‘Saving Theo’ Wins Winnie Award at EQUUS Film Festival

Congratulations to author Candace Wade!


A Winnie Award for Equine Magazine Article was won by contributing writer Candace Wade of Horse Nation for the “Saving Theo” series at the 2016 EQUUS Film Festival in New York City.

“The award represents 11 months of observation and education of the ongoing mental and physical challenges associated with the rescue and rehabilitation of Theo, a former big lick Tennessee Walker show horse. I share the smile over this award with the rescuer who trusted me with Theo’s story, with Kristen Kovatch, editor of Horse Nation for believing in the ‘Saving Theo’ project and with Theo – noble and willing, who tacitly endures all the efforts to bring him to mental and physical health,” Candace states.

The EQUUS Film Festival NYC was held on November 17-20 2016 at the Village East Theater 181- 189 2nd Avenue at 12th Avenue, New York City. Executive Director and founder Lisa Diersen has presented a platform to bring together equine enthusiasts from all over the world to explore the world of the horse in film, print art, literature and discussion panels. The goal is to appreciate the horse and discover ways to improve their lives.

From the EFF website:

Our festival has been created to highlight and award the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse. The festival empowers storytellers to show the rich history and diverse tapestry of horses in human culture through equestrian content.  We have feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, training educational materials, art and literature.

Horse Nation is proud to have “Saving Theo” recognized and honored and congratulates author Candace Wade for her achievement!

Here’s the full and extensive list of Winnie Award winners. For more information about the EQUUS Film Festival, please visit the website.

OFFICIAL 2016 EFF NYC T-Shirt Image
By: Kasia Kaznocha — Equine Art – USA
Power Of Peace – Acrylic on Canvas

OFFICIAL 2016 EFF Projection Image
Artist joining us
By: Elise Klinkert – Netherlands
Curious — Acrylic

By: Sabine Peters — Germany
Faramir — Digital Photo

OFFICIAL 2016 EFF Program Cover
By: Angela Rumbaugh – USA
Love Is Patient — Photography

OFFICIAL 2016 EFF Wild Horse Poster
By: Marianne Schmidt — CT, USA
Teachable Moment — Acrylic On Canvas

OFFICIAL 2016 EFF Illustrated Image
By: Vassilios Sofianidis pencil fine art — Greece
Mud Bath — Pencil and chalkcoal on paper board


Equine Fiction – English
Connie Johnson Hambley — The Troubles – MA, USA

Equine Fiction – Western
Carly Kade – In the Reins – AZ. USA

Equine Non-fiction
Robin Hutton — Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse – CA. USA

Equine Non-fiction – Horse Hero
Cate Folsom (John) — Smoke the Donkey – NE USA

Equine Educational Training — Human
Susan Cain, EdD, LCSW – Horse Sense for Leaders: Building Trust-Based Relationships
By Dr. Susan Cain and Debbie Roberts-Loucks

Equine Training — Horse
Yvonne Barteau – The Dressage Horse Manifesto – IL, USA

Equine Training — Racing
Janet DelCastille – Backyard Racehorse: The Training Manual – FL, USA

Equine Children – Non Fiction
Artemis Greenleaf – Team Smash – TX USA

Equine Children – Fiction
Kay Kerr — Corolla’s Sand Horse Beach: Croatoan’s Memoirs – VA, USA

Equine Rescue
Marta Moran-Bishop — Dinky The Nursemare Foal – USA

Equine Photography Collection

Equine Wild Horse
Anne J Thomas – Brand Name – Wild Horse Tails – NM

Equine Racing – Non-Fiction
Milton C Toby – Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey From California to Kentucky

Equine Magazine Article
Candace A Wade – “Saving Theo” for Horse Nation – TN, USA

Equestrian Music Video – Mini – On-Line Judging
Monty Roberts — Whisper – CA, USA
2:43 min / Directed by: Monty Roberts

Equestrian Music Video – Short – On-Line Judging
Wild Angel – Jennifer Johnson – NJ, USA
04:27 min / Directed by: Jennifer Johnson

Equestrian Music Video – Full Length – On-Line Judging
$2500 International Film Lovers Award
Ceolchuairt Mongolia – Ireland/Mongolia
39:00 min / Directed by: Paddy Hayes

Equestrian Music Video Mash Up – Mini – On-Line Judging
JAR: Horse – MD, USA
05:16 min / Directed by: Jean Albert Renaud

