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Monty Roberts Posts His Videos from the Famous Spanish Riding School, Vienna

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

May 30, 2018 Solvang, California: Austria’s iconic Spanish Riding School invited Monty Roberts to Demonstrate Join-Up last year in July and now Monty is making the demonstrations available on his Equus Online University. Founded in 1580, this 450 year old institution had never before invited an outsider to demonstrate a different set of methods for starting and training horses, specifically the Lipizzaner Breed, well known as the famous white stallions of war. This is the roots of the discipline of Dressage.

The eight lesson series began on May 23 and will be weekly posted Wednesdays until July 11 but will remain on Monty’s Equus Online University site, available 24/7 as do all the 500+ lessons there now. A new lesson is added weekly.

“I never stop learning,” says Roberts. “And I don’t want any of my students to stop learning either! I want all of them to be much better than me. We are just scratching the surface of knowing how much horses can teach us.”

Launched in 2009, Monty Roberts and his team developed the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is considered the most effective educational tool for horsemen on the web.  It is established now that this learning system is the most comprehensive globally in horsemanship. It was important to Roberts not only to 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 and Richard Winters from Western Reining.

Since launching, Monty Roberts, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) 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 500 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.”

In 1948 while laying on his belly watching wild mustangs through binoculars in the Nevada desert, the 13-year-old Monty Roberts couldn’t imagine that what he was discovering about horses he would share nearly 70 years later in the famous Marble Hall of the 465 year old Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria before a full house on July 2, 2017. He became the first-ever outside trainer invited to demonstrate at the school.

In 1945, General George S. Patton and the United States Third Army learned that the Lipizzan stallions of the Spanish Riding School had been moved to St. Martins, Austria from Vienna. Patton was a horseman, having competed in the 1912 Olympic games, and declared he was putting the Spanish Riding School under the special protection of the U.S. Army; thus began ‘Operation Cowboy.’

On May 12, 1945, American soldiers acted on Patton’s order to protect the horses until the Lipizzans returned safely to the care of the Spanish Riding School in 1955. Said Patton, “It is probably wrong to permit any highly developed art to perish from the earth. To me, the high schooled Lipizzans represent an art equal to music or painting.” The world stood by transfixed on the massive task of saving these beautiful animals that captivated the world of horsemanship.

In 1949, a 14-year-old Monty Roberts was shown a documentary at Salinas Union High School during a class in agriculture about Patton and the famous white Lipizzan stallions of the Spanish Riding School. Roberts became obsessed with finding out more about the horses and the severe training he had seen on the film. The documentary was quickly buried due to scenes of violence in the training of the white stallions.

Patton had preserved the beautiful art form, which was the highest level of classical dressage. Soon after in 1953 Princess Elizabeth was crowned as the Queen of the United Kingdom and her love of horses was well known from about the age of four. Monty Roberts and Queen Elizabeth nurtured their love of horses without meeting and from a world apart.  Some 36 years later in 1989, Queen Elizabeth read about Monty Roberts and invited him to Windsor Castle to demonstrate his concepts.

Queen Elizabeth clearly wanted the best for her horses. Whether they were Thoroughbred racehorses, military horses, carriage horses or simply horses she loved to ride, Her Majesty wanted them trained in the most respectful manner possible. The Queen endorsed Monty’s concepts of training horses without violence, causing them to rise to the highest degree of proficiency in their given discipline with the lowest possible stress.

Her Majesty observed five days of Roberts’ causing young horses to accept their first saddle and rider in about 30 minutes. It was then that the Queen requested a book about who Monty Roberts was and why he chose to reverse what had been the traditional ‘breaking’ procedures for 6,000 years. The publishers suggested the book would sell 3,000 to 5,000 copies, but, in fact, Her Majesty watched as Roberts’ first literary challenge reach six and a half million copies.

It has been with the Queen’s encouragement that Monty Roberts has now toured the world demonstrating his principles. In 44 countries Roberts has presented his audiences with over 11,000 horses. About 25 percent have been totally untrained, while 50 percent have been severely beset by behavioral problems. The remaining 25 percent simply refused to load in a trailer or truck used for transportation. All of these were successful in overcoming their given problem.

