Archive for January, 2017

 

Horse & Hound List of 50 Greatest Horsemen of All Time

Monday, January 30th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International

(949) 632-1856

January 27, 2017 Solvang, California: The January 12, 2017 issue of Horse & Hound magazine revealed their list of the 50 greatest horsemen of all time. Across seven pages of this iconic weekly magazine are those men and women from all walks of equestrian life with talents in horsemanship all can admire.

Monty Roberts’ photo is prominently placed on the cover which included William Fox-Pitt, John Whitaker and Xenophon. It reads “It was in 1989 that the Californian shot into the limelight when the Queen invited him to Windsor Castle to demonstrate his “Join-Up” technique, and he now visits her up to three times a year to help “start” her horses. To date he has worked with nearly 15,000 horses during his demonstrations, spreading his “non-violent” ethos worldwide.”

“It took quite some time, effort, and maybe just a few differences of opinion, for the Horse & Hound team to come up with our definitive list of equestrian greats,” said Horse & Hound‘s content director Sarah Jenkins. “Fifty really isn’t many and all time is a very long time!”

A total of 11 equestrian sports are represented, from hunting, driving and showjumping to polo, racing and endurance. Read more at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/50-greatest-horsemen-time-609702#JLz75ZK7drgjiHpv.99http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/50-greatest-horsemen-time-609702

Monty Roberts (Non-Violent Horsemanship)

Thomas Assheton Smith (Hunting)
David Barker (Hunting)
George Bowman (Driving)
David Broome (Showjumping)
Adolfo Cambiaso (Polo)
Sir Henry Cecil (Racing)
Ada Cole (Horse Welfare)
Frankie Dettori (Racing)
Boyd Exell (Driving)
William Fox-Pitt (Eventing)
Yvonne Goss (Team Chasing)
Carlos Gracida (Polo)
George Goring (Team Chasing)
Lucinda Green (Eventing)
Polly Gundry (Point to Pointing)
Joss Hanbury (Hunting)
Cynthia Haydon (Driving)
Carl Hester (Dressage)
Allister Hood (Showing)
Michael Jung (Eventing)
Jennie Loriston-Clarke (Dressage)
Sir Anthony McCoy (Racing)
Richard Meade (Eventing)
Bay Middleton (Hunting)
Rupert Nuttall (Hunting)
Reiner Klimke (Dressage)
Robert Oliver (Showing)
Charles Pahud de Mortanges (Eventing)
Marion Mould (Showjumping)
Sir Lee Pearson (Para Dressage)
Lester Piggott (Racing)
Martin Pipe (Racing)
The Queen (Multi-Discipline)
Colin Rose (Showing)
Jayne Ross (Showing)
Paul Schockemohle (Breeding)
General Jack Seely (Military)
Wendell Robie (Endurance)
Nick Skelton (Showjumping)
Harvey Smith (Showjumping)
Jill Thomas (Endurance)
Sir Mark Todd (Eventing)
Claire Tomlinson (Polo)
Vin Toulson (Showing)
David Turner (Point to Pointing)
Burkhard Wahler (Breeding)
Duke of Wellington (Military)
John Whitaker (Showjumping)
Xenophon (Dressage)

Monty Roberts and his team will be demonstrating in Brazil on March 11-12, in England and Scotland in March and Germany in April on dates and locations found here:

Monty will be working alongside his team demonstrating practical techniques to help your horse with clipping, loading, mounting, bucking and numerous other ground and ridden challenges.

Roberts’ first public demonstrations were in the United States beginning in 1986. They were limited to two or three public demonstrations per year. It was April of 1989 that he was invited by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to demonstrate at Windsor Castle. At the conclusion of one week’s work, Her Majesty arranged for 21 cities and 98 horses more, added to the 23 horses Roberts worked with at Windsor in a five-day period of time. The total on the trip was 121 horses.

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John Brazil, Jr., World Champion Winner of 20 Working Cow Horse Classes

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Solvang, January 9, 2017

From Monty Roberts:

Recently, because I am working on my second autobiography, Pat and I have been revisiting memories from my years of professional competition in the event called working cow horse. This competition originated in Spain and Portugal and tested the ability of finely trained horses to control cattle on ranches and open ranges. The Spaniards brought their horses and their horsemanship to the Western United States where they conducted popular competitions calling their four-legged partners, Working Cow Horses.

I began my competitive life at the age of four and was working cattle on horseback as far back as 1940. The working cow horse was celebrated at the largest horse shows in the Western United States. Salinas, California where Pat and I were born, hosted the largest of these competitions throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s.

