The theater was sold out with horse lovers who came together on Wednesday, March 30th, in Wellington, Florida, renown winter hub for equestrians, to view and celebrate the new documentary, “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses”, as well as join in for the Q&A with celebrated horse welfare experts following the film. Steven Latham, Producer and Co-Director, Gerry Byrne, Vice Chairman, Board Member, Penske Media, publisher of The Robb Report, the presenting sponsor of the screening, and Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP of Engagement, welcomed the movie-goers.
Panelists included representatives of two charities featured in the film — Neda DeMayo, Founder and President, Return to Freedom, Jimmy Welch, President, Veterans R&R, and Patti Gruber, Program Director, Operation Wild Horse, a Veterans R&R program along with Chris Heyde, one of the nation’s leading animal protection lobbyists.
Richard Couto, Founder, Animal Recovery Mission with Valerie Angeli, Neda DeMayo, and Steven Latham
Gerry Byrne, Patti Gruber, Neda DeMayo, and Jimmy Welch
“We are thrilled that this beautiful movie is creating new and much-needed awareness of the plight of the American wild horse. We hope it will inspire viewers help make a difference for these living icons of freedom and the American West,” said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP of Engagement.
John Barlett and Jacqueline Taylor from EQUUS Television Network with Neda DeMayo, Valerie Angeli, and Steven Latham
Neda DeMayo, Chris Heyde, and Jacqueline Taylor
“The Wild Horse issue is an on-going tragedy and a challenge with no easy answers,” said Angeli. “But, as this film shows us, the time is now to stop looking away, and to really understand this complicated issue and know what options there are for these beautiful and majestic horses that have a right to be safe and protected.”
Aimee Sadler, Founder/CEO, Dogs Playing for Life
Catherine Herman, EQUUS Foundation Vice Chair
“These living, breathtaking symbols of freedom and the American west need our help more than ever to survive and thrive – and we can be their hope. This award-winning film shows us how, and we are proud to support it and share it,” said Angeli.
Watch the trailer here
|The film takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places few people have seen or even know about. There are more than 80,000 wild horses on our federal lands and more than 50,000 in government corrals.Executive produced by Robert Redford, Patti Scialfa Springsteen and Jessica Springsteen, the film includes songs by Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and an original song written by Diane Warren and performed by Blanco Brown.
Sophie and Grace Stenbeck with Valerie Angeli, and Rebecca and Amelia Burnside
Steve and Abbi Bentz (center) with Chris Septer (left) and Laurie Waggoner (right) of South Florida SPCA
|The EQUUS Foundation will be offering an exclusive virtual private screening of the film featuring a Q&A with several of the film’s participants and mustang experts on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 pm.
You are welcome to RSVP for this screening as well as share this link – equusfoundation.org/wild — with your friends and associates.
The EQUUS Foundation will be matching the first $25,000 raised in association with its Stepping Out for America’s Horses campaign running now through June 15 to benefit America’s Wild Horses! Learn how you can help here.