See below for a snapshot of this incredible journey!
As Monty's assistant, Jo was to ride two starters (who had never been saddled or ridden before) and do a Join-Up in front of a big audience in the world's most prestigious dressage hall.
Jo organised an event near her hometown in South Wales. Monty, Jo and Barry Thomas demonstrated violence-free training methods with an unstarted rescue pony, a very spooky mare and two tricky loaders, as well as showing off superstars Motto and Guitar Man!
As part of an ongoing effort to help those affected by post-traumatic stress, Monty conducts several 'Horse Sense and Healing' clinics throughout the year in the US and also the UK. Horses can have remarkable healing qualities and it is a huge privilege to be part of a team that helps transform veterans lives.
A star studded event to raise finds for The Brooke. Monty used this opportunity to demonstrate a Join-Up himself, and then had two military veterans who had volunteered have a go. They speak about their experiences in this video:
Demonstration and Lajos Kassai/ visit parliament
Five venues spanning Germany.
Two one-day clinics bringing Monty's peaceful training methods to a country where it is highly needed. Jo was actively involved in the round pen, working with and riding young native 'mangalarger marchador' horses.
Jo frequently visits Monty's home in California. An expansive ranch with several barns and arenas, round pens, racetrack and classroom, there is always something going on!
One of Germany's premier racehorse breeding and training establishments, Monty has been an annual visitor for over 25 years, since he first worked with the incredible Lomitas.
YHL, Geoff B, Charlotte D, Gwange
Jo spent a few weeks at John's Yorkshire base, working with several youngsters, and accidentally brining one home!
Since spending 6 months in Africa in her mid-20's, Jo had always longed to return to this amazing country. With two demonstrations in Johannesburg and another two in The Cape, Monty's first public appearances in South Africa were very well received, with at least one standing ovation per night, and a special award from the South African Equestrian Federation.