May 1, 2021 Solvang, California: Horse Illustrated asked L.A. Sokolowski to round up and interview twelve trailblazing ladies who continue to forge a path for the rest of us to follow on our own unique journeys. One of the twelve examples, Debbie Roberts Loucks has grown her father’s brand into a global leadership organization.

“I was blessed to grow up with a dad who has the aptitude to understand and interpret for horses, Monty Roberts. The last 20 years have been invested in the future of the concepts in non-violent training that works with the nature of flight animals rather than using force.”

Horse Illustrated’s Equestrian Women of Influence produced a live streaming with Debbie Roberts Loucks and is fully written about in the May 2021 issue of the magazine on stands now.

The livestream guests included: Extreme Mustang Makeover founder Patti Colbert; Ebony Horsewomen, Inc. founder Patricia E. Kelly; five-time Olympic show jumper Anne Kursinski; Debbie Roberts Loucks of The Movement and Horsemanship Radio podcast; four-time AQHA Superhorse trainer Lynn Palm; and Tellington TTouch Training founder Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD(H). A recorded video of the event is available at and www.StreamHorse.TV.

Debbie and her famous father Monty Roberts will be participating in the Western States Expo in Sacramento, California in June. Monty and his team will be demonstrating and offering new and unique courses for students of all levels, from novices just starting out or those returning after a prolonged absence, to advanced courses for those wishing to become future Monty Roberts Certified Instructors.

Resident Instructor at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center, Simon D’Unienville, will be with Monty at the Western States Expo and is also responsible for a new program with The Right Horse Adoption Partner for horses being trained by Monty and his team to cause them to be more adoptable. The Monty Roberts Mustang and Transition Horse Program and The Right Horse Initiative are now partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) providing students with a unique opportunity to master the Monty Roberts training methods. The horses’ individual needs/training level will be matched with the training level of the course and students. Along the way, horses will be promoted for adoption to find their right homes.

Visiting California? Or planning your course’s timetable? For a quick overview, view the courses calendar below for the upcoming year. Please contact us for further information, learn more on our individual courses pages or find out how to become a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor.

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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 in 2010 highlighting the therapeutic effect horses and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® have on PTSD. Soon after Monty and his team developed the Horse Sense & Healing program for veterans and first responders. Lead-Up International was officially launched worldwide at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in Solvang, California, in February 2017. The purpose of Lead-Up International is to reduce violence in the community by creating peaceful leaders from vulnerable youth utilizing equine-assisted therapy and non-verbal communication, building trust-based relationships.

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

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