Camden Tour Stop for the fest, so visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com for a complete listing of activities and updates on a possible rescheduling of the spring event for the fall of 2020.For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature mentioned in the podcast, visit equusfilmfestival.net. To see the EQUUS films, visit https://horsenetwork.com/equus/.
In this episode, Julianne takes a quick break to speak with Wren Winfield, director of the Lady Long Rider film featuring Bernice Ende. In her incredible memoir, Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback we are introduced to Bernice, a solitary figure with the daunting goal of traveling from Montana to New Mexico in a single ride. At the age of 50, Bernice turned south into the unknown and began her first voyage on the way to becoming a world-class long rider. Since that fateful decision she hasn't looked back. Accompanied by her horses and an exceptional dog named Claire, Ende has logged more than 29,000 miles in the saddle, crisscrossing North America and beyond.Wren, founder of W+E1 Productions, has taken 2 seemingly different career paths in her life: Filmmaker and Healer. With W+E1 she is merging her 2 passions, and literalizing the term 'healing arts ' by making films that she hopes will convey ideas that heal. Wren went to graduate school for filmmaking at San Francisco State University in the late 80's. She won her first two film awards in the 'real world' while still in school.Wren left film school when she scored her first 'real job' in the Industry, as an assistant editor of television commercials. She was one of the first people in San Francisco to be trained on the revolutionary technology of the Avid non-linear editing system. Having this skill during the dawn of the digital age kept her busy, and she eventually became a post-producer for a San Francisco edit house where they finished commercials for Ad Agencies like Hal Riney, Foote, Cone & Belding, J. Walter Thomson, and others. Wren worked on hundreds of commercials including Levi’s, Taco Bell, Old Navy, the Sprint pin-drop shot by Tony Scott, and many more.  That was her day job. By night, she worked on her own films. Wren obtained grants for, produced, directed, and edited two award-winning films: Period Piece (1996) and A Pregnant Moment (1999). In 1997, Wren felt a different calling and returned to graduate school for a Master of Science in Chinese Medicine. She healed people for years with Acupuncture, and is now returning to her filmmaking roots to heal in a broader way.To learn more about Wren Winfield, visit https://www.we-1.org/wren-winfield. For more about Bernice Ende and the Lady Long Rider film, visit https://www.ladylongrider.com.To learn more about podcast host Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project, their equine and arts-based 501 (c)(3). You can also visit www.naturesview.us to schedule an appointment. A documentary about their work and films in the Natural Humanship Training Series, are available on The EQUUS Channel at https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/equus/film/the-edge/. Julianne is the organizer of the Camden Tour Stop for the fest, so visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com for a complete listing of activities and updates on a possible rescheduling of the spring event for the fall of 2020.For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature mentioned in the podcast, visit equusfilmfestival.net. To see the EQUUS films, visit https://horsenetwork.com/equus/.
