Hats, Horses and Hollywood, a Film “Works in Progress” & Rex Peterson, the Horseman Behind Hollywood’s Most Iconic Horse Films is Featured at the Trail Forward in Horsemanship Education September 7-9

The Montana Center for Horsemanship in partnership with Montana Western and EQUUS International Film Festival, announces a new presenter to this week’s lineup of iconic horsemen and horsewomen for this week’s Trail Forward conference and film festival.

Rex Peterson, Hollywood’s best-known trainer behind some of our most iconic horse films, will give a special presentation about his life and work with horses. Rex and filmmaker Paul Brozen will also premiere a “work in progress” for “Hats, Horses, Hollywood” about Rex Peterson’s life.

Along with Rex, award winning filmmakers and horsemen, Filipe Masetti Leite and Alberto Redondo will present their top winning films.  Filipe’s film, “The Long Rider” is this year’s Best of Festival and Filipe is the world’s youngest long rider.  “Horses,” by Spanish filmmaker Alberto Redondo, will also premiere in Dillon this week.

The Trail Forward in Horsemanship Education, presented by the Montana Center for Horsemanship, focused solely on natural horsemanship, offers the nation’s first and only accredited university degrees in natural horsemanship, in collaboration with the University of Montana Western.

This week’s third annual symposium is September 7-9 and registration is still open.  This is a public event, and all ages are welcome. Leading horse experts from around the world are part of the conference and include:

Martin Black, Nick Dowers, Bryan Neubert, Joe Wolter, Dr. Stephen Peters, Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin, equine veterinarian Dr. Gregory Beroza and hoof care professional, Chris Mason and others.

Colt starting and the progression of training and handling of young horses over several days with hands-on experiences will be among the presentations.  As Martin Black demonstrates and highlights the physical and relationship training, Dr. Peters will highlight the psychological and “brain” aspects of what is going on in each of the horses and their student trainers.  In addition to presenters and hands-on horse experiences, the Conference will feature award-winning horse films entered in 2023 into the EQUUS International Film Festival.

The Conference & Film Festival is public and open to all, including college and high school students.  For more information about the Center, the upcoming Conference and supporting education initiatives, please contact Director of Development & Communications, Janet Rose at 406.925.3270.

The mission of the Montana Center for Horsemanship

To help every horse and person make the most of their respective lives

To enable horses to learn effectively and experience “horse happiness” through the process of Natural Horsemanship

To help individuals achieve personal and professional success in the equine fields.

Contact:  Janet Rose:  406.925.3270


Email: janet.rose@williamkriegelfoundation.org