Our Story

Lisanne and Hannah first met back in 2014 at the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Nampa, ID. After lightly keeping in contact for several years, Lisanne interned under Hannah for a couple months in the fall of 2019. While there, they briefly talked about a grand adventure. Then COVID hit and disrupted Hannah’s usual International travel schedule, provoking her to rekindle the idea of a grand adventure with Lisanne.

About Us


Hannah Catalino- Rider

Training mustangs at liberty is Hannah’s specialty. She has traveled internationally to do so, eagerly sharing her wealth of knowledge. While at her Montana home, Hannah spends long days in pursuit of equine development. She has a natural talent for approaching these wild animals with an even-tempered tone and poised energy, building a relationship of trust and confidence. Hannah is excited to explore more of her own country from the back of her personal mustangs.


Lisanne Fear- Rider

Growing up in Wyoming, Lisanne loves to inspire others to adopt wild horses. Her home state provides stunning backdrops while she shows what these wild horses are capable of. Lisanne brings with her formal survival and emergency response training, experience packing her horses into the wilderness, and a passion for the outdoors. From a young age, Lisanne has had an internal appetite to test her boundaries. A 5,000 mile ride from coast to coast fits quite well on her path.

Lisa Diersen

Executive Director

Lisa Diersen is stepping into the role of Executive Director for the Mustang Discovery Foundation, coordinating ground logistics, press, documentary development, marketing, and sponsorships.

Lisa is an avid equestrian; she has spent her life in the company of horses. Riding since she could sit in a saddle. Lisa has a great appreciation for all types of equestrian disciplines. She is the Founder and Director of the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest. The fest empowers storytellers to show the rich history and diverse tapestry of horses in human culture through equestrian content, film, art, and literature. The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest is the first film festival oriented around equestrian themed content from all over the world that also travels the world. Screening feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, training educational materials, art and literary, covering all equestrian disciplines, creating a home for the storytellers of the horse world.

Diersen will be working with EQUUS TV and J A Media Productions, developing video content and production for the Mustang Discovery Ride. There will be a Docu-Series, weekly Podcast and Documentary created as the journey progresses.

Creating an interactive experience for all Social Media outlets, inviting other riders and groups to join the ride as they travel across the country.

Lisa will be directing a team of photo journalist and videographers who will be joining the trip, each giving their own creative perspective on the ride. Plans are underway to Zoom into classrooms in the US, India, and Mongolia. More locations to be added as the program expands, bringing the Mustang Discovery Ride to the public.

Diersen also worked with Benjamin Oberman on the development and launch of the EQUUS Film Channel ON DEMAND Platform, to bring the best of the fest into your home and onto your handheld devices. EQUUS Film Channel ON DEMAND is a broadcast channel for all people who love horses, for all equestrians and equine professionals, giving those involved in the equestrian industry, an opportunity to share their story to a growing global audience. Created for Horse Lovers… by Horse Lovers!

Her mission is to show the world how horses can bring everyone together regardless of race, age, gender, abilities, or disabilities. Lisa is passionate about the education and enlightenment of others to the wonderful world of horses and everything they can do to enrich our lives. Education about the Mustang Discovery Ride project and the positive effect it will have on Mustang horses, is just another way to get the message of the horses out to the horse lovers of the world.

Producer and writer credit on the DOWN Syndrome equine documentary “A Pony And His Boy: The Story Of Berry & Josh” for the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City and the National DOWN Syndrome Congress 2019 with SPOTLIGHT Rescue Series partner and film director Julianne Neal. Working on additional SRS documentaries to add to the series she and Neal started in 2017.

Published equine author with many articles to her credit and a book in development. Diersen spent the early part of her career with General Motors in engineering, then moving into the subdivision development and home/barn building market, before returning to her first love….... working with horses! She spends her time, when not promoting equestrian film and the Mustang Discovery Ride, having fun and spending time with her faithful Jack Russell Terrier, Amore, the silver Lusitano stallion love of her life, Urano VO and the herd. lisa@equusfilmfestival.net +1-630-272-3077