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne continue the series, Conversations with the EQUUS Herd. After a chat to catch up on the current social situation, the episode features interviews with Candace Carrabus, Linda Sheehan and Janet Winters from the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest at the Kentucky Horse Park. Candace Carrabus writes from the Lincoln County, Missouri farm she shares with her husband and daughter. A scoliosis diagnosis at age 11 changed her life. A horse lover from a young age, she signed up for riding lessons and learned much more than posting trot. With quiet power, horses provided comfort and a sympathetic ear, never judging or poking fun at her cumbersome back brace. Those years, though often difficult, taught Candace the value of persistence, the healing power of believing in oneself, and how strength can be gained through kindness. Her stories are imbued with the irresistible wonder, mystery, and solace her equine friends have provided.https://candacecarrabus.comLinda Brown Sheehan is a lifelong animal enthusiast, and supporter of charitable organizations specializing in the prevention of cruelty to animals.   The experiences and observations she has volunteering in animal rescue provide ample material for her artwork.   Linda and her husband Eric, both from Iowa, have two sons and two dogs. The family currently lives in Plano, Texas. Linda's book, The Story of Bubbles, was written to benefit Becky's Hope Horse Rescue in Frisco, Texas.  https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/linda-sheehanhttps://www.amazon.com/Story-Bubbles-Linda-Brown-Sheehan/dp/1542812887Janet Winters fell in love with mysteries and horses thanks to Trixie Belden. After reading Trixie's first adventure, in which she and Honey cantered down the bridle path to solve a mystery, Janet was hooked. Then came Agatha, Sir Author, Rex, Daphne, and of course Dorothy L., who inspired her to name her horses after characters in the Lord Peter Wimsey series. Janet was encouraged to write after winning a fifth grade essay contest which was actually published in the local newspaper. After that, her writing took a deviant turn to ad copy, press releases, and commercials, for which she snagged a Matrix Award.After thirty years of convincing people to buy things they didn't need, she turned to her real love...mysteries. She penned her first novel "Murder at Morgan House", introducing amateur sleuth Ivy Snow, her psychic teenage daughter Jaycee, and potential paramour Detective John Garrett. Together they expose deadly secrets that lie beneath the veneer of quintessential American small town life.https://thebarngoddesschronicles.comTo learn more about podcast host Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project, their equine and arts-based 501 (c)(3). You can also visit www.naturesview.us to schedule an appointment. A documentary about their work and films in the Natural Humanship Training Series, are available on The EQUUS Channel at https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/equus/film/the-edge/. Julianne is the organizer of the Camden Tour Stop for the fest, so visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com for a complete listing of activities and updates on a possible rescheduling of the spring event for the fall of 2020.For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature mentioned in the podcast, visit equusfilmfestival.net. To see the EQUUS films, visit https://horsenetwork.com/equus/.
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne introduce listeners to artist Cindy Galloway and filmmaker Cindy Erkel, along with the Billy and Blaze team. The conversation with Cindy Galloway and the panel-style interview with Cindy Erkle were both recorded during the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest at the Kentucky Horse Park in December. The panel with the Billy and Blaze team was recorded at Breyerfest at the Kentucky Horse Park in July of 2019. About Cindy Galloway:My love for equines & animals in general began as a young girl, swimming in the creek behind our house and catching carp & tadpoles (my mom had to ask me to return the living aquatic beasts frequently to the creek - I had them in a bucket next to my bed). I consider all living things to have the same importance as humans - I really hate to even kill flies in our horse barn although my horses certainly don’t agree here. On to the equine history....My equestrian activities began with riding english, dabbling in local shows & riding in the Wayne-Dupage Hunt (a drag pack - not fox hunting) club. After some pretty bad wrecks & injuries to match I have jumped ship to enjoy western dressage & moseying’ on the trails with my husband Steve. I am a classically trained oil painter & photographer (I still think in ‘film’ setting) I love to meld different animals & subjects into what could be perceived as a ‘traditional setting’. My brain works akin to Dr. Seuss - designing & creating in my mind a very free, no rules, no box sort of outcome - quirky & eccentric?, perhaps. Painting furniture, decorative yet functional items, signs, event posters & just about anything I please is what I do.https://www.cindygalloway.comAbout Cindy Erkel and the Billy and Blaze project:One of those small bright spots of the late 1930’s was the first published work of C.W. Anderson, Billy and Blaze. This little book started Mr. Anderson on his prolific book publishing career and set the stage for many happy hours of reflection for children around the world. The hope and triumph of this gentle story contributed positively to the greater universal needs the times demanded. As such, the Billy and Blaze series has become a classic, cherished by those who grew up wishing the pictures of Billy and his bay pony, Blaze, could come to life. As a published children's book author, Cynthia Rogers Erkel took the opportunity to embellish the gentle story with the other people in Billy’s life whom must have existed somewhere between the lines. In order to make a film, the story needed to be expanded with dignity, staying as true to the spirit of the original as possible. The C. W. Anderson Estate, upon reading the script, endorsed it completely.https://www.billyandblazemovie.comTo learn more about Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project. You can also visit www.naturesview.us or www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne introduce listeners to artist Kody Bundy and filmmakers Karen Sailer and Charles Perry. The panel-style interview was recorded during the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest at the Kentucky Horse Park in December.Artist Kody Bundy creates her artwork with knives and brushes. According to Kody, "Growing up on the rolling prairie of my fathers farm, I had a deep appreciation for horses.  When I wasn't spending time riding or just hanging out with them I was drawing them. After high school graduation I put away drawing and began my life working and training horses. During the Western Art Week in 2015 at Great Falls, MT I first observed a Scratchboard artist and was amazed by the detail she could achieve by using the tools she used to create her artwork. The panels I use are layered with white china clay and are airbrushed with either black India Ink or a choice of colored India Inks.  Then the  fun begins.  I use razor blades/ X-acta knives, fiberglass brushes and nibs to remove the ink to engrave my image on the panel.  Colored artwork is layered with ink using a paint brush. Imagine seeing a single blade of grass or a whisker in 3-D.  Because that is what it is, etched in clay."www.kodybundy.comKaren Sailer, born in 1962, grew up in Germany and has lived in Ibiza, Spain since 1995. When asked when she was 14, what she wanted to be, she replied: veterinarian, textile designer, landscape architect, writer and filmmaker. She studied veterinary medicine, was chief designer of a carpet company in Nepal and then became Ibiza‘s most successful landscape architect. As a modern medicine woman, who has learned from the great wisdom keepers of our earth, she has cultivated her gift of turning deserts into paradises into soul-rejuvenating work with people and horses. Karen Sailer has often shed skin and, with the journey back to her past life as a warrior in 16th century France, opened a new chapter in her eventful life. The publication of a 12-minute short film in February 2019 about her experience with the old equestrian figure and the decision to openly and authentically share her magical journey on social media has suddenly made her a public person, which has been breathlessly followed by thousands of people.https://mmj.onesixdc.com/Producer, director, and cinematographer Charles Perry creates films that explore race relations, political issues, and interpersonal perspectives. His current film, ‘The Black Cowboy’ takes you into the world of African-American history and culture that is little known. Most of us know the cowboy as a gun toting white man like John Wayne. But the Hollywood portrayal of the Wild West is a whitewashed version of reality. It is thought that, on some Texas trails, about 25% of cowboys were black.The Black Cowboy is a look at a little known chapter in the history of the United States. It is a story that illuminates the often overlooked people who contributed to the building of the ideal that is the American dream.https://theblackcowboy.comTo learn more about Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project. You can also visit www.naturesview.us or www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne introduce listeners to Jodie Diegel of Soul Harbor Ranch and filmmakers Wade and Thomas Balsamo and Dafna Yachin. The interviews were recorded during the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest at the Kentucky Horse Park in December. Jodie Diegel RN, MBA is the Founder and current President of the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, as well as past President and Founder of Mane in Heaven. The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, located in Barrington, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond, while advocating for animal therapy standards of excellence. They offer the Barrington-area’s most experienced animal-assisted miniature therapy equine teams who have been visiting since 2013. “I believe a difference is made when there is a soul-to-soul connection” (between humans and animal) said Jodie and it is through her passion for animal therapy that individuals throughout the Chicagoland area are able to receive care and experience that incredible soul-bond with her animals. Through working with volunteer animal handlers, Jodie and her team bring miniature horses and dogs to locations such as Rush University Medical Center, The Garlands,  Markland, GiGi’s Playhouse and Barrington High School.https://soulharbourranch.comWade and Thomas Balsamo are the creatives behind World Touch Productions."Our Passion is fueled by the drive to tell stories that are nothing less than LifeChanging; creating poignant documentaries which inspire donors and empower volunteers to create ripples of change. After nearly a decade of creating visual media, the dedication of Wade and Thomas Balsamo is a life-long mission in search of the most human-driven stories; social-cause documentaries which depict empathy, acceptance, compassion, and hope beyond all else. The nonprofit was founded in 2018, joining forces with Marc Solosky and Sharon Rosenbloom to form a board of volunteer creatives championing untold messages from the most meaningful organizations we can find."http://www.lifechangingdocumentaries.orgDafna Yachin is Chief Creative Officer at Lunchbox Communications. For over 20 years she has written, produced and directed award-winning television, film, national commercials, educational programs and multimedia campaigns. Her projects have aired on CBS, ABC, Discovery, History Channel and SyFy. She has been instrumental in creating lasting series formats for both cable and syndication as well as launching engaging cross-platform initiatives for both NGO and Commercial clients. Dafna has an innate skill for identifying talented scholars and creative individuals who are great innovators and collaborators. Partnering with change-makers and production teams in over 30 countries, for the last 10 years Dafna has focused her documentary and online initiatives in the Humanities, Justice and Women's Rights arenas.http://lunchboxcity.com/about/our-taleTo learn more about Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project. You can also visit www.naturesview.us or www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com.For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com.
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne introduce listeners to another member of the EQUUS Herd, author Carly Kade. Carly is an award-winning equestrian author and the host of the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle! She writes fiction about horses, horse shows, Western pleasure and a handsome cowboy or two. Her books are for people just like her — crazy about reading, horses and cute cowboys! Carly is a member of the EQUUS Herd as the "Literary Corral Wrangler" and the host of both The Art of the Cowgirl and Sedona Tour Stops. In her free time, Carly enjoys competitively showing her registered Paint Horse, works on her next novel, reads voraciously, spends time with her two adopted dogs, and loves exploring the great outdoors.  ​In the Reins, the first in Carly's series of novels inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, has been an Amazon best seller for more than 10 weeks, is an EQUUS Film Festival Literary Award Winner for Best Western Fiction and has earned two Feathered Quill Book Awards in the Romance and Adult Book featuring Animals categories. The In the Reins equestrian romance series is available now in Audiobook, Paperback and eBook on Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks and Kobo.Visit Carly's blog where she shares new videos, photos and stories that highlight interesting cowgirl topics, horse tips, series sneak peeks, event updates, and release info! For more information about Carly and for links to her blog, podcast and youtube channel, visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com.To learn more about Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project.  You can find Whinny Tales on all of the major podcast directories. You can also visit www.naturesview.us or www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com to find out more about their Camden Tour Stop for the festival. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com.
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne introduce listeners to filmmaker and author Victoria Racimo, equine advocate Jeanne Mirabito and author Susan Abel. The interviews were recorded during the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest at the Kentucky Horse Park in December. Victoria Racimo is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, producer and actress. She wrote, directed and produced the documentary, "One Day", for which she won Best Director in the Equus Film Festival. She wrote two animation specials: "A Toucan Can" starring Jason Alexander and "Pirate Jack" starring Alice Cooper.  She was Exec. Producer on the HBO film, "Casi Casi". Victoria was commissioned by the State of Virginia to write and direct the original drama "Journey of Destiny." She also co-wrote "All the King's Horses: The Equestrian Life of Elvis Presley." Victoria is an avid supporter of equine welfare.Our Mims, the equine subject of "One Day," was the 1977 Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. Running in the Calumet colors of devil’s red and blue, she won 5 of 18 races. In 1990, Our Mims was sold as part of Calumet’s dispersal sale. Then in 1997 Jeanne Mirabito found a pensioned Our Mims on a local farm. With the help of a local rescue, Mims came to live with Jeanne Mirabito… and a lifelong friendship developed. Our Mims died of colic complications at the age of 29 in December of 2003 and was buried in Calumet’s equine cemetery. In memory of the great mare and her dear friend, Jeanne Mirabito created Our Mims Retirement Haven so other mares will be cared for once their broodmare careers are over. The Haven became a 501(c)3 on March 8, 2007 (Our Mims’ birthday). Since then, a number of famous and not-so-famous mares have found their way to the Haven.Find Jeanne at https://ourmims.orgContact Victoria at palomino group.net.www.onedayhorsefilm.comAuthor Susan Abel has had a passion for writing, second only to her passion for horses, since she was a child growing up in the Detroit area. With writing assignments becoming her favorite projects in school, she completed her first novel at the age of seventeen, a story about a girl and a horse, of course.Following a twenty-plus-year career as a professional trainer and riding instructor in the mid-West, Rockies and Southeast, Susan returned to school to earn a degree in journalism. Following graduation, she worked several years as a beat reporter and feature writer for various newspapers as well as for a private university group. Once her girls were grown, she returned to her passions: instructing with her own riding school again while writing “Through the Mist.” Susan currently lives in the metro Atlanta area on a small farm with her husband of ten years and a menagerie of animals. She loves to read, draw, ride and show her horses, travel on adventures with her husband and go on long hikes with their dogs. http://www.susanabel.comTo learn more about Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project.  You can find Whinny Tales on all of the major podcast directories. You can also visit www.naturesview.us or www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com to find out more about the April 17-19 Camden Tour Stop. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com.
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne introduce listeners to another member of the EQUUS Herd, author Candace Wade. Candace wrote the book Horse Sluts - The Saga of Two Women on the Trail of Their Yeehaw. She has contributed to Horse Nation, Mature Lifestyles, Riding and Writing, LivFun and The Tennessean. Candace writes political diatribe, wrote "Hillary's View" pet column and four unpublished film scripts.   Awarded:         2017 Essay of the Year – “Sublime vs Ridiculous-Odysseo vs Walking Horse Celebration”Nominated:   Best Staff Column of 2017 – “Saving Theo”Essay of the Year 2017 -- “Sublime vs Ridiculous-Odysseo vs Walking Horse  Celebration"Best Mini-Series of 2017 – “Odysseo Comes to Nashville”"WINNIE" Award Winner for journalism - magazine -- EQUUS Film Festival NYC 2017 for "ODYSSEO Comes to Nashville" series for Horse Nation"WINNIE" Award Winner for journalism - magazine -- EQUUS Film Festival NYC 2016 for "Saving Theo" series for ​Horse NationAbout "Horse Sluts"A swelling number of horse riders aren't nubile nymphs and don't start riding as toddlers. Horse Sluts - The Saga of Two Women on the Trail of Their Yeehaw winks at mid-life riders who relate to the feeling "when memories of who we were and what we used to do smash at our egos like bugs on a windshield." Available on Amazon, Northshire Bookstore - Saratoga Springs, True West Equestrian Campground and MercantileContact Candace Wace at cawadeca@gmail.comhttp://candacewade.comTo learn more about Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project.  You can find Whinny Tales on all of the major podcast directories. You can also visit www.naturesview.us or www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com to find out more about their Camden Tour Stop for the festival. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com.
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne discuss the current movement of maturity in the equine world. From presentations on Training the Mature Rider with Victoria Esquivel to panel discussions with Lady Long Rider, Bernice Ende, the mature female rider is one of the underserved population when it comes to horses. This episode showcases more of the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest team. Excerpt from End of the Trail:"There are many reasons why I ride, here are four. To encourage female leadership. To discover, learn and grow." Bernice Ende, Lady Long RiderBernice Ende's Bloghttps://www.endeofthetrail.comContact Victoria Esquivel at ecuestres@msn.com.To learn more about Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project.  You can find Whinny Tales on all of the major podcast directories. You can also visit www.naturesview.us or www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com to find out more about their Camden Tour Stop for the festival. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com. 
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne discuss the non-profit 501 (c)(3) Thundering Hooves. During the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest at the Kentucky Horse Park, Julianne speaks with Founder, Neta Ryne, as well as award-winning singer/songwriter Lynny Prince and Chief Matthew Black Eagle Man, both musicians and supporters of Thundering Hooves. From the films, Their Last Ride, 4 The Horses and Saddle of Hope, to presenting events across they country, Neta and the rest of her organization provide much needed information about horse slaughter and other issues for the horses in today's society.Excerpt from Thundering Hooves social media campaign:“Due to where I live and work I am faced with the reality of horse slaughter every day!! When working on Thundering Hooves film projects …photos of slaughter horses that I took... are what I see across my screen and I am reminded of how they suffered! These images never leave my mind’s eye …I go to bed every night with a great sadness in my heart!Being a voice for the slaughter bound horses, burros and mules is not easy and becomes more difficult as time goes by knowing that nothing has changed and they continue to suffer! Thundering Hooves has proven to be a successful outreach program by providing a platform to be their voice! We have traveled the country with films and special events celebrating and honoring the horse to draw people in to educate and inform them on the facts on horse slaughter and inspire them to take action, whatever that might be … for the HORSES!!”~ Neta RhyneTo learn more about Lynny's music and see the award-winning video for 'Ride it Out," a song for slaughter-bound horses, visit the Lynny Prince youtube page.#SayNoToHorseSlaughter #PasstheSAFEAct #ThunderingHooves Neta Rhyne:  https://www.facebook.com/cherokee.rose.94Website: https://thunderinghooves.comVimeo: https://vimeo.com/thunderinghoovesFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/THEIRLASTRIDE/The Media Spotlight for this episode is on Speaking of Horses TV with Wayne Williams. Wayne has been involved with the festival since the "early days," both in New York or Kentucky for the main events or traveling to tour stops and covering the panel discussions and interviews. You can find his show online at Speaking of Horses TV.To learn more about Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project.  You can find Whinny Tales on all of the major podcast directories. You can also visit www.naturesview.us or www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com to find out more about their Camden Tour Stop for the festival. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com.
Hello and welcome to the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest Podcast, the premiere program for horse lovers who have a passion for horses in film, art and literature.In this episode, Lisa and Julianne talk about Bruce Anderson, Julianne's partner, and how the two of them became involved with the festival in 2015. From submitting a trailer for their documentary, "The Edge: Bruce Anderson-Natural Humanship," directed by Trinidadian filmmakers James O'Connor and Dylan Quesnel of The Art of Storytelling, to hosting an annual EQUUS Tour Stop in their hometown of Camden, SC, Bruce and Julianne have spent a good amount of time on the festival team. Here they discuss the film, as well as other film projects such as the Spotlight Rescue Series, produced with Julianne's students in the Fairfield County School District in partnership with the festival. Julianne and Lisa also discuss the upcoming 5th annual spring EQUUS Film and Arts Fest Tour Stop in Camden, SC on April 17-19. You'll hear what it takes to plan and organize a tour stop and how this city has come together for the past four years to welcome the visiting filmmakers, authors and artists and provide exciting opportunities for equine and film lovers alike. The tour stop is sponsored by The Marley Project in partnership with The City of Camden, The Arts Center of Kershaw County and Camden's vintage Little Theatre. For more information, visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com. This episode is sponsored by the following:The EQUUS Film and Arts Fest Camden Tour Stop   www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.comThe City of Camden   www.classicallycarolina.comThe Marley Project   www.naturesview.usJA Media Productions    www.jamediaconnections.comTo learn more about Julianne and Bruce, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project.  You can find Whinny Tales on all of the major podcast directories. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com. 
Hello and welcome to the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest Podcast, the premiere program for horse lovers who have a passion for horses in film, art and literature.In this episode, Lisa and Julianne talk about the equine sport of Working Equitation and Dressage. They introduce EQUUS Team Member Diana De Rosa, veteran equine journalist and photographer, and Diana tells how and why she became involved with the herd. She also talks about her thirty plus years of travel as a journalist covering such health-related locations as Hippocrates, as well as numerous World Cup and Olympic Games events. This episode kicks off the Organization Spotlight in an on-location interview with Karl Lindstrom, who attended BreyerFest representing the All Glory Project. This 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded by Elizabeth Shatner, provides support for groups across the country who work with veteran equine programs. For more information about their work, visit www.allgloryproject.com.Tune in to our next episode as we discuss the upcoming spring EQUUS Film and Arts Fest Tour Stop in Camden, SC on April 17-19 for the fifth year. You'll hear what it takes to plan and organize a tour stop and how this city has come together for the past four years to welcome the visiting filmmakers, authors and artists and provide exciting opportunities for equine and film lovers alike. The tour stop is sponsored by The Marley Project in partnership with The City of Camden, The Arts Center of Kershaw County and Camden's vintage Little Theatre. For more information, visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com. This episode is sponsored by the following:Diana De Rosa Photography   www.dianaderosa.comPressLink PR   www.dianaderosa.netThe Marley Project   www.naturesview.usJA Media Productions    www.jamediaconnections.comTo learn more about Julianne Neal, podcast host, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project. Julianne also hosts Whinny Tales in partnership with Bruce Anderson. You can find Whinny Tales on all of the major podcast directories. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival. To see the EQUUS films, visit www.filmfestivalflix.com. 
Hello and welcome to the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest Podcast, the premiere program for horse lovers who have a passion for horses in film, art and literature. Each week we will have interesting conversations with equestrian filmmakers, artists and authors from around the world, discussing the nature and challenges, as well as the triumphs, of creating their work. Ready to talk horses in film and the arts? Tune in each week and join your host, Julianne Neal, along with Lisa Diersen, Festival Founder & Director.In this episode, meet Lisa Diersen, festival Founder and Director, and learn about the festival's early days in Illinois and New York and the new move to the Kentucky Horse Park. For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature, visit equusfilmfestival.net. Follow us on social media at EQUUS Film Festival.
In this episode, Lisa and Julianne take a quick break from the series, Conversations with the EQUUS Herd, to speak with Gretchen Lida, contributing writer for Horse Network. Gretchen is an essayist and an equestrian, with work appearing in The Washington Post, Brevity, The Rumpus, The Washington Independent Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of  Books, Plaid Horse Magazine, Horse Nation and many others. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Wisconsin, sometimes lives on Nantucket Island and is still a Colorado Native.Gretchen brings a sense of normalcy for "horse people" in this time of uncertainty through her series of articles for Horse Network. From articles on the "less than half-truths" behind the familiar t-shirt saying, "My Horse is My Therapist" to the joys of riding an opinionated mare, her writing draws the reader into a world where being a horse girl and knowing a horse girl is something to be proud of. As she states regarding the benefits of the positive side of the stereotypes involved, "Power. Or, better yet, empowerment. So, to those who quake at the thought of a horse girl, I say, “Good. Be scared.” That’s right. Beware the horse girl. The word beware comes from an old English term that referred to prudence, being wary, or a sense of vigilance. It meant to watch carefully, and with caution. And it is true horse girls are a thing to watch, a thing to be careful of, and a thing to fill you with awe.We Horse Girls are fierce."In this Zoom call, the conversation between Gretchen, Lisa and Julianne includes flashbacks to the EQUUS Film Festival in December, favorite films from the fest, reviews of some of the films on The EQUUS Channel, and personal stories of favorite "horsey memories." They also stray into the current hot topic of how to cope with isolation during the pandemic. In a personal essay for Horse Network, Gretchen sums it up. “Still, the need for quiet and ceremony is deeply human. For me, that need for ritual and contemplation is fulfilled in another building. One that smells more like timothy than incense and that requires a different brand of footwear finery. I am a member of the church of Equus.”To find more about Gretchen Lida, visit https://gretchenlida.com.Twitter: @GC_LidaTo learn more about podcast host Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project, their equine and arts-based 501 (c)(3). You can also visit www.naturesview.us to schedule an appointment. A documentary about their work and films in the Natural Humanship Training Series, are available on The EQUUS Channel at https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/equus/film/the-edge/. Julianne is the organizer of the Camden Tour Stop for the fest, so visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com for a complete listing of activities and updates on a possible rescheduling of the spring event for the fall of 2020.For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature mentioned in the podcast, visit equusfilmfestival.net. To see the EQUUS films, visit https://horsenetwork.com/equus/.
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