Posts Tagged ‘monty roberts’

 

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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John Brazil, Jr., World Champion Winner of 20 Working Cow Horse Classes

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Solvang, January 9, 2017

From Monty Roberts:

Recently, because I am working on my second autobiography, Pat and I have been revisiting memories from my years of professional competition in the event called working cow horse. This competition originated in Spain and Portugal and tested the ability of finely trained horses to control cattle on ranches and open ranges. The Spaniards brought their horses and their horsemanship to the Western United States where they conducted popular competitions calling their four-legged partners, Working Cow Horses.

I began my competitive life at the age of four and was working cattle on horseback as far back as 1940. The working cow horse was celebrated at the largest horse shows in the Western United States. Salinas, California where Pat and I were born, hosted the largest of these competitions throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s.

In 1948 I clearly recall the first time I watched John Brazil Jr. competing on the competition grounds where I was born and raised. John won all three of the categories competed for in that particular year. John, a small man of Portuguese decent, was immediately a hero for me. He rode as if he was part of the horse. Few riders could match his skills at high speed or with the precise maneuvers required.

John had been working for Cutter Laboratories, a West coast company experimenting with animal vaccines. John’s job was handling cattle for them. Simultaneously, W.D. Dana, owner of the Empire State Building in New York City contacted John. He indicated that John had been recommended to him, as he had purchased a cattle ranch near Healdsburg, California. Mr. Dana agreed with John that he could continue to compete on horses purchased by Mr. Dana for the purpose of working cattle. John remained the trainer for Mr. Dana until his death in 1964. At that time a dispersal sale of the Dana horses allowed me to purchase one of John’s young prospects, a mare named Night Mist. I was able to win two world championships on Night Mist and amassed a record of 31 straight victories. Night Mist was one of my most successful working cow horses and is buried here on Flag Is Up Farms.

One segment of the working cow horse competition is called reining, which included flying lead changes and, while running at top speed, sliding stops and spins to illustrate the horse’s sensitive mouth and athletic ability. A second segment of the competition is called (herd work) cutting and requires the horse to control a single bovine animal by keeping it from returning to the herd. The third and final segment is to control a single bovine animal as if it was on the open ranges. The reined cow horse today still competes with one of the widest range of skills of any of the horse competitions.

After the Second World War and entering the 1950s, I began to compete with horsemen at the apex of the working cow horse division. Pat and I became close friends of John Brazil and his wife, Laurie beginning in the mid-1950s. I was in competition with John 20-30 times per year throughout my 20-year career as a professional schooling and showing the working cow horse.

While I competed in a wide range of disciplines, John Brazil specialized in the working cow horse and competed solely in that discipline.

Throughout my professional life in competition I met individuals who had dozens of different personalities and acted with a variety when it came to integrity. John Brazil was and is the epitome of a gentleman. The world of horse competitions is rife with people who would criticize another’s work to judges or anyone who might be inclined to listen. I never knew John Brazil to criticize anyone. This man inspired me to take on the promise to myself that I would never openly criticize another horseman by name in public. I believe this attitude has served me well.

My books, tours travels and executing the decisions I made for my career post-competition retirement, have consumed my life for the past 28 years. About a year ago, while conversing with Al Dunning, a mutual friend and speaking of great horsemen, Al told me that John Brazil at 95 was still alive, healthy and working with his horses. I asked Pat to discover contacts for John and said I wanted to go wherever he now lived and have a good visit. She made arrangements to drive the eight hours to Geyserville, California, a small village in the heart of the northern California wine country.

I must say I have to thank Pat for driving every mile of the 16-hour round trip, but she agrees that it was well worth the effort. Not only did we find John Brazil alive and well, but also his wife, Laurie was right there with him. John was born in 1922 and served with the US armed forces in WW II. John and Laurie were married in 1946 and recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. John is still working with about 10 head of horses and caring for the 20 or so head of cattle he uses for his working cow horses. The four of us visited for five to six hours, finishing with dinner at their favorite restaurant in Geyserville.

In going through John’s stable, it was clear that it might be difficult to place a large Western saddle on the back of these horses. He agreed that in the last several years he used a pulley device he designed and made himself suspended from the rafters. With his invention he could attach his saddle at the level of his waist and then elevate the saddle so he could place it on the back of the horse without having to lift the weight. John then explained to Pat and I that after watching our videos, he has trained his horses to the mounting block, which he now admits to using even though he used it for about five years before admitting that!

John Brazil, Jr. (left), and Monty Roberts (right)

John Brazil, Jr. (left), and Monty Roberts (right)

My goal is to give John Brazil as much credit as I can for influencing me to act in a gentlemanly fashion to those I deal with, whether in the horse business or simply in life itself. Today’s forms of communication are often filled with slanderous remarks toward one another, criticisms of the opinions of our fellow man or just plain being rude for the sake of it. If I were in charge of finding a person who was best suited to molding the character of the next generation, John Brazil Jr. would be my choice.

I have spoken of and written about my eight world championships in the working cow horse discipline. John Brazil won 20 world championships in the working cow horse division. He is humble to the extent that very few people know of him, which is a shame really, but it is truly the story of John Brazil. John has chosen not to be a public figure. At 82, I only hope that I can use John’s influence to encourage the next generation to appreciate the value of integrity, honesty and a respect for our fellow man.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Meet Monty’s Team at Equine Affaire and Equus Film Festival, NYC

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Media Contact: Debbie Loucks
(949) 632-1856
 
 
Meet Monty’s Team at Equine Affaire and EQUUS Film Festival, NYC 
 
November 8, 2016 Solvang, California: This week, Monty Roberts’ team of Debbie Roberts Loucks and Dr. Susan Cain will be heading to Equine Affaire November 10 to 13 at the EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION W. SPRINGFIELD, MA http://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/.  They are offering Booth Specials, at booth # 2918 located in the Mallary building. 
 
They will be giving away free DVDs with sign-ups or renewal subscriptions to Monty’s Equus Online University, interactive online video lessons. Monty has produced over 425 lessons with a new lesson added each week to the Equus Online University. This is the definitive learning tool for violence-free horse training. Come and sign a big card to Monty, too.
 
Susan Cain, PhD will present on Horse Sense for Leaders: How to Build Trust-Based Relationships, an inspired work she developed with the assistance of Monty Roberts. See all of Dr. Cain’s presentations here: http://equineaffaire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/16_ma_schedule_102016.pdf 
 
The following week, Monty’s media entries will be judged at the EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL, November 17-20, 2016 at the Village East Cinema in New York City. The festival is the first event of its kind dedicated to equestrian-themed film, fine art and authors. See more about Monty’s entries on page 26 here: 
 
Debbie Roberts Loucks is host of Horsemanship Radio and will be seeking interviews for the podcast at both events. 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. www.HorsemanshipRadio.com is a part of the Horse Radio Network. 
 
Monty Roberts, renowned horse gentler, is on tour in England appearing on November 12 at Your Horse Live http://www.yourhorselive.co.uk/what-s-on/evening-performance
 
For more information, email admin@montyroberts.com or call 805-688-6288 Pacific Standard Time.

 

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. 

The full paper will be available open access within 10 days.

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Last Chance Deal! Monty’s Summer Courses

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The Monty Roberts International Learning Center wants to make sure you are not missing out on our 50th Year Anniversary Special Summer Offer.

We have combined some of our courses taught by Monty with hands-on classes where you can learn the silent language of horses, “Equus.”

Come and join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

I hope to welcome you here for one of our exciting packages at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center this Summer.

For more information, go to:
https://montyrobertsshop.com/collections/courses/products/packages-educational-package

Kind Regards,

Denise Heinlein, Head Instructor
Monty Roberts International Learning Center

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The Cowboy and The Queen

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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When the British Monarch called on Monty Roberts wishing to learn more, that began a mission that grows today “to leave the world a better place for horses and for people, too.” Read the full article here: http://www.montyroberts.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016_7-SBNP-Monty-Roberts-the-Queen-ARTICLE.pdf

 

 

Join-Up with a Shetland Pony in Scotland

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Fifi in field

Dear Monty,

My name is John Valentine from Aberdeen Scotland. I am one of your Online University students. I went down to Dorchester, in the UK, to see you at your demo in March this year. You are an inspiration to me and on hearing you say that you like to hear if your message is getting through I thought you might like to hear this story.

I was introduced to yourself and your ways by a friend Katrina Yule who grazes her rescued horses on neighbouring land to mine. They escaped one evening and I gave her a hand to get them in and helped repair the fence. She required some further assistance with the need for some shelter for a horse that required some medical attention. I had a small cattle shed which did the job nicely.

We got chatting and she introduced me to your ways via the internet. On seeing that I was interested to return the favour she kindly bought my girlfriend Anne and I tickets to see you at a Demo in Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton last October.

We thoroughly enjoyed the demo, purchased your book ‘The Man Who Listens to Horses’ which you signed for me. There was also a lady selling a round pen like the one used in the demo which I later purchased along with some very good invaluable advice and stories from her experiences.

Most of my experience has been with cattle and very little with horses, I was even slightly frightened of them when younger until a friend stuck me on ones back and taught me the very basics of riding. Once on Midges back I lost my fear as I felt he knew I was inexperienced and was kind of looking after me but that was over twenty years ago.

Anyway this is the story of Fifi a wee Shetland pony of about 12 years old to let you see that your message is getting through to a small place in the far northeast corner of Scotland.

