PARELLI Courses

Join us at the Parelli Center in Colorado or Florida

When you can totally immerse yourself, day in, day out, for a whole week the change in your confidence and know how is profound. The focus is on being Savvy and Safe so you can start having real fun with your horse, which is why you first got into horses isn’t it?

Combine Your Courses to Stay Longer!

Did you know that two weeks here at the epicenter of natural horsemanship is the equivalent of two years at home?
 You can combine two, three or all four of these courses for an amazing experience that will catapult you to new heights of horsemanship.


Design Your Own Course!

Did you know, you can design your own course here at the Parelli Center? Your Study Circle or group of friends can have the experience of a lifetime with a course specially tailored to your needs and desires. Choose one or two weeks (or more) and decide how many of you wish to attend – as riders and auditors. It’s that simple!

Some ideas:

  • All Things Liberty!
  • Tall Stories & Trail Adventures
  • Horsenality & Humanality
  • More Fun & Trick Training!
  • Transformations in Confidence
  • Make up your own!

Note: International language courses are available in German, Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch, Swedish… and more!

Developing Harmony Course

From what horses tell me, most people are really boring!

One of the most powerful things you can do is learn how to become a more interesting and progressive teacher and partner for your horse. Our goal is to help you learn how to train your own horse so you can solve your own problems and achieve your goals, no matter what they are.

1-week course topics:

  • Level 2-3 Ground Skills
  • 
Level 2+ Riding

  • Beginning Liberty
  • 
Problem solving (from needles to trailer loading 
and everything in between!)

  • Canter confidence

  • Obstacles
  • 
Riding In – arena patterns and exercises

  • Riding Out – trails and meadows 
(to balance your arena exercises!)

  • Rider balance, posture, seat and security

The Secret of Four Savvy's

The reason Parelli Students become so good with horses, and so confident, is because they learn
FOUR ways to savvy a horse:
On Line – Liberty – FreeStyle - Finesse

With two on the ground (with or without a line) and two in the saddle (with or without contact), this means you are prepared with all the right skills for any goal or situation. Having all Four Savvy’s under your belt gives you the kind of foundation horses wish all horse lovers and riders would have.

Designed to advance you in every Savvy, THIS is the essence of the Parelli Program.

2-week or 4-week course topics:

  • Level 2-3+ Ground Skills
  • Level 2-3+ Liberty
  • Level 2-3+ Riding (FreeStyle & Finesse)
  • Rider position, effectiveness and refinement
  • Understanding the Power of Patterns
  • Imagineering!

Special Focus Courses

Students like you come from all over the world. Your passion for self-development to become the kind of human your horse loves to be around and to partner in the dance of riding.

Each of these courses has a specialized focus from equine psychology to better riding to maximizing adventure rides together on the trail. Our programs are designed to teach you the requisite skills, but they also develop the intangibles—focus, feel, timing, savvy—which are what most horsemen believe that you must be born with and that they cannot be taught.

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Students like you come from all over the world. Your passion for self-development, to become the kind of human your horse loves to be around… and to partner in the dance of riding.


Each of these courses has a specialized focus – from equine psychology to better riding to maximizing adventure rides together on the trail. Our programs are designed to teach you the requisite skills, but they also develop the intangibles – focus, feel, timing, savvy – the things most horsemen think you must be born with and cannot be taught!

If have any questions about courses
 please contact Gale Weber at 970-731-6177 or courses@parelli.com


The Complete 
(Natural) Rider Makeover

There is something exhilarating and incredibly fulfilling about being beautifully balanced and in harmony with your horse.

When Linda first rode with Pat Parelli in 1989, he gave her this sage advice: “I know you love dressage, but I want you to pretend you never saw a dressage rider before. First you have to be natural, part of your horse. From there you can shape it into anything you want but without losing that naturalness.”

If you interview the horse (maybe your horse), what kind of feedback do you think you’d get? OUCH!

Here’s to looking at riding from the horse’s point of view and learning how to take what feels very unnatural to us to finally making sense and feeling good to our horse.

Many riders never find that feeling because they are too focused on their technique rather than the overall goal of moving as one with their horse and then having their horse move as one with them – with smiles on both of your faces!

We call this course a “makeover” because the changes in you and your horse are astonishing. Just ask your horse when you’re done!

