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Newsdate: Monday, December 3, 2018, 7:00 am
Location: SOLVANG, California

Join-Up International’s programs are effectively assisting veterans, at-risk youth, animal welfare and education of future trainers of non-violent horse training. 

Entrance to Monty Robert's horse farm.

Entrance to Monty Robert's horse farm

Horses are the barometers of the participants' emotional control and stress reduction in our Horse Sense & Healing program.
© 2018 by Monty and Pat Roberts

Horse Sense & Healing, Lead-Up and a horse gentling program are regularly offered through the Monty Roberts International Learning Center as programs under the non-profit Join-Up International (JUI).

The Learning Center is located in the Santa Ynez valley at Flag Is Up Farms, where amazing successes training dedicated young men and women are achieved to promote Join-Up’s mission. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to promoting and teaching gentle, more effective alternatives to violence, such as trust building communication, through educational courses and clinics, using horses as a vehicle for this process. Violence is never the answer.

JUI has two other important programs, one for veterans, first responders and their families and the other is for at-risk youth. The horses are the barometers of the participants' emotional control and stress reduction in our Horse Sense & Healing program since 2010. Lead-Up was developed for youth to reduce violence in the community by forming peaceful leaders. Join-Up offers everyone an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse.

Fulfilling the work of JUI and the Learning Center takes the help of passionate supporters who recognize the importance of education and what it takes to achieve the goals. Join-Up International, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization, tax ID 77-0459889. Gifts are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Here is how to help:

  • Make a donation online at
  • Call us at 805-688-6288 and consider a monthly giving plan
  • Send a check to Join-Up International PO Box 246, Solvang, California

In addition, you can sponsor a veteran for $3,700/clinic or help eight at risk youths by sponsoring a Lead-Up clinic for $2,000.

A large percentage of annual giving is in the month of December. Any size donation helps these horse programs carry the message of non-violent training.

For more information contact Flag Is Up Farms at (805) 688-6288 or email

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 and FEI’s Man of the Year. Monty was recently included as Horse and Hound Magazine’s Top 50 Horsemen of All Time. 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. Roberts has teamed with The Corporate Learning Institute to help transfer the key learning’s from his work to the workplace.

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