With a return to "in person" events in 2022, the Camden Tour Stop was held at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center as an educational event. From presentations by Dr. Pebbles Turbeville of Horses and Humans Ressearch Foundation, Amanda Malanuk of Carolina Therapeutic Riding and Julianne Neal of The Marley Project to equine creative arts activities with VickysArt and health and wellness sessions with ClearlyRoz, visitors experienced more than just films. The event was featured on the EQUUS Television Network as correspondents Diana DeRosa and Jacqueline Taylor provided coverage for the Carolina Cup, the Kershaw County Humane Society Food Truck Fest and the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest Screenings.
In 2023, host 501(c)(3) organization, The Marley Project, Inc. will take a one-year break from producing the festival tour stop to provide support for the inaugural year of The Mustang Summit. Hosted by the 2022 Equus Film & Arts Fest in December in Sacramento, CA, the original Summit was founded as part of the initiative to expand the Mustang education of the horse-loving general public. Ongoing Mustang Summit events will werve as a platform for Americans and Mustang enthusiasts to learn, express views, share experiences and discuss issues on an open stage. The Summit is a safe environment to ask questions, listen to experts, understand more about the current conditions of the American mustang on and off the range. The various panels discuss issues such as healthy mustang numbers, mustang gathers, mustangs in holding, successful gentling and training programs, competitive events, kill pens, youth programs, prison programs, veteran & healing mustang programs. Original presenters for the California event included TIP Trainers Sky Epperson and Mike Cassedy on combined training methods, Clay Mcdermott and Will Friday on TIP and Masterson Methods used in Equine Empowered Therapy experiences, Bruce Anderson and Lynn Carnes on incorporating Natural HumanshipTM equine programming into Creative Spirits Unleashed trainings, Amy Dumas on safety measures used with untouched Mustangs and Burros in emergency situations, Amanda Held on the HOOVES program for Veterans using Mustangs, Lynn Thomas on the inaugural Horses for Mental Health Campaign and JP Dyal and Lisa Calder on Heart of the Horse.
We look forward to returning with the Camden Toup Stop in 2024. For now, please continue to support Camden's vintage Little Theatre for amazing films throughout the year!