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Monty Meets Mule & Wallace Finds Dressage

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

August 28, 2018 Solvang, CA: Wallace the Dressage Mule! Wallace the Great!

These are but a few of the titles being lavished on Wallace the Mule these days. But Wallace was once homeless, wondering a village in Ireland. What is the story behind this great change of fate?

Wallace was brought to Monty’s demonstration in England as a seven year old with the story that he was found in a village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland then was taken to a local animal refuge, eventually living at The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, England. Lesley Radcliffe, being a mule lover, adopted and took him home. Lesley brought Wallace to one of Monty’s demonstrations where he charmed Monty, who declared him very intelligent and ready to be ridden.

In 2014 Wallace appeared with Monty Roberts on Horse & Country TV. Introduced as smart and willing, Wallace willingly partnered with Monty, declaring to all that Join-Up® works on mules as well as horses.

Enter Christie Mclean to train Wallace, who seemed to take a liking to dressage. But when Christie tried to enter him in a British Dressage competition, she was told mules were not covered under the definition of ‘horse’ used by British Dressage and could not compete without a change of rules. British Dressage consulted with the FEI and updated their definition of ‘horse’ to match the FEI General Regulations:

‘Horse: Refers also to a pony or other member of the genus equus unless the context requires otherwise. A horse shall be born from a mare.’

Mules are indeed the product of a male donkey and a mare. Wallace and Christie performed for their first official British Dressage test at a competition scoring 67.6%, surpassing eight horses and gaining the winning ribbon. Wallace rose to international fame this summer after he became the first mule to be registered with British Dressage, and will be showing his moves at Monty’s demonstrations at Hartpury College in England on Friday, 19 October 2018 https://www.intelligenthorsemanshipshop.co.uk/collections/hartpury-college-19th-october-2018

Dressage legend Carl Hester supports Wallace The Great’s dressage career saying, “I started riding on a donkey so I’m glad British Dressage has taken this great opportunity.”

Monty Roberts also has an upcoming lesson series on the famous mule on www.MontyRobertsUniversity.com  It is indeed a great year for Wallace the Great Mule!

You can keep up with Wallace’s adventures on his Facebook page, Wallace the Great.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

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

(949) 632-1856

debbie@montyroberts.com

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.

 

 

 

Monty Roberts Helps Horse Go From Refusing to Race to Refusing to Lose

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

June 30, 2018 Solvang, California: Perhaps not since 1991 when the chants of the German race fans were “Lomitas, Lomitas, Lomitas!” – Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old – has a German bred horse so captured the fascination of famed horse trainer, Monty Roberts. Pakistan Star’s story may be the next opportunity for Roberts to tell us how a talented five year old Thoroughbred, banned from racing, completely misunderstood, is able to go from refusing to race to refusing to lose.

Last year Roberts received a visit from Daniel Zigal who invited Roberts to be a guest speaker at the Carbine Club (racing club) in Hong Kong. Zigal is a prominent horse owner in the China and Hong Kong racing circles. Daniel reminded Monty that about 15 years ago, Monty spoke at the Carbine Club and had asked him to come back. It was decided that on December 10, 2017 Roberts would be in Hong Kong.

Roberts began his journey there in the last week of September 2017 to work with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s race horses that needed starting. Monty would go on to demonstrate in the UK and in Ireland. Then on the 10th of November he traveled on to Germany to work with horses at the famous stud farm, Gestüt Fährhof for the Jacobs family and also demonstrate at four weekend ticketed events in Germany.

Before Monty left for Asia, a message came through from Hong Kong, unrelated to the speaking engagement. Pakistan Star’s owner, Kerm Din, was calling for Monty’s counsel. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, president and CEO of Hong Kong Racing had observed Monty working with Lomitas in 1991 and strongly encouraged Mr. Din to seek Monty’s assistance with Pakistan Star.  In 1991 Walther Jacobs of Gestüt Fährhof had sought the help of the American horse trainer Monty Roberts and Jacob’s Lomitas went on to win Group I races on his way to being named 1991 Horse of the Year and the champion 3-year-old male.

In December 2017, once in Hong Kong Monty spent the morning at the stable, met the trainer who was an ex-champion jockey and heard from a race official that Pakistan Star worked fast in the breeze up and received a whipping when he stopped. The horse had begun to stop mid race in his fourth race and was suspended from racing after that. The trainer was disciplined. If Pakistan Star was to race again he would need to go through tests to be reinstated. This is never easy.

“I watched the videos and saw a jockey using a whip on Pakistan Star that I would consider inappropriate. I am thinking, I have no idea what I am going to do with this horse! I have to do something. I am there for a couple of days and didn’t even have physical contact with him. I hadn’t seen this particular issue. Stopping mid-race and standing on the track taking a beating? Never.” Roberts remembered worrying he wouldn’t have the time to work out Pakistan Star’s issues.

Roberts asked the team to describe Pakistan Star’s normal morning routine. The first thing he noted was that they trained him going away from the direction of the stables, stopped him and then came right back to the stable area. Roberts determined these negative tendencies, whereby he stopped running, were manufactured and not remedial. The result was that Pakistan Star literally refused to run past the middle of the races.

