Lead-Up got its start in 2012 in Guatemala, Central America. Violence is endemic throughout all levels of Guatemala – within families, within communities, and as a tool for obtaining and maintaining power in business, politics and civil society.
Lead-Up was founded by Katie Cunningham, a British Monty Roberts student living in Guatemala. Initially, her mission was to show that the traditional way of “breaking” horses was both cruel and unnecessary, but in so doing realized that there was a secondary effect, namely that the trainer became less violent as well, for which she was awarded a certificate by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth, Patron of Join-Up International, believes that these concepts can change lives. She is following the development of this program due to her interest in the humane treatment of animals and trust-based relationships with humans.
The Lead-Up team has been developing the program since 2012 and has partnered with global organizations and local NGOs in Guatemala who have expressed the growing need to reduce violence in the communities they serve.
Since then Lead-Up has grown to a global organization with workshops held across continents including South America, North America, Europe, Australia and Africa.
Claire is one of three Lead-Up Certified Instructors in Ireland.