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Monty Roberts Shares the Story of the Spanish Riding School

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Solvang, CA, August 31, 2017:  Even world-famous horse trainers can be awed by opportunities when they recognize a chance of a lifetime. At 82, while on tour in Europe, Monty Roberts received an invitation to demonstrate his methods of Join-Up® in the famous school on the 2nd July, 2017 in Vienna. Horsemanship Radio asked Roberts to share his experience in a special interview, no other outside trainer has ever been able to grant. 
 
On September 1, 2017 Horsemanship Radio will post the full length interview with Monty Roberts at www.HorsemanshipRadio.com 

The traditional Spanish Riding School, where the art of classic dressage education has been cultivated for 465 years, opened its doors for the first time for a demonstration of horse mastership by a trainer other than one of their own. Roberts’ understanding of horses is characterized by body language and based on the natural behavior of Equus, the flight animal which recognizes intent and will follow and work with a trustworthy horseman. Roberts has won nine world championships himself in the show ring, as well as training countless champions in his storied career. 
 
Monty sees himself as a gentler of horses who encourages all breeds to a trusting relationship with humans in all disciplines. Roberts accepted the invitation to demonstrate at the Spanish Riding School as,  “…a dream fulfilled. I always wanted to go see the Spanish Riding School” said Roberts. “This was a pivotal day in my life. You could call it the pinnacle. I am 82 but I feel 12 years old!”
 
The Spanish Riding School brought Roberts five horses of different origins, one untrained, one to gentle, two with problems and one that refused to load in a trailer. One belonged to the Head of Communications for the School, Andrea Kerssenbrock: 

“I’m in love with my horse and the bond between us became stronger than before this unique experience. I appreciate so much that we have had these days with Monty.” said Kerssenbrock, owner of Amos who was the first mount in the demonstration that night. She and her husband Franziskus von Kerssenbrock brought Amos for Roberts to train. “Amos behaved like a real ‘champion’ – relaxed and trusting. We’re supposed to take good care of him, the deeply impressed Monty Roberts gave us the way. We will!”


Each horse was dealt with in the absence of violence and all five met their intended goals. Listen to more on September 1, 2017 on 
www.HorsemanshipRadio.com 
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Spanish Riding School Invites Monty Roberts

Friday, June 30th, 2017
Vienna, 2017: The world-famous horse trainer Monty Roberts, also known as “horse whisperer”, stops on the 2nd July 2017 at the Spanish Riding School.

The Spanish Riding School is very pleased to be able to spontaneously invite Monty Roberts to a show at the winter school after his short visit in April. The world famous horse trainer will come to Vienna on the first weekend in July, where he will demonstrate his art of horse communication on Sunday evening. While the Lipizzan horsemen of the Spanish Riding School enjoy their summer holidays at the Heringsberg training center, Monty Roberts will be showing his program with horses of different origins.


The traditional Spanish Riding School, where the art of classic dressage education has been cultivated for more than 450 years, has opened its doors for the first time for a show of the now 82-year-old Monty Roberts. The man, whose understanding of horses is characterized by body language, demonstrates his method Join-Up® with four horses. Three classic horse themes will be shown – the start of a raw horse, the handling of terrifying horses and a loading operation.


Monty Roberts’ training is based on the natural behavior of Equus, the flight animal, which recognizes intent and will follow and work with a trustworthy horseman. Monty sees himself as gentler of horses who encourages all breeds to a trusting relationship with humans in all disciplines. Monty Roberts accepted his invitation to demonstrate at the Spanish Riding School with great joy for the opportunity. For him, as he says modestly, a dream is fulfilled. But also for the Spanish Riding School it is a great honor to welcome him as a guest.


Tickets are now available online at 
www.srs.at available here: http://www3.oeticket.com/srs/de/tickets/monty-roberts-wien-spanische-hofreitschule-466572/event.html 

For further information and interviews, please contact Andrea Kerssenbrock, Head of Communications Spanish Riding School, 
presse@srs.at 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse Sense and Healing Receives Grant Award from Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Monty Roberts’ Horse Sense and Healing Program is honored to announce it has received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) that will fund several weekend programs of resilience-building workshops for veterans, police, fire, first responders and their families. The three-day program involves working closely with horses. The individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect. 

