Bursary Application2018-10-24T13:31:57+02:00

Monty Roberts Certified Instructor Training Bursary Application

If you love horses, believe violence is never the answer, and want to make a real, lasting difference in your home country – you may be one of the candidates we’re looking for.

Please ensure you meet all of the eligibility requirements before applying. And that you’ve read through and understand all of our Bursary FAQs.

If you think you have what it takes to become the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in your country, and would like a career using horses to make a difference in your community, please download and complete the application form below.

The form is an editable PDF. Please click on the download button, open the file with Adobe PDF reader, complete all the fields, save the file once completed and email to bursary[at]horses4hope.org with your accompanying documents. 

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What are the eligibility requirements?2018-10-22T10:28:41+02:00

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. 

When and where will courses be held?2019-06-24T15:27:28+02:00

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:


What are the obligations and requirements of the bursary fund?2018-10-05T21:53:57+02:00

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.

What does the bursary cover?2019-06-24T14:29:45+02:00

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.

What are the criteria for a successful application?2018-10-05T21:25:01+02:00

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).

What courses will I be studying?2018-10-05T21:19:40+02:00

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.

Who can apply for a bursary?2019-06-24T14:24:45+02:00

For 2019, any citizen of:

      • Botswana
      • Namibia
      • 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.