The horse is a flight animal whose relationship with man dates back about 6,000 years. Without the horse, Genghis Khan couldn’t have conquered more than twice as much land as any other person in history, crossing Eastern and Western civilizations in the process. Unlike other armies, the Mongols traveled with no supply train other than a large reserve of horses. The army was virtually all cavalrymen, who were expert riders and deadly with bow and arrow.

Dressage has its roots in classical Greek horsemanship and the military that trained their horses to perform movements intended to evade or attack the enemy while doing battle. The earliest writings about training horses were from Xenophon, a Greek Military Commander born around 430 BC. Xenophon is famously known for understanding equine behavior and the importance of gentleness and fairness with horses.

These seemingly contradictory qualities of horses as warriors and willing partners are at a crossroads in history and influential horsemen are coming together to explore the future of horsemanship in our cultures. The traditional Spanish Riding School, where the art of classic dressage education has been cultivated for more than 465 years, opened its doors for the first time inviting 82-year-old Monty Roberts to demonstrate his expertise in horsemanship.

On July 2, 2017 the world famous horse trainer was in Vienna to share his art of horse gentling techniques on a Sunday evening to a sold-out arena called the Marble Hall. The Lipizzan horsemen of the Spanish Riding School were present to observe Roberts. 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!”

“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 was 82 but I felt 12 years old!”
Each horse was dealt with in the absence of violence and all five met their intended goals.

While tracking wild mustangs in Nevada as a boy, Roberts observed a nonverbal communication between the horses, a silent language he would later call ‘Equus’. Roberts incorporates Equus into his nonviolent training approach called Join-Up®. Roberts first developed Join-Up to help teach horsemen how to stop the cycle of violence typically accepted in traditional horse breaking. Roberts created a consistent set of principles using the horse’s inherent methods of communication and herd behavior.

The result is a willing partnership in which the horse’s performance can flourish to its full potential, rather than exist within the boundaries of obedience. These principles are valuable tools to understanding what motivates horse behavior and increasing effectiveness in any application. Join-Up training methods are most simply expressed in the process of starting raw horses. Without the use of pain or force, the trainer persuades a raw horse to accept a saddle and rider in less than 30 minutes.

Monty Roberts has discovered that these principles are effective as a tool for dealing with many stress-related issues of the human mind. Roberts believes that PTSD is not, in fact, a disorder, but an injury. He states that it should be PTSI. His belief is that injuries heal and most people believe that disorders are challenges that do not tend to heal. Disorders require other forms of dealing with disorders of the human.

With these beliefs in place Roberts has been working with military veterans and first responders in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. More than 1,000 individuals have experienced the engagement of horses in the process of dealing with post-traumatic stress injury. The results of these clinics have been overwhelmingly successful and are gaining momentum throughout the areas where Roberts has conducted his clinics.

Chief Executive Officer Elisabeth Gürtler is the director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Ms. Gürtler was an Austrian champion in dressage and part of the Austrian dressage team at the CHIO (Concours Hippique International Officiel) in Aachen in 1979. As Chief Executive Officer she is responsible for the strategic development of the school and the representation of its traditions as the only institution in the world, which has practiced for more than 450 years.

“We were more than impressed that Monty Roberts agreed to demonstrate for the Spanish Riding School and tour the Piber Stud as well.” Gürtler told the audience of 44 press agents and board members of the Spanish Riding School.

On Monday, July 3, Monty Roberts was guest of honor at a luncheon and press conference inside the halls of the Spanish Riding School where the evening before he had demonstrated his mastery of horsemanship. Elisabeth Gürtler and the Director of the Stud Farm in Piber, Dr. Max Dobretsberger were there to honor and thank Roberts for his gesture of demonstrating his methods at the school.

