TRIFF announces new addition to lineup

Published 12:12 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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“The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain: Shifting the Paradigm of How We See Lameness,” a 35-minute documentary directed by Kathryn Lauritzen, delves into the intricate relationship between equine behavior and underlying pain, featuring the distinguished expertise of equine orthopedics authority, Dr. Sue Dyson.

The film embarks on an emotive journey through the eyes of a young girl and her inseparable connection with her horse. As she strives to ensure her beloved equine companion’s comfort, audiences are educated on the early indications of pain and the pivotal role behavior plays in identifying and addressing equine discomfort.

TRIFF is highlighting the integral role of its partnership with the Equus Television Network in bringing the documentary to the forefront. Through their collaborative efforts, this film has captured the festival’s attention, reflecting a shared commitment to promoting equine welfare and knowledge.

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Diana DeRosa, a driving force at Equus Television Network, forged the relationship that brought the documentary to the festival’s attention. Her dedication to elevating equine-focused content has been instrumental in bringing Dr. Sue Dyson’s insights to the forefront of the equestrian community’s consciousness.

Dyson holds an esteemed position within the equine veterinary sphere. With a career spanning decades, her pioneering research in equine lameness and poor performance has left a profound impact. Graduating as a veterinarian from the University of Cambridge in 1980, Dr. Dyson managed a clinical referral service for lameness and poor performance at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, attracting clients worldwide for 37 years. Her holistic approach, seamlessly merging horsemanship skills with veterinary proficiency, has earned her international acclaim and recognition as an advocate for equine well-being.

Lydia Juenger, a distinguished advisor to the festival and a revered figure within the equestrian community, expressed her anticipation for the documentary, sharing, “The blend of cinematic storytelling and Dr. Sue Dyson’s unparalleled expertise promises an engaging and enlightening experience for our local equestrian enthusiasts. ‘The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain’ beautifully portrays the heartfelt journey of a young girl and her horse, casting a spotlight on an essential facet of equine health.”

Post-screening, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to partake in an extended Q&A session with Dr. Sue Dyson herself. This interactive segment pledges to be both enlightening and educational, providing attendees with the chance to delve deeper into the subject matter, exchange insights, and draw from Dr. Dyson’s wealth of knowledge and experience.

“We are honored to introduce this remarkable documentary to Tryon’s equestrian community,” said Kirk Gollwitzer, the festival’s co-founder. .“This event serves as a special occasion for our equestrian enthusiasts to witness the film and meet Dr. Sue Dyson in person. General admission tickets for the screening will be available at the Tryon Theatre.”

The Tryon International Film Festival spans three days, commencing from October 6-8th. To secure tickets, access schedules and explore educational opportunities, visit:


Submitted by Kirk Gollwitzer