Wow! You Gotta Read This Book/Article

Candace Wade
EQUUS Film and Arts Festival 2020
Intro to Literary Interviews for Literary Corral

“Yawn, another book review.” I was challenged, enchanted, inspired, humbled and all jiggy . . . and that was just with the phone interviews. The authors of the six books and the article I chose to interview launched me into wanting to know more – to do more. Honest, you need to check out my authors and their wares. “61 in total entries into this years Literary Corral”

The Literary Corral 2020 is chocked full of works worth your time. I chose:

  • Alan H. Day/ Lynn Wiese Sneyd – “Cowboy Up! Life Lessons from the Lazy B” and “The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs.”
  • Gingery Gaffney – “Half Broke”
  • Robin Hutton – “Sgt. Reckless” and “War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II”
  • Krystal Kelly – Horse Riding Travels/Equestrian Adventuresses – “Series Book 1 “Saddles and Sisterhood: True Stories of Friendships Built During Trail Riding and on Long Distance,” “Series Book 2 Going The Distance True Stories of Horse Riders Overcoming the Odds While Traveling on Horseback,” Series Book 3 Leg Up True Stories of Horse Riders Conquering Extreme challenges Around the World” and “Horse Riding in Every Country:  A Horse Travel Guide to Horse Riding Vacations and Horse Holiday Destination for Trail Riding Adventures.
  • Nancy Pruitt – “Winston the Pony Goes to a Party”
  • Milt Toby – (article) “First Drug Czar Targeted Illegal Narcotics in Racing”

I discovered that many of the stories are people stories that include horses. They vibrate with history, vulnerability, determination and human nature. The 2020 EQUUS Film and Arts Festival Virtual Event opens the gate to this year’s Literary Corral.

Tickets available starting November 1st , 2020 at

 Articles and Zoom interviews with EQUUS authors and filmmakers will be available for free public access on the EQUUS website: starting November 13 at 5 PM EST.

 EQUUS Film and Arts Festival
Founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, Fest 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 campion, the spunky Jack Russell, Amore.

 Candace Wade, an EQUUS Film Festival team member and Panel moderator since 2015. She is a published author of the book Horse Sluts – The Saga of Two Women on the Trail of Their Yeehaw. She has contributed to Horse Nation, Mature Lifestyles, Riding and Writing, LivFun and The Tennessean. Candace writes political diatribe, wrote “Hillary’s View” pet column and four unpublished film scripts and she is a horsewoman.

Diana De Rosa, an international equine photographer and journalist, joined EQUUS Film Festival 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 Her photography can be seen at

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

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 In celebration of EQUUS Film & Arts Fest, we eagerly approach our Eighth season with the message “Pony On”.   #PonyOn   #EQUUS2020

 Lisa Diersen and Diana De Rosa continue their passionate mission of being the best Equestrian Film & Arts Fest in the world.  We must “Pony On” because storytelling and filmmaking, art and literary creation never stops and we support those hard-working storytellers, no matter their medium towards future success. 

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