The following day, July 4, Roberts was escorted to Piber to tour the Stud Farm where for over 400 years there has been a concerted effort to breed the Lipizzaner Stallions for the unique abilities of athleticism and intelligence representative of the breed and to make them fit for the famous Spanish Riding School.

“On Sunday, July 2, I provided my horse, Jonas, who did a Join-Up with Mr. Roberts that was very impressive. I am so pleased that we brought Mr. Roberts to the Spanish Riding School. The whole night was incredibly impressive.” said Dr. Max Dobretsberger.

He added, “On Monday, July 3, Monty Roberts was guest of honor at a luncheon and press conference inside the halls of the Spanish Riding School, where the evening before he had demonstrated his mastery of horsemanship. I, along with Elizabeth Gürtler, was there to honor and thank Mr Roberts for his gesture of demonstrating his methods at the school. My wife and I enjoyed giving him a tour of the stud and the mountain pastures. It was an enjoyable afternoon. My wife and I are both veterinarians and we want the best for the horses.”

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Photos available upon request

For further information and interviews, please contact in the United States Debbie Roberts Loucks, Roberts Legacy Strategist at debbie@montyroberts.com

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

Monty Roberts has created Join-Up International, a 501c3 non-profit foundation. With his learning center on his Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California, he has produced a growing list of certified instructors globally. These facts insure that Monty will meet his life’s goal which is to leave the world a better place than he found it for horses and for people, too.   www.MontyRoberts.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

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

(949) 632-1856

debbie@montyroberts.com

 

 

Monty Roberts Infographic & Equine Industry Vision Award Finalist

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

May 30, 2018 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts was named as one of the four finalists selected for the 2018 Equine Industry Vision Award sponsored by Zoetis.  The Equine Industry Vision Award recognizes ingenuity and service as well as benefit to the equine industry by inspiring these qualities in others.

In addition to this honor, his team created and became a finalist in the AHP Equine Media Awards in the category of Editorial Infographic (print or online) entitled “New to Podcasts?” published October 2017 to help people learn through the Horsemanship Radio podcast.

The other three finalists for the Equine Industry Vision Award are Roxane Durant, co-founder and executive director of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), David Jones, DVM, chairman for Brooke USA; former chairman of Brooke International and Jay Winborn, current executive director of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA).

Monty Roberts is the founder of Join-Up International. From a very early age, Roberts was inspired to make his life’s goal to leave the world a better place than he found it, for horses and humans. Roberts has an extensive career in the equine industry as a horse trainer with eleven world’s championships, movie stuntman, and natural horsemanship trainer. In 1997, he founded the non-profit Join-Up International seeing the need for a school where horse persons could come to learn the concepts and the gestural language of the horse he calls Equus. To assist horse persons to use his discoveries, he created a method called Join-Up® which is based on the way horses communicate in the wild. Moving into the world of helping people was the logical next step in influencing his concepts globally to eliminate violence for both animals and humans. This effort has expanded to include the Horse Sense and Healing program for military and first responders with their families. He also happens to be the first Global Ambassador for The Brooke Animal Charity and visited India on his mission to assist their work there.

The Equine Industry Vision Award finalists will be judged on their performance in relation to the achievement(s) cited and their demonstration of the following attributes and abilities: 1) The vision and innovation of a true pioneer; 2) Leadership, commitment, dedication and willingness to serve; 3) Original and effective ideas and/or products, services, programs; 4) High moral, ethical and professional standards. The AHP Board of Directors and a representative from Zoetis will vote to select the winner.

The official announcement of the winner and presentation of the award will be made at the Equine Industry Vision Award Breakfast on Friday, June 15, 2018, during the AHP Equine Media Conference, “The Hunt for Excellence” in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The recipient will be presented with the Equine Industry Vision Award Trophy created by master artisan Peter Wayne Yenawine.

