Parelli Professionals are talented, dedicated individuals who, after extensive time studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) as a student, have been licensed to teach and/or provide horse development training in the field. There are currently two certifications available for Parelli Professionals, as a Licensed Instructor and as a Licensed Horse Development Specialist.
A Parelli Professional is a dedicated and educated horseman, trained to teach students in the Parelli Program. These licensed professional instructors are independent contractors and not employees of Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
Similar to the travel industry, a star rating system is used to rank the Licensed Parelli Professional. There are a lot of people (inside and outside of PNH) with an opinion of their expertise with horses but without a standard set of criteria by which they and others could measure against. By looking at a star rating you know what the person has done, how much experience they have and what other related subjects they have studied. It is important for customers to know what level of education and experience they can reliably expect when they contact a Parelli Professional.
Parelli Professionals are ranked by a star rating which reflects their level of tenure and experience teaching the Parelli Program. Some are also Horse Development Specialists which qualifies them to train horses as well.
We are proud to announce that we have over 250 Parelli Professionals, in more than 20 countries worldwide, who are dedicated to helping us serve you on our mission to raise the level of horsemanship worldwide.
A Parelli Professional lifetime achievement award for service above and beyond as a Parelli Professional as well as the development of the Parelli Professionals program as a whole. The Instructor Emeritus is an active Instructor, member of the Professionals Board and serves as a mentor, guide and advisor. With over 20 years involved as a Professional with Parelli, Neil Pye is currently the only person with this highly esteemed status of Emeritus.
This is the highest star rating attainable. 6-Star Master Instructors are qualified to teach all Four Savvys: On Line, Liberty, FreeStyle and Finesse and are licensed to conduct lessons, group lessons, workshops, clinics, camps, and super camps. In addition to being involved in program and Professional development, 6-Stars are also licensed to train and mentor other Parelli Professionals.
Parelli Professionals that are licensed as Horse Development Specialists (HDS) are those instructors who have spent a large amount of time working directly with Pat Parelli or with his top Professionals. These individuals have earned Pat’s confidence to teach horses. This is much different than teaching people. The people teaching program is set up in a linear fashion as that is how best to teach humans while horses learn much faster; the Horse Development Specialist will teach the horse in whatever order the horse needs.
Horse development is all about Parelli Principle #7 – “humans teach horses and horses teach humans.” As you progress through the Parelli Levels Pathway to Level 4, your horse is really teaching you! How do prey animals think, how can you act like a partner, how to handle your tools, and the list goes on. Horse Development is where the human starts to teach the horse. The horse may be a foal, a colt getting his first rides, a particularly difficult or challenging horse, or moving towards an area of specialization.
Only 3-Star Instructors and above are eligible for this license, although not every instructor will earn it. There are 3 levels of HDS certification: Horse Development Specialist, Senior Horse Development Specialist and Master Horse Development Specialist. Please understand unless a Parelli Professional carries the Horse Development Specialist Certification, they are not approved by Parelli to offer Horse development/training services as a Parelli Professional. If you choose to have a Parelli Professional that is licensed in teaching people and not in horse development train your horse(s) please understand their services are not supported or endorsed by Parelli. We only approve of fully certified Parelli Horse Development Specialists for horse training services.
Although the Instructors and horse development specialists listed on this site are trained and certified in Parelli Natural Horsemanship skills and methods, they are independent contractors and set their own formats, pricing, and schedules. We list them here as a service to you and to them, but we do not regulate or receive any portion of their fees. Please visit the instructor’s individual website to learn about the type of Instruction and Horse Development services they may be able to offer.
Staying updated is an important part of being a Licensed Parelli Professional. Within each region you will find a dynamic listing of Parelli Professionals worldwide, in star rating order.
All Licensed Parelli Professionals will provide proof of insurance upon request.
It means that both Parelli Professionals and students can expect:
As a Parelli Professional, you also benefit from the following:
We are looking for individuals that are 21 years of age* or older that are official graduates of Level 4 in all Four Savvys to represent Parelli Natural Horsemanship in equine communities around the world.
Candidates for the Parelli Professionals Program are:
As an applicant into the Parelli Professionals Program you will need at least three recommendations from a 3-Star or higher rated Parelli Professional, this helps Parelli ensure a high standard of horsemanship and aptitude for teaching in the Professionals Program.
*Applicants younger than 21 will be reviewed on a case by case basis, the minimum age is 18.
First, you must take and pass 4 weeks of courses, either consecutively or over time, at one of the campuses. After you have taken these courses and have officially passed Level 4 in the Parelli Program in all 4 Savvys (On line, FreeStyle, Liberty and Finesse) you can apply to attend the 12-week Externship by emailing email@example.com.
A minimum initial attendance of 12 weeks is required, although you can apply to stay for up to 5 years. Acceptance into the internship, apprentice and protégé Programs have different time and grade requirements and are usually only offered to the top 10% of the class.
Once your application to the 12-week Externship is accepted, you are in the induction phase of the Mastery Program, although you are not officially a Mastery Student until you pass the 12-week Externship. Upon completion of the externship, a score of 80% or higher is required to qualify for consideration of a 1-Star rating. If your score is below 80%, additional horsemanship over 6 months is required before reapplying.
While we realize there are some students that cannot spend 12 weeks away from home, there is an alternative pathway. These select students may choose the 2-day LIVE Entrance Evaluation. As it is an alternative option, this is only offered on a case by case basis and is not the main pathway into the Mastery Program. The 2-day LIVE Entrance Evaluation consists of testing over 2-days on horse-man-ship skills, teacher-man-ship skills, presentation skills, and knowledge of the program. A score of 85% or higher is required to qualify for the 2-week Instructor Training Course. If your score is below 85%, additional horsemanship over 6 months is required before reapplying.
A score of 85% or higher in the Instructor Training Course is required to qualify you for consideration of a 1-Star Rating. A score of 99-100% qualifies you for consideration for a 2-Star rating. If your score in the Instructor Training is below 85%, another 2-week Instructor Training Course is required.
If you have additional questions on how to become a Parelli Professional, please contact our Professionals Dept at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-642-3335.
For more information on the 12-week Externship (dates, availability, etc.), please contact the email@example.com.
To sign up for a course please contact our Courses Dept at courses@Parelli.com or call 970-731-6177.
Scholarships may be available. To apply for a scholarship, please visit the non-profit charitable Parelli Foundation website for details.