November 29, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts is in his 27th year of touring the globe, demonstrating methods of nonviolent training of horses brought to him by members of the audience, both in the saddle and from the ground. The best nights of each tour are edited into a show Roberts calls Backstage Pass of the most challenging and endearing horses from tour. Just released on Monty’s website, 13 all new episodes of Monty’s Backstage Pass television series is here https://vimeo.com/montyroberts/vod_pages. The series is comprised of the most spooky horses, new starters, head shy horses, horses that won’t load, buckers, hard to mount horses, and more as they learn from their session with Monty’s gentle methods.
In a rare USA appearance, people can see Monty Roberts demonstrating his famous techniques January 6 in Temecula California at the US West Coast Dressage Festival Master Class Series. Olympians such as Boyd Martin, Laura Graves, Helen Langehanenberg and Charlotte Dujardin will also be demonstrating their talents and teaching in a series of dates in nearby Del Mar. Read more here https://us.westcoastdressagefestival.com/new-adequan-west-coast-dressage-festival-masterclass-series/
Another opportunity to learn from Roberts is a four part series with Martin Clunes (TV’s Doc Martin) just added to his Equus Online University interactive online lesson site. The series includes Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie the Draft Horse Needs Ground Training, Ronnie is Afraid of Crowds, Ronnie Learns to Relax, and Ronnie the Great Riding Horse. There is serious humor involved in this series as Martin needed to get Ronnie ready for the Royal Windsor Horse Show where Carl Hester would ride him but Ronnie was very afraid of the crowd noise.
Roberts told Clunes, “I scored Ronnie’s demonstration really high for educational reasons and will be adding it to my Equus Online University.” See the series here https://montyrobertsuniversity.com/training/2031189105
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October 31, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts has joined with Olympians to be a part of the West Coast Dressage Festival Masterclass Series. Roberts will demonstrate his expertise and skill, first in Temecula, California at Galway Downs on January 6, 2018.
“I’m pleased to be kicking off the Masterclass Series with Boyd Martin who has one of the biggest hearts in the equestrian world, both for his horses and for his sport” said Monty Roberts about the January 6 event in Temecula where he will be demonstrating his Join-Up methods with dressage horses.
The festival dates start January 6 and finish up in Del Mar on February 17 with a variety of demonstrations from Laura Graves, Helen Langehanenberg and Charlotte Dujardin.
Roberts added, “Promoter, Scott Hayes has put together an ambitious schedule bringing world class talents to the West coast of California.
Scott Hayes said “We are also happy to announce our presenters, world champions Edward Gal who will work with the FEI level horses and riders, Hans Peter Minderhoud, who will work with the young horse and stallion combinations with demonstrations provided by Monty Roberts, starting young dressage horses with his Join-Up method. This will be held at El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, California. Shopping will be plentiful; the venue will be intimate. We cannot wait for this exciting fifth anniversary convention.”
Monty Roberts will be demonstrating his practical techniques to help horses from the ground and with 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.
October 30, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts is in his 27th year of touring the globe, demonstrating the methods of nonviolent training of horses, both in the saddle and from the ground. The four part series includes Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie the Draft Horse Needs Ground Training, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie is Afraid of Crowds, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie Learns to Relax, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie the Great Riding Horse.
“I needed to get Ronnie ready for the Royal Windsor Horse Show where Carl Hester will ride him and I needed Monty to get him over being afraid of the crowd noise” owner Martin Clunes told Roberts. Clunes is the British actor famous for his role as Doc Martin on television.
Roberts replied, “Why not!? But we’ve got to get him right!” and proceeded to train Ronnie in front of the sold out audience in England. “I scored Ronnie’s demonstration really high for educational reasons and have added it to my Equus Online University.”
Monty Roberts and his team developed the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site, already being considered the most effective educational tool for horsemen on the web. Launching in 2009 and adding a new video lesson every week has now established the learning system as the most comprehensive globally. It was important to Roberts to not only quantify the language of the horses he calls Equus, but also to share its interpretation with lessons from world renowned horse persons such as Stefan Peters and Jan Ebeling from dressage, Will Simpson from Olympic jumping and Phillip Ralls from Western Reining.
Since launching, Monty Roberts, Richard Winters, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker and many more have contributed their knowledge of horsemanship. “Considered a rosetta stone for horse communication, one of gestures like signing for the deaf, online lessons are available 24/7 have contributed greatly to the encouragement and study of non-violent training of horses.” said Roberts. He wants the global impact to spread in his lifetime and encourages interested persons to log on at http://montyrobertsuniversity.com/library and have a free look around.
When Monty Roberts was invited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 to demonstrate his understanding of horsemanship, horse training’s 6000 year old tradition was forever changed. Roberts had cracked the code on the communication system horses used to survive for millions of years before humans had domesticated them. Roberts demonstrated concepts that drew a line at pain in training and his life’s goal is to leave the world a better place for horses and for people, too.
Debbie Roberts-Loucks, Monty’s daughter, spearheaded the development, “We are, first and foremost, advocates for keeping horses in people’s lives. The more than 480 video lessons are in categories of Ground Work from foundational to Advanced and Ridden Work, from foundational to problem solving. And there is a terrific forum plus a searchable data base of over 600 Questions and Answers from Monty with a handy search bar.”
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.”
