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Equus Film Festival - Maryland Tour at World of Pets Expo Jan 25th, & 26th

 

Join your fellow Equine Enthusiasts at the  Equus Film Festival MD Tour Stop
at the
Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion
Maryland State Fair
2200 York Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
 
 
Your chance to Binge Watch the Best Horse Films in the World-and meet the Film Makers!

2018 EQUUS Film Festival Program 

FRIDAY JANUARY 25, 2019 WORLD OF PETS SCHEDULE
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maryland State Fairgrounds
2200 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

www.equusfilmfestival.net 630-272-3077

Tickets

WIld Horse Road Trip

2:00 pm
WILD HORSE ROAD TRIP BRINGING HOME THE SOUL SISTER MUSTANGS (2018) USA
59:00 min / Directed by: Mary Jordan
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wildhorseroadtrip
Join an adventure in 'Trusting More' as one wild family takes off across the United States in an RV named 'Grace' to adopt two bonded wild Mustang mares, the 'Soul Sisters', and bring them back to their forever home.

OBSTACLES THE ROAD TO RIO 2018 NETHERLANDS

3:05 pm
OBSTACLES THE ROAD TO RIO (2018) NETHERLANDS
48:00 min / Directed by: Annette van Trigt
Trailer: N/A
Equestrian Director – International
An insight into the world of triathlon for horses. Follow Dutch best eventer Tim Lips and his father Martin, the national coach, as they prepare for the Olympic Games. Experience the unique pressure and disappointments of this environment as the both of them try to deliver the best results possible.


HisNameisMidnight

4:00 pm
HIS NAME IS MIDNIGHT (2018) USA
28:05 min / Directed by: Kelly Colbert
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/143494282
The true story of a horse, a prince of Big Sky Country, who was bred for strength and rodeo glory but discarded through a chain of events to auction and, ultimately, human cruelty. His name and his lineage were forgotten. But his royal pedigree and his upbringing in the Badlands of Montana instilled in him the strength and tenacity that allowed him to survive his journey through neglect and starvation until he was found and his name and heritage rediscovered.

4:30 pm 
THE CALIFORNIA VAQUERO JEFF SANDERS (2018) IRELAND 
40:21 min / Directed by: Elaine Heney
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9-YygGGd-A
Jeff Sanders is a sixth generation Californian horseman. Jeff travels around the world teaching horsemanship and preserving the traditions of old Spanish California. This is his documentary.

 
5:15 pm
THE LAST RIDE (2018) USA
05:00 min/Directed by: Michael Aku RoDriguez
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/254067715
 
TheirLastRide

5:20 pm
THEIR LAST RIDE (2018)
USA
44:31 min / Directed by: Michael Aku RoDriguez
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/140967488
A "Trail Of Tears" direct descendant Cherokee womans' 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.

DaughtersofthePoloGods

6:10 pm
DAUGHTERS OF THE POLO GOD (2018) INDIA
33:00 MIN / Directed by: Roopa Barua
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbWSgV60Al4
Equestrian International - Documentary Marjing (25 mins, 2018, documentary) directed by Roopa Barua is a film on the ancient horse-human connect of the people of Manipur (India) that has brought about the game of polo. An intense heritage around benevolent animal spirits converging onto a military tradition around the Manipuri pony brought about the genesis of this game. Roopa Barua's film is a homage to this tradition which has now seen the sport grow to include an international women's polo tournament called PoloYatra where many teams from around the world converge to play the game in Manipur. The shimmering emerald state of Manipur, India is the birthplace of modern polo with men having played there for several hundred years. Now it's the turn for the young maidens to charge forward. A young polo sisterhood is developing in Manipur that plows on in spite of adversity and political turmoil. They are intensely connected to their sacred Manipuri pony and play an international tournament every year. Roopa Barua film is a tribute to these polo players and the modern Manipuri women.

