Monty Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms is the setting for April ACTHA America’s Favorite Trail Horse Competition

Solvang, CA (January 31, 2011) – Monty Roberts and ACTHA have partnered to host an America’s Favorite Trail Horse Competition at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang California – land of wine and horses! AND Monty has dedicated his Shy Boy Book to raise funds for the Mustang Heritage Foundation and encourage juniors to ride!

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association has announced a nationwide competition to find America’s Favorite Trail Horse. Regional Auditions will be held at various locations all over the United States on April 9th -24th 2011. Contestants will audition for a spot in the coveted National Finals to be held at The Franklin Family Ranch in Austin Texas on 8th –12th May 2011. Only 100 Horse and Rider teams will receive an invitation to Austin Texas, so competition in the Regional Auditions will be tightly contested. At the Regional Auditions, riders will complete a variety of ACTHA obstacles. They will be judged on time, style, skill and personality! Those moving on will be notified two weeks before the National Finals on May 8th-12th 2011.

The National Finals will include multiple days of judging and coaching, a six mile judged Competitive trail Challenge, plus clinics from ACTHA Founders and celebrity clinicians.

Contestants have the opportunity to win their share of up to $100,000 Cash, plus prizes from ACTHA Sponsors. The National Finals will be telecast and America will pick their winner by public vote!

Please contact Tammy Sronce for sponsorship opportunities in America’s Favorite Trail Horse and the American Competitive Trail Horse Association.

American Competitive Trail Horse Association
Tammy Sronce-Marketing
Direct line 940-859-6512 (
P.O. Box 341047
Austin, TX, 78734 | 1-877-992-2842

On June 4, Monty will host a Ride for the Mustangs to help achieve a world record. Monty has committed to helping ACTHA Juniors by awarding I’M SHY BOY books to all affiliates who ask for it. The Shy Boy Award is sponsored by Monty Roberts and one junior from each CTC will be awarded a copy of the book I’M SHY BOY: Here’s My Story! written and signed by Monty Roberts and delivered from his famous Flag is Up Farms.

Monty Roberts and his most famous mustang Shy Boy, the authors of two new children’s books are proud to partner with ACTHA  to benefit mustangs through the
Mustang Heritage Foundation.

ACTHA and Monty joined in support of the mission to increase the number of adoptions of American Mustangs. The sales of I’m Shy Boy, The Little American Mustang and the Ride for Mustangs will all benefit the Mustang Heritage Foundation. $1 from the sale of each book will be donated by Monty to the Mustang Heritage Foundation in honor of his relationship with ACTHA and mustangs everywhere!

Monty Helps People In Crisis: Horse Sense and Soldiers recently aired on Discovery Military highlighting the therapeutic effect that horses and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® have on PTSD.  The New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts is available for interviews.

MONTY ROBERTS first gained widespread fame with the release of his 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 as well as the ASPCA “Founders” award and the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award. He recently launched his Equus Online University ; an interactive online lesson site that is already being considered the most effective educational tool for horsemen on the web.

Join-Up philosophies can be seen at work with both humans and horses across the world, from farms to major corporations. To learn more about Monty Roberts or the many applications of his Join-Up training methods, visit or contact 949-632-1856

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