Roberts met with Kim Kelly, Chief Racing Steward of the Hong Kong track, and asked about allowing Pakistan Star to finish his morning work by going all the way around the track before heading back to the stable, rather than his routine of not completing the full trip around the track. Monty wanted the re-set Pakistan Star’s mind to complete the oval and finish his work heading toward his home, hoping his natural instinct to go home would motivate him.

Trainer Tony Cruz brought Pakistan Star back to the Sha Tin Race Track in February but he was not yet in form. He needed January and February to get back in to shape for the tests he needed to pass to allow him to race again without the antics he was becoming legend for which was stopping mid race.

It was determined that he would be given another chance. William Buick rode Pakistan Star to a three-length win in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m) on April 29. Then Pakistan Star doubled his Group 1 record with complete ease on May 27 with Tommy Berry riding him to a comfortable victory in the Standard Chartered Champions & Charter Cup (2400m) at the Sha Tin Racecourse. For Pakistan Star, it was his second Group 1 win in as many starts.

To date, Pakistan Star is the highest earning German bred Thoroughbred in history, globally and also the highest earning horse that Monty Roberts has ever worked with. Pakistan Star has won $4.5 million US dollars.

Monty Roberts added, “Notably, this 5 year old gelding has had more stall tests than races. I am delighted he has won more money than any horse I have ever worked with. Silvano was second most winnings $2.2 million USD back in early 2000s.”

 

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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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

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

(949) 632-1856

debbie@montyroberts.com

 

Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: RANSOM IN SILVER

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“Silver” is a 2011 red roan gelding 14.2hh. This good-sized young horse has a great disposition and a positive attitude to learning. His confirmation and color will certainly catch your eye. Silver arrived here at the farm as a foal. In 2013, after extensive groundwork, he was started and used in the MRILC classes. He has had the opportunity to be handled and exposed to many people and situations.

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: HOLLYWOODGOLD SMOKEY

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“Smokey” is a 2011 grullo gelding 14.2hh. We are impressed with his disposition and his trainability and look forward to seeing him progress. Smokey arrived here at the farm as a foal. In 2013, after extensive groundwork, he was started and used in the MRILC classes. He has had the opportunity to be handled and exposed to many people and situations.

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: NU HOLLYWOOD ZANE

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“Zane” is a 2010 grullo gelding 14.3hh. This easygoing horse is mentally and physically able to be the right partner for someone to have fun with for a long time. He has accepted all of the challenges presented in his training program with the right mindset. He will make someone a wonderful Willing Partner.

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Watch Zane’s first Join-Up and first saddle with Monty:

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: KING ZEBRA MAGIC

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“Zebra” is a 2010 grullo gelding 14.3hh. This is a good example of a horse who is willing to learn, fun to ride and has a great disposition. His ability to be confident in his job offers a great future for him. His unique markings make him an attractive gelding that will always catch people’s eye.

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Watch Zebra work on the flat in both Western as well as English tack:

Zebra at the beach at Hollister Ranch!

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: DOX STARLIGHT

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
This athletic Willing Partner has been trained for reining and working cow horse events in addition to the compulsory training all Willing Partners receive. Dox was bred, raised and trained by Monty and Pat and team. In fact, he is a great grandson of Monty’s beloved horse, Johnny Tivio. Pat has always enjoyed running the breeding program, choosing the correct stallion to cross on her broodmares in order to produce the best and brightest young horses possible. Since the 1960′s, she has managed to produce champions in both performance as well as in halter competitions. There are currently three Willing Partners who have come from Pat’s program: Dox Starlight, Nic’s Mojo and CU Sudden. Dox is a 2006 bright chestnut gelding 15hh.

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Watch Dox ridden under saddle in both Western and English tack:

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: KING COYOTE QUIXOTE

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“King” is a 2010 grullo gelding 14.3hh. This nicely put together, eye-catching grullo is very attentive, intelligent and keen to learn. With his athletic ability, he will have the opportunity to excel in many areas whether it is western or English or just out on the trail.

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 Watch King under saddle in both English and Western tack:

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: HOLLYWOOD LADYSMAN

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

“Ladysman” is a 2010 grullo gelding 14.2hh. This horse has the mindset to please and is very generous in his willingness to accept all that is asked of him. These assets will make him a partner for life for someone who wants a horse that has versatility and tons of ability.

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Watch Ladysman perform obstacles, english flatwork, and being started in harness with a cart:

Watch Ladysman Join-Up with Monty and receive his first rider during a Volkswagon corporate retreat:

Ladysman at the beach at Hollister Ranch:

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: KING BARRY PINE

Saturday, October 5th, 2013
 
“Barry” is a 2009 grullo gelding 14.3hh. This cute and friendly horse knows no strangers and his easygoing attitude is equal to his appearance. His potential to excel in everything he is asked will draw attention to him and you. Can be ridden western and English.

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Watch Barry perform over a challenging obstacle course with ease:

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