On April 13, Equus International Film Festival founder Janet Rose will be a guest during the lunchtime (12-1 pm) edition of Horsemanship Radio and Podcast with Monty Roberts. The 20-minute, live talk with the Montana horsewoman and animal advocate will include looking at some of the exciting entries in this September’s film festival as well as the ‘bigger picture’ behind the event – building community and advocacy for horses and young people at risk.
“I love horses, all animals and wildlife, but seeing the impact that horses can have on young people, how horses can change kids’ lives and likewise, how beneficial the interactions are for the horses, creates a feeling inside that’s irreplaceable,” Rose says. “The films in the film festival, and how they make people feel, how they inspire us, this is just a natural extensions of this process. It’s why I started the film festival and want it to grow, because it is changing lives, both horse and human.”
The Native America Humane Society (NAHS) is among the groups partnering with EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival and conference, September 15-17, in Missoula, Montana, and honoring the bond between horses and Native American society and cultures.
Horsemanship Radio is an online radio show (podcast) dedicated to the exploration of good horsemanship throughout the world. Hosted by Monty’s daughter, Debbie, the show includes segments, tips and interviews exploring good horsemanship and is part of the Horse Radio Network. Listen at www.horsemanshipradio.com.
Monty Roberts first gained fame with his New York Times best-seller, The Man Who Listens To Horses, chronicling his life and development of his non-violent horse training methods called Join-Up®. Today the nine-time world champion horseman’s goal is to share his message that “Violence is never the answer.” To learn more about Monty Roberts or his Join-Up training methods, visit www.montyroberts.com.
“I have to be honest,” Janet adds. “I never conceived EIFF as a big commercial endeavor. My intention was to use a field I knew well to enhance what we could do for horses and other equines and create something meaningful. With a good team in place, maybe we can do something great. Founding EIFF was a labor of love. It’s not about awards as much as it’s about awareness; improving the welfare of horses, ponies, mules and donkeys worldwide while celebrating the incredible spectrum of our equine arena and sharing its stories.”
Sometimes called the “Paris” of the American West, Missoula, Montana has been home to the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival since its inception. EIFF was the first film festival of its kind to recognize and award international artists who raise understanding of the horse/human bond and improve the welfare of the world’s equines, through film, television, music videos and alt-media. It is the only equine-themed film festival under the umbrella of Horse Haven Montana, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization founded ten years ago in western Montana to help equines in need. An ASPCA Award Special Grant, Horse Rescue Award and 5-Star Horse Rescue & Relief Award recipient, the mission of Horse Haven Montana is education and understanding to enhance the horse/human bond and improve equine welfare. EIFF ® is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and sponsorship support may be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. Learn more at www.equusinternationalfilmfestival.com.