The six members of the Equine Industry Vision Award Committee reviewed the nominations and narrowed the list of 15 nominees to four candidates. Previous recipients of the Equine Industry Vision Award are Alexander Mackay-Smith in 2002, Don Burt in 2003, the American Quarter Horse Association in 2004, John Ryan Gaines in 2005, Stanley Bergstein in 2006, David O’Connor in 2007, Sally Swift in 2008, Charlotte Brailey Kneeland in 2009, John Nicholson in 2010, Robert E. Cacchione in 2011, Equine Land Conservation Resource in 2012, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) in 2013, Patti Colbert in 2014, Gayle Ecker in 2015, Gary Carpenter in 2016, and Sydney Knott in 2017. 

 

People can see Monty work at these upcoming clinics too:

July 23–3 August, 2018 Gentling Wild Horses course at Flag Is Up Farms, California, USA

August 6–10, 2018 Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, California USA

Updated details can be found here: http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/

 

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MONTY ROBERTS AVAILABLE FOR SELECT INTERVIEWS:

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 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 and FEI’s Man of the Year. Monty was recently included as Horse and Hound Magazine’s Top 50 Horsemen of All Time. 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.

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 www.montyroberts.com . Horse Sense and Soldiers aired on Discovery Military highlighting the therapeutic effect that horses and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® have on PTSD. Roberts has teamed with The Corporate Learning Institute to help transfer the key learning’s from his work to the workplace. 

Photos and Infographic available upon request.

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

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

(949) 632-1856

debbie@montyroberts.com

 

May 23-24 The Movement Symposium & Awards Dinner with Monty and friends

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

May 23-24 The Movement Symposium & Awards Dinner with Monty and friends

April 23, 2018, Solvang, California: Come and discover what horses have to teach us about lowering stress and building trust at The Movement 2018 to be held at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California, May 23-24, 2018.
List of Presenters:
Monty Roberts – horse trainer, Join-Up concept founder
Pat Roberts – artist and horsewoman
Christie Schulte Kappert – The Right Horse Initiative
Dr. William Miller – author, professor, Motivational Interviewing
Dr. Terri Moyers – Agility Dog Trainer and Motivational Interviewing
Janet Rose – Founder Equus Intl Film Festival and Horse Haven Montana. Director at Save the Chimps
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird – mindfulness and veteran outreach
Kris Robins – LCT from Canada, Motivational Interviewing, and assisted Monty developing the Horse Sense and Healing manual
Michael Norwood – author of the bestselling Wealthy Soul book series
Dan Quinajon – Equine Photographer, Air Force Veteran and Equestrian
Eduardo Moreira – Brazilian banker, bestselling author, inspirational speaker and trainer
and wife Julianna Baroni – actress and singer of TV and stage
and Certified Monty Roberts Instructors. Topic descriptions can be found here: http://themovement2018.com/agenda/

This unique event helps you better understand problem solving using violence-free training methods. Come and spend time with like-minded people absorbing what non-violent communication can be. Enjoy discussions too with Monty and students from around the world. http://themovement2018.com/

“We are describing The Movement as Demonstrations, Discoveries and Pathways,” said Debbie Roberts Loucks who is managing the event. “A movement starts with a clear vision of a world different than the one we live in today. The presenters are each amazing in their own industries and they all have a vision of a better world, inspired by incorporating horses in their own story. They come to share that vision and build on it with participants who will take home a plan to change their lives too. Leaders may inspire, but only when people choose to act does a vision become a movement.”

“This two-day event is part symposium and part festival and will be lots of fun for those who appreciate horses. The Movement is the perfect environment for connecting with peers who know that horses have a lot to teach”, commented Pat Roberts, wife of Monty Roberts and co-host of the event. “You will learn how Monty keeps stress out of his life with horses, and how to develop the motivation and resilience to achieve your life’s goals.”
Monty Roberts, the New York Times bestselling author of The Man Who Listens to Horses will share his life story about overcoming barriers, motivating yourself and lowering your stress levels to achieve your goals. Other presenters come from backgrounds such as artists, a variety of horse trainers, authors, professors, Agility Dog Trainer, a film industry leader, an equestrian photographer, and noted horsewomen. http://themovement2018.com/presenters/

At the symposium, Monty and his Certified Instructors will work with a range of young and remedial horses. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge during demonstrations, lectures, and discussions. This event is for the novice rider, the non-rider, as well as the advanced student who wants to observe advanced horsemanship at work. There will be demonstrations on how to communicate with horses in their natural language in various situations.