Equestrian Music Video Mash Up – Short – On-Line Judging
Contrell: Wesphalian Stallion – KY, USA
4:02 min / Directed by: Alice Pennels
Music by: Brandon Strings “Music for Your Films”

Equestrian Music Video Mash Up – Full Length – On-Line Judging
Alice Through The Looking Glass — IL, USA
07:24 min / Directed by: Kayla Barteau

Equestrian Music Video Mash Up – International
Terre Sauvage (Wilderness) – France
Les Chevaux du Sud Film Festival
03:00 Min / Directed by: Parret Mathieu – Horseback Camera

Equestrian Commercial – Mini – On-Line Judging
Equine Productions — The Midnight Race –UK
01:16 min / Directed by: Dave James

Equestrian Commercial – Short – On-Line Judging
FORD Commercial
Horse Powers – From The Land Of The Vikings – Norway
Directed by: Jonathan Learn

Equestrian Commercial – International Short – On-Line Judging
Revolution Sports — The Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman 2016 – UK
01:34 min / Directed by: Revolution Sports

Equestrian Commercial – International – On-Line Judging
Billy to Rio – Brazil
1:59 min / Directed by: Jacobsen Luiza

Equestrian Animation — International
Agrinoui – Cypress
19:40 min / Directed by: Alexis Chaviaras

Equestrian Animation – International Short
Li’l Herc Golega –Portugal
3:00 min / Directed by: Beatrice Bulteau & Suzanne Kopp-Moskow

Equestrian Non-Broadcast
AQHA — Commercial: AQHA Sire Separatist
0:52 min / Directed by: Greg Thompson

Equestrian Broadcast News
The Other Side Of The Fence – NV, USA
24:05 min / Directed by: Terri Russell

Equestrian Commercial Series
Horseware Ireland — Making a Champion Series – Ireland
05:00 min / Directed by: Alex Calder & Jessie Smith

Equestrian Series
Triple Crown Training: Where American Pharoah Learned to be a Racehorse – KY, USA
23:54 min / Directed by: Gregory Charkoudian

Equestrian Series – International
America’s Forgotten Heart – On Horseback through the Wild West – Germany
43:12 min / Directed by: Wolf Truchses von Wetzhasen, Petra Maier, Felicitas Hammerstein

Equestrian Trailer
Apple Of My Eye – Trailer PREMIER from Sony Pictures
Directed by: Castille Landon

Equestrian Trailer – International
Horse Powers – From The Land Of The Vikings – Norway
Directed by: Jonathan Learn

Equestrian Children’s
Albion The Enchanted Stallion – FL, USA
101:47 min / Directed By: Castille Landon

Equestrian Children’s — International
HÖRDUR – Germany
83:34 min / Directed by: Ekrem Ergün

Equestrian Training & Education — Short
How To Exercise A Thoroughbred Race Horse – NY, USA
04:26 min / Directed by: Janice L. Blake

Equestrian Training & Education — Full
Advanced Equine Studies: Saddle Fit for Horse and Rider – USA
4:00 Hours – (Screening 60:00 min) / Directed by: Andrea Steel

Equestrian Native American
Iichiilish Daik – Going To The Horses – NY USA
70:00 min / Directed by: Robin Starbuck

Wild Horse – Music Video
Wild Angel – Jennifer Johnson – NJ, USA
04:27 min / Directed by: Jennifer Johnson

Wild Horse – Narrative
Wild Horses – CA USA
19:23 min / Directed by: Stephanie Martin

Wild Horse – Make Over — Short
Dancing with Mustangs – TX, USA
13:34 min / Directed by: Josh Wilkinson (Melia Gore)

Wild Horse – Make Over – Full
Horse Shelter Diaries – NM, USA
65:00 min / Directed by: Donna Wells

Wild Horse — Documentary — Short
Wild Horse Resolution – TX, USA
06:00 min / Directed by: Ben Masters

Trailer: Wild Horse — Documentary — Full
Chasing Wild Horses – NY, USA
47:55 min / Directed by: Roberto Dutesco

Horse Rescuers – Short
$500 Protect the Harvest Horse Rescue Award
Draft Gratitude – NH, USA
05:45 min / Created by Bob Pierce and Liz Klein of Hancock-based LightStream Associates

Horse Rescuers –Full
Into The Spotlight – KYB Dressage – IL USA
74:00 min / Directed by: Erika Wyatt & Yvonne Barteau