The latest announcement came from one of the oldest, most traditional equestrian programs on earth, The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Monty Roberts is being asked to attend and demonstrate his gentle horse training techniques Join-Up® for the international Equinale® Horse Film Festival at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna July 2, 2017. Their motto is “Our Horses – Our Stars” and presents its film screenings and other highlights in the halls of the Spanish Riding School where the famous white Lipizzaner Stallions perform. The Equinale® is the first German-language horse film festival. Both professionals as well as amateurs and artists have submitted their works for the contests.
Earlier this year Monty was nominated for the 2017 Equine Industry Vision Award annually given by the American Horse Publications, the first major award to showcase innovation across the equine industry. Sponsored by Zoetis, the award is intended to recognize ingenuity and service.
Just last week, Monty Roberts and director Jeanine Moret were nominated for “Whisper” as a Finalist in the Music Video Category for Equus International Film Festival (EIFF) which will open the Festival as the featured music video in September 2017. EIFF showcases a wide range of programming and media, on equine stories, topics and issues that bring awareness and understanding to all things equine. EIFF celebrates the magnificence of the horse and the people who value and treasure the equine arena and devote their lives to giving a voice to Equus.
Janet Rose, founder of EIFF wrote to Monty saying “Music is a powerful medium for conveying important messages and information. When a musician and a filmmaker and a horseman can blend and weave their specialized components into an audio tapestry, they have achieved something special. It is not only that “Whisper” provides great information and great music, but the lyrics bring the elements together into an inspirational, beautiful song that has meaning and impact, and that creates a powerful message for the horse-loving and music-loving masses.” https://equusinternationalfilmfestival.com/
For the American Horse Publication’s June conference, Monty Roberts has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 AHP Equine Media Awards for material published in 2016. HorsemanshipRadio.com has been selected as a finalist in the division of Equine-related Podcast, Horsemanship Radio Special Episode – Priscilla Presley on the Tennessee Walking Horse Situation published September 2, 2016.
Priscilla Presley shares stories about riding Tennessee Walking horses at Graceland and how much they meant to Elvis Presley and her. She shares her hopes for passing laws to better protect the Tennessee Walking horse breed. Keith Dane, Senior Adviser on equine protection tells us how we can help. Hear how Elvis surprised her with a horse for Christmas. Listen here: http://www.horsemanshipradio.com/2016/09/02/special-episode-priscilla-presley-on-the-tennessee-walking-horse-situation/
Monty Roberts’ life’s goal is “to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horse and for people too.”
Horsemanship Radio is an online radio show (podcast) dedicated to the exploration of good horsemanship throughout the world. Hosted by Debbie Roberts Loucks (Monty Roberts’ Daughter) the show includes segments, tips & interviews exploring good horsemanship. Part of the Horse Radio Network. Support for this podcast provided by MontyRobertsUniversity.com OmegaFields.com www.Cavallo-inc.com
The vision statement for the American Horse Publications is: “American Horse Publications (AHP) strives to be the primary source of education, resources and networking for the equine media community. We believe a proactive approach in an ever-evolving communications-driven world allows us the flexibility and opportunity to promote, support and reward excellence in equine media.”
April 27, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts spent six years in University and received doctorates in Behavioral Sciences from University of Zurich and University of Parma. Along with his wife, Pat, he built and operates Flag Is Up Farms, a renowned horse training facility along the central coast of California near Santa Barbara. In Monty’s words, “My life’s goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horses and for people too.”
Roberts issued the following statement:
“Recent circumstances have served to bring me to a final conclusion regarding the organization WHOA. This organization supports the notion that horses should perform in racing without the assistance of drugs. The initials stand for Water, Hay, Oats Alliance.
It has been my life’s passion to teach trainers, owners, and lovers of horses to treat them with respect and in the most positive light possible. So, recently I decided to seek the advice of many whom I believe to be at the top of their professions to help me analyze the factors for clean racing as proposed by WHOA.
It shocks me to realize that certain statements have been made to me over my years in the horse industry that are absolutely false when it comes to the use of drugs. Lasix sits at the heart of drug use with Thoroughbred horses in the United States. Those of us who travel the world in this industry realize that virtually all of the other racing countries execute their racing under the guidelines proposed by WHOA. There, the horses race and the industry goes forward, drug free.
For the past few decades, one could open the racing program at any track in the United States and see that most of the entries performed with the circled L behind their name. Several different veterinarians personally told me that approximately 80% of the horses in racing in the U.S. are bleeders needing Lasix. But recently I learned from high-level individuals that studies show it is more likely that a realistic number of horses in which bleeding is a significant problem would be in the area of 2-4%, not anywhere near the 95% of those horses who raced on Lasix last year.
Also, many years ago it came to my attention that Lasix encumbered the testing procedures so as to mask performance-enhancing drugs. I am now of the opinion that many people actively engaged in racing have either been misinformed through ignorance or misinformed for monetary reasons.
My goal is for us to be as fair with the horses as we possibly can be. After decades of studying the issue and listening to knowledgeable veterinary experts, I have looked at both sides of this issue and I am hereby casting my support to WHOA and its efforts to bring about medication reform. It humbles me to be included on the list of these legends of our industry.
WHOA has raised awareness that the Thoroughbred industry has public relations issues that will not likely go away without change in the administration of drugs. For the health and welfare of our horses, I ask people to study the issues and support WHOA’s efforts to improve our industry and the lives of our partners, the horses.”
Flag Is Up Farms
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 https://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/ or phone 805-688-6288