Paralympian Lauren Barwick Schedules Appearances

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Sept. 3, 2013 -- Canadian Paralympian and 4-Star Parelli instructor Lauren Barwick will host, “A Day with Lauren Barwick” at Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

A gold and silver medalist at the Beijing Summer Olympics and competitor in the 2010 World Equestrian games, Lauren will share her inspirational story of overcoming adversity with determination, spirit and an attitude of “never ending self-improvement.” Lauren will also present a demonstration with a group of para equestrians and Lake Erie College Equine Studies students. The event begins at 9 a.m. and admission is free with advance registration. There is a $10 fee for walk-ins on the day of the event.

Lauren was paralyzed from the waist down in 2000 after being involved in an accident while working on a movie studio ranch. However, following nine weeks of rehabilitation, she began her career of competitive riding. She moved to Colorado and Florida to study Parelli Natural Horsemanship and applied it to Dressage. Lauren said that learning Parelli Natural Horsemanship transformed her relationship with horses. “I became more emotionally and mentally fit. I realized there was so much to learn about myself and my relationship with my horse. When I started studying Parelli, everything just clicked!” Lauren is currently a 4-Star Senior Instructor and dressage riding competitor now based in Florida.

To register for the event, contact Kathy Giordano, Parelli Education Institute Office Manager, at Kathy@parelliinstitute.org or call 1-855-687-7273.

The Parelli Education Institute is an independent, non-profit organization for the natural horsemanship community that focuses on education. The purpose of the Institute is to support an advanced natural horsemanship education for students with the skills and aptitude to become extraordinary horsemen, educators, or both. The Institute offers educational programs and opportunities to individuals who wish to create careers around horses. Further, the Institute offers assistance to organizations focused on youth horsemanship, therapeutic horsemanship and equine welfare.