Goodnight Ladies – a 37-minute documentary about the world’s most famous Master of Fox Hounds, Nancy Penn Smith Hannum – has won a WINNIE award at the Equus Film Festival for best of Equestrian History.
Directed by Christianna Hannum, Nancy’s granddaughter, the film is an epic story of a woman whose passion for her sport was unbridled.
“My grandmother was as famous as they come,” said Christianna. “She hunted in Chester County for more than a half-century. How to capture her on film? She broke every bone in her body riding fast horses and jumping big fences. People worshipped her.
“Goodnight Ladies is a film about an archaic sport, yes, but also a film about class, about America, and about a woman who never stopped in the pursuit of what she believed in.”
The Equus Film Festival was founded in 2013 to highlight and award the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse. The festival empowers storytellers to show the rich history and diverse tapestry of horses in human culture through equestrian content.
Nancy Penn Smith Hannum died in 2008.