19 June 2019, Johannesburg: Horses4Hope, a South African non-profit, will be holding the first Monty Roberts horsemanship courses in Southern Africa (initially a 10-day Monty Roberts Introductory Course in Gaborone, Botswana from 29 July to 9 August; Windhoek, Namibia from 19 to 30 August; and Johannesburg, South Africa from 9 to 20 September 2019).
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 first-hand 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 championships in the show ring. Today Monty’s goal is to spread his message that “violence is never the answer.” Monty has been encouraged by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the award of the Membership in The Royal Victorian Order. Other honours include the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award, FEI’s Man of the Year and one of Horse & Hound Magazine’s 50 Greatest Horsemen of All Time.
Simon Marrier d’Unienville, Horses4Hope founder, is the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Africa, and one of 14 Lead-Up® Instructors world-wide – a ground-breaking Monty Roberts program that has been scientifically proven to reduce violence in at-risk youth.
Horses4Hope runs free Lead-Up workshops, working to reduce violence and improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable youth from their partner NGOs. Additionally Simon, in partnership with Kris Robins (Monty Roberts’ Horse Sense & Healing program developer), have created and piloted Equ-Us™ – the world’s first program to combine Monty Roberts’ horsemanship with Motivational Interviewing (Dr William Miller and Stephen Rollnick’s globally acclaimed counselling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behaviour). Equ-Us uses the combination of these two closely paralleled techniques, and the healing power of horses, to help those currently seeking help in an addiction recovery program.
The Introductory Course of Horsemanship provides an in-depth understanding of Monty’s concepts and is the first step to joining the elite ranks of Monty Roberts Certified Instructors. The course is suitable for students of any age (16+), and all levels of equine experience. Participants will gain a well-rounded knowledge in the basics of horse care, performance, breeding, feeding and nutrition, with a strong emphasis on horse psychology.
“Developing these essential horsemanship skills will help participants build a willing partnership with their horse, based on trust. And in turn, they will have a happier, more well-mannered, more cooperative horse – both on the ground and under-saddle,” said Simon.
All proceeds from the courses will fund Horses4Hope’s non-profit programs, including the launch of a Lead-Up program in Botswana and Namibia. The 10-day course cost is USD 1,950 (ZAR 23,400 / N$ 23,400 / BWP 21,000) and includes a Monty Roberts patented Dually halter and set of long lines, as well as a 6-month subscription to the Monty Roberts Online University (USD 250 value). The course is limited to 6 participants for individual attention. Learn more or book online here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.