Training Future Monty Roberts Certified Instructors
As the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Africa, Horses 4 Hope founder Simon Marrier d’Unienville is helping Monty Roberts achieve his goal of “leaving the world a better place than I found it, for horses, and people too.”
But he can’t do it alone …
And that’s why one of Horses 4 Hope’s aims is to train Monty Roberts Certified Instructors in each country around Africa – so they, in turn, can utilize equine-assisted programs, specifically the world-renowned methods of Monty Roberts, to reduce violence and other issues in their communities.
Training Future African Monty Roberts Certified Instructors
Horses 4 Hope has launched an all-inclusive vocational training bursary program to train talented young African horsemen and women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in the Monty Roberts methods, to enable them to grow our equine-assisted programs in their home countries.
We are partnering with local businesses, private donors and multinational organizations to fund training, flights and accommodation costs for a few specially selected candidates to complete their Monty Roberts Certified Courses and Internship required to become a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor.
Horses 4 Hope plans on addressing the challenges of, amongst others, scarce and critical skills supply, employment equity and transformation in the Africa’s growing Equine Therapy industry. One of the ways in which we are doing this is by creating and maintaining a steady flow of educated and qualified young people into the industry; young people who are also excited about equine-assisted learning and therapy programs, and who are looking to forge long and happy careers in the industry.
Over the next few years our bursary program will focus on the below countries in Southern, Central and Eastern Africa:
Applicants can click on their country to view the bursary application form.
Is your country not listed? Please contact us to find out when we’ll be taking applications from your country.
Be a citizen of their country of permanent residence
Be aged 18 or older
Be currently involved in equine-related work, sports or community-service
Show proof of previous or current commitment to community service and/or social welfare
Have a clean criminal record
Have graduated from high school or an equivalent (or higher level) vocational program
Be computer literate
Have regular access to horses for ground-work training (home study)
Be well-spoken (fluent English is a must) and good mannered
Have good work ethics and a strong desire to make a difference
Be physically and mentally fit
A valid passport or other travel document
Our bursary program does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion or national origin in the awarding of bursaries. However age will be considered a factor and applicants aged 18 to 29, who meet all of our criteria, will be given preference. Bursaries will only be awarded to those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
We aim to put young people into the equine therapy industry who are not only well qualified, but who also has a sound understanding of the industry and the working environment.
To this end, we will provide various vocational learning opportunities to all Bursary Fund beneficiaries. This includes internships, holiday work programs and possible graduate placement.
For 2019, any citizen of:
- South Africa
That meets all of the eligibility criteria.
Our bursary program does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion or national origin in the awarding of bursaries. However age will be considered a factor and applicants aged 18 to 29, who meet all of our criteria, will be given preference.
Initially, successful candidates will participate in the 2-week Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship, held at our facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Following on this, you will return home to continue practicing what you have learned. By sending us videos you can continue to receive our feedback on your work. It is also during this period that you study theory on horse performance, breeding, feeding and nutrition. When we determine that you are ready (usually 6 to 8 months), you will return to Johannesburg for the 1-week practical and written Monty Roberts Introductory Exam.
Of the students who pass their practical and written exams, a select few will be chosen to continue on to the 3-week Advanced Course, held at Flag Is Up Farms in California, USA. After a further 12 to 18 months of field study, select students will return to Flag Is Up Farms for the 2-week practical and written Monty Roberts Advanced Exam.
Those students who successfully pass their Advanced Exam and show sufficient commitment and dedication to furthering Monty Roberts methods in their home country in Africa will be invited to stay for a 3-month internship at Flag Is Up Farms, at which point they will graduate as a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor.
Applications are rated according to the following criteria: 1) Background relation to the equine industry; 2) Level of commitment shown to community service and/or social welfare; 3) Financial need; 4) Personal presentation and speaking ability in application video; 5) Age (applicants aged 18 to 29 that meet other criteria will be preferred).
The initial bursary shall be provided for the 2-week Introductory Course held in Johannesburg, South Africa; Windhoek, Namibia; or Gaborone, Botswana.
The bursary covers training fees; lunch; and all training material required.
It does not cover flights, airport transfers or other travel costs; accommodation; or any living costs.
Students do not have to pay back any bursary funds. However, after completion of the 2-week Introductory Course of Horsemanship, all bursary students will be required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of community service work with a registered equine welfare (or other animal welfare), child welfare or other approved* non-profit program in their home country within a 24-month period.
Bursary recipients who emigrate from their country of residence before completing their community service hours, or who do not successfully complete their community service hours within a 24-month period, will be required to pay back a portion of the cost of their bursary program (based on a rate of ZAR 150 / USD 12 per hour of community service not completed).
*All community service programs must be officially registered with their home country and will be vetted and approved by the Horses 4 Hope board.
All bursary recipients will be required to maintain a high standard of personal conduct, good ethics, non-violent behaviour and strong morals.
The initial 2-week Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship will be held on the following dates. One applicant will be selected for each Introductory Course:
- 8 to 19 July 2019 – Johannesburg, South Africa – applications close 30 June
- 29 July to 9 August 2019 – Gaborone, Botswana – applications close 7 July
- 19 to 30 August 2019 – Windhoek, Namibia – applications close 14 July
- 9 to 20 September 2019 – Johannesburg, South Africa – applications close 28 July
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
- Be a citizen of your country of permanent residence
- Be aged 18 or older
- Be currently involved in equine-related work, sports or community-service
- Show proof of previous or current commitment to community service and/or social welfare
- Have a clean criminal record
- Have graduated from high school or an equivalent (or higher level) vocational program
- Be computer literate
- Have regular access to horses for ground-work training (home study)
- Be well-spoken (fluent English* is a must) and good mannered
- Have good work ethics and a strong desire to make a difference
- Be physically and mentally fit
- A valid passport or other travel document
*Applications for French- and Portuguese-speaking applicants will be open in the later half of 2019.