Join-Up® is the method Monty Roberts discovered by observing the gentle nature of horses. Horse Sense and Healing offers effective tools to rediscover attendees through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior and withdrawal, anger, stress, combat stress and even Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI). Roberts and his team have been working with persons suffering from PTSI, over the course of five separate recent clinics each year since 2011. The results are coming in, and the outcome is fantastic and have people laughing and getting back to a normal life who have been afflicted with PTSI for upwards of 35 years.

Roberts holds two Ph.D.s in Behavioral Sciences. In these workshops, he demonstrates the deeply healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of force. With his soft-spoken, nurturing style, Roberts assists veterans as they learn to cause a partnership with the horse. After three transformational days, veterans can better understand how to control their anger, confront painful memories, cope with real-life situations and move on with their lives and relationships.

Pat Roberts, Executive Director of Join-Up International said, “We are very pleased to accept this generous donation from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. It will be used to build trust back in to our service personnel who have served our country and communities.”


Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt. Maj. Ret.), CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation was instrumental in the placement of grants. http://dvnf.org/news/

Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critical needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded – physically to psychologically – after defending our safety and our freedom. DVNF achieves this mission by: 
  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.
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Monty Roberts Appearances in the USA

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Monty and Pat Roberts are pleased to announce three USA demonstrations in the coming months. The international growth of non-traditional and violence-free training of horses since 1996 when Monty’s autobiography The Man Who Listens to Horses was published, has drawn Monty to travel for over 25 years now. It is rare when Monty is able to demonstrate his mastery of horsemanship in the United States. His Flag Is Up Farms will host three events this spring and summer.

On May 13, Monty and Pat Roberts host NIGHT OF INSPIRATION

Your party will be welcomed to beautiful Flag Is Up Farms to watch Monty Roberts put a saddle and a rider on a horse for the first time. Witness first-hand the powerful relationship of trust and communication between a horse and a human. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner with New York Times Bestseller, ASPCA “Man of the Year”  and Horse and Hound’s Top 50 Greatest Horsemen of All Time Monty Roberts and sculptress Pat Roberts in their hilltop home. This unforgettable event is great for the whole family.
The Night of Inspiration starts at 5:00pm, but if you would like to tour the Farm prior to the event, you are welcome to arrive early and walk the grounds on our 75-acre Farm. Our office will be opening at 3:30pm that day if you would like to pick up anything for the signing later that evening. There is horse training taking place daily, with many different breeds.

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.  PRICE: $199 USD

On July 10-21, Monty will teach the GENTLING WILD HORSES: 10 DAYS

This course will give students the opportunity to use Monty’s non-violent methods with ‘untouched’ horses. Students will observe and have ‘hands-on’ lessons according to their levels of skill. They will work in the unique facility, the ‘IFA Untouched Gentling Pen,’ which is designed for the humane treatment of wild horses, and the safety of horse and handler.

Be part of the experience of horse’s first touch by human hand and of the process, which allows them to be haltered, led, groomed and have their feet picked up. It is a fantastic way to learn more about the nature of the horse, as ‘untouched’ horses are a very good ‘mirror’ to learn more about oneself as well. This course is open for everyone, but ‘hands-on’ sessions will be limited to the skill set of each individual. A Rosette of Accomplishment will be provided upon completing the course.

On July 31-August 4 Monty will teach the MONTY’S SPECIAL TRAINING: 5 DAYS

Witness what created a revolution in horsemanship and open your mind to a whole new perspective on your horse’s methods of communication and behavior. Experience what hundreds of students have discovered at Monty Roberts International Learning Center; a wonderful learning environment where you will enjoy the staff, meet new friends and return home with a better understanding of your equine companion. Every horse enthusiast can find lessons below to fit their interests.

A unique opportunity to be at Flag Is Up Farms with Monty, watching, asking questions and learning as Monty and a team of his Certified Instructors work with a range of young and remedial horses. By observing this renowned and gifted horseman, you gain first-hand knowledge during demonstrations, lectures and discussions. This class is for the novice, as well as the advanced student, to observe a master at work practicing his discoveries that have changed the horse world internationally.

