Monty Roberts Shares the Story of the Spanish Riding School

Newsdate: Wed September 6, 2017, 9:00 am
Location: SOLVANG, California

Recently the 465 year old Spanish Riding School in Vienna Austria broke with tradition, by inviting Monty Roberts to demonstrate his famous Join-Up® concepts in the Marble Hall, home of the famous White Lipizzaner Stallions.

Monty Roberts - Spanish Riding School

Monty Roberts - Spanish Riding School

In an exclusive interview, Monty recounts what it was like to work with 5 horses, including the famous Lipizzaner breed, in the hallowed halls of the Winterschule of Vienna.
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In an exclusive interview, Monty recounts what it was like to work with 5 horses, including the famous Lipizzaner breed, in the hallowed halls of the Winterschule of Vienna.

On September 1, 2017 Horsemanship Radio posted the full length interview with Monty Roberts at

Even world-famous horse trainers can be awed by opportunities when they recognize a chance of a lifetime. At 82, while on tour in Europe, Monty Roberts received an invitation to demonstrate his methods of Join-Up® in the famous school on the 2nd July, 2017 in Vienna. Horsemanship Radio asked Roberts to share his experience in a special interview, no other outside trainer has ever been able to grant.

The traditional Spanish Riding School, where the art of classic dressage education has been cultivated for 465 years, opened its doors for the first time for a demonstration of horse mastership by a trainer other than one of their own.

Roberts’ understanding of horses is characterized by body language and based on the natural behavior of Equus, the flight animal which recognizes intent and will follow and work with a trustworthy horseman. Roberts has won nine world championships himself in the show ring, as well as training countless champions in his storied career.

Monty sees himself as a gentler of horses who encourages all breeds to a trusting relationship with humans in all disciplines. Roberts accepted the invitation to demonstrate at the Spanish Riding School as,  “…a dream fulfilled. I always wanted to go see the Spanish Riding School” said Roberts. “This was a pivotal day in my life. You could call it the pinnacle. I am 82 but I feel 12 years old!”

The Spanish Riding School brought Roberts five horses of different origins, one untrained, one to gentle, two with problems and one that refused to load in a trailer. One belonged to the Head of Communications for the School, Andrea Kerssenbrock:

“I’m in love with my horse and the bond between us became stronger than before this unique experience. I appreciate so much that we have had these days with Monty.” said Kerssenbrock, owner of Amos who was the first mount in the demonstration that night.

She and her husband Franziskus von Kerssenbrock brought Amos for Roberts to train. “Amos behaved like a real ‘champion’ - relaxed and trusting. We're supposed to take good care of him, the deeply impressed Monty Roberts gave us the way. We will!”

Each horse was dealt with in the absence of violence and all five met their intended goals.

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. 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 highlighting the therapeutic effect that horses and Monty Roberts' Join-Up® have on PTSD (Monty prefers Post Traumatic Stress Injury - PTSI). Monty developed his Horse Sense and Healing program for military and first responder personnel with stress injuries detailed here

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