Staff Report

Renowned horseman Monty Roberts will host his second annual “The Movement” symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, April 29-30,  at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang.

The two-day event will include keynote presentations from a cross section of speakers, along with demonstrations with horses and discussions of how and why the qualities of horses help people lower stress and build trust.

The importance of clinical science trials, training methods, non-violent communication, and a mindful approach will be represented as essential to build trust and significantly improve all aspects of relationships. 

“Two hundred participants journeyed to Solvang to attend last year’s ‘The Movement 2018’ event, and all agreed that the symposium was a life-changing experience,” said Debbie Roberts Loucks, manager of the event.

This year’s presenters are experts in psychology, science, social work and horse training. They will be exploring breakthrough insights on how mindfulness and horses help us to better learn, lead, and live.  

This event is for the novice rider, the non-rider, and the advanced student who wants to observe advanced horsemanship at work, Loucks said. There will be demonstrations on how to communicate with horses in their natural language in various situations.

Limited VIP tickets are $325, which includes a Q&A session and lunch with Roberts, a VIP bag including a signed copy of his book, a one-month membership to Monty Roberts Online University, and on-demand recordings of all 2019 sessions.

General admission for both days is $195, which includes lunch. 

For tickets or more information, call 805-688-6288 or visit 

Flag Is Up Farms is at 901 E. Highway 246, Solvang.