Preparing for the Equus Film Festival
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Prepping for My First Equus Film Festival

Looking back on the last year is making me feel inspired and incredibly grateful. This time last year I had a new business, no blog, and a chance encounter with a horse trainer from Canada. The Equus Film Festival is this week, and I’m attending for the first time and as an author!  


Preparing for the Equus Film Festival

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In the last year….

It’s been an amazing year. In October 2016, Lindsey Partridge, who won both competitive trails and freestyle in the 2016 Retired Racehorse Project, brought her horse Dreamer to my barn. She was in town for the Equus Film Festival because Dreamer was appearing in the movie Unbridled, which became the winner for Best Feature Film. You can read all about my experience in one of my first blog posts, An Impromptu Surprise with Harmony Horsemanship. 

A lot has happened in the months following. Our holistic wellness business for horses and dogs has really started to take off and we’ve partnered with a local integrative veterinarian to help as many animals as we can. My blog, Bridle & Bone, will be a year old in December. I’ve been nominated for several writing and blogging awards, and have won the Blogger Recognition Award and Top 100 Pet Blogs by Feedspot. Most importantly for this weekend is the publication of my short and sassy book, and it’s subsequent nomination for a Winnie Award at this year’s Equus Film Festival.

My little book, Equestrian Handbook of Excuses is an official 2017 Literary Selection. The Equus Film Festival starts this Friday, November 17th at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space in NYC. What a difference a year makes. It still seems unreal to me.


First-time Author

Truth be told, I’m very nervous.  Equestrian Handbook of Excuses is my first book. I don’t expect to win a Winnie Award by any means, although I know my book is funny and original. Everything is still new and I have a lot to learn. I’m in the Baby Greens, here! A great start but definitely room for improvement. I’ve learned a lot so far and have no doubt that I will meet some amazing people who I can learn from this weekend.

I’m prepping for a huge event with zero experience. Yikes! Thank goodness for Goodreads forums, Pinterest, and the gorgeous Carly Kade who won a Winnie Award in 2016 for her debut novel, In the Reins, and has kindly provided some guidance. After all, her book, In the Reins, won last year.

What to Expect

I admit that I viewed the photos and videos from previous film festivals to see what I should expect regarding what to wear. After all, I want to make a great impression. I will be having my first author signing. Now I’m used to setting up a table for horse shows and events with our aromatherapy products. But this time I’m on my own. Just me, myself, and my book that not many people have heard about.

So how do I encourage people to come chat with me? SinceI’m a newcomer to authorship and equestrian media I have a special plan in mind to encourage some traffic to my author table in the event space. Shhh, it’s a surprise. You’ll have to stay tuned on social media this weekend to catch a glimpse. I can’t just sit and wait for someone to talk to me. After all, nobody really knows my name just yet unless you happen to follow my blog. And if you do- thank you so much!

Make Connections

I am very excited to meet and talk with other equestrian writers, filmmakers, artists, and photographers. I know from my experience attending BlogPaws this year that I will likely meet some amazing and inspirational people.

This will be great practice for attending my local author signing on December 3rd, and for attending the American Horse Publications conference next year. I’m naturally awkward in big social gatherings so wish me luck. 

Join the fun and come say hello!

I have no idea what to expect, except that I will have a lot of fun and meet some amazing equestrians from around the world. I am honored to be one of them and extremely humbled to be asked.


Heather Wallace, Bridle & Bone

EQUUS Film Festival Pop-UP  Artist, Filmmakers & Literary Gallery

Location:  HELEN MILLS THEATER & EVENT SPACE 137-139 W. 26th St., Ny, NY 10001

Time:  Friday, November 17th 12 pm- 6 pm & Saturday, November 18th 12 pm – 6 pm

Want a signed copy of my book but can’t attend? Buy it below. 

Equestrian Handbook of Excuses

Stay tuned on social media @bridleandbone so I can fill you in on all amazing things at Equus Film Festival 2017 as a first-time attendee and as an author.


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