Monty Roberts has joined with Olympians to be a part of the West Coast Dressage Festival Masterclass Series. Roberts will demonstrate his expertise and skill, first in Temecula, California, at Galway Downs on January 6, 2018.
"I’m pleased to be kicking off the Masterclass Series with Boyd Martin, who has one of the biggest hearts in the equestrian world, both for his horses and for his sport,” said Monty Roberts about the January 6 event in Temecula, where he will be demonstrating his Join-Up methods with dressage horses.
The festival dates start January 6 and finish up in Del Mar on February 17 with a variety of demonstrations from Laura Graves, Helen Langehanenberg and Charlotte Dujardin.
Roberts added, "Promoter, Scott Hayes has put together an ambitious schedule bringing world class talents to the West coast of California.
Scott Hayes said, “We are also happy to announce our presenters, world champions Edward Gal who will work with the FEI level horses and riders, Hans Peter Minderhoud, who will work with the young horse and stallion combinations with demonstrations provided by Monty Roberts, starting young dressage horses with his Join-Up method. This will be held at El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, California. Shopping will be plentiful; the venue will be intimate. We cannot wait for this exciting fifth anniversary convention."
Monty Roberts will be demonstrating his practical techniques to help horses from the ground and with ridden challenges. Roberts' first public demonstrations were in the United States beginning in 1986. They were limited to two or three public demonstrations per year. It was April of 1989 that he was invited by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to demonstrate at Windsor Castle. At the conclusion of one week’s work, Her Majesty arranged for 21 cities and 98 horses more, added to the 23 horses Roberts worked with at Windsor in a five-day period of time. The total on the trip was 121 horses.
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, the FEI Man of the Year (1997) and the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award. In January 2017 Monty was named one of Horse and Hound Magazine’s 50 Greatest Horsemen of All Time. Roberts 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. Monty developed his Horse Sense and Healing program for military and first responder personnel with stress injuries detailed here http://www.join-up.org/veterans.html.