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6:45 pm
LIFE IN THE DOGHOUSE (2018)
USA

84:00 min / Directed by: Ron Davis (Harry & Snowman)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQrQChIgV-M
LIFE IN THE DOG HOUSE tells the inspiring life stories of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta and the remarkable work they do at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Ten years and 10,000 dogs later, their unique approach to life and dog rescue will capture hearts and inspire millions to make the right choices when it comes to mans best friend.

2018 EQUUS Film Festival

SATURDAY JANUARY 26, 2019 WORLD OF PETS SCHEDULE

10:00 am – 7:00 pm

THE KNABSTRUPPER HORSE

10:00 am
THE KNABSTRUPPER HORSE HUNTING FOR THE OLD GENES (2018) DENMARK
90:00 min / Directed
by: Irene G. Scholten

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/295545773
"Join a dynamic and fascinating tour of discovery around Europe and get the story about this unique horse breed. We visit prehistoric caves in France, Royal Castles in Denmark. We follow dedicated breeders in Denmark and Germany, hunting the genes that can save this ancient Danish horse, The Knabstrupper horse, from total extinction! This is the very first Danish Documentary about the Knabstrupper Horse. With only around 350 living species left on our globe in its original form, its on the edge of extinction. Through decades a small handful of committed people in both Denmark and Germany have been working hard to reverse this horrible future prospect – they have tried to save the horse through targeted pure breeding – a task which is not an easy one!"

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11:40 am
HORSE – Music Video (5:00 min) JAR 
PROJECT ARROWHEAD – Short Film (5:00 min) - JAR 
SAVING THE MUSTANG: AMERICA’S HORSE ON THE BRINK (2018) CANADA 
52:03 min / Directed by: Albert Botha 
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB2A8dauhK0 
Equestrian Documentary – Full Length (over 30 minutes) 
Wild mustangs have long been an icon of native peoples and early settlers of North America. Yet their fate today is uncertain. SAVING THE MUSTANG explores the state of wild horses today through the efforts of three individuals: Canadian horseman Randy Bird who adopted eight mustangs from a crowded facility in Wyoming and brought them 3000 miles to their new home - his ranch near Cobourg Ontario; Endurance rider and song-writer Jean Albert Renaud, "JAR" who works with horses and at-risk teens on his Maryland ranch, helping youth who are often gang members to escape their brutal life; and Roger William, past chief of the First Nation Xeni Gwet'in, who have created a 200,000 hectare wild horse preserve in the pristine and rugged wilderness of the Nemiah Valley deep in the interior of British Columbia. All three stories interweave a compelling tale of perseverance and determination -- one that offers hope for these amazing animals.

THE GREAT FLIP OFF

12:40 pm
THE GREAT FLIP OFF (2018)
USA
95:00 min / Directed by: Dafna Yachin
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/226467449
The Great Flip-Off follows extreme circus bareback riding families in what may be their final feat against the loss of their livelihood and the death of their art form. Join these legendary families from Italy, Mexico, Hungary
and France as they bring the history, risk and beauty of the original circus act to a multi-generational audience, one last time in Orlando, Florida. Then, return 10 years later to discover how these families have dealt with the passing of time in a range of unusual happy endings and ultimate heartbreak.  In 2006, we meet the best-of-the-best bareback artists past and present — The Donnerts, the Turveys, The Suarezes, the Zamperla-Zoppes, Timi Loyal and Mark Karoly. Each family holds a unique place in American circus riding history. They are competitors that agree to unite for a one night performance for the sake of keeping their art alive. From the seventh generation Italian Zamperla Zoppes, to the Donnerts who escaped from communist Hungary to the Loyals of London who joined forces with the Mexican Suarez family, not only will their bold skill draw you in, but the interpersonal portrait of their family will capture your heart and submerge you into a fascinating world. Jumping through flaming hoops and executing somersaults high into the big top while bareback on magnificent steeds does not make them flinch. For these families, fear is not felt at the face of their daring stunts, but rather at the pending unknown: their future without a ring. Fast-forward to 2016. Pushed by the modern climate, elephants are banned from the circus and the Big Top landscape is altered once again. It’s a new era when animal rights are in full swing, and the most successful circuses leave behind animal acts, along with the financial burden associated with animal care and travel. We reunite with the bareback riding families 10 years later to find out how they’ve dealt with these changes, mere months before Ringling announces the closure of the legendary Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after 146 years. The fate of the American Circus seems almost certain, leaving the future of bareback riding more ambiguous than ever.

