Tryon International Film Festival Presents: “The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain”

The Tryon International Film Festival is thrilled to unveil an enlightening addition to its lineup: “The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain: Shifting the Paradigm of How We See Lameness.” Directed by Kathryn Lauritzen, this 35-minute documentary delves into the intricate relationship between equine behavior and underlying pain, featuring the distinguished expertise of equine orthopedics authority, Dr. Sue Dyson.

Known for its diverse cinematic offerings, the festival is proud to showcase a film designed for the enthusiastic equestrian community of Tryon, North Carolina. This compelling documentary embarks on an emotive journey through the eyes of a young girl and her inseparable connection with her horse. As she strives to ensure her beloved equine companion’s comfort, audiences are educated on the early indications of pain and the pivotal role behavior plays in identifying and addressing equine discomfort.

The Tryon International Film Festival is excited to highlight the integral role of its partnership with the Equus Television Network in bringing “The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain” to the forefront. Through their collaborative efforts, this illuminating film has captured the festival’s attention, reflecting a shared commitment to promoting equine welfare and knowledge.

Diana DeRosa, a driving force at Equus Television Network, forged the vital relationship that has brought this remarkable documentary to the festival’s attention. Her dedication to elevating equine-focused content has been instrumental in bringing Dr. Sue Dyson’s insights to the forefront of the equestrian community’s consciousness.

The central figure of the film, Dr. Sue Dyson, holds an esteemed position within the equine veterinary sphere. With a career spanning decades, Dr. Dyson’s pioneering research in equine lameness and poor performance has left a profound impact. Graduating as a veterinarian from the University of Cambridge in 1980, she embarked on a journey marked by commitment and innovation. For 37 years, Dr. Dyson managed a clinical referral service for lameness and poor performance at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, attracting clients worldwide. Dr. Dyson’s holistic approach, seamlessly merging horsemanship skills with veterinary proficiency, has earned her international acclaim and recognition as an advocate for equine well-being.

Lydia Juenger, a distinguished advisor to the Tryon International Film Festival and a revered figure within the equestrian community, expressed her anticipation for the documentary, sharing, “The blend of cinematic storytelling and Dr. Sue Dyson’s unparalleled expertise promises an engaging and enlightening experience for our local equestrian enthusiasts. ‘The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain’ beautifully portrays the heartfelt journey of a young girl and her horse, casting a spotlight on an essential facet of equine health.”

Post-screening, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to partake in an extended Q&A session with Dr. Sue Dyson herself. This interactive segment pledges to be both enlightening and educational, providing attendees with the chance to delve deeper into the subject matter, exchange insights, and draw from Dr. Dyson’s wealth of knowledge and experience.

Festival Co-Founder, Kirk Gollwitzer, remarked, “We are honored to introduce this remarkable documentary to Tryon’s equestrian community. This event serves as a special occasion for our equestrian enthusiasts to witness the film and meet Dr. Sue Dyson in person. General admission tickets for the screening will be available at the Tryon Theatre.”

The Tryon International Film Festival spans three days, commencing from October 6-8th. To secure tickets, access schedules, and explore educational opportunities, kindly visit:

Press Contact for the Tryon International Film Festival:  Kirk Gollwitzer

 For information on The 24 Behaviors film, contact: Kathryn Lauritzen,

To download The Train With Trust Project’s Field Guide to the 24 Behaviors for free, or to purchase the poster, go to