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Lisa Diersen is an avid equestrian, she has spent her life in the company of horses. Founder and Director of the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest

Christmas Eve surprise for horse loving wife!

An unsuspecting Chicago woman who hadn’t owned a horse in 40 years went to a holiday get-together at a local stable and got the Christmas surprise of her life.

Mary thought her husband, Lou, was taking her to a small outdoor “Covid Safe” holiday get-together at Equestrian Events Stable on December 24, 2020. They entered the beautiful lobby and were asked to please follow Lisa to the other arena where the "Party" was going to be held. Walking through the main barn aisle they stopped at a beautiful festively decorated stall where Mary read a note that was rolled up in a Unicorn gift bag hanging on the stall. “You bought me a horse?” was all that Mary could say as she read the note! The big surprise video and photos have made their way around the world and back.

Along with her new Lusitano mare, Lou also purchased a 10 lesson packet of Dressage lessons with Equestrian Events trainer Bob Crane, who is also an accomplished equestrian artist.

Mary is an alum of William Woods University and rode in their equine program, she is super excited to get back "into the tack" with Frangelica.

Twin Daughters Are Also In Love With Frangelica

Frangelica, is a very lucky horse, she has entered into a totally horse loving family. Lou has already set up his very first lesson and both of their twin daughters want to start riding and spending time at the barn with their mom and her new beautiful Lusitano horse.

It's a Family Affair

It's a family affair!

It's a family affair!

Mary and Frangelica hit it off right away, they had an amazing first ride!

Mary and Frangelica hit it off right away, they had an amazing first ride!

Both twin daughters took a spin...

Both twin daughters took a spin...

Frangelica was a perfect lady for everyone who rode her!

Frangelica was a perfect lady for everyone who rode her!

Even Lou joined in the fun!

Even Lou joined in the fun!

Getting Back Into Horse Ownership

After 40 years away from owning her own horse, Mary is starting a checklist of things she will need to get started!

  • Saddle along with all of the matching tack and accessories
  • Breeches, her daughters had already given her riding boots
  • Grooming equipment
  • Setting up lessons with a trainer
  • Dressage??? What is this? Something new to learn!

Equestrian Events...More Than Just A Stable

Equestrian Events Stable and Event center is a State-of-the-Art Dressage and Jumping facility in Maple Park, Illinois, just 42 miles West of downtown Chicago. They offer full-service boarding and horse care along with a great selection of top trainers. Equestrian Events is also a championship equestrian special event venue, that is available for private event rental. Private parties, team-building events, concerts with equestrian performances, and more. The comfort and safety of you and your horse is at the forefront of barn management philosophy. 32 acres, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, turn-out pastures, horseback riding trails, climate-controlled clubhouse and more.

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You can see “The Big Red Barn” from Highway 47. The stable, arenas, paddocks, are nestled back on 32 acres. The environment is a retreat where you can focus on riding, learning, and relaxing with your horse and friends.

The indoor riding arena is well ventilated and heated during the winter months to ensure maximum comfort for you and your horse. The indoor arena features 3 sides of wall to wall mirrors, full-size standard dressage arena, a sound system, and a two-story viewing area. New Martin Collins fiber footing was installed in 2018. Footing is groomed daily.

45W017 Welter Rd. Maple Park, IL 60151 1-630-639-1093

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest

Founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, Fest Director, an avid equestrian who has spent her life in the company of horses. Lisa’s mission is to show the world how horses can bring everyone

together regardless of race, age, gender, abilities, or disabilities. She presently raises, trains, and loves Lusitano horses in Maple Park, Illinois, with her faithful campion, the spunky Jack Russell, Amore.

The EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. Every horse has a story, it’s our mission at the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest to share those stories, through film, art and literature.

Visit our website at and like us on FaceBook and Twitter.

Crane Equestrian Arts

Bob is a self-taught artist, among other things (including dressage rider, horse trainer and former advertising exec). He was born in San Francisco and grew up primarily in Arkansas. His artwork is collected throughout the United States. Bob currently resides in Illinois where he can watch his grandgirls grow up.

Crane Equestrian Arts has Gift Certificates available for horse lovers! Please call to purchase yours. 501-410-7600

Lessons On Lusitanos available!

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