Join-Up International, is a California non-profit organization (tax ID 77-0459889) founded by world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts. Join-Up is dedicated to promoting gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force in both equine and human relationships. In 2012 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, became a patron of Join-Up International and we are deeply grateful for the support we receive from both her and our members of our board.
“My goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and for people, too.”—Monty Roberts
Monty’s unique and gentle method of using the horse’s own language to achieve breakthrough results is revolutionary, but not magical. Communication is a gift we all have; it can be practiced and developed.
“Violence is never the answer.”—Monty Roberts
Individuals from all walks of life—business leaders, horse lovers, health professionals, prison administrators and many others find help and inspiration in the message of Join-Up® and seek to learn how to apply it in their own lives.
“No one has the right to say ‘you do what I tell you, or I’ll hurt you.’”—Monty Roberts
The above principles can be applied to human relationships as well. Join-Up International seeks to foster the adoption of these skills among a greater audience, insuring their preservation for generations to come.
Join-Up concepts have helped abused women and children, and their abusers, too, as well as special needs children, youth at risk, prison inmates, foster families, children and adults with a history of abuse and war veterans.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF GREAT BRITAIN
An important part of the work of the Queen is to support and encourage public and voluntary service. One of the ways in which Her Majesty does this is through involvement with charities and other organizations. The Queen’s patronages cover every area of the charity and voluntary sector, from opportunities for young people, to preservation of wildlife and the environment. Involvement with these organizations helps to recognize their achievements, and helps to recognize the contributions of many different sectors of public life. In 2012 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II became patron of Join-Up® International.
See The Queen’s letter to Monty Roberts in acceptance of becoming Patron of Join-Up International
—is the American horse trainer who promotes his techniques of natural horsemanship through Join-Up® International, founded in 1997 and named after the core concept of his training method. Roberts believes that horses use a non-verbal language, which he terms “Equus,” and that humans can use this language to communicate with horses. In order to share his knowledge of horsemanship, Roberts has authored a number of books including an original best-seller, The Man Who Listens to Horses, and regularly tours with live demonstrations worldwide. Roberts also founded the Monty Roberts International Learning Center to teach his methods in Solvang, California, and Equus Online University, an online learning space where horse owners and trainers can find the tools to interact with horses without using force.
A celebrated artist, Pat (née Burden) Roberts is an accomplished horsewoman in her own right. Pat has traveled around the globe helping her husband Monty spread his message that violence is never the answer. In May 2004, Pat was honored by the Girl Scouts of Tres Condados as the “2004 Woman of Distinction.” Pat and Monty are also sponsoring a Join-Up badge through the Monty Roberts International Learning Center at Flag Is Up Farms. Pat is noted for her down-to-earth, warm personality and her willingness to reach out to humans—or horses—who could use a hand.
You can read more about Pat the artist on her website:
—has trained many horses to the top level of dressage. In 1992 she was part of the Bronze medal winning US team at the Barcelona Olympics riding Monsieur. In 1997 she was on the Silver medal winning US team at the North American Championship riding Lugano. Charlotte trained both horses from the start. She has been a selector for both the Hong Kong and the London Olympics. Presently she is competing at Grand Prix with Strauss. For the past 25 years Charlotte has also pursued a judges career and for the past 4 years has been an International judge.