Monty shares how to communicate with horses in their natural language in various situations during this intensive five-day class. This exclusive format helps you better understand problem solving using Monty’s violence-free training methods. Depending on the horses brought in to train that week, these issues may be a part of the course:

• leadership issues
• ground manners
• teaching to tie
• crossing water (and/or obstacles)
• loading
• head-shyness
• mounting
• bucking
• standing for the farrier
• kicking and biting
• starting a young horse

Spend time with like-minded people absorbing what non-violent communication can be. Enjoy the included lunch daily and share lively discussions with Monty and students from around the world as each day is full with learning.

For a complete description of these demonstrations and clinics, visit website http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/  or phone 805-688-6288

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Monty and Pat Roberts Awarded Paul Harris Fellow

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
(949) 632-1856
March 2, 2017 Solvang, California: The Santa Barbara Rotary asked both MONTY & PAT ROBERTS, owners of Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang since 1966, to speak before an accomplished group of business persons about the Roberts non-violent approach to horses. 
 
Pat, an accomplished horsewoman and artist, is a renowned horse sculptor.  In accepting her award, she graciously communicated her love for animals, art and her delight in giving back. Monty clearly communicated his heart “is to leave the world a better place then I found it, for horses and people too”.  His words were an inspiration for the group.  Monty and Pat so clearly demonstrate the central priorities of Rotary in – Truth – Fairness – Goodwill/Better Friendships and action, which are Beneficial for all concerned.  Monty gave an insight into his revolutionary methodologies in dealing with horses.  He clearly abhors violence with horses and is known throughout the world as the “horse whisperer” for his methods of Join-Up with horses and people.  
 
He used this lifetime of experience to establish Horse Sense and Healing in 2010, which supports veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.  The Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang offers five weekend long clinics per year, which have served over 700 individuals.
        
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sent an invitation to Monty to demonstrate his concepts for the Royal Family and the team at Windsor Castle in 1989. She is a life-long horsewoman. The success of this event resulted in Her Majesty’s endorsement of Monty’s work and requesting him to write a book to share his concepts with the world. Uncharacteristically Her Majesty allowed a photo to be published in an English magazine with an article supporting his work. Her Majesty’s interest in Monty’s career over the past 27 years has allowed him to approach his stated life’s goal, “to leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and for people, too.”
Many would consider the Queen’s endorsement of Monty’s nontraditional and revolutionary methods to be the greatest achievement of his career thus far.  Monty continues to travel the world lecturing, advising, training and encouraging his non-violent methods. 

“We had the privilege of presenting the Paul Harris Fellow awards to Monty and Patricia Roberts for their lifelong work with horses.  Monty Roberts is truly an American hero.” said James Stretchberry, Santa Barbara Rotary President during a post speech interview. Stretchberry invited a group to honor the Roberts as guests to the membership which included the Roberts’ daughter Debbie Roberts Loucks, Michael Hollis, Detective at SBPD, fellow Paul Harris recipient, Kyleen Dawson and members of the Join-Up Board of Directors Jo-Ann and Gary Cutshall, from Anaheim, CA and Marsha St. Clair, Montecito, CA.
 
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. 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.” 
 
 
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Join-Up and Lead-Up Reach Vulnerable Youth

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks
Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
www.Join-Up.org
(949) 632-1856
debbie@montyroberts.com  

Katie Cunningham Lead-Up International
katie@join-up.org 
 

February 27, 2017 Solvang, California: On February 18, 2017 Lead-Up International officially launched in Solvang, California at Monty and Pat Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms. Lead-Up International, a program of Monty Roberts’ Join-Up International, brought their development team from Guatemala lead by founder Catherine (Katie) Cunningham accompanied by Mindy Grantham who administrates the program and Ricardo Pokorny, Katie’s husband. Ten instructors were certified by Join-Up International to impart Lead-Up workshops in nine different countries. Lead-Up workshops will now be available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These instructor certifications mean that Monty Roberts will be reaching more vulnerable youth than ever before and creating peaceful leaders around the globe.
 
“Lead-Up International is an original and compelling Leadership Program which aims to reach vulnerable you and create peaceful leaders through workshops with horses.” Katie Cunningham told a sold out crowd at the fundraising demonstration and dinner held at Monty and Pat Roberts’ home. Cunningham is the founder, a lifelong horsewoman and promoter of equine and human welfare.
 
