Archive for April, 2018


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

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018


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


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:

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.

“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.

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:
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

Double Rum Yum Cakes-Berry Compote-Vanilla Cream

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 or contact Flag Is Up Farms at (805) 688-6288 or email



Photos available upon request

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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 . 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