FIN FEATHER COLLECTION FROM

2:15 pm
FIN & FEATHER COLLECTION FROM FILMMAKER BEN MASTERS
30:00 min / Directed by: Ben Masters
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/159153706
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Wildlife & The Wall – 5:00 min
Lions Of West Texas – 7:30 min
Back Country Recovery – 6:00 min
Water From Stone – 8:00 min
Wild Horse Resolution – 6:00 min

BOY NOMAD

2:45 pm
BOY NOMAD (2018) CANADA
21:00 min / Directed by: Niobe Thompson & Dennis Wells
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/283935897
Short film BOY NOMAD follows a year in the life of 9-year old Janibek, who lives with his family in Mongolia’s
the Altai Mountains. His first love is racing horses, but this winter, his father will bring him on the toughest journey in a nomad’s life: the winter migration. When the film crew arrives, they discover the Altai is gripped by a “
zhut”, a hard winter that blocks the passes and threatens to wipe out the family’s only possession: their animals.

PATAGONIA BY HORSEBACK


3:15 pm
PATAGONIA BY HORSEBACK (2018) USA
5:00 min / Directed by: Lindsay Blatt
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/289470300
"Patagonia By Horseback” a short film by Lindsay Blatt, follows a group of women who ventured by horseback into the rugged heart of the Andes on a 7-day pack trip.  This beautiful film captures the connection between horse and rider that results from days being spent moving through the Andes, sleeping on the ground, and cooking over
campfire.

THE GOBI GALLOP

3:20 pm
THE GOBI GALLOP A DOCUMENTARY (2018) CANADA
70:00 min / Directed by: Bree Von Bradsky
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/285730970
A look at the intrepid riders taking on the challenge of the longest annual charity horseback ride on the planet. With 12 riders and their Mongolian ground
crew it is an adventure laced with all the unpredictable twists that only Mongolia can throw at you. Magnificent horses, amazing culture, epic adventurers make this captivating story of undertaking incredible hardship to help some of the most impoverished children on the planet.

A PONY AND HIS BOY

4:30 pm
A PONY AND HIS BOY THE STORY OF BERRY & JOSH (2018) USA
20:00 min / Directed by: Julianne Neal
Trailer: N/A
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“A Pony and His Boy: The Story of Berry & Josh” shows the power of a pony and the effect that he has had on one small boy. Josh, a young boy with Down Syndrome, had been afraid of animals, especially horses, until one summer afternoon when walking in the pasture full of horses with his mom and Lisa he wa asked"Do you want to ride?" When he surprisingly said yes, they caught him off guard, swept him up and placed him on Berry. The relationship that started between Berry and Josh that day has been life-changing, not only for Josh, but for everyone who loves him. Filmed in Illinois, North and South Carolina, plus featuring both heartfelt testimonials and informative interviews, “A Pony and His Boy” is a testament to the power of the horse.

DESERT FLIGHT

5:00 pm

DESERT FLIGHT (2018) USA
40:00 min / Directed by: Ryan Koral
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/268079001 
A love letter to the sport of show jumping, DESERT FLIGHT is a documentary short film that explores the unique relationship with the horse and why people dedicate so much to the equestrian life. Filmmaker and show jumper Samia Staehle’s goal was
 to capture the visceral way in which horses enrich our lives and heighten our senses. The film showcases the amazing kind of people that horses always seem to attract: individuals of enormous character, possessed of infinite work ethic, and often a very sharp sense of humor. Set in Thermal, California the dry beauty of the desert and the horse show’s hidden dusty trails are reminiscent of her one-time home in India, a land of adventure and freedom.  DESERT FLIGHT was shot with two-cameras over three-weeks by Tell Studios. Their crew from metropolitan Detroit with nearly zero experience with horses was set loose on the horse world, not without some trepidation from Staehle and her husband Daryl, the picture’s Executive Producer. There was no script, only the mandate to go and find out what drives these horse people to do what they do every day. The result was DESERT FLIGHT. 

