By Pamela Dozois

Contributing Writer

Demonstrating what horses can teach people about lowering stress and building trust will be the focus of “The Movement 2018,” a two-day symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, May 23-24, at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang.

“This two-day event is part symposium and part festival and will be lots of fun for those who appreciate horses. The Movement is the perfect environment for connecting with peers who know that horses have a lot to teach us,” said Pat Roberts, wife of Monty Roberts and co-host of the event. “You will learn how Monty keeps stress out of his life with horses, and how to develop the motivation and resilience to achieve your life’s goals.”

Roberts, the New York Times best-selling author of “The Man Who Listens to Horses” will share his life story about overcoming barriers, motivating oneself and lowering stress levels to achieve personal goals.

Other presenters include artists, horse trainers, authors, professors, an agility dog trainer, a film industry leader, an equestrian photographer, and a noted horsewomen.

“We are describing The Movement as ‘Demonstrations, Discoveries and Pathways’,” said Debbie Roberts Loucks, the event manager. “A movement starts with a clear vision of a world different from the one we live in today. The presenters are each amazing in their own industries and they all have a vision of a better world, inspired by incorporating horses in their own story. … Leaders may inspire, but only when people choose to act does a vision become a movement.”

At this workshop, Roberts and his certified instructors will work with a range of young and remedial horses. The event is for the novice rider, the non-rider, and the advanced student who wants to observe advanced horsemanship at work.

This event is limited to 300 people. Tickets are $39.95 for the two-day symposium only, (which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days) and $139.95 for the symposium, the awards dinner and a film (from 6 to 10 p.m. on May 23). Ticket prices will increase after May 1.

For tickets and more information, call Flag Is Up Farms at 805-688-6288 or email or go to