Equestrian Documentary – Mini
American Cowgirl — AZ, USA
05:00 min / Directed by: Jamie Williams

Equestrian Documentary – Short
Born to be a Cowboy: Meet Pecos Tatum
17:26 min / Directed by: Eric Gonzalez

Equestrian Documentary – Full
Chasing The Win – USA
77:48 min / Directed by: Laura Sheehy & Chris Ghelfi

Equestrian Documentary – Full — International
The Four Horsemen – Australia / UK –(Wallace Ashton here for film)
50:22 min / Directed by: Peter Davies

Equestrian Art Film – Mini
Slow and steady wins the race: The story of Laura Graves and Diddy –NY USA
06:02 min / Directed by: Nette-Lee Lax

Equestrian Art Film – Short
Polo Channel – 7/10 – FL, USA
17:16 min / Directed by: Ty MacCarty

Equestrian Art Film – Full Length
One Hundred Mules Walking The Los Angeles Aqueduct — CA, USC
60:00 min / Directed By: Bruce Dickson

Equestrian Film – Mini
Revolution Sports — Will Coleman — Rolex Kentucky Three Day-Event Winner Land Rover USA
02:44 min / Directed by: Philip Jennings

Equestrian Film – Short
Evie Inc. – The First of Many: Major Mac V & Lester Buckley – CA, USA
28:00 min / Directed by: Evie Tubbs Sweeney

Equestrian Film – Full Length
Unbridled – NC, USA
120:00 min – Directed by: John David Ware

Equestrian Director – Mini
A Back Country Recovery – Raymond Knell – CO, USA
05:53 min / Directed by: Phillip Baribeau

Equestrian Director – Short
MULE: Living On The Outside – CA, USA
11:00 min / Directed by: John McDonald

Equestrian Director – Full Length
HERD – Canada
53:00 min / Directed by: Stefan Morel

Equestrian Director – International
Equine Productions — The Island Project – UK
52:44 min / Directed by: Sam Fleet

Equestrian Student Film – Feature
$2500 Sheila Varian Award
Finding Fortune – CA, USA
47:22 min / Directed By: Kayli Fortun

Equestrian Student Film – Short
Each Coming Day – GA, USA
12:02 min / Directed by: Jennifer Silver

Equestrian Fun Film
Untethered – CA, USA
07:10 min / Directed by: Dave Losko

Equestrian Photo Journal
Majesty: Outside the Frame – WA, USA
12:44 min / Directed by:Robin Sarmento

Equestrian International Feature Film
It Swarte Goud –The Black Gold – Netherlands
60:00 min / Directed by: Piter Tjeerdsma

Equestrian International Documentary
Florian Figge-Lomitas — His Story – Germany
18:24 min / Directed by: Florian Figge

People’s Choice – Mini
One Eighty Out – MT, USA
07:54 min / Directed by: Alec Goplen

People’s Choice – Short
Arabian Horse Racing – From the Desert Sands to Racecourses Around the World – USA
26:06 min / Directed by: Amanda Roxborough

People’s Choice – Full Length
Running Wild – CA, USA
99:10 min / Directed by: Alex Ranarivelo

Best of Festival – Family
Christmas Ranch – MD, USA
82:00 min / Directed by: Doug Maddox

Best of Festival – Documentary
Life Adjusted — OR, USA
65:30 min / Directed by: Sean Marc Nipper

Best of Festival – Feature
Unbridled – NC, USA
120:00 min – Directed by: John David Ware

Best of Festival – International
Liberty Groundwork – The Foundation For Communication Between You and Your Horse – Germany
81:24 min / Directed by: Ralf Schauwacker

$500 Protect The Harvest Horses & Hero’s Award
Operation Mustang — IL, USA
5:00 min / Directed by: David Glossberg

Horse Hero Film
Film Lovers Inspirational $2500 Award
Scout’s Honour – CA USA
51:16 min / Directed by: Andy & Sara Neitzert

Equestrian Environmental Awareness Film
$3500 Post Production Services Post Time Studio
Year Membership Cinematiq Vault Memberships for 1 year
The Edge – Bruce Anderson Natural Humanship – SC, USA
39:00 min / Directed by: James O’Connor

Festival Directors Choice
$3500 Post Production Services Post Time Studio
Year Membership Cinematiq Vault Memberships for 1 year
Out Of The Wild – CA, USA
97:00 min / Directed by: Paul Krizan

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