TIMONIUM, Md. — First EQUUS Film Festival Tour Stop of 2018 will be hosted by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Maryland Horse Council and The Equiery.

It will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Jan. 19 and 20. A collection of equine films, fresh from the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City, will be screened. Launching a new Equine Arts initiative, that will grow from this year’s inaugural equine film festival event into a regional mid-winter equestrian film, art, literary, music and food festival.

“When life gives you lemons, the best thing to do is make Lemonade,” said Ross Peddicord, Executive Director, Maryland Horse Industry Board, who picked up the phone calling Lisa Diersen, founder of EFF, deciding to fill the void left by the cancelation of the Maryland Horse World Expo, with the EQUUS Film Festival. Moving the EFF from their standing May date to January and developing it into entire new event for the region around the EFF and their horse films.

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The films will screen on Friday Jan. 19, 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the Grandstand Grill and Vista Room at the fairgrounds.

The festival around Chincoteague ponies and the 20th Anniversary of the Maryland Horse Industry Board will be highlighted.

The official artwork for the festival is by Chincoteague pony photographer, Darcy Cole, author the booklet, "Foals of the Wild Chincoteague Pony Herds.” Her photo of the ponies can be seen on our EFF Maryland Tour Stop announcement poster, she will have a collection of her photos available for purchase at the event.

The festivals cornerstone film will be “The Wild Ponies Of Chincoteague”, directed by Maryland filmmaker Kurt Kojala. It played to nearly a sold-out audience in New York, and chronicles a Maryland teenager suffering from depression and her way of overcoming it by pursuing her lifelong dream of purchasing a Chincoteague pony.

Chincoteague oysters will be offered and a Chincoteague pony will be on on hand to meet the kids.

The MHIB will raffle an overnight stay at the annual Chincoteague Pony Penning Round-Up, many other events and filmmaker panels are being planned.

A celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the MHIB is planned for Saturday evening following the film festival.

Listing of films being screened are:

A Racetrack Somewhere - 49 min

All The Queen’s Horses - 71 min

All The Wild Horses - 90 min

AMISH 2.0 - 53 min

Croatoan’s Memoirs - 20 min

Dyna Does Dressage - 60 min

Goodnight Ladies - 38 min

Golden Genes - 53 min

Healing With Horses - 17 min

Horse Packer - 14 min

HORSEPOWERS: From The Land Of The Vikings - 60 min

Into The Spotlight Part 2 - 63 min

Labor Of Love - 22 min

Many Clouds – The Peoples Horse - 14 min

Pee Wee Lovell - 80:33 min

Riding High - 20 min

SPOTLIGHT Rescue Series - Nature’ View - 14 min

Sacred Ground 25th Anniversary of Newport International Polo - 49 min

The Story Of Totilas - 83 min

The Wild Ponies Of Chincoteague - 59 min

When The Dust Settles - 45 min

The film schedule and more information about the event will be available on both the EQUUS Film Festival website www.equusfilmfestival.net and the Maryland Horse Industry Boards Website http://news.maryland.gov/horseboard/


The sixth annual EQUUS Film Festival will take place November 16-18, 2018 in New York City and 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. EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse.

For more information contact: Lisa Diersen, Founder/Director -lisa@equusfilmfestival.net, 630-272-3077.

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