Five Day Foundation – with Kelly Marks

Course DatesSpaces AvailableLocationAccommodationPrice
11th-15th July 2022BUY NOW Hartsop Farm Witney £595
15th-19th August 2022BUY NOW Hartsop FarmWitney£595
17th-21st October 2022BUY NOWHartsop FarmWitney£595

Courses can be booked by clicking the BUY NOW button above. Please call the office on 01488 71300 if you have any difficulty making an online course booking. We can take your booking and payment over the phone, so please have your card handy as payment will be taken at the time of booking. 

If student’s wish to refresh their skills we are offering £100.00 discount on the cost of a Five Day Foundation or Perfect Manners Course if you have attended either course previously.

A life changing experience
Kate R


These world exclusive five day foundation courses are fully endorsed by Monty Roberts. They are run by his only British/European Master Instructor, Kelly Marks. Kelly together with Ian Vandenberghe, created the original Monty Roberts courses with Monty in England and they later went out to Flag Is Up Farms.

During these five days you will gain practical experience in

  • Join-Up™ and Follow Up™
  • Long reining,
  • Halter work.
  • Riding Assessment (optional)
  • Lecture or demonstrations in:- Preparing your horse for the farrier, Loading, and Saddle Fitting

You will need to be a member of the Intelligent Horsemanship Association so Join IH now (if not already a member) so you can start practicing with online footage and be super ready before the course!

Each person will have the opportunity to go into the round pen a minimum of four times to practice ‘Join Up™’ with a variety of horses under supervision. You are welcome to bring your own horse if arranged in advance with Ian Vandenberghe (Tel: 01993 868914).

Each student has the opportunity to do 3 Join Up™ without tack, 2 ‘full’ Join-Up™ with tack and long lining in the pen, 1 individual training halter session, 1 individual long lining session, 1 replay of video session with tutor for feedback and discussion, as much additional human to human body language as they choose.  On Wednesday or Thursday, instead of a ‘Join-Up™ with tack session’, you can have an additional long lining session, or JUST LET US KNOW what you feel would be most useful to you and we will do our best to accommodate.

Just a note to say thank you so much to you and your team for a fantastic week. Murphy and I have gained so much from it. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I went there looking to improve my ‘bond’ with Murph and came home with the answer to so many unanswered questions that remained from my years working with horses.

Each student completing the course will be issued with a certificate stating completion which may be used against future certification of the Intelligent Horsemanship Diploma and the Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship. From here you may wish to become a Monty Roberts Instructor by completing your training at Flag is Up Farms, California or to become an Intelligent Horsemanship Recommended Trainer.

Spectators are most welcome at the cost of £15 per day for IH members or £30 per day for non-members. Spectator places can be booked here or by calling the office on 01488 71300. Please specify which date you wish to attend on your booking.

Hartsop Farm has a covered arena so students can get the most out of their course no matter what the weather brings!

I had always felt with conventional training that it was so prescriptive… ‘This is the way to do it ‘with an unwritten subscript which read ‘ and if your horse doesn’t respond like this then you are clearly incompetent!!’

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