My name is Sandy Hodskins. I have been studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship through the home study course for the past 15 years. I started out by purchasing and selling trail horses. Each horse I purchased, I would put through level 2 in the program before finding them their perfect new partners. Twelve years ago I purchased an untouched Kiger Mustang filly that I named West Wind and together we completed level 4 of the Parelli program and learned a lot along the way. Four years ago I was given a handsome black gelding named Toona. Toona was formerly shown in dressage however his nervous and reactive manners made the owner decide he wasn't the horse for her. I have spent the past 4 years gaining his trust, building his self-confidence as well as his respect in me as a leader. I decided to take him up through Glenn Stewarts Stage program, have have successfully passed Stage 7. I will be riding him in this clinic as I want to learn more about how to help him when he becomes scared and worried. I would like to enter him to another dressage show someday when we are ready.
At eight years old, I had my first ride on my aunt’s horse and from that point on I was hooked. My parents started me in lessons at a hunter/jumper barn when I was in fifth grade and I began leasing a horse and showing with that barn when I was in eighth grade. I continued to ride until I graduated from high school and then had a 16 year hiatus due to lack of funds. When I was finally able to get back into horses, I was working at a farm and dealing with some young horses who were at the barn for training; their behavior while being led to and from the fields sent me searching for solutions and that’s how I discovered Parelli. Since that time, I have become a PATH International Advanced therapeutic riding instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. I also teach horsemanship and riding lessons at my farm, Healing Hope Farm, in Chester, NH (www.healinghopefarm.com). Sophie, my partner for this clinic, and I are currently working in level 4 and I hope to learn some strategies at this clinic to help us advance our horsemanship and come closer to being able to do our level 4 auditions.
My Parelli journey began at the World Horse Expo in Maryland when I caught a level 1 pack (original version) which Pat tossed into the audience. I had just bought a new horse and together we fumbled our way through Level 1, then it took 9 years, through the ups and downs of raising a family and career, to officially pass Level 3. My dream was to develop our partnership through Level 4, but 2 years ago, while in Virginia for some lessons with Michael Alway, my horse suffered a catastrophic field injury and had to be euthanized. It was through this misfortune that my current horse, Pilot, came to me. Pilot was Michael's horse in his colt start class with Pat and, although Michael liked him enough to buy and bring him home to Virginia, he spent the next few years as a pasture ornament while Michael focused on his other horse and teaching. Pilot needed a human and I needed a horse so he came home with me. Going from LBI to RBI has been humbling! Pilot and I spent most of the first year playing on line. I felt that I needed help from a professional with the riding so over the winter while I was moving from Pennsylvania to Vermont, Pilot stayed with Avery Gauthier. Now that I feel safe riding, we are progressing well and I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of learning with Linda and Patrick.
Hello, my name is Jillian O’Rourke. I started horseback riding when I was seven years old and have been riding ever since. I discovered Parelli through my amazing instructor and friend, Laura Inman, whose farm I’ve been riding at since its opening in 2008. It started with her showing me a few tricks to better handle misbehaving horses and teaching me the basics of working on line. When I was a sophomore in high school, I started working with a horse off site that had a problem with bucking into the canter. That was when I really started getting into Parelli. I had to stop riding that horse for many reasons, but my love for Parelli didn’t stop there. I have since gone on to complete level 3 and have had the opportunity to ride in and audit quite a few clinics due to Laura’s generosity.
My partner for this clinic is Chloe, she has come a long way since she arrived at Healing Hope Farm in 2012. Parelli has helped her go from barely being able to walk with a rider to a confident horse with a love for cantering. In this clinic, we are hoping to continue building Chloe’s confidence and further build our relationship and communication as we advance into level 4.
Life-long horse person. Wife to my best friend Tim and IT project Manager by day. My grandfather had trotting ponies and taught me to drive, then I worked my way up to the A rated hunter circuit as a teen. After college I found a new passion for dressage and a Trakehner mare named Bailey taught me about finding my seat. A couple of challenging young warmbloods brought me to a PNH expo in Eastern Massachusetts and then to my learning a whole new way of being with horses. Thanks to many learning opportunities at Ladd Farm and the help of Avery Gauthier I was able to pass my level 3 with my Lusitano mare Amiga as we learned the program together. I lost Amiga last fall and have been playing with Guardian for the last 2 seasons. He has revealed his true RBI nature and I am doing my best to honor his nature and help him become brave and confident under saddle and in new places. I am very much looking forward to learning from Linda and the group at the Masterclass.
Like many young girls I was a horse fanatic; I took lessons all through high school, however, when I went to college, I couldn’t afford lessons, then came marriage, career and kids. I didn’t ride again for 40 years. At 60, I met my husband, Bob, and knowing nothing about purchasing a horse, we bought two gaited horses for trail riding. I was lucky; my horse, Duke, was well behaved but not real confident. Bob’s horse on the other hand was an extreme right brained introvert; he spooked at everything and couldn’t be caught, we were struggling.
In 2013, we went to a Pat Parelli demo at Equine Affair and were impressed. We got on the Parelli mailing list for clinics in NH and in 2014 attended our first Parelli clinic.; that changed our lives. In two days, Bob’s horse was a different animal and Duke was much more confident; since then we have been attending Parelli clinics and classes every chance possible. I have been to the Parelli campus in Ocala FL four times and have had the privilege of riding with both Pat and Linda. I have been to the Parelli Summit at Pagosa Springs campus twice. I have worked my way through the self-study program and achieved level 3 in all savvys. We now run a boarding barn in Brookfield NH; we handle 17 different horses every day. Without the Parelli skills I have learned, I wouldn’t feel safe and confident with the variety of horses I handle. I wish to continue growing as a horseman and my goal is to reach ‘harmony’ with my horses on a frequent basis.