In 1948 I clearly recall the first time I watched John Brazil Jr. competing on the competition grounds where I was born and raised. John won all three of the categories competed for in that particular year. John, a small man of Portuguese decent, was immediately a hero for me. He rode as if he was part of the horse. Few riders could match his skills at high speed or with the precise maneuvers required.

John had been working for Cutter Laboratories, a West coast company experimenting with animal vaccines. John’s job was handling cattle for them. Simultaneously, W.D. Dana, owner of the Empire State Building in New York City contacted John. He indicated that John had been recommended to him, as he had purchased a cattle ranch near Healdsburg, California. Mr. Dana agreed with John that he could continue to compete on horses purchased by Mr. Dana for the purpose of working cattle. John remained the trainer for Mr. Dana until his death in 1964. At that time a dispersal sale of the Dana horses allowed me to purchase one of John’s young prospects, a mare named Night Mist. I was able to win two world championships on Night Mist and amassed a record of 31 straight victories. Night Mist was one of my most successful working cow horses and is buried here on Flag Is Up Farms.

One segment of the working cow horse competition is called reining, which included flying lead changes and, while running at top speed, sliding stops and spins to illustrate the horse’s sensitive mouth and athletic ability. A second segment of the competition is called (herd work) cutting and requires the horse to control a single bovine animal by keeping it from returning to the herd. The third and final segment is to control a single bovine animal as if it was on the open ranges. The reined cow horse today still competes with one of the widest range of skills of any of the horse competitions.

After the Second World War and entering the 1950s, I began to compete with horsemen at the apex of the working cow horse division. Pat and I became close friends of John Brazil and his wife, Laurie beginning in the mid-1950s. I was in competition with John 20-30 times per year throughout my 20-year career as a professional schooling and showing the working cow horse.

While I competed in a wide range of disciplines, John Brazil specialized in the working cow horse and competed solely in that discipline.

Throughout my professional life in competition I met individuals who had dozens of different personalities and acted with a variety when it came to integrity. John Brazil was and is the epitome of a gentleman. The world of horse competitions is rife with people who would criticize another’s work to judges or anyone who might be inclined to listen. I never knew John Brazil to criticize anyone. This man inspired me to take on the promise to myself that I would never openly criticize another horseman by name in public. I believe this attitude has served me well.

My books, tours travels and executing the decisions I made for my career post-competition retirement, have consumed my life for the past 28 years. About a year ago, while conversing with Al Dunning, a mutual friend and speaking of great horsemen, Al told me that John Brazil at 95 was still alive, healthy and working with his horses. I asked Pat to discover contacts for John and said I wanted to go wherever he now lived and have a good visit. She made arrangements to drive the eight hours to Geyserville, California, a small village in the heart of the northern California wine country.

I must say I have to thank Pat for driving every mile of the 16-hour round trip, but she agrees that it was well worth the effort. Not only did we find John Brazil alive and well, but also his wife, Laurie was right there with him. John was born in 1922 and served with the US armed forces in WW II. John and Laurie were married in 1946 and recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. John is still working with about 10 head of horses and caring for the 20 or so head of cattle he uses for his working cow horses. The four of us visited for five to six hours, finishing with dinner at their favorite restaurant in Geyserville.

In going through John’s stable, it was clear that it might be difficult to place a large Western saddle on the back of these horses. He agreed that in the last several years he used a pulley device he designed and made himself suspended from the rafters. With his invention he could attach his saddle at the level of his waist and then elevate the saddle so he could place it on the back of the horse without having to lift the weight. John then explained to Pat and I that after watching our videos, he has trained his horses to the mounting block, which he now admits to using even though he used it for about five years before admitting that!

John Brazil, Jr. (left), and Monty Roberts (right)

John Brazil, Jr. (left), and Monty Roberts (right)

My goal is to give John Brazil as much credit as I can for influencing me to act in a gentlemanly fashion to those I deal with, whether in the horse business or simply in life itself. Today’s forms of communication are often filled with slanderous remarks toward one another, criticisms of the opinions of our fellow man or just plain being rude for the sake of it. If I were in charge of finding a person who was best suited to molding the character of the next generation, John Brazil Jr. would be my choice.

I have spoken of and written about my eight world championships in the working cow horse discipline. John Brazil won 20 world championships in the working cow horse division. He is humble to the extent that very few people know of him, which is a shame really, but it is truly the story of John Brazil. John has chosen not to be a public figure. At 82, I only hope that I can use John’s influence to encourage the next generation to appreciate the value of integrity, honesty and a respect for our fellow man.

