Horsemanship Radio Episode 59 by Index Fund Advisors – Unbranded Documentary Star Ben Masters, American Polo Star Nic Roldan, Monty’s Trainer Tip

March 21st, 2016

Ben Masters and Nic Roldan, two popular stars of the American horse scene, join Monty Roberts to discuss where their hearts are leading their horsemanship. Jamie Jennings shares Monty’s Tip about working with horses with perhaps a lower flight response and Irish Sport Horses in particular. Listen in…

Horsemanship Radio Episode 59

Reagan’s Gone From Sliding Stops To Half-Halts

March 21st, 2016

Burbank, Calif.—Feb. 28

In the sea of huge warmbloods, all with equally huge gaits, at the Burbank CDI, Reagan stands out. He’s small—somewhere between 14.3 and 15 hands—and he’s a sturdy chestnut with white socks and a white face. He’s also a Quarter Horse who spent the first several years of his life under saddle learning the ropes of the reining world.

But stand out as he may, Reagan belongs here. Friday he topped the FEI Junior Team test with Francesca Sheld aboard, and Saturday the pair also won the FEI Junior Individual test with 64.76 perecent.

“He thinks he’s a big horse,” said Sheld. “We’re pretty convinced he thinks that. So I really don’t think there’s any prejudice against him. He’s awesome, and I love that I can ride a Quarter Horse, and he can do it.”

USEF Assistant Youth Dressage Coach Charlotte Bredahl-Baker has dabbled in reining and cutting herself, and she went to get some practice at a ranch in New Cuyama, Calif., several years ago.

“I rode this little horse there named Reygun,” she said. “I rode him on a trail ride, and it felt like he had a lot of power. He was quite hot, and he was a 5-year-old stallion at that time. But there was something about him that I really loved. I had this feeling, ‘He’s going to come back into my life.’ I’ve never been a breed snob, and I’ve always appreciated all breeds for whatever they can do. So there was something about him I really liked.”

The ranch had purchased Reygun (Dual Rey—Whim Gin, Gin Smokee) when he was 2, and they had high hopes for him as a reining horse or reined cow horse. But he wasn’t working out for the discipline.

“They said that he was super, super talented, but he was so hot in the show ring that he just couldn’t contain himself,” said Bredahl-Baker. “They were trying and trying and didn’t know quite what to do with him. I just had this feeling that I’d probably be hearing more about this horse.”

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(Reagan in the prize giving ceremony.)

The owners tried gelding him in hopes that he’d settle down, and when that didn’t work, they gave Bredahl-Baker a call. They asked if she’d take him and see if he’d work as a dressage horse for children.

“He was so hot, but there was something about him that told me I should do it,” said Bredahl-Baker. “I said, ‘Let me just have him for a while.’ They said, ‘You just keep him as long as you want, and then you can decide.’

“I wasn’t too sure for a couple of weeks because he was really hot,” she continued. “You could not put your leg on him. He had good reining training, but he was just hot. But I decided it was worth a try, and I didn’t have to pay much money for him, so I took a chance on him.”

Bredahl-Baker, who’d initially thought the gelding’s name was Reagan, changed it to that. And with time and training, Reagan settled down. Bredahl-Baker slowly trained him up to third level, and then she taught him all the movements in the Prix St. Georges and piaffe. Now, five years later and at 12, he’s learning one-tempis and some passage.

In addition to riding him herself, Bredahl-Baker started teaching some of her advanced students on him. Then Sheld came along about two years ago.

“Francesca first came to me on her own horse, and he was kind of wild and not really suitable for dressage,” she said. “I said, ‘Next time you come up for a lesson, you can ride Reagan.’ She’d never ridden beyond first level, so she started really learning from him. The rest is history.”

Sheld’s goal since she was 11 was to compete in the FEI Junior tests and qualify for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.

“I said, ‘It’s going to be tough because you’re going to be up against all these big-moving horses,’ ” said Bredahl-Baker. “But I said, ‘He’s well trained and a nice enough mover; he for sure moves bigger than most Quarter Horses, and he’s supple. He tries hard, so he has a lot going for him still. She was like, ‘I want to do it!’ I love it. I think it’s really cool. You don’t need a bazillion dollar horse to at least come out and get the experience and still be respectable. I think that’s hugely important.”

