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Career Highlights

1939 – 1944 Stunt double for Mickey Rooney, Roddy McDowall, Charleton Heston, Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet and others Monty as stunt double
James Dean
Flag is Up Farms
Race Win
Monty at the Castle in London
The Man Who Listens to Horses
Shy Boy
Join Up
Horse Sense for People
From My Hands to Yours
The horses in my life
Ask Monty
Teaching in round Pen
Join UP
Slide Stop
Join Up
Equiface Saver
Equus University
Teaching in the round pen
I'm Shy Boy - New book
1948 Tracked wild mustangs and learned “the silent language of Equus”
1950 World Championship in Equitation
1950 Supreme Champion Horsemastership Championship
1953 National Championship in Western Equitation
1954 National Championship in Western Equitation
1954 Worked with James Dean on East of Eden
1955 Graduated Hartnell College first in class
1955 – 1959 Attended California State Polytechnic University earning honors in three majors: Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Agri-Economics
1956 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Champion Team Roper
1956 Three-time National Intercollegiate Rodeo West Coast All-around Champion
1957 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Champion bulldogger
1959, 1960, 1962, 1963 World Championships in Reined Cow-Horse Events
1964, 1965 World Championship Stallion Competition, cutting and roping
1966 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Championship
1966 Founded Flag Is Up Farms
1966 – 2004 Started and trained hundreds of Thoroughbred race horses, producing champions, including:

  • Cathy Honey, An Act, Aladancer, Walk in the Sun, Tobin Bronze (USA)
  • Alleged, winner of the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1977 and 1978)
  • Lomitas and Dajur, European Champions
  • Quebrada, Risen Raven, Macanal, Lavirco, Silvano, and Sabiango (German Champions)
  • Sharivari and Bahroona (New Zealand)>
1973 – 1986 Leading consignor to Hollywood Park Two-Year-Old Thoroughbreds In Training sale
1984 – 1998 Director of California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (CTBA) and founder of the California Thoroughbred Sales, an arm of CTBA
1985 Gold Card Lifetime Member, PRCA, Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association
1986 First public demonstration of Join-Up® in Vancouver, BC, Canada
1988 National Reined Cow-Horse Association “Stock Horseman of the Year”
1989 Queen Elizabeth II invites Monty to Windsor Castle to demonstrate Join-Up® and train her staff.
1996 The Man Who Listens to Horses is published.
1997 Book remains on New York Times best-seller list for 58 weeks
1997 Named “Man of the Year” by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
1997 National Horseshow Association (NHSA) Award of Merit
1997 Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Equitarian Award, at the Washington D.C. International Horseshow
1998 ASPCA “Founders Award”
1998 Santa Barbara Wildlife Care award for “Lifetime of Dedication”
1998 British Horse Society Appreciation Award
1998 BBC/PBS documentary Monty Roberts: The Real Horse Whisperer airs
1998 First Join-Up® demonstration tour visits more than 40 states in the United States
1998 Roberts creates the Western Equitarian Awards Banquet held annually at Flag Is Up Farms for trainers in the Western riding disciplines who choose to train horses in the absence of violence or pain
1999 Monty’s second book, Shy Boy: The Horse That Came in from the Wild hits the best-seller lists
1999 Documentary Shy Boy: The Horse That Came in from the Wild airs
1999 First issue of Monty Roberts Join-Up Journal, a quarterly, full color subscription magazine is published
2000 MSPCA bestows the George T. Angell Humanitarian Award
2001 Monty’s third book, Horse Sense for People, is published
2001 A special named award “Gentleness is the True Strength” from Kingshurst Junior School Birmingham, U.K.
2002 The University of Zurich bestowed upon Monty an honorary doctorate degree for his work
2002 Monty’s fourth book, From My Hands to Yours, is published
Monty demonstrates Join-Up® as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee at Windsor Castle
2002 – 2003 Monty, Pat, and Shy Boy ride in Tournament of Roses Parade
2004 The Girls Scouts commission a special Join-Up® badge and training program in honor of Monty’s pioneering work
2004 Monty’s German bred Sabiango wins the Grade 1 $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at the Hollywood Park Racetrack in California, followed shortly thereafter by the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf
2004 Monty’s fifth book, The Horses in My Life, is published in Great Britain, Germany, and Australia.
2005 Honorary Ph.D. University of Parma, Italy, for work in behavioral sciences
2005 Silbernes Pferd (Silver Horse) Award, Germany, for lifetime achievement. First American to receive this award.
2006 Monty’s The Horses in My Life is additionally published in the United States and in many other languages.
2006 Documentary completed about Monty’s work with the wild horses and the aboriginal youth of Palm Island, Australia
2006 Monty’s TV Series, A Backstage Pass!, is completed with 17 episodes filmed in ten countries
2006 Global Dressage Forum: Monty Roberts joins top international dressage riders and trainers and performs some of the most elaborate demonstrations of the event
2007 Monty tours England, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and for the first time Finland and France
2007 Monty hosts his first ever Corporate Training Course to license facilitators as well as his Certified Instructors in order to add the Join-Up Corporate Course to their list of courses offered. Fourteen countries are represented.
2007 Monty re-releases The Man Who Listens to Horses with updated photos and a new chapter 10 years after the initial UK launch
2007 Monty releases his second edition From My Hands to Yours with updated chapters and new photos
2007 Monty publishes his sixth book, Ask Monty: The 150 Most Common Horse Problems Solved (Headline Publishing Group)
2007 Monty joins Olympic dressage rider Imke Schellekens-Bartels, Olympic silver medal winner Albert Voorn and two-time, Olympic gold medal winner Anky van Grunsven, at the International Horse Event, all demonstrating excellence in the saddle
2007 Monty stages an ambitious Monty Rides Again Tour in the UK riding BH IS DUN, a champion reined horse, to demonstrate his Join-Up principles from the saddle
2007 Participated in the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention in Orlando, Florida
2008 Headline clinician at February Equine Affaire Pomona
2008 March demonstration tours in Finland and Dubai
2008 April demonstration tour in Germany
2008 May/June demonstration tours in Sweden and France
2008 Presenter at the American Association of Equine Practitioners in Texas
2008 Monty and Nice Chrome competed in Santa Barbara Fiesta Reined Cow Horse competition
2008 Monty and Shy Boy appearance and lecture at the Gene Autry Museum
2008 Join-Up In The Saddle joint Australian clinic with Monty and Charlotte Bredahl
2008 Monty demonstrates riding techniques at the Holland Horse Event
2008 Monty attends the Switzerland Vet Presentations
2008 Monty demonstration tours in Norway and England
2008 Frankfurt Book Fair appearance by Monty
2008 Demonstration tour in England
2008 First Monty Roberts demonstration in South America; Monty gives a demonstration in Guatemala
2009 Monty incorporates his Join-Up concepts into Youths At Risk prison visits, Adults At Risk UK drug related issues, and Make A Wish communications with children
2009 Monty’s Thoroughbred race mare Merrily was 2nd on Breeder’s Cup Day at Santa Anita Race Track
2009 Monty initiates first unofficial Equine Science Trial study in England
2009 Monty demonstration tours in England
2009 Intensive filming completed for the launch of Equus Online University at Flag Is Up Farms
2009 Headline clinician at the Equine Affair Ohio
2009 Monty demonstration tour in Germany
2009 Monty demonstration tour in Holland
2009 June/July Equine Science Trial study completed in England
2009 Monty Special Training Clinic, Flag Is Up Farms, CA
2009 Monty launches his Equus Online University
2009 Monty demonstration tour in Denmark
2009 Monty demonstration tours in Finland, Germany and England
2009 Speaker at Your Horse Live event in England
2009 Headline presenter at Wellington Classic Dressage in Florida
2009 Monty gives a special clinic at Shea Therapeutic Riding, San Diego, CA
2010 February 15 HRTV launches Monty Roberts’ “Backstage Pass” as part of their Equestrian Weekly Programming Series
2010 Demonstration tours in England, Switzerland, Germany and Brazil
2010 I’m Shy Boy, Monty’s seventh book, is released. A children’s book written through the eyes of Shy Boy and interpreted by Monty.
2010 Monty and Kelly Marks work with National Theatre in London as consultants on equine behavior for the production of War Horse with world renowned life-size puppet Joey
2010 Olympic Show Jumper, Will Simpson, participates with Monty in seven exclusive lessons on Equus Online University
2010 Monty works with veterans suffering from PTSD and shares his work on the Discovery Military Channel’s ‘Horse Sense And Soldiers’ program
2011 The Little American Mustang, Monty’s eighth book, is released. The illustrated story of Shy Boy for children ages 4 to 8
2011 Olympic Dressage rider JJ Tate shares six unique lessons on riding dressage on the Equus Online University
2011 Mobile friendly version of Equus Online University video lessons is made available to reach horse students worldwide
2011 Monty demonstrates his methods in Brazil, Germany, Austria and the UK
2011 Join-Up DVD is subtitled in Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
2011 New Riding 101 clinic offered at Monty’s Flag Is Up Farms
2011 Monty receives California Air Force Association Special Consideration Award for his work with veterans suffering from PTSD
2011 Richard Winters and Monty create five extraordinary lessons on the principles of Western Reining for Equus Online University
2011 The Queen of England privately honors Monty with Member of the Victorian Order medal for Service to the Royal Family
2011 Monty interprets the language of mustangs for a BBC production in Nevada
2011 Monty turns centaur, sharing an innovative technique for helping horses overcome headshyness and bridle phobia
2011 Martin Clunes, president of the British Horse Society and actor in TV series Doc Martin, shows that anyone can do Join-Up on Equus Online University
2011 Polo Greats, Satish Seemar, Carlos and Memo Gracida, and Joel Baker
endorse Monty’s Join-Up concepts
2011 In conjunction with the Corporate Learning Institute, Monty launches two new motivation and communication workshops
2011 Monty and Pat Roberts receive the Circle of Serving Award by the Family Care Network for their service to the community
2011 Monty demonstrates his methods in the UK on his bi-annual tour
2011 Scientific study comparing the effectiveness of Monty’s methods with conventional horse training methods is accepted for publication by scientific journal ‘Anthrozoos’
2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes Patron of Join-Up International, the nonprofit organization Monty founded
2012 Monty demonstrates his methods in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Brazil and the USA
2012 Monty conducts several clinics for war heroes suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in California and invites war veterans to participate in his demonstrations worldwide
2012 At the Discovery Science Center, in Irvine, California, Monty speaks before a group of supporters who share the belief that science and animals should learn from each other to create a more peaceful world
2012 By special invitation, Monty and Pat visit Windsor Castle and Monty takes part in The Queen’s 60th Jubilee celebration, riding a horse from his Willing Partners Program
2012 The Horse of the Year Show invites Monty to be a presenter. Pearly King, a horse Monty helped train, wins the top honors as Supreme Horse of the Year at HOYS
2012 Monty teaches the 8th annual Monty’s Special Clinic at Flag Is Up Farms
2012 Monty starts young Thoroughbred horses at Gestüt Fährhof, preparing them for their athletic careers on the racetrack
2012 New Equus Online lessons filmed with guest lecturer Steffen Peters, the most successful American dressage rider in history
2012 Monty travels to England to the Guards Polo Club to culminate Her Majesty’s wish to award nine individuals for their contributions in taking violence out of training, to help with his mission to leave the world a better place
2012 Pentagon Channel films episode with Alicia Watkins, Monty’s student from a previous PTSD clinic, to further demonstrate how Horse Sense and Soldiers clinics are helping war heroes with PTSD
2013 Monty’s Horse Sense and Soldiers clinics continue to provide healing to war heroes and their families throughout the year
2013 Monty holds a Special Clinic offered in Portuguese and in English for the first time
2013 Certified Instructors gather at Flag Is Up Farms to share ideas, learning and work with wild horses
2013 Monty’s team launches ‘A Night of Inspiration’ events on Flag Is Up Farms: lessons from the round pen about the powerful relationship of trust and communication between humans and horses, followed by special time with Monty and Pat in their home
