The four finalists have been named for the 2019 Equine Industry Vision Award, the first major award to showcase innovation across the equine industry. Sponsored by Zoetis and presented by American Horse Publications, the award is intended to recognize ingenuity and service.

Monty Roberts, was selected as one of the four finalists. The finalists are Certified Horsemanship Association, a nonprofit association celebrating over 50 years of benefitting riding instruction, trail rides, equine facility managers and horse enthusiasts, Dr. Tom Lenz, advocate for animal welfare, including leading an AQHA task force on microchipping, Monty Roberts,  Founder of Flag Is Up Farms and Join-Up International; The Right Horse Initiative, a not for profit industry-wide collaborative to innovate and implement resources and services for at-risk horses.

Finalists were judged on their performance in relation to the achievement(s) cited and their demonstration of the following attributes and abilities: 1) The vision and innovation of a true pioneer; 2) Leadership, commitment, dedication and willingness to serve; 3) Original and effective ideas and/or products, services, programs; 4) High moral, ethical and professional standards.

The official announcement and presentation of the award will be made at the Equine Industry Vision Award Breakfast, sponsored by Zoetis, on Friday, May 31, 2019 during the AHP High Desert Media Roundup conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About the finalists:
Certified Horsemanship Association, an organization for safe, fun and effective horsemanship education and certification of equine professionals as instructors. CHA has been instrumental in piloting ways to transition at-risk horses into trained, willing mounts for lesson, camp and therapy programs in partnership with Colorado State University and the Denver Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center.

Dr. Tom Lenz, animal welfare pioneer and 2003 AAEP President. Dr. Lenz is a member of The Right Horse’s Veterinary Advisory Council, which provides critical insight and guidance to its programs and partners. Dr. Lenz travels the country advocating for equine welfare causes and speaking to students, veterinarians, professional groups and more.

Monty Roberts, Founder, Flag Is Up Farms and Join-Up International, internationally known horseman committed to improving the traditional ways of treating not only animals but also the people around horses. Monty and his team have welcomed The Right Horse to Flag is Up Farms for events such as The Movement, collaborating to apply non-violent forms of communication and leadership and to help humans and horses live a better life.

The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. Through collaboration with over 50 industry and adoption partners, The Right Horse is able to innovate new and better adoption standards and practices. Together, the goal is to shatter the stigma and reframe the conversation around equine adoption in order to massively increase horse adoption in the United States. To learn more, visit

People can see Monty work at these upcoming clinics too:

April 29-30, 2019 at THE MOVEMENT 2019  Symposium in Solvang, California, USA

May 25, 2019: Night of Inspiration at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California

July 22 to 26, 2019: Monty’s Special Training Brazil at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California

July 29 to August 2, 2019: Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California

August 5 to 16, 2019: Gentling Wild Horses at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California

Updated details can be found here:


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 . 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.

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks
Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
(949) 632-1856