Where it started….
It seems like the majority of people on this Parelli journey are first inspired by seeing a demo, attending a clinic or having problems with a horse. Well for Rachel it wasn’t much different. She was lucky enough to sit in on a 3-hour clinic, watching Pat Parelli start a young horse some years ago in Australia.
As a child, Rachel was fortunate enough to grow up with access to an abundance of horses, as her family bred and trained their own performance horses for many years on the family farm. Rachel has always had a strong passion and dedication towards Parelli Natural Horsemanship, especially the horse development side of Pat’s program, so becoming an Instructor was a goal of her’s since a very young age. At the tender age of just 2 years old was when Rachel first started riding with her family, where she learnt to ride through more purpose driven horsemanship like cattle work on the farm, trail riding through the bush lands and having the opportunity to attend Pony Club for several years.
Through the abundance of horses Rachel’s family bred she gained many opportunities while growing up to get experience in different areas of horse development; from foal imprinting and early training of yearlings to starting young horses undersaddle, foundation training and all the way to higher level competition in various English and Western disciplines. Rachel competed for some years and enjoyed it a lot, however it was very evident the problems that people and horses were experiencing in the traditional horsemanship world, and it was here that the spark was lit for Rachel to help others find a better solution to their problems than to use force, fear and intimidation to achieve results. So with this in mind Rachel than focused on becoming a certified Parelli Instructor to help make this world a better place for horses and humans.
Through having plenty of experience with horses and a strong determination to go for her goals and dreams this was able enable Rachel to be awarded a substantial scholarship to attend the 12-week Extern program at the Parelli Centre in Florida, USA. Every year Pat and Linda visited Australia Rachel always rode with them in events such as at Melbourne Equitana and at Parelli Celebrations and through this exposure Pat could seen a little potential allowing Rachel the privilege to come and study on his campus. Rachel than went on to successfully complete a 12 week externship then moved on to become an Apprentice in the Mastery Program. Rachel had the privilege to ride and study under Pat Parelli for over 18 months, where she was part of a team of instructors from all over the world developing Pat’s performance horses for competition and demonstrations that were held all around America.
Rachel has not only ride with Pat and Linda Parelli, but also spent time been coached by dressage master Walter Zettl and Vaquero horseman Martin Black.
Rachel looks forward to helping as many people as she can on their horsemanship journey and sharing with others what has been shared with her over the many years of been involved with horses and studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship.