Shira Nafshi grew up on the Hunter/Jumper circuit in South Florida, riding with Christina Schlusemeyer, and Bobby Braswell. She and her pony, Center of Attention, won the national Large Pony Hunter championship in 1987. After a 10 year break from horses, Shira started riding again while studying for her Master's degree in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Eventually, she found her way to natural horsemanship, and then to Parelli Natural Horsemanship. She was the runner up for the lesson with Linda at the Love Language and Leadership tour in 2005, and received a private lesson with Linda at the end of the tour (which was perfect for an introverted rider and a right brain extrovert mare!). Shira currently works as a farrier and natural horsemanship trainer out of her hometown of Concord, NH. She is at the end of L4 in the Parelli program (just waiting to hear on those last few auditions!), and has a huge interest in Dressage and Working Equitation. Shira's current equine partners include Persy, a 23yo Percheron/TB cross (LBI), Val, a 14yo Azteca (RBI/RBE), and Sunny, a 29yo Norwegian Fjord (RBI/LBI). Shira teaches lessons out of her barn, Ancora Imparo Equine Center in Northfield, NH and travels around NH for her farrier and training business - www.hoof-sense.com. Shira is very excited to be riding with Linda Parelli in this Mastery class.