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(Reagan and Francesca Sheld)

This is the second CDI for Sheld and Reagan; they also contested the L.A. Winter CDI at this facility almost a month ago, winning the FEI Junior Team and Junior Individual tests. An error in their first test at this show bumped their score down a bit (61.43%), but Sheld is just thrilled for the experience.

“It’s so surreal just being here,” said Sheld. “Every moment I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is my dream.’ I couldn’t do it without Charlotte, and I’ve never been on a horse who’s so in tune with you and wants to work. And he’s so sane. I’ve never been on horse who’s so sane at a show.”

Sheld, 18, is a senior in high school with plans on attending college in Oregon for nursing next year. She knows she’ll likely take a break from competing then, though she wants to help with a therapeutic riding program in her spare time. Until then she’ll keep riding Reagan and learning with him.

“As far as learning to become a better rider, I think the horses that don’t have tons of natural gifts or gaits, they actually teach you more,” said Bredahl-Baker. “So it’s been a fun journey. Francesca has been great. She loves him, and he loves her.

“I think generally there isn’t prejudice [against his breed],” she added. “But there’s always going to be some, especially when you have the horse before you and the horse after you having twice the stride. That’s just how it is. But I just don’t worry about it too much. If you put in a really nice, correct, harmonious test, then as a trainer I’m very happy to see that. As a judge I’m happy to see that too.”

Austrian Tour: Ebreichsdorf | May 5, 2016

March 21st, 2016


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Monty Roberts, bekannt als „der Mann, der mit den Pferden spricht”, ist wahrlich eine lebende Legende. Er blickt auf eine einmalige Karriere als Reiter, Stuntman, Trainer, Züchter und Lehrer zurück – im Frühjahr 2016 gib er sich noch einmal die Ehre und kommt für 5 live Termine nach Deutschland und Österreich!

Fragt man den 80jährigen, seit wann er schon mit Pferden arbeitet, antwortet er grinsend: “Oh, ich bin erst im Alter von 3 Jahren ins Pferdebusiness eingestiegen.” Und er denkt gar …weiterlesen


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English Tour: Kingston Maurward College with Martin Clunes, Dorset

March 21st, 2016


Dates and information

Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks tour the UK helping owners and horses face their fears and learn to trust each other. Audiences leave with the knowledge that will help them for many years – inspirational demonstrations for horse lovers and equine novices alike

Dates and venues!

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Saturday 5th March 2016 Hadlow College, Hadlow College, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0AL Get tickets
Friday 11th March 2016 South View EC, Winsford Road, Wettenhall, Cheshire, CW7 4DL Get tickets
Saturday 19th March 2016 Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PX Get tickets

IH Members & Montys Online University Members Private Audience

IH Members & Montys Online University Members go in to the Private Audience and get to reserve the best seats! A Member can also bring up to two paying guests with tickets into the Private Audience.

If you’re not already a Member you can join us and buy your tickets online at the same time, just click here!

Demonstration Info

Doors open for IH Association Members  & Montys Online University Members at 6pm for the Private Audience with Monty and Kelly. Not yet a Member? Click here to see our other Members Benefits and Join us now!
Doors open at 7pm for the General Public.

The Main demonstration starts at 7.30pm finishing at 10.30pm

There is a half hour intermission around 9pm where Monty and Kelly will be available to answer questions or sign books (or anything!) during the intervals.

During the interval there will also be a IH Shopping Area and place to buy snacks though we recommend you bring you own snacks and flask if you don’t like to queue!

Ground Matters – Certified Monty Roberts Instructor, South East England >> Whispering Equus

March 21st, 2016

Ground Manners (2 days)

ground mannersOver 2 days you will learn invaluable tools that will have a dramatic impact on your horse’s ground maners and make you the effective leader that your horse needs. You will learn how very common owner “bad habits” and “bad timing” lead to many problems seen in horses, which can quickly escalate into much more serious/dangerous horse behaviour. If you own, or have ever worked with a horses that barges/kicks/bites/rears/won’t load into a trailer or lorry/is scared or of nervous disposition then this course is for you to find out why they behave the way they do!

