Synopsis: HOLD YOUR HORSES: The Limit of The Law” is a feature length documentary that covers the limits faced in prosecuting those involved in the abuse cases called The Hanging Barn (Clarion County Pennsylvania) and SAVE the Havasupai Pack Animals (Grand Canyon, Arizona). Arizona cinematography by Rob White. These two stories were featured in the 2017 Spotlight Rescue Series short PSAs. This new film calls for legislation to address issue of animal cruelty across the country, discusses alternatives and gives resources for educating and reporting abuse in your area. The film includes interviews with Bev Dee and Connie Schrekengost, as well as several other volunteers with Bright Futures Equine Charity, who discovered the horses in the Hanging Barn and were able to save some of the horses. Susan Ash, founder of SAVE (Stop Animal Violence), interviews with Bruce Anderson, Nature’s View clinician and consultant, Neta Ryne and Amber Taylor of Thundering Hooves, and H Leroy Stearns, former Executive Director of the Crawford County Humane Society. The film concludes with a call to action to institute federal legislation in animal cruelty cases.
Julianne Neal is an award-winning director, producer and educator, committed to creating films which raise awareness of issues facing horses and their owners. She is the director of the critically acclaimed documentary, “A Pony and His Boy,” one of many films that Julianne has directed for the Spotlight Rescue Series, a partnership with the EQUUS Film Festival.
“A Pony and His Boy,” tells the story of Josh, an 8-year-old boy living with Down syndrome, and the transformative effect of his relationship with a 28-year-old pony named Berry. A Winnie Award fan favorite when it debuted at the EQUUS Film Festival in 2018, the film demonstrates the value of the older equine beyond its peak performance years.
Julianne is committed to helping better the lives of both horses and humans through improved relationships and understanding. With her partner Bruce Anderson, Julianne is the co-founder of Nature’s View Natural Humanship, an organization dedicated to improving the mental and physical well-being of horses and humans. They also coordinate The Marley Project, a nonprofit committed to supporting equine educational and public service projects.
Julianne is the coordinator of visual and performing arts for the Fairfield County School District in South Carolina. She is a graduate of the Director’s Program of the Manhattan Film Institute and the founder and owner of JA Media Connections. Julianne is also the host of the EQUUS Film Festival’s annual stop in Camden, South Carolina.