Topics:

  • Banishing the brace (in both you and your horse!)
  • 
Fluidity, posture, position and balance
  • Powerful simulations

  • Confidence & Competence

  • FreeStyle flow

  • Finesse elegance

  • Inviting your horse into harmony

  • Exploring the different gaits

  • Secrets of smooth transitions

  • Polishing your style

Choose your course:

  • Elementary (Level 1-2 equivalent)

  • Advanced (Level 3-4 equivalent)

Happy Horse Course

Due to the unprecedented success of Linda Parelli’s Happy Horse Clinics, we are excited to offer the 10-Day version! On the last day, everyone said how much they wished this was a much longer course. 10 days gives you the opportunity to explore what it takes to have a happy horse in every way, and in all Four Savvys.

Get ready to explore horse psychology in order to really understand what makes horses happy and what you can do to ensure that.

 

10-day course topics:

  • Exploring horse psychology: Safety, Comfort, Play
  • How horses think, doing what’s important to them
  • Applying psychology when training
    • On Line
    • Liberty
    • FreeStyle
    • Finesse
  • Leadership
  • Rider position, effectiveness in the saddle
  • Goals and strategies
  • Horsenality
  • Fear issues, building confidence in horses
  • Dominance and the importance of yielding
  • How to make everything A Game!

A Natural Bridge Into the Equestrian Sports

As Parelli students become more confident with their horses, many are starting to develop interest (or return to) equestrian sports in the English, Trail and Western disciplines - Dressage, Reining, Cowboy Dressage, Team Sorting, Ranch Versatility, Working Equitation, Cow-working, Trail Sports.

Even more importantly… that they want to do these using the Parelli principles so it is good for the horse too.

Psychology rather than Mechanics.
Both Pat and Linda have already been researching (and doing this themselves) for several years now, and have developed important strategies for riders to make the Parelli-Bridge into their favorite sport. Not only does this pave the way for more fun and success, it will help make the bridge

2019 Parelli-Bridge Courses Launch!
In 2019 we will run a select number of courses to introduce enthusiasts to the sport naturally… at a very special price!  
Manage your confidence, your ambition, learn the maneuvers, apply behavioral psychology, avoid the negative traps, have a happy horse. Even more importantly, you’ll learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of getting too direct line or your ambition getting in front of your principles.

Who is teaching?
Linda & Pat Parelli, and some of our best Parelli Professionals, who are competing and have knowledge and experience in these sports, will lead the courses. Having developed the curriculum together with Pat and Linda, you’ll get the knowledge you need to practice and perform – using horse psychology.

Who is it for?
It doesn’t matter if you are new to the sport, or are already competing.
What matters is, knowing how to use psychology.  We will focus on the psychology of training, and the BRIDGE to the sport, so you know HOW to maintain your horse’s confidence, calmness and enthusiasm for your passion. We’ll even have ‘mock’ competitions to help you get over your nerves and have fun with competition. Whether your goal is to compete or not, learning how to be more emotionally fit will alone be worth the price of admission!

Outcomes
By the end of the course, you will know how to apply Parelli principles to training and competition, use psychology to ensure your horse enjoys the journey, how to train without boredom or pressure, know what the common problems are and how to avoid them, how to prepare, and how to perform.

Don’t panic about already being good or knowledgeable about the sport   This is the BRIDGE to the key elements.  We are excited to help you and your horse discover and the sport, naturally, and we’ll all be helping the world to see that natural horsemanship does apply to equestrian sports.


Parelli Bridge to Cowboy Dressage

Cowboy Dressage is growing in popularity because of its horse-friendly approach. It artfully combines precision, grace and obstacles.

Learn how to apply the Parelli Principles and develop your confidence and skills to be able to compete for fun, or success… or both!

Your instructor is a Parelli Professional who is experienced and successful in Cowboy Dressage and can guide you through the preparations and skills required to have fun and achieve success!

10-day course topics:

  • Introduction to the sport
  • Building the bridge from Finesse to Cowboy Dressage
  • How to prepare on the ground
  • Learning the moves
  • Relaxation, suppleness, confidence
  • Precision
  • Rider position and balance
  • Style & Presentation
  • Equipment
  • Calming a tense horse
  • Improving responsiveness
  • How to practice
  • Common problems to overcome
  • Anatomy of a training session
  • Preparing for a show
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Keys to a successful show! (Simulated competition)

Prerequisites: Level 2+ skills for horse and rider (official or unofficial). The course will accommodate riders both experienced or new to the sport.


Parelli Bridge to Dressage

Although admired for the incredible athletic beauty of the horse’s movements, modern dressage is often criticized for the harsh methods sometimes used, and there is growing demand for a more horse-friendly approach, a return to the classical approach espoused by the masters.

When Linda met Pat, she was training in dressage but struggling with her horse’s behavioral problems. At her first clinic in 1998 Pat taught Linda to understand her horse and use more psychology, and the next 25 years made history as they traveled the world together and founded the natural horsemanship industry. About ten years ago, Linda returned to study dressage as a student of revered master, Walter Zettl, and more recently with Christoph Hess. Dressage has never been far from her mind, and many theories and philosophies on making the bridge have been intensely discussed since the year 2000 when she met two time Olympian Luis Lucio (who is now Trainers Delegate on the FEI Dresage Committee, and Chef d’quip of the Spanish Dressage Team, and a Parelli Level 4 Graduate!).

Although Linda rides more for her own education and research, she quickly saw the dressage-related gaps in the Finesse part of the Parelli Program. Applying Parelli principles and psychology to the sport of dressage has led to many developments and breakthroughs.

Running a course that brings the two worlds together has been Linda’s life-long ambition.

“Learning how to apply psychology in a sport that makes you want to micromanage the horse has been a big learning curve for me. I love dressage, but I want my horse to love it too. Nothing makes me happier than when I’m told how happy my horse looks, how much he loves to learn and is easy to teach. That’s what I want to preserve and promote, and I can’t wait to teach you the secrets I’ve learned from some of the top trainers and masters in the sport.”

10-day course topics:

  • Building the bridge from Finesse to dressage
  • How to prepare on the ground
  • Learning & developing the moves
  • Relaxation, suppleness, confidence
  • Precision
  • Rider position and balance
  • Style & presentation
  • Equipment
  • Calming a tense horse
  • Improving responsiveness
  • How to practice
  • Neutralizing criticism
  • Common problems to overcome
  • Anatomy of a training session
  • Preparing for a show
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Keys to a successful show! (Simulated competitions)

Prerequisites: Level 2+ skills for horse and rider (official or unofficial). The course will accommodate riders both experienced or new to the sport.


Parelli Bridge to Trail Sports

Many Parelli students are passionate about trail riding and Equine Trail Sports (ETS) focuses on fun while helping riders develop the skills and confidence needed to navigate real trail riding experiences… and have fun competing with it too!

Your instructor is a Parelli Professional who is experienced and successful in Equine Trail Sports and can guide you through the preparations and skills required to have fun and achieve success!

10-day course topics:

  • Introduction to the sport
  • Building the bridge from On Line, Liberty and Freestyle
  • How to prepare on the ground
  • Learning & developing the moves
  • Relaxation, suppleness, confidence
  • Trails, tracks, obstacles
  • Rider position and balance
  • Style & presentation
  • Equipment
  • Calming a tense horse
  • Improving responsiveness
  • How to practice
  • Common problems to overcome
  • Anatomy of a training session
  • Preparing for a show
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Keys to a successful show! (Simulated competition)

Prerequisites: Level 2+ skills for horse and rider (official or unofficial). The course will accommodate riders both experienced or new to the sport.


Parelli Bridge to Western Versatility + Cow camp

Moving cattle, sorting, separating, penning… real ranch work on horseback is an art, originating in Spain and carried forward in the iconic vaquero tradition.

The western sports of cutting, sorting, reining, reined cow horse and ranch horse versatility all share these same roots, but the love of winning has often put a lot of negative pressure on both horses and riders. Things get fast and rough and good horsemanship goes out the window, but Pat will show you how to turn slow and right into fast and right! This is not just about learning the skills it’s also about fun and putting the principles of good horsemanship first.

10-day course topics:

  • Versatility in western and ranch riding
  • Building the bridge from FreeStyle to Western Riding
  • How to prepare on the ground
  • Square turns, roll backs, stops
  • Gathering, herding, sorting, cutting, holding
  • Style & presentation
  • Equipment, Bridle Wisdom
  • Calming a tense horse
  • Improving responsiveness
  • How to practice
  • Common problems to overcome
  • Anatomy of a training session
  • Basic reining patterns
  • Rail work
  • Precision riding
  • Preparing for a show
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Keys to a successful show! (Simulated competition)

Prerequisites: Level 2+ skills for horse and rider (official or unofficial). The course will accommodate riders both experienced or new to the sport.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve used cows to train my horses, dogs and my students! There’s something profound that happens to you… it makes you more natural and effective when you have a purpose, and it’s more meaningful for the horse.“ Pat Parelli

If have any questions about courses
please contact Gale Weber at 970-731-6177 or courses@parelli.com.


Pat Parelli Master Class

When you ride with the master, get ready to catapult your savvy in every direction. No kidding!

Pat will take you “Beyond The Basics” in each of the Four Savvys and beyond, stretching your ambitions and giving more purpose and meaning to your horsemanship journey than you ever thought possible.

Expect everything from cows to trails to deep horseman’s philosophy to group liberty sessions that you’ll be talking about for years to come, let alone be part of history.

1-week course topics:

  • Four Savvys
  • Wow with Cows
  • Group Liberty
  • Lead Changes
  • Responsiveness
  • Overall Savvy!

Prerequisites: Level 3+ skills (official or unofficial), confident rider.


Linda Parelli Advanced Master Class

Finesse, fluidity, liberty, leadership, psychology, behavior, Horsenality, Humanality, emotional fitness and personal growth… take it to the next level!

If you’ve ridden with Linda, you know what’s in store!
The Advanced MasterClass expands on everything you learned in every Savvy, applying horse psychology, improving your seat and feel. Going deeper. Better.

As always the breakthroughs and transformations you’ll make go way beyond riding.

Course topics:

  • Applied horse psychology
  • Horsenality
  • Advanced Liberty
  • Finesse Training Sequence
  • The Precision Box
  • Problem solving & goal setting
  • Emotional Fitness
  • Balance, seat, posture, position and polish
  • Horse posture and muscling
  • Strategies for continuing progress

Prerequisites: Have previously attended a Linda Pareli MasterClass, or Happy Horse Clinic.


Got Ambition?

The overall air of savvy is the only thing you feel at the Parelli Center campus as post-graduate students from all over the world get about the business of learning how to become the ultimate Parelli Professional.

Solid horsemanship is what you expect from students attending the world’s most influential natural horsemanship school. This is the place where the professionals of the future are made.

No aspect of personal development is left to chance. Students do more than just spend hours with horses and their upkeep, they learn about every facet of running a Parelli-oriented business including student support, teaching, psychology (both horse and human), events, customer service, business, facility design and operation, and more.

We are the only academy in the world with our very own school, university, events and corporate structure.


Pre-Professional: Externship Program

An intensive, accelerated pathway into the Parelli Professional Program. Candidates are Level 4 graduates with Parelli Professional goals and the educational pathway involves daily activities at Pat’s barn learning to train horses, assisting instructors during courses, involvement in events, time with Linda, and more.

 

12 week Course

Prerequisites:Level 4 Official Graduate with Professional Goals.


Professional: Parelli Mastery Program

This course is for Parelli Professionals with goals to accelerate their journey to a higher Star-Rating.

The successful graduate will be awarded 3, 4, or 5 Star Instructor status and/or Horse Development Specialist according to duration and intensity of study.

The Mastery Program represents an on-going dedication to never ending self-improvement and most of these top students and professionals continue to update their knowledge with Pat Parelli on a regular basis. Some are also invited to become Proteges and Interns, for example: Amy Book, Lauren Barwick, Mikey Wanzenried, Walter Gegenschatz, Carmen Zulauf, Bernie Zambail, Adrian Heinen, Emily Thompson, Brian Drake, Carol Coppinger, Marion Oesch, Elli Popischil, Tina Giordano, Ryan Pfouts, Micaela Love, Kalley Krickeberg, Jake Biernbaum, Ryan Rose, Trevor Carter, Tara Carter, Melanie Fleming, Steve Byrnes, Andy Booth, and more.

6 months to 6 years

Prerequisites: 1-Star Parelli Professional and above.

If have any questions about courses
please contact Gale Weber at 970-731-6177 or courses@parelli.com.

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