You will learn about and how to use the Dually Halter correctly, and how to establish clear rules and boundries for your horse. Begin to “read” your horse so you can spot potential issues before they escalate, this will help you gain confidence whether you are on the ground or in the saddle. The more a horse trusts you on the ground, the more trust and respect he will have for you when you are in the saddle. This course can be combined with the other modular courses to count towards the Monty Roberts Introductory Certificate of Horsemanship. Horses and equipment provided


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Monty Roberts Announces Demonstration Dates 2016

January 31st, 2016

January 31, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts will tour the world in 2016, helping owners and horses face their fears and learn to trust each other.

March 5, 2016 English Tour: Hadlow College, Kent, UK
March 11, 2016 English Tour: Reaseheath College, Cheshire East, UK
March 19, 2016 English Tour: Kingston Maurward College with MARTIN CLUNES, Dorset

April 9, 2016 Demonstration in Vilhelmsborg, Denmark
April 24, 2016 German Tour: Zweibrücken, Germany
April 23, 2016 German Tour: Darmstadt, Germany
April 30, 2016 German Tour: Ohlstadt, Germany

May 5, 2016 Austrian Tour: Ebreichsdorf, Austria
May 7, 2016 Austrian Tour: Stadl-Paura, Austria
May 28–29, 2016 South African Tour: Johannesburg, South Africa

June 4–5, 2016 South African Tour: Cape Town, South Africa
July 17–21, 2016 Monty’s Special Training (translation in Portuguese), California, USA
August 1–5, 2016 Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, California, USA
August 22–September 2, 2016 Gentling Wild Horses course at Flag Is Up Farm, California, USA

March 21–23, 2016 Monty Roberts Certified Instructor’s Meet-Up in England, UK

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Interview with Monty Roberts and Chris Cox about the Road to the Horse

January 31st, 2016

January 31, 2016 Solvang, California: Horsemanship Radio announced that Monty Roberts and Chris Cox met recently in Brentwood, California after an interview which took place in January and is now being carried on the Horse Radio Network.

Monty Roberts is a life-long practitioner of gentle horse training and New York Times best-selling author of The Man Who Listens to Horses.

Chris Cox is a four time winner of the Road to the Horse competition held annually in Lexington Kentucky at the Alltech Arena. After a lifetime of horsemanship, Monty Roberts, Chris Cox and Road to the Horse judge Jack Brainard believe in sharing what the horses have taught them and are driven to impart their knowledge of the horse with the next generation.

The interview with Chris Cox, Monty Roberts and Jack Brainard can be found on the network directly:

The Horsemanship Radio Show is an online radio show dedicated to the exploration of good horsemanship throughout the world. Recent guests have included a special interview with Bob Baffert who, after training three Kentucky Derby winners, finally captures the Triple Crown of Horse Racing with American Pharoah. Author and trainer Mitch Bornstein was another guest who tells his story of saving Samson, in his book Last Chance Mustang. And Lee & Hallie Hanssen shared how they train and show happy, healthy Barrel Racing Horses. Upcoming interviews include Ben Masters of the movie Unbranded. is the fastest growing program on the Horse Radio Network which dominates horse programming podcasting in the United States. A podcast is nothing more than a radio show online.  The advantage over regular radio is the many choices of how and when to listen to the shows.  With podcasts people can listen on the website using the players in each show listings or by downloading the free app and listen on their ’smart’ phones. The shows are found in iTunes for free. It is all about choices.  People listen while cleaning stalls, on a trail ride, or driving to a horse show. Glenn Hebert of Horse Radio Network has been pleased with the response the show is getting and produces and shares air time on the show as well as his wife and partner Jenn Hebert, long time horsewomen herself.

Title sponsored by Index Fund Advisors with show sponsors and and hosted by Debbie Roberts Loucks (Monty Roberts’ daughter) the show includes segments, tips and interviews exploring good horsemanship. Host Debbie Roberts Loucks said “We care about the future of horses and horsemanship. It’s our listeners who make that happen and we are having fun sharing what they find entertaining and helpful.” The shows are aired the 15th and 30th of every month and can be found here:  Or people can also search for the Horsemanship Radio on the Horse Radio Network here: or download the app here:

People can find it free on iTunes:

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Horse Sense For Leaders – Quick Read Edition

January 14th, 2016

Horse Sense For Leaders


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Horse Sense For Leaders: Building Trust Based Relationships


Monty Roberts and Flag Is Up Farms Celebrate 50 Years Together in 2016

December 31st, 2015

December 31, 2015 Solvang, California: January 9, 2016 will kick off the celebrations on Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California. Called The Night of Inspiration, Monty will demonstrate his signature Join-Up®, starting a horse to his first saddle and rider in about 30 minutes. His history of starting horses since he was a young person inspires people to develop their skills in building trust and communication between horse and human.

