Simon Marrier d’Unienville – Founder & Executive Director

Simon became the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Africa in August 2018. Born in Durban, South Africa, he spent his youth (trail) riding horses in the Drakensburg Mountains and playing polocrosse on his school team. Simon works with starting and schooling young horses at his homestead, Equiville Manor, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Simon plans to use the Monty Roberts methods to reduce human-to-human and human-to-animal violence in South Africa and across the rest of Africa. Simon will be holding introductory and short courses both in South Africa and around Africa to help train future Monty Roberts instructors and further spread Monty’s non-violent methods across the continent.

Simon’s passion lies in teaching and working with at-risk youth. And as the first Lead-Up Certified Instructor in Africa, Simon has joined an elite team of equine-assisted therapy specialists that are reducing violence among youth through their ground-breaking program.

“For centuries, humans have said to horses, ‘You do what I tell you or I’ll hurt you.’ Humans still say that to each other – still threaten, force and intimidate. I’m convinced that my discoveries with horses have value in the workplace, in the education and penal systems, and in the raising of children. At heart, I’m saying that no one else has the right to say ‘Do this, or I will hurt you’ – to an animals, or to another human.” ~ Monty Roberts

Jonathan Young
Jonathan YoungCo-Founder and Board Chairman
Successful businessman and entrepreneur, Jonathan built and runs a multi-million dollar enterprise in Zambia, his home country. As a father of two, Jonathan sees the immense value in “correcting the sins of our fathers” and teaching the next generation violence-free alternatives to our traditional norms.

As board chairman he lends his entrepreneurial skills and business ethics to ensure our funding is utilized in the best possible ways.

Nigel Allori
Nigel AlloriCo-Founder and Board Vice-Chairman
Horses have been a major part of Nigel’s life for as long as he can remember. Show-jumping and competing in Dressage around Southern Africa from an early age, Nigel brings a wealth of African horsemanship knowledge and networks to Horses 4 Hope.

A fan of Monty Roberts since the early 1990’s, Nigel has experienced first-hand the massive impact Monty’s methods have in improving human-horse and human-human connections.