The Awards dinner on Wednesday night features artists and the film festival screening.  The menu for the evening film festival:
Dinner
Wild Arugula-Shaved Sweet Fennel-Red Onion-Orange and Toasted Pepitas Salad
IPA Vinaigrette

Pit Smoked-Malt Brined Chicken
BBQ Beef Sirloin Cap-Cilantro-Sundried Tomato Pebre
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna-Fresh Ricotta and Pomodoro Sauce
Finley Farms Organic Vegetables-Romesco Sauce
Garlic Fried Organic Potatoes-Fresh Herbs

Dessert
Double Rum Yum Cakes-Berry Compote-Vanilla Cream
http://themovement2018.com/purchase-tickets/

Monty Roberts’ life’s goal is “to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horse and for people too.”

For more information, go to www.THEMOVEMENT2018.com or contact Flag Is Up Farms at (805) 688-6288 or email admin@montyroberts.com

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MONTY ROBERTS AVAILABLE FOR SELECT INTERVIEWS:
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 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 and FEI’s Man of the Year. Monty was recently included as Horse and Hound Magazine’s Top 50 Horsemen of All Time. 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.

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 www.montyroberts.com . Horse Sense and Soldiers aired on Discovery Military highlighting the therapeutic effect that horses and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® have on PTSD. Roberts has teamed with The Corporate Learning Institute to help transfer the key learning’s from his work to

 

Monty Roberts’ Backstage Pass Launching on Horse & Country TV in USA

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
March 30, 2018 Solvang, California: We are thrilled to announce the launch of Monty Roberts’ Backstage Pass on Horse & Country TV in the USA! Horse & Country is the premiere multi-screen network for equestrian sports and lifestyle with channels available in more than 30 million homes in the UK and Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Australia. 

H&C produces a unique channel for each market it serves, combining top national and international sport with training, welfare, and exclusive behind the scenes shows. H&C channels are available on a variety of platforms ranging from cable and satellite to Amazon Video and directly on the viewer’s mobile devices, enabling everyone to watch H&C however, whenever, and wherever they want. 


Along with more than 1 million unique viewers each month to its linear channels, H&C reaches 3 million equestrian fans on social media every month, generating some 2 million video views. 


Our programs offer a broad range of equestrian sport and equestrian related content, from world-class show jumping, eventing and dressage, to reining and natural horsemanship, alongside exciting horsey entertainment shows. 


H&C subscribers have access to over 500 hours of thrilling equestrian sport, masterclasses and documentaries, with new shows premiering every week. In 2018, H&C subscribers in the USA will also be able to watch exclusive LIVE streaming of the world-famous Badminton Horse Trials, for all four days of the competition, covering dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. H&C is the only place to see this incredible event in the USA. The list of entries includes American riders Madeline Backus, William Coleman, Phillip Dutton, Lauren Kieffer, and Katie Ruppel, and is not to be missed! 


Why not sign up and watch highlights of world class competition whenever you like? Or get a sneaky peak into the lives of your favourite athletes – we bring you behind-the-scenes access and insights into these top performers daily lives, likes and dislikes, and sometimes even meet their famous equine stars!
 
Monty Roberts’ series ‘Backstage Pass’ on Horse & Country TV has been thrilling audiences for 8 seasons on the other side of the Atlantic and now its time to share him with the American audience as well. In Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts, watch as Monty works with a range of different horses and faces many equine challenges. Horses can overcome fear and learn to trust, and Monty demonstrates how you can do it too.

As with all H&C’s channels, this new service will be tailored to the US audience, and comprise national US events and programming about local personalities. 