2013 Demonstrations given by Monty are held in Australia, the USA, Brazil, the UK, Germany, Sweden and Finland
2013 Australian Champion Trainer Gai Waterhouse calls on Monty to work with high profile import Carlton House on his experience in the starting gate among other outstanding Thoroughbreds
2013 Retreats and workshops based on Monty’s principles are offered to corporations at Flag Is Farms to help organizations turn their work performance around
2013 Monty’s Equus Online University, his pioneering multimedia learning environment surpasses 275 online lessons with a new lesson added every week
2013 Monty spends time at Her Majesty’s UK Equine Facilities working with Thoroughbreds and the Royal Stable staff to further enhance Her Majesty’s racing results
2014 In January, Monty meets with Her Majesty
2014 Australian Champion Trainer Gai Waterhouse sends her Thoroughbred trainer Ryan Pen-dergast to Monty’s farm to learn more about the Join-Up principles
2014 Monty and his team hold several Horse Sense and Healing workshops for veterans at Flag Is Up Farms
2014 Students from Brazil gather for Monty’s Special Training, a week-long clinic at Flag Is Up Farms
2014 Spring Tour demonstrations in England, Germany, and Austria
2014 Monty hosts Dr. William Miller’s conference on Motivational Interviewing at Flag Is Up Farms
2014 Monty Roberts Certified Instructors from all over the world participate in the annual instruc-tors’ conference at Flag Is Up Farms
2014 Monty holds a special training for Certified Instructors and their students
2014 Monty hosts the Horse Sense and Healing Instructor Training with Dr. Kris Robins
2014 Night of Inspiration events are held on Flag Is Up Farms showcasing the powerful relation-ship of trust and communication between humans and horses
2014 The Life Lessons interactive workshop facilitated by Debbie Loucks and Dr. Susan Cain is held at Flag Is Up Farms, where participants experience Monty’s stories first-hand and learn to create their own life lessons
2014 Horse Sense and Healing is expanded to include Military Veterans, Police, Fire, and First Responders.
2014 Students from all over the world gather at Flag Is Up Farms for Monty’s Special Training
2014 Monty is keynote speaker and gives a Join-Up demonstration at the Invitational Confer-ence in Illinois for Veterans Programs
2014 Monty appears on Fox and Friends (television)
2014 Monty travels with The Brooke Animal Welfare Organization to India to assist the volun-teers and working equines there
2014 Tour demonstrations in the United Kingdom and Germany
2014 Monty trains young Thoroughbred racehorses Gestut Fahrhof, Germany
2014 Horse Sense and Healing and fundraiser with keynote speaker Ann Romney at Flag Is Up Farms
2015 Leaders of affiliate program of Join-Up International from Guatemala, Lead-Up Interna-tional, Katie Cunningham, Dr. Judith Gibbons, plus other members and MR certified instructors meet with Monty at Flag Is Up Farms
2015 Horse Sense and Healing workshops for veterans are held year round
2015 Monty hosts several Riding with Respect Clinics, where students practice the application of the principles of Join-Up from the saddle
2015 Tour demonstrations in the USA (Arizona), Germany, Hungary, Australia and the United Kingdom
2015 Monty gives the keynote speech at the Humane Society International 2015 Expo in New Orleans
2015 Monty hosts the annual Monty Roberts Certified Instructors conference at Flag Is Up Farms
2015 Monty joins Dr. William Miller’s instructor conference
2015 The first Gentling Wild Horses Clinic is launched at Flag Is Up Farms
2015 Monty travels to Germany for Gestut Fahrhof Training and the 25th Anniversary of the world renowned racehorse Lomitas on November 21
2016 Night of Inspiration events are held on Flag Is Up Farms showcasing the powerful relation-ship of trust and communication between humans and horses
2016 Horse Sense and Healing workshops for veterans are held year round
2016 Monty participates in the annual Monty Roberts Certified Instructors’ conference in Eng-land
2016 Tour demonstrations in Denmark, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the United Kingdom
2016 Monty and Pat Roberts attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday
2016 Monty’s tour premiere in South Africa with public demonstrations in Cape Town and Jo-hannesburg
2016 Monty is keynote speaker for the global conference of Dog Trainers – Bark Busters
2016 Monty holds a Special Training in Sao Paulo Brazil
2017 Horse & Hound Magazine, the last weekly horse magazine in the world, conducted a survey and included Monty on a list of 50 horsemen.  The title of their study was: The 50 greatest horsemen of all time. Monty’s photo was used on the cover.
2017 Monty Tours in the United Kingdom, Germany and Hungary
2017 February launches Lead-Up International at Flag Is Up Farms, the program to build leadership and resiliency skills to youth through Join-Up with horses
2017 Monty Roberts Instructors Conference held at Flag Is Up Farms
2017 Monty is invited to be the first trainer of non-traditional methods to demonstrate at the historical Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Home to the world famous White Lipizzaner Stallions. 465 years in existence, this organization allowed Monty to be the first outside influence. It was a sold-out audience
2017 Monty was honored at the International Equus International Film Festival, Missoula, Montana.  Monty was awarded the Equine Icon Award as the individual who has had a dramatic and critical impact on the lives of horses and who is an Icon of the Equine/Human Bond. Also, five of Monty’s videos won divisional awards media works developed by Monty’s team.
2018 Monty is named a finalist by the American Horse Publications Association.  He is listed with three others as the top four global horsemen for this award.
2018 Monty experiences a vote of appreciation from Pakistan Star, a Thoroughbred racehorse that was banned from competition because of bad behavior.  After two days of work and many communications, the months of March, April, and May, Pakistan Star earned 4.5 million US for his owner.  He has become the leading money earner for any horse trained by Monty Roberts.  He will undoubtedly be Horse of the Year in 2018 for Hong Kong Racing.
2018 Monty Tours in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany
2018 The Movement is launched at Flag Is Up Farms as the first ever event held with the emphasis on the power of horses to change people lives. Ten presenters and even more horses demonstrated what trust and non-violent communication has to teach in many areas of life.  Attendees represented 18 separate countries.  It was unanimous, ‘The Movement’ should become the focal point to celebrate what Monty’s concepts have done to cause the world to be a better place for horses for for people, too.

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American Express
BMW Corporation
Disney Corporation
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Sun Microsystems
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American Physicians
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TBA Global
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Destination Concepts
ACH Food Company
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Inner Circle of Advocates
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Blue Cross
Pemberton UK
Master Plan Inc.
Southern California Edison
Professional Touch
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William L. Morris
Mercedez Benz
North American Go to Market Operations
Bixel & Company
Al Fares Dubai 3rd International Equine Trade Fair
Dubai United Arab Emirates Racing Association
Fort Dodge Animal Health
John Deere Corporation
Polo America
Regina Therapeutic Riding Association
The Queen’s Jubilee, Royal Windsor Horse Show (honored guest)
Sundowner Trailers Corporation
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
15th International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarian
US Central Intelligence Agency, Polygraph Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Florida Department of Corrections,
Indiana Women’s Prison, Indianapolis
NASA, Goddard, Maryland Space Flight Center
EMAAR Properties, Dubai
Young Presidents Organization
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NAESP School Principals Annual Conference
Santa Barbara County Schools
Ventura School District