Monty Roberts and Flag Is Up Farms Celebrate 50 Years Together in 2016

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January 9, 2016, will kick off the celebrations on Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California. Called The Night of Inspiration, Monty will demonstrate his signature Join-Up, starting a horse to his first saddle and rider in about 30 minutes. His history of starting horses since he was a young person inspires people to develop their skills in building trust and communication between horse and human.

Flag Is Up Farms is the internationally renowned starting point for some of the world’s most successful performance horses and highest earning racehorses. It is also the home of the Monty Roberts International Learning Center and equine celebrity Shy Boy.

Monty and Pat Roberts, with their team of exceptional trainers have used force-free, Join-Up training methods to start horses on their way to happy, healthy and successful careers in a variety of disciplines and applications.

Remedial horses have found an environment among the team at Flag Is Up Farms that fosters a safe haven to mend troubling behaviors and get back on track for success.

Flag Is Up Farms’ notoriety as home to “The Man Who Listens to Horses,” Monty Roberts, has also created a demand to open the farm to the public.

Visitors are welcome from 9 am to 5 pm daily, with no fee or reservation required.

The farm and hacienda facilities which have been featured in Town & Country Magazine are also host to numerous corporate events throughout the year, offering an enriching and educational experience for your team.

Monty and Pat Roberts welcome you to learn more about the philosophies of Join-Up, violence free training and its many applications among the majestic landscape at Flag Is Up Farms. Visit our website for more information.

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. 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. 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.