It is currently planned that the channel will launch in April on a major OTT (“over the top”), platform that is available in 85 million US households. H&C will also launch the channel on Roku (estimated 37 million monthly active users in the US), Samsung’s Smart TV platform, and its own H&C Play service at around the same time, giving equestrian enthusiasts all over the country multiple ways to watch H&C, live and on demand. 


Initially, H&C’s US channel will be offered as a subscription service to viewers, in the same way HBO is offered to viewers on Amazon Video, for example. In time, the channel will also be available on a wide range of platforms, including traditional pay-TV platforms and emerging, OTT platforms. 


Enjoy H&C for a special introductory offer of only $8.99 per month for the first three months following our launch, or take advantage of our annual subscription for only $89.99. 


See Monty LIVE at these upcoming clinics too!
 
April 21–22, 2018 West Coast Dressage Convention, Thousand Oaks, California, USA 
 
July 23–3 August, 2018 Gentling Wild Horses course at Flag Is Up Farms, California, USA 
 
August 6–10, 2018 Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, California USA
 
 
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Olympians and Horse Gentlers Raise Funds for Foster Kids

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
November 30, 2017 Solvang, CA:  There’s nothing better at this time of year than a way to help kids smile. Monty Roberts and his wife Pat, raised 47 foster kids during their 60 year marriage so they were happy to hear that the annual Horse Radio Network (HRN) Radiothon decided to champion the cause of foster kids at Christmas this year. Jamie Massey Jennings, co-host of Horse In the Morning suggested an organization, HCKids.org, who are doing a good job of foster care and adoption. Before the 12 hour Radiothon was over $2,727 was raised for Christmas gifts for the kids in foster care. 
 
Monty’s Horsemanship Radio Hour has earned a reputation for bringing on some fascinating guests in past Radiothons. The first year the Radiothon was launched, it was the Horsemanship Radio Hour that overloaded the server with listeners and callers in to the Bob Baffert interview just after he won the Triple Crown as trainer for American Pharoah. It had been 37 years since Affirmed won the elusive Triple Crown and listeners wanted to hear how much the milestone meant to this accomplished trainer. Baffert didn’t disappoint. The full interview can be heard here http://www.horsemanshipradio.com/2015/12/15/horsemanship-radio-episode-54-by-index-fund-advisors-ifa-com-american-pharoah-trainer-bob-baffert-last-chance-mustang-author-bornstein-trailer-loading-tip-from-lee-hanssen/
 
This year Roberts brought in star power with Olympian Boyd Martin, an international three-day eventer representing the USA. The pair spoke of training horses and meeting soon at the Master Series upcoming in January at Galway Downs in Temecula, California https://us.westcoastdressagefestival.com/temecula-ca-january-6-2017-general-admission/ The Radiothon interview can be heard here  http://radiothon.horseradionetwork.com/ and the full interview will be posted on February 1, 2018 on HorsemanshipRadio.com 
 
In keeping with Roberts’ efforts to make a difference in the lives of the American Mustang breed, he invited mustang owner and advocate, actress Wendie Malick to share her ultimate wish for Christmas. She enthusiastically supported Monty’s wish to create more efficacious ways to educate the public and to control the populations through birth control. Keith Dane of the HSUS was also on to give the state of the numbers and needs of the Bureau of Land Management herds. The entire interview will be posted on February 1, 2018 on HorsemanshipRadio.com  
 
American Professional Polo Player Nic Roldan also added to the hour by sharing his wishes this year for the ultimate horsey Christmas gift. He phoned in from Argentina to add to the celebrity heavy weight of the hour. 
 
