September 3, 2015
The world-renowned natural horse training method developed by US cowboy Pat Parelli will again be a drawcard at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days.
Parelli instructors Fiona Darling, of Illabo, NSW and Kaye Thomas, Howlong, NSW, wowed field day visitors last year with their Parelli demonstrations using horses Annie, Lila and Rascal.
The demonstrations will take place each day during the lunch break in the yard dog trial area, and feature Victorian instructors Justin and Christine Corbridge, and young rider Monique Harrington, of Deniliquin.
Kaye Thomas will be back to MC the demonstrations while Fiona Darling will co-ordinate the daily displays.
Justin and Christine will outline training to help solve ground and ridden problems, from pushy and stubborn to scared and unpredictable horses to create willing and co-operative partner for recreation, work or competition.
Fiona Darling said the program would focus on building a strong partnership between riders and horse on the ground and riding.
She said themes would include equine husbandry, or preparing a horse to be safe and trusting.
“The second them is my horse as my partner: preparing a horse as a willing partner for work, sport or as recreation,’’ Fiona said.
“Thirdly, horses in a human environment: preparing a horse for all the situations we ask them into, such as float loading, tying up, going over bridges and through water.’’
The program was founded in 1981 by US horse trainer, rodeo rider and teacher Pat Parelli.
He was joined by his wife Linda in 1993 and used a people-training program focused on the study of horse behaviour and horsemanship skills.
Pat named this new relationship-based approach Natural Horsemanship, which is now recognised worldwide as an innovative and effective method of natural horse training.
The method is based on the principles of love, language and leadership, and spans four areas (called Savvys) of development through four distinct levels of skill improvement.
Four-star instructor Kaye Thomas has studied natural horsemanship in Australia and overseas, and travels nationally teaching horsemanship clinics.
Kaye is a horse development specialist, taking horses in for training.
“We welcome the opportunity to introduce interested people attending the Henty Machinery Field Days to some of what Parelli Natural Horsemanship has to offer in the relationships they have with their horses,’’ Fiona Darling said.
The Parelli instructors will be available on-site at Henty at Block A site 21 to answer questions and help riders understand their horses’ personality.