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EQUUS Film & Arts Fest Announces Western Fun with Spaghetti Cowboys and Mustangs

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest welcomes Sonny Garguilo and his Spaghetti Cowboys to Lexington, they will be adding some “East Coast” Western flavor to the event. Their love of horses and pasta shine through in “Spaghetti Cowboys” the new series for premiering at the fest. The program will be joining the EQUUS Film Channel in December.

The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest takes place December 5 – 8, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky in the Wrigley Media Group Theaters. The Pop-Up Gallery will be located in the International Museum Of The Horse, all of the EQUUS Artist & Authors can be found there. Filmmakers will be located in the Wrigley Media Group Theater area in the Visitors Center.

The reality show "SPAGHETTI COWBOY"S is about friends that all come from the inner city, working long hours building our roads and sewers, yet find time to enjoy the country air and the relationship between horse and humans. Along the way reveling their trials and tribulations on their journey with all the human emotions when you gather as a group. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and even find the occasional arguments between them entertaining and riveting at times.

Sonny Garguilo was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the furthest place from a horse. At an early age he discovered a true love and respect for the horse.  At the age of 31 he purchased his first horse, from there it became a passion, a lifestyle.  Being influenced by some of the greatest horsemen such as Ray Hunt, Bill and Tom Dorrance, John and Josh Lyons and Tommie Mack Turvey, Sonny understood that spending time with horses, in their world would only allow him to better understand them.

Sonny Garguilo spends most of his days teaching horses and helping build a bridge between horse and rider.  He will be the first to tell you that his greatest teacher is the horse.  His ability to communicate with the horse in a gentle, non-aggressive way is what makes him one of the country's leading Equine problem solvers.

Mustangs will also be galloping into Lexington! Sue Anne Wells with her students and Mustangs from the Mustang Leadership Partners in Chattanooga Tennessee will show the visitors how Mustang horses are used in the school program and how they change the lives of the young women who work with them.

The Mustang Heritage Foundation will be on hand to take you on a virtual journey into the great western outdoors, to walk with a beautiful herd of Mustang horses, Matt Manroe will guide you with their 3-D headsets in the Visitors Center just outside of the Theaters. It’s a wonderful and amazing adventure.


This year’s EQUUS Film & Arts Fest will host over eighteen equine authors and twelve American & International equine artists in our Pop-Up Gallery located in the International Museum Of The Horse. Literary works and beautiful artwork will be on display and for sale at the fest. Visitors will be able to meet their favorite artist, filmmakers and authors, as well as having them sign their works, creating a total personalized experience for the guest. We are expecting more than 30 filmmakers to be joining us!

World renown equine artist and author John Hockensmith will host a reception for EQUUS filmmakers, artist, authors and guest at his gallery, Hockensmith’s Fine Art Editions Gallery, 146 East Main Street in Georgetown Kentucky on Friday evening 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

WRIGLEY Media Group will be hosting an Open House for fest VIP’s on Saturday afternoon. The tour will highlight their state of the are studio and filmmaking center in the heart of Lexington.

Located at 804 Newtown Circle, Lexington.

Horse & Barrel Tours will host a fun evening of Bourbon and wine tastings on Saturday evening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm for the VIP’s at their new Visitor’s Center in Lexington. Owner Abe Owen and local Lexington artist Monica Pipia will be on hand to introduce guest to a wonderful selection of the best Bourbon that Kentucky has to offer, and EQUUS Film shorts will be screening.

Located at 1091 E New Circle Road, Lexington, KY.

MLP Mustangs

Mustang Leadership Partners is home to thirteen mustangs, a number that varies as we adopt new horses and welcome foals on the farm. Eight of our mustangs are Kiger mustangs, a rare and sought-after breed first discovered at a round-up in Betty’s Butte, Oregon, in 1977. Kiger mustangs possess traits very similar to the ancient Spanish horses introduced to North America by the Spanish conquistadors who invaded Mexico in the early 1500s. Now a breed with its own registry, Kiger mustangs are popular horses, boasting sound feet, good minds, boldness and sturdy endurance.

Most of the Mustang Leadership Partners mustangs were adopted from the Bureau of Land Management. All of our Kigers are registered with the Kiger Mesteño Association, an organization that has been registering Kiger mustangs for over 20 years. Mustang Leadership Partners is the permanent home for some of our mustangs. Others are sold after an intensive placement process to “adoptive” families or individuals who can provide appropriate care and a nurturing environment.

THE PRIMARY MISSION of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses and burros, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse and burro experience and secure adequate numbers.

Since 2007, there have been more than 83 Extreme Mustang Makeover events featuring 1,500 trainers and over 3,700 wild horses placed into private care. Learn more at www.extrememustangmakeover.com.

The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Trainer Incentive Program, which is better known as TIP, to bridge the gap between the public and excess wild horses held in off-range corrals. TIP supports a network of hundreds of horse trainers who gentle, train and find homes for wild horses and burros. As of 2016, TIP has helped find homes for more than 3,900 wild horses and burros and supported a network of 440 approved trainers in 47 states. Learn more at www.extrememustangmakeover.com.

The EQUUS film Festival is the leading showcase for domestic and international equestrian content including feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos, commercials, training, educational materials, art and literature. Now available on HORSE NETWORK on demand to all your devices.

 The seventh annual EQUUS Film & Arts Fest will take place December 5 – 8, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky in the Wrigley Media Group Theaters. EQUUS Film & Arts Fest is the first event of its kind to offer a home to equine storytellers from around the world, through feature films, documentaries, video’s, commercials, and short films as well as cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature, We are the first to host an On Demand Platform for the EFF films and documentaries.

Founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, President/Director, an avid equestrian who has spent her life in the company of horses. 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, with her faithful companion, the spunky Jack Russell, Amore.

Diana De Rosa, an international equine photographer and journalist, joined EQUUS in 2015 as co-organizer of the NYC event. Diana is a veteran equestrian photojournalist, who has traveled the world and has recorded equestrian history for over 35 years. Her story and photography have taken her to over 30 countries. An accomplished rider herself, De Rosa understands the horse world from many different angles. She also has two of her own columns on hubpages.com/@dianaderosa. Her photography can be seen at www.dianaderosa.com

The EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse.

The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest is now available on-demand, streaming to all your devices.

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CONTACT: Lisa Diersen 630-272-3077


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