The Lead-Up program is based around workshops with horses in which participants ages 15-22 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.
 
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. They 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.  
 
Monty Roberts Certified Instructors traveled from across the globe to be trained and receive a specialty certificate to hold Lead-Up clinics in their areas. From the United States, Courtney Dunn was certified. From England, Chris Morris and Caron Whaley received their certification. From Hungary, Csilla Csaszar was certified. From Austria, Martina Hoebling was certified. From Brazil, Miguel Lupiano was certified. From Ireland Caitriona O’Meara was certified. From Germany, Denise Heinlein was certified. And from Australia, Caroline Jennings was certified. Also attending was Jerry Sparby from Minnesota who can help support the California courses as a therapist. Debbie Roberts Loucks has been strategic for Join-Up International to help organize the smooth development of this program to take it global.
 
Monty 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 recognized Catherine Cunningham in 2012 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.
 
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

Community and family violence are endemic in Guatemala. Lead-Up evaluated the effectiveness of a horse-handling program to reduce violent attitudes and aggressive behavior. Eighteen community members who worked with horses in their daily lives (16 men, 2 women, ages 15 to 58) participated in four weekly sessions of embodied experiences with horses. The program taught Monty Roberts’ Join-Up®, a method of non-violent handling, as well as desensitization of horses to feared objects. Compared to the pretest, on a posttest participants were less likely to endorse violent attitudes with respect to wife-beating, corporal punishment of children, and physical punishment of horses. Their horses also were less reactive to the owner’s approach. Female relatives reported that following the program participants provided better care for horses and were calmer and less aggressive with other people. These findings imply that an equine-facilitated program shows promise for transforming communities in which violence is prevalent. Research study can be accessed at:  http://www.apa-hai.org/human-animal-interaction/human-animal-interaction-bulletin/
Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin 2015, Vol. 3, No. 2, 37-55  “Before, he fought every day with the horse and with me”: Reducing Violence in a Guatemalan Community through a Horse-Handling Program, Judith L. Gibbons 1, Catherine A. Cunningham 2, Leslie Paiz 2, Katelyn E. Poelker 1, & Marco Antonio Montufar Cardenas 3
1 Saint Louis University, 2 La Ronda Equestrian Club, & 3 Fundación Equinos Sanos Para El Pueblo
 
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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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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

 

Science Confirms It: Join-Up® is Gentle on Horses

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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A paper titled “Monty Roberts’ public demonstrations: Preliminary report on the heart rate and heart rate variability of horses undergoing training during live audience events” has been accepted for publication in the international journal “Animals.”

“Animals” is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal concerned with publishing high quality scientific papers within the field of ‘animals’, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. In particular, this journal showcases scientific study describing animals’ interactions with the outside world, including humans. “Animals” is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure the addition of high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication.

This new paper describes the opportunistic collection and analysis of heart rate (HR; beat-to-beat intervals) and heart rate variability (HRV) of 10 horses being trained during Monty Roberts’ public demonstrations within the United Kingdom and is authored by Loni Loftus, Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones-McVey, Jose L. Gonzales and Dr. Veronica L. Fowler (lead author).

Key findings from the study include:

• Stress responses recorded in this study were comparable (e.g. when compared to horses undergoing foundation training) or more favorable (e.g. when compared to novel object tests, handling tests or horses anticipating competition) to previously reported studies in the literature. 
• Stress responses during public demonstrations were proportional to low-moderate exercise intensities described in other training methods where horses were under similar levels of physiological stress as reported in literature.
• The stress responses during a specific training method known as “Join-Up®” were comparable to other methods of training used by Monty Roberts during public demonstrations, and were consistent with exercise intensity (physiological stress). There was no evidence that Join-Up® altered HR and HRV in a way to suggest that this training method presents the horse with psychological or physical stressors which would negatively affect welfare. 
• There was preliminary evidence that training undertaken in a roundpen, including Join-Up® controls or inhibits the flight response (limits the fear response). 


In conclusion, training of horses during public demonstrations is a mild stressor for horses. However the stress responses observed within this study were comparable or less to those previously reported in the literature for horses being trained outside of public audience events and was indicative of exercise at low-moderate intensity (physiological stress), rather than psychological stress. 

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