Equus Film Festival Spotlights Three Dressage Themed Stories

Friday, November 21, 2014
Posted by Holly Jacobson


Three dressage inspired films will be on view at Equus Film Festival in New York City at the MIST Harlem November 21-22, 2014.
The Fork in the Road, a moving short documentary about a top eventer, Margaret ‘Gigi’ McIntosh’s catastrophic injury competing and her resolve to reinvent her riding to reach the high performance ranks in para dressage artfully conveys her unwavering passion for the horse and sport.
Lauren Sara, a fellow boarder at Missy and Jessica Ranchausen’s Blue Hill Farm in PA was moved by Gigi’s story and mentioned it to her friend, Cindy Connors, a producer for the Living Well Network/ABC/Disney who loved the idea.
 The video's purpose is to raise Para awareness as well as for fundraising as Gigi sets her sights on the 2016 Rio Paralympics. “I’m overwhelmed and grateful for the heartwarming response,” says Gigi. “Cindy Connors and Brian Troy were so sensitive and insightful in their interpretation of the material, I was delighted with the outcome. I'm very excited about attending the Equus Film Festival!”

The Equestrian, a dark psychological drama by Sybil Mair, an award winning short film producer and dressage rider, includes a Carl Hester cameo and uses real life competition horse, Sandro’s Dancer, a Swedish Warmblood by Sandro Hit. Owned by Rachel Struel and trained and competed by Stephanie Eardley, Sandro’s Dancer stands at Home Farm Stud, Hartpury in Gloucestershire, where most of the film was shot.“I was going to adapt a short story about horse racing, but then I noticed something much more interesting and subtle was going on in a horse and rider dressage combination,” Mair said.
The story explores how a close relationship can be corrupted by vanity and ambition, how loyalty and trust might be redeemed and ultimately forgiven. See trailer below.

Jeanette Sassoon’s Valiant, the riveting story of her completely blind dressage partner will be shown as a trailer along with many other projects and a wide variety of full length films such as Mary Haverstick’s Save NYC Horse Carriages, on the hotly debated issue, narrated by Liam Neeson, Tarpan: Repainting an Ancient Picture, The Black Turf Project: African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing, a documentary about The Equus Projects tours that create large-scale works for dancers and horses throughout the States and Europe just to mention a few, plus, music videos and horse related commercials. For total equine inspired artistic interpertation