Parelli natural horsemanship moves in to Stoneleigh Park

  • Parelli, the American natural horsemanship specialist, has opened a new centre in the UK.

    The new Parelli office is based at Stoneleigh Park, home to the governing bodies of the major equestrian disciplines.

    Stables, paddocks and a training area are being built on-site from where natural horsemanship courses will be run from next year.

    “We are very excited to be at the heart of equestrian activity in the UK. When we were looking for a base we recognised it had to be Stoneleigh,” said Pat Parelli, who will instruct the clinics himself.

    The Parelli system is based on teaching people to communicate as naturally as possible with their horse, which often involves training the handler more than the horse.

    Two Parelli staff are setting up the Warwickshire base, and a team from the US will follow later in the year.

    The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has welcomed the arrival of Parelli at Stoneleigh, with caution.

    “Parelli’s move to Stoneleigh Park will bring a further dimension to the equestrian expertise already here,” said a spokesman. “We look forward to finding out more about their future aims and objectives.”

    British Dressage said it was also looking forward to finding out more about the Parelli system, which “offers an additional option” for riders.

    For more information visit www.parelli.com or call the Parelli UK office (tel: 0800 0234 813).

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