Flag Is Up Farms is the internationally renowned starting point for some of the world’s most successful performance horses and highest earning racehorses. It is also the home of the Monty Roberts International Learning Center and equine celebrity Shy Boy.

Monty and Pat Roberts, with their team of exceptional trainers have used force-free, Join-Up® training methods to start horses on their way to happy, healthy, and successful careers in a variety of disciplines and applications.

Remedial horses have found an environment among the team at Flag Is Up Farms that fosters a safe haven to mend troubling behaviors and get back on track for success.

Flag Is Up Farms’ notoriety as home to “The Man Who Listens to Horses,” Monty Roberts, has also created a demand to open the farm to the public.

Visitors are welcome from 9am to 5pm daily, with no fee or reservation required.
The farm and hacienda facilities which have been featured in Town & Country Magazine are also host to numerous corporate events throughout the year, offering an enriching and educational experience for your team.

Monty and Pat Roberts welcome you to learn more about the philosophies of Join-Up, violence free training and its many applications among the majestic landscape at Flag Is Up Farms.

November 30, 2015: Radiothon Features Trainer of American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, plus Monty Roberts and Charlotte Bredahl

November 30th, 2015
cyber monday
On Cyber Monday, November 30, the Horse Radio Network will give away over $3,000 in prizes, live on the HRN Holiday Radiothon, the Network’s first annual Holiday Radiothon to air on “Cyber Monday.” The premiere streaming event, sponsored by WeatherBeeta, runs from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (ET), and features over $3,000 in prize giveaways to listeners.

Don’t miss the 1pm Eastern time hour when Horsemanship Radio’s segment of the Radiothon will air the interview with Bob Baffert who trained four Kentucky Derby winners, six Preakness Stakes winners, and two each Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Oaks winners. This year, Bob and American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby, bringing his total number of victories in the Derby to four. American Pharoah is one of the leading contenders for Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsman of the Year because there was no other display of sportsmanship in 2015 that came close to what owner Ahmed Zayat and Bob Baffert did with American Pharoah. You can vote here: 

Top equestrian companies have lined up to offer their goods & services for HRN fans. Prizes from companies including: WeatherBeeta, Benefab, Sore-No-More, Dublin, Total Saddle Fit, Horse and Hunk Calendars, Cavallo Boots, Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks, Smooth Stride Jeans, Monty Roberts Equus Online University,, Distance Depot, Riders Sleeves, Gloria Austin, Mary Kitzmiller, Absorbine, and more.

Throughout the show, prizes will be given away every hour, with a grand prize announced at the end of the show. Listeners can enter to win prizes in one of two ways: log on to the HRN Holiday Radiothon website before November 27, 2015 and leave a message on the Voicemail with a holiday message of your choice.  or call in to the live show between 9 am and 9 pm eastern time, and tell us about your favorite holiday memory 
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Charlotte Bredahl-Baker is a well-known trainer and FEI judge who was born and raised in Denmark before moving to the United States at the age of 22. She has an impressive list of accolades, including a team bronze medal from the 1992 Olympic Games with Monsieur and a Team Silver medal from the 1997 North American Championship with Lugano. Additionally Charlotte is the Assistant Dressage Youth Coach to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). 
Monty Roberts first gained widespread fame with the release of his 1996 New York Times Best Selling book, The Man Who Listens To Horses; a chronicle of his life and development of his non-violent horse training methods called Join-Up®. Monty grew up on a working horse farm as a firsthand witness to traditional, often violent methods of horse training and breaking the spirit with an abusive hand. Rejecting that, he went on to win nine world’s championships in the show ring. Today, Monty’s goal is to share his message that “Violence is never the answer.” Roberts has been encouraged by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the award of the Membership in The Royal Victorian Order, as well as becoming Patron of Join-Up International. Other honors received were the ASPCA “Founders” award and the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award. Monty is credited with launching the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is the definitive learning tool for violence-free training.