Take a young woman with a passion for horses looking for a grand adventure, add American Mustangs and a host of guest riders and you have the ingredients for the “Mustang Discovery Ride.” This documentary project tells the story of a journey across the United States on the American Discovery Trail (ADT) featuring Mustang trainer, Lisanne Fear, along with her Mustangs, dogs and support team.
The docuseries will follow up some of the struggles and triumphs that Lisanne and the Mustangs encountered on the trail, most attributed to the kindness of strangers met along the journey. We will also feature aspects of the ADT in each state, Mustang adoptions inspired by the project, college and university equine programs utilizing Mustangs, Veterans Programs in existence and other Mustang-related stories.
Episode 1: Follow the journey of Lisanne Fear, Mustang Trainer and founder of the Mustang Discovery Foundation, on the trail and continuing the journey to supporting Mustang training and adoptions across the country. Lisanne continues her work following the end of the ride at Limantour Beach, CA and returns to Wyoming to settle the herd and plan for her first Mustang training for the Fort Riley Color Guard.
Episode 2: Catch a glimpse of the inaugural Mustang Summit in Sacramento, CA as part of the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest 2022. This episode will introduce Lisa Diersen, founder of the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest and Executive Director of the Mustang Discovery Foundation. We will also feature TIP Trainers, Mustang panels, demos and more from the Summit at Rancho Murieta, CA.
Episode 3: Learn more about EET, a program in California designed to bring mustangs together with veterans who are experiencing difficulty reintegrating into civilian life. Through support from founder Mike Dunne to partners Clay McDermott (TIP Trainer) and Will Friday (Masterson Method practitioner), veterans have the opportunity to connect and work with Mustangs at Hole in the Sky Ranch and Norco, CA.
Episode 4: Learn more about Amanda Held, founder of HOOVES (Healing Our Veterans), and the organizations's work with veterans seeking recovery from service connected stress. Follow Amanda's cross country trek to connect with BLM agent Amy Dumas and pick up 4 young Mustangs from the Sacramento Prison Program to use in the program.
Episode 5: Meet Lynn Thomas, founder of Arenas for Change and Horses for Mental Health as she visits with Lisanne Fear on the trail at Grand Escalante National Monument, Utah. Learn more about the Seen Through Horses campaign to increase awareness about programs incorporating horses for mental health and personal growth.
Episode 6: Follow the journey of Bruce Anderson, SC trainer, as he moves through the process with the BLM and the Mustang Heritage Foundation to become approved in the Trainer Incentive Program. From Bruce's initial conversations with a BLM representative, to taking the first steps with an off-range Mustang, learn what it's like to become part of the program.
Episode 7: Follow TIP Trainer Sky Epperson as he initiates the Mustang Adoption Academy, a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting Mustang Adoptions through brain based horsemanship.
Episode 8: Visit with Mike Mylroie at Healing Horses Ranch in Eagle Mountain, Utah to learn more about their work in the community with rescued Mustangs.
Episode 9: Visit established Prison Programs to learn about ways inmates have the opportunity to work with Mustangs to help both the human and the horse.
Episode 10: Learn what is involved with participating in one of the challenges presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. We'll attend a TIP Challenge at Mullet Hall in South Carolina produced by Rebecca Bowman to increase awareness of the initial stages of starting a Mustang. We'll also feature Alisen Turpin, one of the youth participants at the Ocala Extreme Mustang Makeover event, as she learns the ropes with her yearling, Phoenix.
Episode 11: Visit with Trudy Midas, long-time equine supporter and founder of Espana Silk. Trudy was the impetus behind the beginning of the Mustang Discovery Ride as she introduced Lisa Diersen to Lisanne Fear and the team to bring Lisanne's vision to life. Trudy's influence spans all disciplines in the equine world with a "family" of equestrians, singers, songwriters and competitors all enjoying her support.
"A Mustang Story" is a media project covering the 2021/2022 Mustang Discovery Ride through the upcoming documentary, FearLis. The Documentary tells the story of Lisanne Fear, founder of The Mustang Discovery Foundation, and her journey across the United States on the American Discovery Trail (ADT) along with her Mustangs, dogs and support team. The team covered 12 states, coast to coast from Delaware to California, riding previously wild Mustangs while packing, camping and speaking about the power of these amazing animals. The Docuseries, A Mustang Story, will continue the effort to bring attention to these living legends with episodes covering people and programs across the country featuring Mustang attributes and successes.
While the ride itself is a separate funding project, JA Media Productions is producing the media coverage through the film, docuseries and podcast. Costs have included travel expenses, production time and filming, equipment/rentals and now post-production through editing and graphic design, music rights and insurance.
The support and contributions received will enable us to meet our goal of producing a moving, comprehensive documentary, as well as continuing the story through the series. Your generous donation will fund the mission.
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