Fifi had started out life in Ireland and Katrina landed with her when purchasing another horse, they were going to shoot her because no-one could handle her; when she got off the ferry Katrina told them if they got her in the horse box then she would take her. They did and when she arrived here Katrina could not get near her for three years no one got near enough to touch her. She could be moved along with some other horses but on one occasion she escaped into someone else’s field. The owner of these horses was going to keep Fifi but later changed her mind as she could not get near her. We got her separated and she landed in my wee cattle shed to give Katrina time to decide what to do with her. This was on a Saturday in February 2016.

I thought to myself this is no good it would be far better now we have her contained trying to get her gentled and used to being handled. Katrina said good luck but she had talked with a sanctuary who was willing to take her.

On the Monday morning I went in beside her in the enclosure. Using your principles along with an open mind and a bit of luck I managed to be able to place a hand on her neck and give her a stroke later that day. By the end of that week I was able to put a head collar on her and had her walking with me.

I had the suspicion that she may be pregnant Katrina confirmed this could be possible, all the more reason to get her used to being handled. You said that the horse tells you what has happened to them in the past. I suspect Fifi has not had a very good early life flinching each time a hand comes out of a pocket or when a rope is being waved about.

I have been introducing her to people who walk past and as many things as I can so she gets used to people and equipment.

We are at the stage where Anne or myself can catch her in open spaces, put a head collar on and lead her in. I can put the lead rope on her back look down her side cross her body and she will follow me in.

I have had no other training so have been totally going on your advice and methods using your basic principles. I have been working with some of Katrina’s other horses but Fifi was the first real challenge. My round pen is not set up properly yet but I am getting there.

I am learning how to remain calm and loads more and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience.

The Online University is excellent.

Thanks Monty.

John Valentine

Editor’s note: Visit Monty’s Online Uni with a free day pass, http://montyrobertsuniversity.com/promotions/daypass

 

At the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Her Majesty, the Queen of England invited Mr. and Mrs. Monty Roberts to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show http://www.rwhs.co.uk/ to participate in the celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. The Royal Windsor Horse Show, host to International Jumping, Driving and Endurance, and National Showing and Dressage was held May 11-16,  2016, and hosted no fewer than five Olympic gold medalists, competing in the international show jumping classes.

Jeroen Dubbeldam, reigning World and European Champion, from Nederland, headed the list of competitors, while fellow Olympic individual gold medallist Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil) challenged Peter Charles (Great Britain), Beezie Madden (USA) and Laura Kraut (USA), all part of  Olympic teams. Kent Farrington (USA) is currently ranked number six in the world and will be representing a strong USA presence, including three of the top 30 riders in the world.

Roberts was asked to be in the pageant at the Royal Windsor Horse Show to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90 birthday. Roberts and his wife Pat stayed at Windsor as guests of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Monty Roberts advises Her Majesty with phone calls and frequent trips to Polhampton and Sandringham where he works with Her Majesty’s Thoroughbred horses. Monty’s success, he states, is from the Queen’s endorsement.

“She was the only reason I was able to go global,” he says. “If it wasn’t for her, I’d still be ploughing around in central California, trying to get cowboys to agree that being rough with horses doesn’t make sense.”

Years before The Horse Whisperer movie was made, the Queen had read about him in horse magazines, and sent the Crown Equerry, Sir John Miller, to investigate.“He came utterly skeptical, but in the end, he said, ‘Her Majesty is going to want to see this’” Roberts recalls. “I was invited to Windsor in April 1989. The Queen provided me with several young horses of her own and a training pen was set up at Windsor. I had saddles and bridles on them all in five days,” says Roberts. “She put me on the road in her car and away I went to 21 cities. I did 98 horses on the trip, all the while reporting back to her. She gave me another life. She wouldn’t agree with it, but it’s true – she’s so understated,” he says.

It was the Queen who encouraged Roberts to write a best-selling autobiography in the early 1990s.

“I never depart from calling her ‘Your Majesty’, but I see this real side to her that is just overwhelming. Once when called in on short notice I mentioned I was in work clothes. She said to me, ‘I don’t give two hoots what you wear.’ How many people know that the Queen would say that?”

“I can’t emphasize enough the Queen’s ability as a student,” says Roberts. “She doesn’t forget anything and she is intensely interested. She has given me the opportunity to teach my concepts all over the world and opened many doors for improving the lives of animals. For this I call her an ‘Influence for Good’ and I believe she is the leading monarch in the world for advocating a better life for animals.”

This story, while remarkable, is merely representative of an ever increasing body of work as Monty Roberts continues to be an agent of change throughout the world.  This mission was very much influenced by Her Majesty as she encouraged Monty on to bring this ever important message of nonviolence to the global community.