Join-Up International Adds Adrienne Brandes to the Board

September 30, 2018 Solvang, California: In 1983, Adrienne Brandes was instrumental in the launch of D.A.R.E. (for Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach kids K-12 how to shun peer pressure and blow off drugs and violence. D.A.R.E., the brainchild of the late LAPD Police Chief Daryl Gates that was co-founded […]

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Enchanted Dancing Horses with Sylvia Zerbini and Friends Benefit – May 12

Event Information BUY TICKETS HERE   PRICE: $0 – $225 DATE AND TIME Sat, May 12, 2018 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT Add to Calendar LOCATION Flag Is Up Farm 901 E Hwy 246 Solvang, CA 93463 View Map DESCRIPTION Enchanted Dancing with Horses: A Grande Liberte Performance presenting Sylvia Zerbini Saturday May 12 […]

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Horsemanship Radio Episode 59 by Index Fund Advisors – Unbranded Documentary Star Ben Masters, American Polo Star Nic Roldan, Monty’s Trainer Tip

Nic-Roldan Ben Masters and Nic Roldan, two popular stars of the American horse scene, join Monty Roberts to discuss where their hearts are leading their horsemanship. Jamie Jennings shares Monty’s Tip about working with horses with perhaps a lower flight response and Irish Sport Horses in particular. Listen in… Horsemanship Radio Episode 59 Show […]

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Reagan’s Gone From Sliding Stops To Half-Halts

Burbank, Calif.—Feb. 28 In the sea of huge warmbloods, all with equally huge gaits, at the Burbank CDI, Reagan stands out. He’s small—somewhere between 14.3 and 15 hands—and he’s a sturdy chestnut with white socks and a white face. He’s also a Quarter Horse who spent the first several years of his life under saddle […]

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Flag is Up Farms


The Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC) is dedicated to promoting gentle, more effective alternatives to violence and force through educational courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels of horsemanship. Monty Roberts, Dean of Students, leads a team of exceptional Certified Instructors who have dedicated themselves to sharing Monty’s training philosophies by completing an extensive certification process.  

The MRILC is unique from other training facilities because the primary focus of our curriculum is on equine psychology and behavior rather than riding skills. Students develop a solid understanding of what motivates and influences equine behavior in order to increase their effectiveness in the application of their choice: virtually any discipline of riding, veterinary assisting, shoeing, racehorse training and so forth.

The Monty Roberts International Learning Center is located at Flag Is Up Farms in the Santa Ynez Valley, California at the heart of the Central Coast’s wine country just 40 miles north of Santa Barbara. 



Instructor Maya Horsey


Maya has an extensive and varied background with horses, her main focus having been racing and hunting. Her path with Monty started in 1998 and she was a member of the Monty Roberts International Learning Center development team and in 2000 became one of the first six people to become a Certified Instructor. Maya was based in Dorset, England where she ran her own business working with young horses for starting, remedial horses, racehorses and hunters. In 2007 she became the Head Instructor for the MRILC at Flag is Up Farms and moved to California where she was an integral part of the whole farm and educating hundreds of students in Monty’s methods. In 2012 Maya was recognized as one of Monty’s six Master Instructors around the world. In 2014 after seven and a half years at the farm, Maya journeyed out into America with her horses, it started with 6 months at a large QH breeding operation in Montana working with some great horses and now 2015 has brought Maya back to North East California where she is living on a large cattle ranch and working with many horses. Maya is certified as a Monty Roberts Master Instructor and she is a member of our Instructor’s Committee. She is in a position to offer training or help with your horses. If you are interested in hosting a clinic or workshop please contact us.

For More Information on Maya Contact Us
Phone: (805) 688 – 6288


Kasia Tomaszewicz (Roether) has been involved with Monty Roberts’ organization since 2001. Born and raised in Poland, Kasia spent 5 years at Flag Is Up Farms and went through very intense training out there, both at the Thoroughbred barn and Monty Roberts International Learning Center. She also achieved her therapeutic riding instructor’s diploma and successfully used her knowledge at Taylor Made, one of the most famous Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky. Kasia shares her experience with Polish horsemen, organizes classes on non-violent training and implements those concepts helping with human to human relations. After 7 years of training foals and sales preparation at one of the premiere Thoroughbred farms in Central California, Kasia once again is involved into teaching and training with groups and individuals. Kasia has been certified with Monty Roberts since 2004 and she is a Master Instructor. For more information on Kasia’s availability for private classes and training sessions, please contact us.