Title sponsors of the Horsemanship Radio show are Omega Fields who support the podcast which airs on the first and the fifteenth of every month. Show sponsors are Cavallo Hoofboots and MontyRobertsUniversity.com  
 
Glenn and Jenn Hebert, founders of the Horse Radio Network managed to mount this huge undertaking of more than 24 Equestrian Guests, hundreds of callers, and over $4,000 in prizes for the third year in a row. All the recorded shows can be found here http://radiothon.horseradionetwork.com/
 
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Monty Roberts Holiday and Appearance Announcements

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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

New to Monty’s equipment line up, the Monty’s Signature Saddle by Butterfly is ideal for riders who want a saddle for trail riding, small jumps and dressage. By simply changing the Velcro® mounted knee blocks a rider can customize the saddle to their preference in under a minute. The flexibility of the saddle tree’s system makes it possible to saddle almost every kind of horse, as the saddle’s flexibility compensates for any differences in shape. More details here https://montyrobertsshop.com/collections/equipment

Horse persons interested in saving on packages of training equipment, video and books, Monty’s Join-Up Kit with Backpack includes all these items at a packaged price. https://montyrobertsshop.com/collections/equipment
• Dually Training Halter, Purple, Miniature (with DVD)
• Standing Still for the Farrier, our newest DVD Title
• Signed Copy of Monty’s Textbook, From My Hands to Yours
• Join-Up Backpack in Select Colors
• 6-month membership to Monty’s Equus Online University.
• Plus a percentage of each sale goes to support Join-Up International and the Horse Sense & Healing program

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Monty Roberts Joins West Coast Masterclass Dressage Series in 2018

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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.

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Monty Roberts on Training Draft Horses

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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.”

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Roberts Awarded Five Times at EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival™

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
September 20, 2017 Solvang, California: As Monty Roberts readies himself to tour from October to December demonstrating his Join-Up® techniques to audiences across Europe, he made a side trip to Montana for the Equus International Film Festival (think Sundance Film Festival in Aspen, but everything about equestrian). Roberts was there to accept the Equine Icon Award from Janet Rose and the Equus International Film Festival, but was surprised and honored by four additional awards across a spectrum of media his production team had created and entered.
 
This first annual Equine Icon Award recognized the individual who has had a dramatic and critical impact on the lives of horses and who represents either directly or indirectly, an Icon of the Equine/Human Bond. EIFF recognized Roberts with this premier award, also on the 10th anniversary of the founding of Horse Haven Montana, the horse sanctuary cause behind the film festival. 
 
“The festival we feel, truly has the potential to make a difference in the lives of thousands (of horses and humans), with the right messages, exposure and stories.  Monty and his daughter Debbie certainly exemplify the hope we all share for the future of the horse/human relationship.” said Janet Rose, founder of EIFF. https://equusinternationalfilmfestival.com/ 
 
Monty opened the festival by introducing himself as “the luckiest man on earth” able to at age 82 travel and train horses globally. He noted that his team was responsible for delivering footage of Monty’s work in creative ways which appealed to and inspired a broad audience of interested persons. He introduced his daughter Debbie Roberts Loucks as his Legacy Strategist and as the inspiration for creating the production company that delivers the message of non-violent training in the many forms.

Monty Roberts and director Jeanine Moret won for “Whisper” in the Music Video Category which opened the Festival as the featured music video. The song was written by Rick Caballo, Bill DiLuigi and Mike Ward. The song was performed by Carl Jackson. The content was filmed during Monty’s Gentling Wild Horses course in Solvang, California by Dawn Perrine. 

The award for Best Short Series went to Palm Island: Horse Sense for People about the indigenous youth of Australia being helped by Monty and the horses, directed by Tara King.
The award for Best Series went to Backstage Pass from Monty Roberts Productions filmed by Simon Palmer and edited by Dawn Perrine and Jeanine Moret. 
The award for Best Equine/Human Bond went to Shy Boy The Horse that Came in from the Wild from Monty Roberts Productions directed by LaVoy Shepard.

The festival devoted an hour to a Monty Roberts Retrospective, incorporating several works entered which demonstrated Monty’s work with horses and with people too. For more about all the awards, see the festival website here: https://equusinternationalfilmfestival.com/festival-award-winners-2017/
 
The Best of Festival award went to Talking to the Air The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom directed by Sophie Pegrum. Talking to the Air also tied for Best Documentary with Herd directed by Stefan Morel. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Smoke Elser for his extraordinary work in the Back Country with people and horses. 

Monty Roberts’ life’s goal is “to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horse and for people too.” 
 
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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