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5:45 pm
BOW WOW FILM FEST (2018)
USA
15:00 min / Directed by: Assorted Directors
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LtFf67-QWs

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LIFE IN THE DOGHOUSE (2018) USA
84:00 min / Directed 
by: Ron Davis (Harry & Snowman)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQrQChIgV-M
LIFE IN THE DOG HOUSE tells the inspiring life stories of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta and the remarkable work they do at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Ten years and 10,000 dogs later, their unique approach to life and dog rescue will capture hearts and inspire millions to make the right choices when it comes to mans best friend. 

 

Horseland at World of Pets Expo!

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Horseland
joins
World of Pets Expo 

Maryland State Fair Ground
Timonium MD January 25th-27th

We have an exciting opportunity for Licensed Stables and Horse Industry Partners, to be a part of World of Pets Expo! The MHIB has a corner booth space near the 4H Pony Rides and will host a mini Horseland with our Horse Discovery Centers in the World of Pets Expo!

Licensed stables and Horse Industry Partners you can get a special rate for an informational booth near our corner!

This is the start of a great partnership to bring horses to the World of PetsExpo!

Contact Jeanne Emge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-882-9894 today and reserve your booth.

We will post more details as they come into focus and make sure you follow us on Facebook!

 

Maryland Horse Industry Day 2018

 

Join Maryland horse industry partners as we bring

the Maryland Horse Industry to Annapolis on January 30, 2018.

 

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Presented by the Maryland Horse Council, Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, Fasig-Tipton Co., Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Horse Industry Board, Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Million Ltd, Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association, Maryland State Fair, Maryland Steeplechase Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Ocean Downs Racetrack, Rosecroft Raceway.


All equine-interested individuals are invited to attend. No advocacy experience required! We'll convene in the morning to prep for legislative meetings, then meet in small groups with legislators. When legislators are in session, we'll hear presentations and engage in discussions and Q&A with legislative staffers. We'll then enjoy boxed lunches with legislators.

Tentative Schedule

  • 7:30-8am: Registration, coffee & snacks
  • 8-10am: Meetings with legislators (pre-scheduled, and drop-ins)
  • 10-11:30am: Advocacy 101; panel discussions and award presentations
  • 11:30-1pm: Lunch with legislators & salutations

Once you RSVP you'll be invited to a preview call the week prior to Maryland Horse Industry Day to discuss talking points and prep for the event.

Please note: you can register even if you can't be there for the entire schedule, but please indicate your availability as we will be booking legislator meetings around RSVPs.

 

Register Here!

DATE AND TIME

Tue, January 30, 2018

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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LOCATION

Miller Senate Office

11 Bladen Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

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Maryland Thoroughbred Inaugural Renaissance Awards Dinner

MD Renaissance

 

Please join The Maryland Horse Breeders Association, The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and The Maryland Jockey Club in Celebrating Maryland’s Champions at the Inaugural Renaissance Awards Dinner.

 
Awards will be presented to:
  • 2017 Maryland-bred Champions
  • 2017 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year
  • 2017 Maryland Owner of the Year
  • 2017 Maryland Trainer of the Year
  • 2017 Maryland Jockey of the Year
February 12, 2018
Sagamore Pendry Baltimore - 1715 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
6:30 – 10:30 pm

*Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you prefer a vegetarian dinner option

*Valet parking included

*No physical tickets will be mailed for the event, your name will be at the door

*A portion of proceeds will benefit Beyond the Wire, horse industry scholarships and the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation.

 

 Purchase your tickets here!

 

College Day at The Races!

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 News about College Day at the Races! 