 

 

 

 

 

Monty Roberts Adds Demonstration Dates in Germany

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Media Contact: Debbie Loucks
Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
(949) 632-1856

Monty Roberts has announced this year’s dates in Germany which are: 

March 31, 2017 Monty Roberts Germany Tour in Munich

April 9, 2017 Monty Roberts Germany Tour in Redefin

April 20, 2017 Monty Roberts Germany Tour in Dorsten

April 22, 2017 Monty Roberts Germany Tour in Alsfeld
 
In the United Kingdom, Roberts will be demonstrating again in March leading up to the dates in Germany. The locations will be announced at http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/
 
Roberts’ first public demonstrations were in the United States beginning in 1986. They were limited to two or three public demonstrations per year. It was April of 1989 when he met Her Majesty, the Queen. At the conclusion of one week’s work at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty arranged for 21 cities and 98 horses that were added to the 23 horses Roberts worked with at Windsor in a five-day period of time. The total on the trip was 121 horses.

A recent count Roberts’ overall statistics read like this:

27 years
10,800 horses
2,763 public events
2.3 million miles
3.6 million attendees
41 countries
2,950 untrained horses (first saddle and first rider)
2,750 non-loaders
5,100 random remedial horses
Cancellations – zero
Illnesses – zero
 

 

Launch of Groundbreaking Methods to Reduce Violence

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks for Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
(949) 632-1856 debbie@montyroberts.com 
Katie Cunningham Lead-Up International katie@join-up.org 
 
In 2017, Lead-Up International will officially launch in Solvang, California, at Flag Is Up Farms during the week of February 13. Lead-Up International, partner of Monty Roberts’ Join-Up International, recently announced that the journal ‘Human Animal Interaction Bulletin’ has published a report by Dr. Judith Gibbons and team with scientific evidence of reduced violence and abuse toward horses and people through the Lead-Up Program.  Lead-Up International is an original and compelling Leadership Program that aims to create peaceful leaders through workshops with horses. 

The Lead-Up program is based around workshops with horses in which participants are introduced to humane ways of handling and interacting with horses. Participants discover non-violence and non-aggression for themselves through interactions with horses and principally through the experience of Join-Up® with a horse, the non-violent training system designed by Monty Roberts author of The Man Who Listens to Horses. Convinced there must be a more humane and effective system to train horses Monty created Join-Up, a consistent set of principles based on the horse’s inherent body language and herd-behavior. The result of Join-Up is a willing partnership based on mutual respect and trust.
Roberts has been recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who acknowledged his work by honoring him with the Royal Victorian Order and who is also Patron of Join-Up International, the 501 c 3 non-profit formed to educate people in these concepts. The Queen has also recognized Catherine Cunningham, Founder of Lead-Up International for her efforts to reduce violence in Guatemala. Queen Elizabeth is following the development of this program for the humane treatment of animals and trust based relationships with humans.

“The Lead-Up Program helps participants learn how to improve their self-awareness and regulate their body language and emotions through specialized interactions with horses and specifically through the embodied experience of Join-Up. Participants intrinsically learn that violence is not necessary and that they can be powerful yet peaceful leaders through self-awareness and better control of body language and emotions,” said Katie Cunningham, Founder, lifelong horsewoman and promoter of equine and human welfare.

The Lead-Up team has been developing the program since 2012 and has partnered with global organizations and local NGOs in Guatemala who have expressed the growing need to reduce violence in the communities they serve. Their team is international and varied in their talents but have in common the desire to take these groundbreaking methods to the world. 
February 10-12, the Horse Sense and Healing program of Join-Up International will be again providing an experiential clinic for Veterans and First Responders exposed to traumatic stress. Join-Up International is a California non-profit organization (tax ID 77-0459889) founded by world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts. Join-Up is dedicated to promoting gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force in both equine and human relationships. Roberts’ unique and gentle method of using the horse’s own language to achieve breakthrough results is revolutionary, but not magical. Communication is a gift all have and it can be practiced and developed.

“My goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and for people, too.”—Monty Roberts

Join-Up International seeks to foster the adoption of skills among a greater audience, insuring their preservation for generations to come. Join-Up concepts have helped abused women and children, and their abusers, too, as well as special needs children, youth at risk, prison inmates, foster families, children and adults with a history of abuse and war veterans.

Lead-Up International is seeking Founding Members to help launch a broader campaign to share these workshops with more organizations, people and horses. For more information about the program or to schedule a presentation, write to katie@join-up.org