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We are very excited to attend the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, CA this year! The event will take place from June 13-15th and Parelli Natural Horsemanship will be located at booths 5000-5002. In addition to our booths, three Parelli Professionals will be conducting demos at the event. It’s official; Dave Ellis, 5-Star Master Parelli Professional and Horse Development Specialist, Cezanne Dechristoforo, 4-Star Senior Parelli Professional and Horse Development Specialist, and Lillan Roquet, 3-Star Parelli Professional will be our representatives at Western States Horse Expo! They’ll be available at the Parelli Natural Horsemanship booth, but be sure to catch them at their sessions throughout the weekend! To learn a little more about each Parelli Professional, check out their short biographies below. We can’t wait to see you there! For details, please visit www.horseexpo.com.
P A R E L L I P R E S E N T E R S
5-Star Parelli Master Instructor and Horse Development Specialist Dave Ellis from Porterville, California has spent nearly 30 years studying with Pat Parelli, and now has his own ranch in California, the LS Ranch Naturally. Throughout his time with Pat, Dave has specialized in various areas, including colt starting, young horse development, working cow horses, ranch versatility, packing and, of course, people training.
Dave’s fascination with horses began when he received his first horse at the age of 10. He had his first lesson at age 13, and competed in his first gymkhana championship at age 15. Right off the bat, Dave thrived when working with young horses, starting his first colt at age 14. From there, he became a trainer and versatile problem-solver, before meeting Pat Parelli in 1985.
Dave is a USEF and American Quarter Horse member. He believes that natural horsemanship can be applied to a vast array of disciplines, but he applies it mostly to colt starting. He explains, “Horses know at six weeks of age all that they can do. Parelli provides me with the language to advise my horses of my wishes and the value of partnering with me. Once my horses understand what I’m looking for and that comfort travels with me, then we operate as a team. That’s when they try their best to help me achieve our goals together.”
4-Star Senior Parelli Instructor and Horse Development Specialist Cezanne DeCristoforo is from Bradley, California. For the past 13 years, she has owned her own business, focusing on starting and restarting young horses, working with challenging horses, and giving lessons. A horse lover from a young age, her early interest in horses led to Pony Club participation and, later, eventing competition. Early on in her career, she worked under numerous professionals starting colts, and was introduced to Parelli Natural Horsemanship in 1993. Cezanne participated in her first clinic with Pat Parelli in Santa Barbara, CA in 1996. Then in 1998, she spent the summer at the Parelli Ranch in Pagosa Springs, CO and rode in Pat’s first Level 3 course.
Later, Cezanne spent two years at La Cense Montana studying with Ronnie Willis, and spent time learning the art of cutting from Leon Harrel. In 2005, Cezanne was involved in a charter program starting racehorses for Winstar Farms in Kentucky, where she also had the opportunity to ride with Ray Hunt.
Over the past few years, Cezanne has spent time learning with Pat and Linda back on the Parelli Ranch. In 2011, Cezanne had the opportunity to spend time with Linda as the Game of Contact was being developed. In 2012, she spent the summer leading courses at the ranch. All of this has led up to a recent career highlight, the achievement of her 4-Star Parelli Professional rating.
3-Star Parelli Professional Lillan Roquet is residing in Riverton, Utah. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. After earning her degree, she spent 7 months training with Pat Parelli and 14 months training with Linda Parelli, both at the Parelli campuses and at tour stops. Lillan believes that training your horse should be a combination of fun and achievement for both you and your horse.
She states, “Part of our responsibility as horse owners is to teach our horses how to act like partners, and not just survive the human world, but thrive in it. Beyond that, people and horses should be able to create beautiful harmonious and inspiring relationships.”
Recently, Lillan appeared at the Idaho Horse Expo in 2014, and she looks forward to demoing at the Western States Horse Expo!