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.

0 thoughts on “Prepping for My First Equus Film Festival

  1. If you take a dog or horse with you, no need for awkward. People will flock to the animal and engage you in small talk about said animal.

    1. So true! Last year horse trainer Lindsey Partridge brought her horse, Dreamer, all over NYC and was a huge hit. I’m definitely not planning on bringing an animal, but I do have another conversation starter up my sleeve. 😉

  2. Congratulations! This is so exciting and I’m so happy for you! I’m going to try to make it.

    1. Would LOVE to see you there and finally meet in person!

  3. That’s amazing, congratulations!! You must be so proud of all you’ve accomplished and in such a short period of time. Good luck and I’m sure you’ll do great.

    1. Thank you so much. It’s been an amazing year!

  4. Great post and this event sounds like so much fun, actually any event with animals is fun and those are the ones I love the best. Enjoy

    1. Hopefully someone else will bring a horse this year, otherwise we’ll all be disappointed.

  5. Wow you have been SO busy!! What fun and exciting things! It’s so cool Dreamer was stabled with you! Such a pretty name too. I am going to my first blog conference next year – a pet conference and I am not taking any pets with me. want to be sure to be able to absorb and focus on everything to learn as much as I can. Also my pets are not travel friendly. Too old, too young, etc. I love the name of your book! Equestrian Handbook of Excuses is so catchy – I want to read it!

    1. That is exactly what I did last year, and I’m glad I chose to leave the dogs at home. I wouldn’t have been able to concentrate at all and I learned so much. Looking forward to meeting you in Kansas City.

      1. Can’t wait either! I am so excited about the event and meeting you and other amazing people I have met through BlogPaws!

        1. You are going to have an amazing time!

  6. Congratulations! How exciting it is to get an award for your first book! I’m confident that you’ll have plenty of people wanting to buy an autographed copy, regardless of what your “surprise” will be. Anyone who’s ever loved a horse will appreciate your humor and love of riding. Enjoy the Festival!

    1. Thank you! It’s definitely a short and sassy book, inspired by the blog actually. I’m honored for it even to be considered and plan to learn from this as I’m writing a full length book now.

  7. How exciting and congrats! I had no idea there was a film festival and literary event for horse people. I love it! Good luck!

    1. Yes, isn’t it amazing? Equestrians are definitely a small niche of animal lovers and this event is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to meet some of my idols in person and find new inspiration.

  8. First let me say Congratulations on all your success so far. I know you are only getting started. Your journey is so inspiring. All your hard work is paying off. Good luck at your upcoming events.

    1. Thank you so much!

  9. How exciting! Congratulations on being nominated for a Winnie! I hope you have a wonderful time, and I look forward to reading all about it.

    1. Thanks Beth! It’s going to be so much fun, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

  10. Wow, You’ve had an incredible year! I’m sure you’ll do just fine at your book signing. I’m a bit jealous since I haven’t finished my book yet and would love to be an author at a signing!

    1. It’ll happen just keep writing. I’m working on another book now (the one I’ve always wanted to write but have been too afraid) and this is giving me great experience. It’s been wonderful having support of friends, family, and other writers to nudge me when I need it.

  11. Congratulations!! It sounds like you have had a busy year filled with a lot of fun and success! I hope you have a nice time at the film festival!

    1. Thank you so much. This definitely feels like I’ve chosen the right path and I couldn’t be more happy than I am now.

  12. So proud of you!! it’s been so awesome watching your evolution with your blog, and now this book. 😀 Good luck!!!!

    1. Thanks Shelby, I appreciate you following along on this crazy journey.

  13. Congratulations! I know you are so excited to attend the festival and I hope you have a wonderful time! I’m sure once you begin talking about animals, everything will be a piece of cake!

    1. So very true! I think I’m just a bit intimidated and don’t know what to expect. But I was nervous at BlogPaws and had the best time. So this will hopefully be the same.

  14. How exciting! I know you’re nervous but I think you’ll do great at the book signing. You’ve made some wonderful connections & are building relationships. That’s so important. Good luck!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    1. Thanks Cathy, as usual I couldn’t agree more with you. I am honored to be attending and having the opportunity to meet some amazing horse lovers.

  15. Congratulations on how far you have come in such a short time. Enjoy yourself at the Festival. When you smile, people will smile with you…rule of attraction marketing 🙂

    1. Great advice! I’ll be traveling there solo, but have the benefit of knowing NYC and just wanting to enjoy myself!

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