Parelli Foundation Announces Festival Magnifico 2017

The nonprofit Parelli Foundation has announced what could well be the biggest, most magnificent natural horsemanship festival ever held in the U.S.  It will take place May 5-7, 2017 at the Circle T Resort in Hamilton, Texas.

ParelliFoundationlogoFestival Magnifico 2017 celebrates the horse and the most masterful horsemen of our time,” explained Theresa Fincher, Executive Director of the Parelli Foundation. “This is an opportunity to immerse yourself with other like-minded and like-hearted horse lovers. There will be dozens of classes, demonstrations and workshops featuring the top horsemanship professionals, as well as a variety of events and activities that offer something for everyone.” Plus, on Friday night there will be a Lone Star Fiesta featuring the Billy Holt Band and, on Saturday evening, there will be a concert by Pat Waters and the Chain Link Band with Kristyn Harris as the evening opener.

“Most of these master horsemen have been influenced by the teachings of Tom Dorrance and we are thrilled to pay tribute to Tom during this weekend as he has inspired several generations of pure horsemen. We are fortunate to have literally the best of the best with us at Festival Magnifico. They will be leading classes and offering demonstrations you won’t want to miss.”

The horsemen include: 

  • Pat Parelli
  • Linda Parelli
  • Jack Brainard
  • Craig Cameron
  • Martin Black
  • Craig Johnson
  • Doug Jordan
  • David Lichman
  • Marti Kitzmiller

The classes and activities include: 

  • Atwood Ranch Horse Classes
  • Beyond the Basics
  • Colt Start Live
  • Cowboy Dressage
  • Extreme Cowboy Race Demo
  • Gaited Horses Naturally
  • Horses Helping Humans
  • Getting a Horse Connected
  • Liberty Outside the Round Pen
  • Open Classes
  • Parelli Games
  • Rally Roundup Workshop
  • Rehoming 4 Life Challenge
  • Road to the Summit Competition
  • Roping: From the Ground Work Up
  • The Art of Spanish Poles
  • The Horsenality Secret
  • Turn Reining into Training
  • Youth Classes

“There will be so much going on, so much to learn and so much fun that people won’t want to leave,” said Fincher. Accommodations for the event range from resort hotel rooms to RV sites with hookups and rental stalls are available for horses.Individual and three day event pricing is available, as well as “VIP Flaming Hot Early Bird Specials” which offer unprecedented access to the VIP/Master Horseman lounge, appetizers and beverages, premium seating, complimentary admittance to the Saturday night concert and a complimentary entry into a regular competition class or workshop.

For those purchasing VIP tickets, they also have the opportunity to bid on the chance to sit next to a Horseman for dinner at the Lone Star Fiesta. For a complete list of events, activities, programs, master horsemen, accommodations and pricing, visit the Festival Magnifico website: