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Equus International Film Festival Rides into Missoula, Montana Bringing Horse Films to the Big Screen

An international group of equine and equestrian filmmakers, trainers, wilderness, and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines will gather in Missoula September 18-20, to watch the world’s best horse films and to talk horses and other equines. But you don’t need to be a horse owner to enjoy or participate. Filmmakers and equine specialists from around the world and across the U.S. will be on hand to focus attention on a range of topics and issues, with an equine theme. Their destination will be the EQUUS International Film Festival & Conference, a premier venue for equine and equestrian films, with a message, a mission, or simply sharing great stories on the big screen. In addition to breathtaking films with broad messages, many of the Official Selections will be regional, U.S. or world premiers. Many filmmakers and equestrian experts will also be part of the three-day event.

The mission of this new film festival and conference is “education and understanding to enhance the equine/human bond & to improve the welfare of the horse and other equines through film, television and other media.” EIFF is an outreach and education project of an equine rescue and adoption organization with a goal of raising awareness. Organizers say they hope that by increasing our understanding of equine issues, communications, and training, as well as understanding the role of the horse in our lives, the bond between equine and human will be enhanced. It is also a celebration of all things equine.

The EQUUS International Film Festival celebrates the horse, the filmmakers who tell their stories, and educates in the “ways of the horse.” According to founder Janet Rose, “The horse has been integral to cultures all over the world, to our social histories, in every society, and even, to the development of nations. EIFF hopes to capture that diversity and importance.” Rose adds that a primary theme running through this year’s film festival will be the role of the horse in Native American life, culture and history. The film festival this year is co-sponsored by Native American Studies of the University of Montana. The Chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Vernon Finley, will give the welcome on behalf of Montana’s tribal nations to the start of the film festival in the atrium of The Payne Family Native American Center.

Friday, September 18 will focus on films about horses in Native American life with some incredible stories. In addition to the Native American focus, the festival and conference will feature films on many issues including the controversy over wild horses on federal lands; horses as therapy animals for war veterans as the physically and mentally challenged. There are breathtaking films about horses in wilderness, such as “Untrammeled,” the quintessential wilderness film, as well as films on unique training programs, performance and cultural topics. “The stories,” Rose adds, “and the range of films featured, are far reaching and cinematically stunning. The films are beautiful, inspiring, and heart warming. There will be tears, laughter and moments of holding your breath. The quality of the films entered this year was amazing.”

The three days of film screenings and special presentations will be held in two venues at the University of Montana including The Payne Family Native American Center and the University Center Theater. A Welcome Reception, sponsored by Ride TV, will be hosted at the Dana Gallery Friday, September 18, opening day of EIFF. A filmmaker reception Saturday evening at the UC theater, follows several of the top films, including “Running Wild,” “Unbranded,” “Horses That Heal,” and “The Equestrian,” all finalists for best cinematography and Best of Category. Sunday, September 20, the Awards Ceremony announcing Best Of will be held at the UC Theater, emceed by former president of the Dude Ranch Association and well-known horseman, Robert Foster. For more information, a schedule, or to reserve tickets, visit http://www.equusinternationalfilmfestival.com

Email: equusinternationalfilmfestival@gmail.com
Web: http://www.equusinternationalfilmfestival.com
Mobile: 406.880.0683

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival is the premier global venue for award-winning equine film, television and alt-media featuring, in addition to media,  dynamic speakers, presenters, panels and workshops, exhibits and interactive experiences with horses that bring greater awareness and understanding to the unique relationship between horses and humans, striving to shine a bright light on the equine arena.

EIFF is an outreach and education project of its nonprofit umbrella organization, Horse Haven Montana, a 501c3 organization who purpose is rescue, adoption and education – to promote a greater understanding of the horse-human bond and to improve equine welfare and well-being.   unique relationship between these two beings.  We welcome partners and partnerships, donors, filmmakers, artists, equine experts and friends from around the world to help support and advance these efforts and we invite you to become a part of this important movement and international gathering of unique individuals – filmmakers, organizations, trainers, teachers, horse enthusiasts, animal advocates and many, many others working to promote equine welfare.

Congratulations to EIFF 2019 Award Winners!

This is the poster for this past year’s festival event.  Every year we honor an equine icon, an individual who has significantly changed the world for horses, promoting greater awareness, knowledge and understanding of horses and their significance to humanity.  In 2020, we will feature EIFF in two breathtaking horse-centic locations.  In April, EIFF will be an integral part of one of the most historic horse communities in the world.  Details will be announced soon. 

In September 2020, EIFF comes to Dillon, Montana as part of a larger event and global summit.  Dillon, Montana is a truly historic western town in one of the world’s most breathtaking natural environments.  It is where the term “the big sky” truly comes to life with western hospitality that is unsurpassed.  We will announce exciting and important details very soon.

 

 

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival is the only international event of its kind, headquartered in the heart of the American West, but we bring the event and all of its wonderful and important elements to other towns and cities around the nation.  As we are early in planning stages for EIFF in two locations in 2020, we invite potential sponsors, partners and donors to become involved as soon as possible so that we can begin to share your information and the focus of your mission.  You can get a sense of past sponsors and details of partnership opportunities on the sponsorship link.

EIFF strives to spur international awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the world of the horse (and other equines) by recognizing and celebrating the talent, ideas and creativity of film, television and multi-media artists.  We promote, celebrate and highlight the significance of the equine-human bond; and give a voice to worldwide efforts to improve the welfare and well-being of our equine partners. The horse-human relationship contributes to our well-being.

*In order to spread this message worldwide, EIFF partners with organizations and other entities, helping them to bring these magnificent and important equine films and issues to audiences worldwide.  We accomplish this through the EIFF “On the Trail” Post-Festival Tours.  Please contact us to learn more or to arrange a tour in your hometown.

The EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival features a wide range of media programming on stories, topics and issues that bring awareness and understanding to the equine world.  EIFF celebrates the magnificence of the horse and the people who value and treasure the world of equus and devote their lives to giving a voice to horses and other equines on a global scale.

For more information, please contact Janet Rose, at jrt@montana.com, or info@horsehavenmt.org or by mobile – 406.880.0683.  Happy Trails, Happy Horses…

EQUUS International Sponsors

Mission EIFFThis is a unique and important film event and that fills a vital niche in equine welfare and the equine arena. For those who want to reach equine enthusiasts, advocates, riders and participants in new and unique ways, this event provides  that platform.  As EIFF continues to grow in global outreach and national and international impact, your audience reach will extend as well.   For those whose interests are devoted to all things equine, and with a deep understanding of the equine arena, this will become one of the most exciting and important events on the equine scene.  A touring EIFF will also soon be available to communities, cities, and groups nationwide and  worldwide.

If you love equines, enjoy film and television, and great story telling, we hope you will support the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival®.  You can make a difference and help us meet our mission, through your support of this international film event. Partnering and sponsoring the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival®, an education and outreach project of the not-for-profit, Horse Haven Montana, will make a difference and a good portion of your sponsorship support is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. EIFF® is a special project of Horse Haven Montana, a 501c3 not for profit equine organization.

Learn more about becoming an EIFF sponsor.

EIFF Call for Entries

 

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Open:  September 23, 2019
Close:  March 1, 2020
Late Deadline:  March 21, 2020

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Festival Dates
September 10 – 13, 2019
Dillon, Montana

Unspoken Connections: Advancing Equine and Human Well-Being

Call for Entries Now Open
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Sponsorship and Partnership Info Now Available

For more information about
Entries/Sponsorship & associated advertising
and participation in the festival,
please contact us.

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival Direct Email
Director:  jrt@montana.com
General mail box: equusinternationalfilmfestival@gmail.com
Mobile: 406.880-0683

Official Selections & Finalists 2018/2019

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EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival
2018/2019
Official Selections & Finalists*
(In Alphabetical Order by Title)
Festival Dates:  March 14-17, 2019

* We apologize if any films or awards may have inadvertently been left out
We have tried our best to include all recognition

Festival Theme:
Healing, Hope & the Promise of the Horse/Human Bond

A Cavallo Del Tempo (Riding Through Time) (8:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Global Film
Finalist:  Most Original Cinematic Presentation of the Horse
Multi-vision program for the exhibition A Cavallo del Tempo (Riding through time) set at the Boboli Garden in Florence, Italy, (June 26 – October 14 2018) for the Uffizi Gallery, about the art of horse riding from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
The program is made by 3 synchronized films of about 25X5 meters, featuring original footage and high resolution pictures of the works of art on display.

A Horse, A Convict, A Chance for Change (22:30)
Official Selection
Finalist for Best Documentary Short
Finalist:  Best Story of Healing, Hope & the Horse/Human Bond

A New Dimension in Horse Control (21:30)
Official Selection (may not be screened this year)

Azaliah & AJ at Special Strides (6:00)
Official Selection
Merit Award for the Horse/Human Bond
A young girl transcends her disabilities thanks to a friendship with a special horse. An inspiring, warm-hearted short story of the relationship that can develop between two beings from very different worlds, told in a very gentle, simple way.

Boy Nomad (21:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Global Film

Cobra the Wild Mustang – Wild to World Champion (6:30)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Music Video
Finalist:  Best Story of Equine Rescue & Adoption
Finalist:  Most Inspirational Story of Mustangs
Finalist: Best Film Representing the Horse/Human Bond

Don’t Shoot the Zebra Pony (24:00)
Finalist:  Best Documentary Short
Finalist:  Best Story of Rescue & Rehabilitation
Finalist:  Best Equine Education

Fate of the Mustang (18:00)
Official Selection
Winner:  Best Student Film

Freedom Tracks (72:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Feature

Gobi Gallop (65:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Feature
Finalist:  Best Global Film
Finalist:  Best Film for a Cause
Special Award and Recognition to Julie Veloo, Founder of the Gobi Gallop*
*to be announced at the Awards Ceremony

High Sensitive Youth in the Horse-Heart Space (70:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Film Symbolizing the Spiritual Bond between Horse and Human
Finalist:  Best Film About the Relationship between Youth and Horses

Honoring Veterans, Honoring Mustangs (Mustang Heritage Foundation) (12:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Short
Winner:  Most Inspirational Story of Veterans and Horses

Lessons at Liberty, Amira’s Case Study (Parts 1 & 2) (120:00+)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Series
Finalist:  Best Independent
Finalist:  Best Film Representing the Horse/Human Bond

My Paintbrush Bites (16:00)
Official Selection

Motor City Horseman (4:26)
Official Selection
Finalist: Best Advertising/Commercial
Finalist: Best Use of Music in a Short

MPG Ranch (28:00)
Official Selection

Ride It Out (5:37)
Official Selection
Finalist: Best Music Video
Finalist:  Best Storyline in a Music Video

Riding with thisAbilities (45:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Feature
Finalist:  Most Inspirational Message of Healing and Hope
Finalist:  Best Film Representing the Relationship between Youth and Horses

Secret (15:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Narrative Short

Soft Feel and Light Horses – Steve Halfpenny (80:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Training

Steve Halfpenny (6:25)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Training

The Change (2:08)
Official Selection

The Knabstrupper Horse – Hunting for the old genes (88:00)
Official Selection
Finalist: Best Independent
Finalist: Best Documentary Feature
Finalist: Best Trailer
Finalist: Best Historical Film

Their Last Ride:(44:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Feature
Finalist:  Best Trailer
Finalist:  Best Film Representing the Spirit of the Horse in Native American Culture
A “Trail Of Tears” direct descendant Cherokee woman’s’ personal journey that informs & reflects into the world of horse slaughter. Bringing awareness to the issues affecting horses, both Wild & Domestic, and connects people to the spirit of the Horse through multicultural participation and co-creation through all the ARTS.

The Last Ride (4:29)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Music Video

The Ride (8:35)
Official Selection
Winner: Best Horse Sport

The Wild One (5:06)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Public Service Announcement
Finalist:  Best Music Video

Wild (13:27)
Official Selection
Finalist:   Best Non-Broadcast
Finalist:  Most Inspirational

The Blue Pony (18:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Narrative Short

The Lost Sea Expedition* (90:00)
Official Selection (may not be screened this year)
*
A perfect film for people who love mules, wagons and an adventure across America.

The Movement – Monty Roberts and Diego, the Wild Mustang (30:00)
“Violence is Not the Answer” – Monty Roberts
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Series
Finalist:  Best Training
Finalist:  Best Film Representing the Horse/Human Bond

They Were Here (7:57)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Music Video
“Like the majesty and magic of America’s wild horses that informed the creation of this project, the music on this album is highly evocative and emotional.  From the opening sounds of hooves upon earth, They Were Here will quicken a bone-deep knowledge from the cross-cultural caravan of horse-people you didn’t realize was dormant within you.”

Special Awards Distinct from Best of Category, Merit and Honorable Mention May Include:*

Best of Festival
A film or program that exemplifies the best in filmmaking; great storyline, production value, cinematography, music and narration.
A film that encompasses the very best in story-telling — that inspires, educates, engages the audience and moves us in some way

Best Film Symbolizing the EIFF Mission:
Education & Understanding to Enhance the Horse/Human Bond and to Improve the Welfare & Well-being of the Horse and other Equines through Excellence in Film, Television and Alt-Media

Most Inspirational
Partnership and the Horse/Human Bond
Most Original

2nd Annual Equine Icon Award to the late Dayton O. Hyde
Founder of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Presented to Susan Watt, long-time friend and Executive Director of the Sanctuary

Tentative:  New Special Award in Consideration (TBA)

*Please note that the judges and festival team may reserve the right to select certain films for special recognition and awards not listed here.  In many cases, a film may present such a unique element that it is determined it should be publicly recognized in a special way. 

All of the films listed here are scheduled to screen during EQUUS INTERNATIONAL in March. The festival schedule of screenings and events, which will be posted shortly as well, may change slightly to accommodate other films or events.  Some of the films may be available for “On the Trail” Post Festival EIFF tours in cities and towns across the nation and around the world.

Finally, we hope you can attend and share your story in person.  A limited number of host-homes/lodging may be available on a first come, first serve basis.  We will be sending out a full overview of travel, lodging and other options relevant to attending the festival and visiting Montana.

To those whose films were not selected, it is always a tough decision and to some degree a subjective one.  I’ve been a filmmaker and I understand.  This festival is an outreach project of our equine rescue, adoption and education organization, which means that even if your film was not chosen at this time for the festival, you have contributed to the future of these magnificent beings; you are to be celebrated and honored for the effort, passion, and commitment you have put into the making of your film and we applaud you.  Thank you!
Janet Rose, Founder/Director

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Official Selections & Finalists 2018/2019

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EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival
2018/2019
Official Selections & Finalists*
(In Alphabetical Order by Title)
Festival Dates:  March 14-17, 2019

* We apologize if any films or awards may have inadvertently been left out
We have tried our best to include all recognition

Festival Theme:
Healing, Hope & the Promise of the Horse/Human Bond

 

A Cavallo del Tempo (Riding Through Time) (8:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Global Film
Finalist:  Most Original Cinematic Presentation of the Horse
Multi-vision program for the exhibition A Cavallo del Tempo (Riding through time) set at the Boboli Garden in Florence, Italy, (June 26 – October 14 2018) for the Uffizi Gallery, about the art of horse riding from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
The program is made by 3 synchronized films of about 25X5 meters, featuring original footage and high resolution pictures of the works of art on display.

A Horse, A Convict, A Chance for Change (22:30)
Official Selection
Finalist for Best Documentary Short
Finalist:  Best Story of Healing, Hope & the Horse/Human Bond

A New Dimension in Horse Control (21:30)
Official Selection

Azaliah & AJ at Special Strides (6:00)
Official Selection
Merit Award for the Horse/Human Bond
A young girl transcends her disabilities thanks to a friendship with a special horse. An inspiring, warm-hearted short story of the relationship that can develop between two beings from very different worlds, told in a very gentle, simple way.

Boy Nomad (21:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Global Film

Cobra the Wild Mustang – Wild to World Champion (6:30)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Music Video
Finalist:  Best Story of Equine Rescue & Adoption
Finalist:  Most Inspirational Story of Mustangs
Finalist: Best Film Representing the Horse/Human Bond

Don’t Shoot the Zebra Pony (24:00)
Finalist:  Best Documentary Short
Finalist:  Best Story of Rescue & Rehabilitation
Finalist:  Best Equine Education

Fate of the Mustang (18:00)
Official Selection
Winner:  Best Student Film

Freedom Tracks (72:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Feature

Gobi Gallop (65:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Feature
Finalist:  Best Global Film
Finalist:  Best Film for a Cause
Special Award and Recognition to Julie Veloo, Founder of the Gobi Gallop*
*to be announced at the Awards Ceremony

High Sensitive Youth in the Horse-Heart Space (70:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Film Symbolizing the Spiritual Bond between Horse and Human
Finalist:  Best Film About the Relationship between Youth and Horses

Honoring Veterans, Honoring Mustangs (Mustang Heritage Foundation) (12:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Short
Winner:  Most Inspirational Story of Veterans and Horses

Lessons at Liberty, Amira’s Case Study (Parts 1 & 2) (120:00+)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Series
Finalist:  Best Independent
Finalist:  Best Film Representing the Horse/Human Bond

My Paintbrush Bites (16:00)
Official Selection

Motor City Horseman (4:26)
Official Selection
Finalist: Best Advertising/Commercial
Finalist: Best Use of Music in a Short

MPG Ranch (28:00)
Official Selection

Ride It Out (5:37)
Official Selection
Finalist: Best Music Video
Finalist:  Best Storyline in a Music Video

Riding with thisAbilities (45:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Feature
Finalist:  Most Inspirational Message of Healing and Hope
Finalist:  Best Film Representing the Relationship between Youth and Horses

Secret (15:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Narrative Short

Soft Feel and Light Horses – Steve Halfpenny (80:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Training

Steve Halfpenny (6:25)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Training

The Change (2:08)
Official Selection

The Knabstrupper Horse – Hunting for the old genes (88:00)
Official Selection
Finalist: Best Independent
Finalist: Best Documentary Feature
Finalist: Best Trailer

Their Last Ride:(44:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Documentary Feature
Finalist:  Best Trailer
Finalist:  Most Inspirational Anti-Slaughter Message
Finalist:  Best Film Representing the Spirit of the Horse in Native American Culture
A “Trail Of Tears” direct descendant Cherokee woman’s’ personal journey that informs & reflects into the world of horse slaughter. Bringing awareness to the issues affecting horses, both Wild & Domestic, and connects people to the spirit of the Horse through multicultural participation and co-creation through all the ARTS.

The Last Ride (4:29)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Music Video

The Ride (8:35)
Official Selection
Winner: Best Horse Sport

The Wild One (5:06)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Public Service Announcement
Finalist:  Best Music Video

Wild (13:27)
Official Selection
Finalist:   Best Non-Broadcast
Finalist:  Most Inspirational

The Blue Pony (18:00)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Narrative Short

The Lost Sea Expedition* (90:00)
Official Selection
*
A perfect film for people who love mules, wagons and an adventure across America.

The Movement – Monty Roberts and Diego, the Wild Mustang (30:00)
“Violence is Not the Answer” – Monty Roberts
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Series
Finalist:  Best Training
Finalist:  Best Film Representing the Horse/Human Bond

They Were Here (7:57)
Official Selection
Finalist:  Best Music Video
“Like the majesty and magic of America’s wild horses that informed the creation of this project, the music on this album is highly evocative and emotional.  From the opening sounds of hooves upon earth, They Were Here will quicken a bone-deep knowledge from the cross-cultural caravan of horse-people you didn’t realize was dormant within you.”

Special Awards Distinct from Best of Category, Merit and Honorable Mention May Include:*

Best of Festival
A film or program that exemplifies the best in filmmaking; great storyline, production value, cinematography, music and narration.
A film that encompasses the very best in story-telling — that inspires, educates, engages the audience and moves us in some way

Best Film Symbolizing the EIFF Mission:
Education & Understanding to Enhance the Horse/Human Bond and to Improve the Welfare & Well-being of the Horse and other Equines through Excellence in Film, Television and Alt-Media

Most Inspirational
Partnership and the Horse/Human Bond
Most Original

2nd Annual Equine Icon Award to the late Dayton O. Hyde
Founder of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Presented to Susan Watt, long-time friend and Executive Director of the Sanctuary

Tentative:  New Special Award in Consideration (TBA)

*Please note that the judges and festival team may reserve the right to select certain films for special recognition and awards not listed here.  In many cases, a film may present such a unique element that it is determined it should be publicly recognized in a special way. 

All of the films listed here are scheduled to screen during EQUUS INTERNATIONAL in March. The festival schedule of screenings and events, which will be posted shortly as well, may change slightly to accommodate other films or events.  Some of the films may be available for “On the Trail” Post Festival EIFF tours in cities and towns across the nation and around the world.

Finally, we hope you can attend and share your story in person.  A limited number of host-homes/lodging may be available on a first come, first serve basis.  We will be sending out a full overview of travel, lodging and other options relevant to attending the festival and visiting Montana. 

To those whose films were not selected, it is always a tough decision and to some degree a subjective one.  I’ve been a filmmaker and I understand.  This festival is an outreach project of our equine rescue, adoption and education organization, which means that even if your film was not chosen at this time for the festival, you have contributed to the future of these magnificent beings; you are to be celebrated and honored for the effort, passion, and commitment you have put into the making of your film and we applaud you.  Thank you!
Janet Rose, Founder/Director

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CONGRATULATIONS!

The Resort at Paws Up

Photo of the Resort at Paws Up

The EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival is pleased to announce that the breathtaking Resort at Paws Up is an official partner/sponsor with the film festival this year.  If you are coming to Montana and looking for real western luxury and hospitality, the Resort at Paws Up just might be it and make for an unforgettable, real Montana experience.  

Photo of Rider and horses at the Resort at Paws Up in Montana  

Photo of the Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up also hosted several events with EIFF. The Wilderness Outpost, a western venue experience like no other, complete with art gallery, videos, shopping, and even museum style exhibitions, the likes of which we have never seen before was just one venue. The fact that this breathtaking space is in the middle of western wild lands is amazing.

EIFF Icon Award

Dayton O. Hyde, Founder of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
EIFF 2019 Icon

The recipient of the first-ever EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival Equine Icon Award: Monty Roberts!

Horseman Monty Roberts

Named as Horse and Hound Magazine’s Top 50 All Time Greatest Horsemen, Monty Roberts is the creator of the world-renowned and revolutionary equine training technique called Join~Up®. Monty travels the world demonstrating that non-violent, gentle, training creates breakthrough performance as you partner with your horse. Monty grew up on a working horse farm as a firsthand witness to traditional, often violent methods of horse training and breaking the spirit with an abusive hand. Rejecting that, he went on to win nine world’s championships in the show ring. Today, Monty’s goal is to share his message that “Violence is never the answer.” Monty is credited with launching the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is the definitive learning tool for violence-free training.