Success with Horses

Parelli Natural Horsemanship Clinic

If you truly love horses and have an interest in natural horse training,

you’ll love the Parelli method of Natural Horsemanship – a holistic

approach to natural horse training based on developing a natural

relationship with your horse through understanding his or her nature

and understanding the world from the horse’s point of view.

Russell Higgins

Russell is a Licensed 4 Star Senior Parelli Instructor and Horse Development Specialist. He lives near Hamilton, New Zealand with 3 Star Parelli Instructor Ruth Carlyle and their herd of equine partners: Oscar (Selle francais), Maverick (Andalusian), Cassidy (Lusitano) and Maxwell & Denis (Holsteiner x TB). He teaches one to five day camps and clinics for all levels one to four throughout NZ, Australia, the UK, South Africa and Dubai.

Not long after his ‘Parelli discovery’ in 1998 while studying Equine Management at Waikato Polytechnic, Russell was offered the opportunity to study with the Parelli’s for 18 months as one of Pat’s handpicked apprentices. In 2000 Russell returned to NZ as a Parelli Professional. Since then he has established himself as one of the longest serving instructors and has taught at all of the international Parelli centers and has taught in 13 different countries.

The Parelli Program

Founded in 1981 by lifelong horseman, horse trainer, rodeo rider, cowboy and teacher Pat Parelli – who was joined by his wife Linda Parelli in 1993 – the Parelli Program focuses on teaching the human rather than training the horse.

Early on, Pat realized that horses already had all the skills they needed to thrive in their world. He discovered that understanding the psychology; personality and nature of horses could become the basis for a deep, seamless and mutually beneficial human-horse relationship.

Pat named his new relationship-based approach “Natural Horsemanship” which is now recognized worldwide as an innovative and effective method of natural horse training.

Natural Horsemanship – Natural Relationships

The Parelli approach is not to train horses, but to teach each horse owner to become his or her own horse trainer, and to succeed by building a relationship of trust with each horse.

Of course, horsemanship skills are taught in the Parelli program, but the foundation of the method is built on the relationship as primary, with the principles of Love, Language and Leadership as guides.

The Parelli method of natural horsemanship enables horse lovers at all levels and disciplines to achieve:

  • Success without force
  • Partnership without dominance
  • Teamwork without fear
  • Willingness without intimidation
  • Harmony without coercion

“People realize this is what they’ve been looking for in all their relationships,” comments Pat Parelli. “It’s balanced with love, language and leadership in equal doses.

“The program and the horse give them a living model so they can practice and become fluent in their abilities in all relationships, not just horse relationships.”

“It’s about more than just the horse,” echoes Linda. “It really dips into the personal development side of things. You learn about yourself, you learn about communication, about leadership, about truthfulness, about consequence and responsibility.

“You learn about love and imagination. The horse becomes the animal that tells you the truth about yourself in all these categories.”

Horse owners who follow the Parelli program have found that not only does the program enable them to become a gifted horse trainer, and not only do they achieve exciting horsemanship successes, but they come away with the lasting gift of an enhanced relationship and communication with their horse.

Perhaps the greatest gift of all, however, is that they discover enhanced relationships and communication with everyone in their lives.

Parelli Vision & Mission

Pat and Linda’s individual life stories are enlightening and extraordinary, and their love of and dedication to horses is palpable, but it is their common vision and mission for Parelli Natural Horsemanship that truly inspires.

So much more than horse trainers, Pat and Linda have dedicated their lives and Parelli International to making the world a better place for horses and humans.

Levels & Savvy’s

Level One

Our aim is to make the pathway to Level 1 is about safety and communication, and it focuses on developing a language and earning respect with your horse on the ground. Playing the Parelli Seven Games with your horse On Line – the first of the Four Savvys, or areas of study – teaches you how to read horses and build strong relationships based on love, language, and leadership.

Level Two

Level 2 is about confidence and fun, and will introduce the second Savvy – FreeStyle riding. You’ll learn how riding without contact helps horses become more responsible, self-controlled, and relaxed, and you’ll take your On Line skills to another level of understanding. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you’ll be having playing on the ground. The first two Levels are offered together because we don’t want you to get trapped in Level 1. It’s easy to get caught up in the details when you’re first starting, but we want to make sure you keep moving forward…otherwise you’ll end up boring your horse, and yourself.

