As a way to better reflect what it is and does, the Parelli Education Institute has announced that the organization has been renamed the Parelli Foundation. “We remain an independent, 501(c) 3 organization,” explains Executive Director Lori Northrup, “But now, we will be able to exclusively focus on our mission: programs and philanthropy for youth, horse welfare, therapeutic horsemanship and equine talent and career development scholarships. We have some exciting things in the works!”
Theresa Fincher, Director of Philanthropy and Operations for the Parelli Foundation, explains. “Our collective team’s passion is at an all-time high and we are building initiatives that are deeper and wider than ever before. Our donors, volunteers and staff are confident these efforts will make a substantial impact on the equestrian world.” Among those initiatives:
• The Future of Horsemanship. This is a program to help children achieve their Level 4 or post-graduation learning, such as English or Western Performance. There is a youth Home Study Program in development that can be used across programs or at home
• Full Therapeutic Horsemanship Center Education with sustainability in mind
• Home Study Program for Horse Rescue Centers to increase adoptability
• Scholarships to those talented and career-minded equine enthusiasts for furthering their natural horsemanship education to help us change the world
“This is an exciting time for people to get involved in the Foundation,” added Fincher. “We’re 80% volunteer-run, so we can always find a way for someone to give back by volunteering, plus we have many other opportunities to give back through supporting or organizing fundraising events, legacy donations and other options. All someone has to do is contact us and we’ll find something that’s the right fit for them.” To reach the Parelli Foundation, go to: www.ParelliFoundation.org or call 855-687-7273.
Courses previously offered by the Parelli Education Institute at the Colorado and Florida campuses will now be managed by Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH). “This is an advantage for students, as their course options and pathway toward becoming a professional will be now be managed by one entity world-wide; streamlining the process,” explained Northrup. “We were proud of our past years managing the courses, and we thank every one of our students, staff, faculty and supporters for helping us make those years a success.”
“Parelli Natural Horsemanship is looking forward to managing the balance of the 2015 season, and continuing to develop future courses and possibilities for students from all over the world to come to the educational source for natural horsemanship,” said Pat Parelli, founder of Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
“We are pleased about the reorganization that’s taken place with the courses,” added Northrup. “By having PNH manage the courses and campuses, it allows us to focus on what we do best; raising funds and philanthropic giving for providing education through scholarships and special programs.”