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

March 31, 2021 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts has spent his lifetime committed to training horses and creating champions.

When the call came that he was needed for several projects in Lexington, Kentucky, Roberts booked his flight and landed in Bluegrass Country last week. He will be assessing yearlings for owners of some of the finest Thoroughbreds in the world. And he will be catching up with old friends who are working hard to improve the race horse industry.

Staci Hancock and husband Arthur Hancock III raised three Kentucky Derby Winners, Gato Del Sol, Sunday Silence, and Fusaichi Pegasus, on their Stone Farm in Kentucky. Staci is an original founder, director and first Chairman of the Board of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and a founding member of Water Hay Oats Alliance, LLC, (WHOA) with a massive membership of likeminded individuals who support the ban on drugs in racing. Staci continues her work to re-home Stone Farm’s retired racehorses into second careers.

Monty’s daughter, Debbie Roberts Loucks, met with Jen Roytz, Executive Director of the Retired Racehorse Project, and Kristin Werner, Legal Associate for The Jockey Club, to collaborate and look for more ways to transition Thoroughbreds into new lives and careers after the race track. Monty Roberts’ Mustang and Transition Horse Program launched in 2020 and has seen success as a training place for both horses needing adopting, and for interns learning the skills to help the horses become more adoptable.

By utilizing Monty Roberts’ world-renowned gentle and effective training techniques including Join-Up and his patented humane gentling facility, Monty and his team at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC) are gentling and starting unbacked horses from The Right Horse adoption partners and working through remedial issues with others. All of the horses are desensitized to a variety of objects and stimuli – to make them safe and willing partners for their future owners.

June will be a busy month for Monty as he demonstrates on June 12 at the Western States Horse Expo at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Sacramento, California. Monty and his team from the Monty Roberts International Learning Center will demonstrate the concepts offered year-round 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 certified instructors.

Monty Roberts is entering his 32nd year of demonstrating methods of nonviolent training of horses, both in the saddle and from the ground.

For more information concerning eligible adoption horses and eligible interns to participate, please contact

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Monty Roberts International Learning Center



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 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.

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