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.