​​​EQUUS Film Festival 

 

PREMIER OF A NEW DOCUMENTARY FOCUSING ON A YOUNG BOY WITH DOWNS SYNDROME AND HIS PONY

An award-winning heartwarming story about an 8-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome and a very special little 28-year-old pony.

Directed by: Julianne Neal / 23 minutes

Breaking Announcement, “A Pony And His Boy” has been selected to screen at the National Down’s Syndrome Congress in June!

Presented by: Wm. F. Meyer CO. Plumbing and Piping Supplies

EQUUS Film Festival is proud of our partnership with Director Julianne Neal who has helped to create the Spotlight Rescue Series. We are working together to bring the issues facing horses today to the world through documentaries. Collaborating as well to highlight some of the wonderful stories of horses helping people. The new film “A Pony And His Boy”, is one of those stories. Many people have now found the wonderful power of horses to help break through the silence of Autism and PTSD. This film addresses Downs Syndrome and the power of horses to help us connect. Berry, the pony star of the film, teaches us that even though a pony may be old it doesn’t mean he can’t find a new job and be loved.

 “A Pony and His Boy: The Story of Berry & Josh” directed by Julianne Neal, shows the power of a pony and the effect that he has had on one small boy. Josh, an 8-year-old with Downs Syndrome, had been afraid of animals, especially horses all  his life. One summer afternoon, when walking in the pasture full of horses with his mom and Lisa, Josh was asked "Do you want to ride?" When he surprisingly said yes, they caught him off-guard, swept him up and placed him on Berry. The relationship that started between Berry and Josh that day has been life-changing, not only for Josh, but for everyone who loves him.

Filmed in Illinois, North and South Carolina, plus featuring heartfelt testimonials and informative interviews, “A Pony and His Boy” is a testament to the power of the horse.

WINNIE Award winner in New York City!

We will also screen a selection of WINNIE Award winning Equine Therapeutic Riding and Healing Horses documentaries, direct for the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City December 2018, throughout the evening.

There will be a 30-minute meet and greet before the films begin were you will be able to meet the stars of the film and the filmmaker.

WHAT IS DOWNS SYNDROME?

In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm – although each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all.