MD. GOVERNOR HOGAN TO ATTEND TIMONIUM RACES

 

College Day at The Races! August 25th

 

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College Day at The Races at The Maryland State Fair
College Students, stop by for a day of horse racing fun and a chance to win one of multiple $1000 College Scholarships at “College Day at The Races” at the Maryland State Fair!

DATE: Saturday, August 25, 2018
TIME: 1 PM – 6 PM
EVENT CHECK-IN: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. The earlier you check-in, the more chances you have to win.
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN (Scholarship winner’s names will be drawn prior to races, throughout the day):

  • Pre-Register by Friday, August 24, at 4 PM.

  • Check-In (Food Vouchers provided at Check-In to registered individuals).

  • Have your College/University ID and valid photo ID.

  • Must Be Present.

CONTACT:
LOCATION:
 MD State Fair Top Floor North End of the Grandstand 

Come out to “College Day at The Races,” it’s all about horses!
How do you bet? You’ll find out and have the opportunity to place your first bet. 
Check out tip sheets, programs, and everything that goes along with horse racing.
Hang out with old friends, meet new friends, and be prepared to have your photo taken in the Winner’s Circle should you win one of the many $1,000 Scholarships.
Watch the races from the Grandstand or next to the rail.
Visit Horseland.
Meet a jockey.
Pet a retired race horse.
Enjoy plenty of fun photo ops, including trying on authentic jockey silks and more.
Watch 4-H English Horse Shows in the Horse Show Arena.

Didn’t find time to register, still come out to the fair with your friends and enjoy College Day at The Races activities and more! Be sure to bring your College/University ID and valid photo ID for FREE admission.

Don’t get stuck in traffic and parking, take the Light Rail to the Maryland State Fair. If you do decide to drive, park at the Light Rail lot on Deerco Road (FREE on a first-come, first-served basis) or just UBER/LYFT.
You won’t leave empty-handed with all of the fun swag from a variety of horse industry reps.

College Day at The Races is proudly sponsored by: 
Country Life and Merryland
Dark Hollow Farm
Maryland Horse Breeders Association
Maryland Horse Council
Maryland Horse Industry Board
Maryland Jockey Club
Maryland Million
Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Inc.
Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association Inc.

Terms & Conditions: The Scholarship monies will be made payable to the winner’s school and sent directly to each institution after College Day at the Races. Individuals winning scholarships must provide proof of current enrollment in an accredited college or university. Scholarships will be provided for the Spring 2019 semester.
Must be 18-years-old or older to bet on the races.

Register Here!

 

Maryland’s Horse Industry Turns a Corner

By Sage Policy Group, Inc., November 2016

This analysis concludes that economic impacts stemming from Maryland’s horse industry support almost 10,000 jobs, an associated $481.8 million in labor income, and roughly $1.15 billion in business sales. If the current pace of industry expansion persists though 2020, by that time the industry will be associated with nearly $1.5 billion in economic impact and support more than $620 million in employee income and more than 11,000 jobs. These impacts support over $68 million dollars in state and local tax revenues.

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Horse Industry Day Brings Hundreds of Marylanders to Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 23, 2016) – Today, the Maryland horse industry partners announced that they have commissioned an economic impact study on the industry’s fiscal contributions to Maryland, the first of this scale since 2005. The study will be conducted by Sage Policy Group, and the results will be unveiled in conjunction with the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day in October of this year.

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My Maryland State Fair to Host Inaugural My Maryland Horse Festival

MY Maryland Horse Infield Fest: September 1 & 2, 4pm

MY Maryland State Fair is hosting  the inaugural MY Maryland Horse Festival, 11 days of free equine educational and entertainment events, planned by Maryland’s horse community,  during the August 28 – September 7, 2015 MY Maryland State Fair near the Grandstand.  The festival is in addition to the seven days of Thoroughbred racing, daily horse and breed shows, the bull riding and barrel racing show, horse pulling contests, and the pony and mule races already featured at the fair in Timonium, MD.

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