Level Three

Level 3 is about skill and excellence. It delves into more advanced On Line and FreeStyle concepts, and then introduces Liberty – the ultimate test of trust and bond. When you play with your horse on the ground without a halter or lead rope, the only thing left is the truth. The relationship, savvy and refinement you’ll learn in Level 3 will take you to a level of excellence that most people only dream about.

Level Four

Level 4 is about the fundamentals of performance – developing all Four Savvys to a spectacular expression of expertise. The fourth Savvy is Finesse – the art of riding with contact and collection – and it is one of the hardest things to do well with horses. Learning to prepare your horse with a solid foundation of all Four Savvys will help you achieve high levels of performance without sacrificing the relationship you’ve built with your horse.

Course Details

Success with Horses

This clinic focuses on ground skills, a good place to start, but also includes time in the saddle building on the ground skills to develop control and confidence in the saddle.

In this two day course you will learn:

* What leading professionals know about teaching horses.

* How to solve a lot of problems under saddle without even getting on.

* Why resistances occur and how to prevent them.

* How to diminish spooking.

* Build confidence in your horse

* Develop effective communication

* What you can do on the ground to improve your time in the saddle

* The seven ground games that helps your horse see you as a leader they can trust.

* How to put what you have learned on the ground into use in the saddle

Find out how you can get more out of your relationship with your horse; more confidence, more communication, more control and more fun.

Date:   10th & 11th June 2017

Venue:      Lethabo Estate, Lanseria, Gauteng

Times:       08h00 for 08h30 Sharp Start till 17h00

Cost:  Participants R 1 500.00 per day

Spectators R 400.00 per day

Accommodation & Stabling available, please enquire.

Bookings & Information Contact:

Lise 0764352407

Limited availability

50% Deposit secures you space on course.

Specials only apply if paid in Full by the specified date.

Payment Details

Bank: FNB Broadacres

Account Name: The Joy Trust

Branch Code: 204809

Account Number: 62619536397

Reference: RH.Name

Please email completed application form and proof of payment to



  • Parelli rope halter (or similar)
  • 12 foot line
  • Carrot stick and Savvy String
  • 22 foot line (if you have one)
  • Rope Hackamore (if you have one)
  • Helmet
  • Saddle or what you normally ride in – saddle pad etc

Participants & Spectators

  • Caps/ Sun Hats
  • Suncream
  • Comfortable clothing (does not need to be formal riding attire or even jods, what ever you normally wear around your horse)
  • If riding appropriate shoes please
  • Appropriate comfortable shoes for ground play – you will be on your feet most of the day – not slops please.
  • Please make sure it is Weather appropriate clothing – bring a change of clothes as Russell and Ruth are NOT scared of the rain and if it rains you will get wet.
  • Spectators will take part in simulations so appropriate comfortable shoes please
  • Chairs
  • Food and refreshments (if not available at the venue)

Were can you get Equipment?

Parelli equipment can be purchased directly from Parelli.

Please go to the web page click on the shop and you can get the prices from there.

They will ship to South Africa you just need to send them an email with the items you would like and request a shipping quote.

Please note: on top of the price of equipment & Shipping you will be charged Duty (up to 30%) and VAT (14%) when it lands in the country. This you will have to pay before the parcel is released.

Natal Saddlery (Hillcrest, Durban) stock original Parelli equipment – Stocks are limited.

Bridget Hampton 082 778 7915  stocks carrot sticks & makes very nice equipment in JHB (Made from high quality yachting rope) Colours are limited to stock available.

Carrot Sticks

  • Generic Carrot Stick from available from Natal Saddlery (Hillcrest, Durban) & Alison’s (Pietermaritzburg) – Do not purchase the Short Sticks these are for children.


Success with Horses

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Venue:        Lethabo Estate

Times:          08h00 for 08h30 Sharp Start till 17h00

Cost:            Participant R 1 500.00

Spectators R 400.00

Contact: Lise 082 654 1960

Please email completed application form and proof of payment to:

Guardians to Sign if under the age of 18.

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