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TOM DUROCHER | ALBERTA
A farrier and horse trainer for over 35 years, Tom’s dream has always been to realize his full potential for success as horse trainer. In 2001 he made a commitment to that success by enrolling to study Monty’s concepts at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center. In June 2005, he became our first Certified Instructor in Canada. He says that the admiration that he has for Monty and his methods has made him look at all aspects of life in a totally different way. Today Tom uses Monty’s concepts when working with horses as well as people. Tom lives with his family on the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement in east-central Alberta Canada. When he is not training horses he works with the youth in and around the community. Tom fully supports and agrees with Monty’s belief that “violence is never the answer.” Tom welcomes people from all over the world to attend the various courses he offers.
VALAURIE WETTSTEIN | BRITISH COLUMBIA
Valaurie was born and raised in the countryside of Switzerland. Being around horses since she was 6 years old, she always knew that they were her greatest passion, and since then had the dream of moving along with her family, to her mother’s home country Canada, to open a Guest Ranch with lots of animals, especially horses. This was finally a reality in October 2016. Wanting to help Monty Roberts on his mission of leaving the world a better place for horses and people, she started studying his methods and learning about the language Equus in 2014. She completed her final steps of becoming a certified Monty Roberts Instructor in May 2018. Back in British Columbia, Canada she will be offering a variety of courses based on Monty Roberts’ non-violent horse training methods and helping horse owners with their horses, creating a 50/50 partnership based on trust, confidence and no violence.
The Introductory and Advanced courses provide a strong foundation in Monty’s methods. They are valuable in their own right, but are also part of the process to become a Monty Roberts Instructor.
The Introductory course can be completed with any of our Certified Instructors worldwide. Some teach it in different formats, but the content and qualification are the same. For some students, the Introductory Course provides all of the skill they need to be successful with their horses. For those who want to further their skills, or become professionals in the industry, the next step is the Advanced course, which can only be completed at Flag Is Up Farms in California.
All course offer students effective tools to communicate using the horse’s own natural language, forming a partnership based on trust and communication rather than dominance. Included in your course is a subscription to Monty’s Equus Online University. This online learning tool will give you a great start prior to the course and a greater idea of what you will be learning and doing in the round pen during your course. The ongoing education that you will have with the online lessons will suggest exercises to continue with at home while working toward your exams.
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