For More Information on Kasia Contact Us
Phone: (805) 688 – 6288

Instructor Courtney Dunn


Courtney received her instructor certification in 2011. She comes from North Carolina where she was manager at Horseworks LLC, specializing in halter training foals, inspection handling, starting/breaking, problem/spooky horses and gentling. She has been riding and competing hunter/jumpers from a young age and had a good start in pony club and foxhunting. In the summer of 2011, Courtney moved cross country to work at Flag Is Up Farms where she focused on teaching and horse training. She is currently continuing her work with horses in the Santa Ynez Valley in California.




Katelynn was born and raised in Vegas and started riding when she was ten years old. Her passion for horses quickly became her lifestyle and she was consumed with everything equestrian. Even at a young age, she used a violent free way of training. At 13 she adopted a wild mustang and competed in the Mustang Makeover yearling edition where she placed 2nd. She continued training her mustang and competing in 4H while in school. She later acquired a love for barrel racing and now competes in local shows. She met Monty at Cowboy Christmas in Las Vegas in 2011 and soon after came to visit the farm. Her love for mustangs and young horses tied in perfectly with the Monty Robert’s training method so she took her Introductory Course in October of 2012. She dedicated herself to learning and became an Instructor in May of 2015. Katelynn currently lives in Las Vegas where she offers courses and riding lessons.

Phone: +1 702 277 1033




Jamie Jennings was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  Jamie has lived all over the country, and as a military wife, spent the last ten years in Arizona.She had been training horses and people for years, but upon seeing Monty’s methods at a demonstration, she wanted to learn more. From there, she was able to travel to Flag Is Up Farms multiple times, spending ample time with Monty and all of the wonderful instructors there. She received her certification summer of 2018.

Jamie and her husband, Chad, relocated their facility, Flyover Farm, to Norman, Oklahoma in the fall of 2018 and now she offers Monty’s courses too.

Jamie competes in the sport of 3 Day Eventing, and has competed all across the country. Her favorite thing is transitioning horses off the racetrack to their second careers, and also has a deep love for mustangs.

Jamie is also the host of the podcast, Horses in the Morning, on the Horse Radio Network.

Phone: +1 623 466 2919




 Instructor Hannah Campbell


Hannah Campbell Zapletal has been Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Cumming, Georgia since 2000. Hannah and her husband Petr own and operate WildeWood Farm, Inc. Hannah teaches Monty’s courses and also offers training, riding lessons, showing, and camps for both adults and children. Hannah grew up on a training and breeding farm in Haiti where her family helped re-introduce the horses and buggy technology. After coming to the States in 1993 to attend university, she started WildeWood Farm, Inc. while attending school. Our family oriented farm bustles with children, many animals, and a love and respect of horses and their people. Hannah has coached several high school teams (IEA) to nationals, a student holds a world title, and has many local and regional titles with other students. Hannah is dedicated to preserving a loving, respectful, firm yet not violent approach to horses and even more importantly her students.

Phone: +1 770 843 2478

Instructor Amanda Everatt


Amanda was born and raised in rural Maine and started riding at age 5. Her passion for horses continued, and at age 13 after reading his book “The Man Who Listens To Horses” she wrote a letter to Monty Roberts. It was in that letter she expressed her commitment to one day travel to his farm in California and learn his methods of horsemanship. For several years Amanda traveled back and forth from Maine to California, working with and learning from any horse she could along the way.  In 2011 she became a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor and returned to Maine to continue her work with horses. Her goal is to help people understand their horses, and develop a better relationship. It is with that goal in mind Amanda teaches Monty Roberts Courses, works with both horse and human to open up lines of communication and performs equine bodywork to ensure the horse maintains a sound mind and body. 

Phone: +1 207 441 6239








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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