EQUUS Film Festival at BreyerFest Celebration Announcing Kat Fuqua Star of New Movie Billy & Blaze to Attend and Meet Her Fans After Premier of the New Trailer

EQUUS Film Festival is proud to announce that Kat Fuqua one of the stars of Billy & Blaze will be part of the Meet & Greet after the Premier screening of the NEW trailer on Sunday in the visitors Center at the Wrigley Media Theaters. “Billy & Blaze”, a film based on the children’s books written and illustrated by C.W. Anderson that capture the special bond between horse and rider.  This film offers children a valuable respite for bruised imaginations, even in today’s fast paced age of hyper media and diminished attention spans.

KAT FUQUA ~ Top United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Ranked Pony Hunter, Junior Hunter, Equitation, and Hunter Derby Champion Competitor Kat Fuqua and her pony Finesse RF debuts in the new movie, Billy & Blaze, playing themselves, a Champion Pony Rider and Champion Pony.

In real life, Atlantan Kat Fuqua has racked up a list of national championship accolades in her short 11-years that rival that of many full-time professionals. She has won over 200 division champions with her ponies and horses since she started showing at the age of five. Katʼs most prestigious victory was last year when USEF Pony Finals crowned Kat and her pony Brighton Overall Grand Pony Hunter Champion in Lexington, KY. She was the youngest rider with the highest points in its history and won all three classes to be named Large Pony Hunter Champion.  They went on to win the Washington International Large Pony Hunter Championship and The Gochman Style of Riding award in DC. Kat ended 2018 with six USEF National Horse of the Year awards including her Billy & Blaze mount Finesse RF, who ranked Champion for the Medium Pony Hunter.

She was named Leading Pony Owner two years in a row. And her first year as one of the youngest Junior Hunters in the 15 and under, age category jumping 3ʼ6”, Katʼs RS Levitation Horse was named Champion Horse of the Year, as well. Besides showing over a dozen ponies that she trained to top titles herself, Kat has successfully shown seven Hunter/Jumper horses. At just nine years old a month after riding a horse, she and High Noon 3E won the 2017 $10,000 USHJA JR/Amateur National Hunter Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival and six months later took 3rd in the $10,000 NAL Children’s Hunter Final at Pennsylvania National Championships in Harrisburg, PA.

By 2018 Kat was not only winning big ribbons with her ponies, but also winning ribbons with her horses competing at the highest junior division levels at the top invitational National Championships. She was third at the National Horse Show in Lexington on her mount Calvaro last year at JR Hunter Under 15 at 3ʼ6”. Kat has won countless Pony Hunter Derbies over the years and placed in National Hunter Derbies. She & Finesse RF are USHJA 2018 Zone 4 Pony Hunter Derby Champions. Kat is top Lifetime Rider named in 2017.

She was also multiple times Eleven and under Equitation Champion including WEF Circuit Champion in 2017. So, she challenged herself to ride her first International Hunter Derby (jumps to 4ʼ6”) at ten years old last year and to compete in the highest level of Equitation called the Big EQ. As such her rising star status required making the move to her new trainer Jimmy Torano, International Grand Prix Jumper and World Cup Finalist. Since her wise decision, she won 9th, and 11th overall in the 2019 Upperville $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby comprised of primarily 28 professionals, and 6th of 31 top Equitation Competitors in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship with Her Mount Cornell22.

Back in the pony ring Torano helped Kat get multiple 2019 WEF Circuit Championships and then moved up her green pony Prestige to the Large Pony Hunter Division. Prestige & Kat were then awarded to three times tricolors Champion at Tryon International Horse Show, Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Lake Placid Horse Show. Finesse RF and Chic In Time remain top contenders for horse of the year awards too. The coming 6th Grade student's stable of Champion ponies and horses are a passion that is reflected in her riding and accomplishments. In addition to Katʼs equine sports, her favorite hobbies are foot jumping and ice skating; and she loves learning French in school.  https://www.katfuqua.com/

BreyerFest a Salute to Horse Heroes, in Lexington Kentucky where EQUUS will highlight three of its Horse Hero documentaries on 14th, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. EQUUS Film Festival at BreyerFest is presented by the Kentucky Horse Park in the  Wrigley Media Group theater, located in the Visitors Center.

BreyerFest is Breyer Animal Creations’ annual celebration of horses held at the Kentucky Horse Park - A fabulous three-day family festival that combines the excitement of a horse fair with model horse activities!  Celebrate our 30th Anniversary July 12-14th, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  Thirty years of BreyerFest will culminate in the largest ever celebration on record.  You do not want to miss this!

One of America’s most iconic toy brands, Breyer has been dedicated to the creation of authentic and realistic model horses for play and collecting for nearly 70 years.  Its portrait models of horse heroes like Justify, Secretariat and Black Beauty have inspired children of all ages to love horses.  Breyer is a division of Reeves International, a family owned toy manufacturer and distributor based in Pequannock, New Jersey.  Visit us at www.BreyerHorses.com.  For more information, contact Jaime Potkalesky at jpotkalesky@reevesintl.com or 973-694-5006, ext. 191.

The seventh annual EQUUS Film Festival will take place in December 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park.  EQUUS Film Festival is the first event of its kind to offer a home to the storytellers, from around the world, of the horse through feature films, documentaries, video’s, commercials and short films as well as cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature.

Founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, President/Director, an avid equestrian who has spent her life in the company of horses.  Diana De Rosa, an international equine photographer and journalist, joined EQUUS in 2015 as NYC co-organizer.  The EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. Lisa’s mission is to show the world how horses can bring everyone together regardless of race, age, gender, abilities or disabilities.  She presently raises, trains and loves Lusitano horses in Maple Park, Illinois.

The EQUUS Film Festival is now available On-Demand, streaming to all your devices.  For more information, contact Lisa Diersen, Founder, President/Director – lisa@equusfilmfestival.net, 630-272-3077 or visit our website at: www.equusfilmfestival.net and like us on FaceBook and Twitter.


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