The bidding is underway, and you can be a part of it! The Parelli Education Institute’s “Road to the Summit” horse auction website is now live and you can join in the fun by placing your bids on one or more of the eight beautiful, Parelli-trained, Atwood Ranch horses by going to http://www.biddingowl.com/parellieducationinst.
The auction website includes photos, short bios and links to additional information about the trainers and horses. The auction began on July 1, 2014, and closes at the Road to the Summit Celebration on Sept. 7, 2014. Final bidding takes place in person or, if you’re not able to attend the event, by your smart phone or computer.
“And, if you decide you just have to have one of the horses before the final bid night, you can click “buy now” and purchase one of the horses on the spot,” explained Parelli Education Institute Executive Director Lori Northrup. “The buy now feature adds a little more fun as well as urgency to the bidding; especially for those who have their eye on a particular horse.”
The horses were donated a year ago by the Atwood Ranch of Red Bluff, California. Eight top Parelli instructor teams were chosen from applicants, and they randomly drew positions to select their horses from among the eight young horses; all of whom had completed their Parelli Preschool Program. Since that time, each team has been developing their horse, training them and starting them under saddle. The horses, and their trainers, will be on the Parelli Education Institute’s Pagosa Springs, Colorado, campus for this year’s Summit Celebration, to be held Sept. 5-7, 2014. At the Summit, trainers will have their horses go through a variety of demonstrations designed to showcase the horses’ abilities and personalities. The event will culminate with final bidding on the horses.
Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to the Parelli Education Institute, with the instructors receiving 30% to help offset the costs of feed, veterinary, horse care and travel that they have incurred during the year.
“We can’t say thank you enough to the Atwood Ranch, the instructors and the volunteers who have spent this past year focused on these horses and on the Road to the Summit,” said Northrup. “They’ve made it an exciting year and we are grateful for their support.”
For more information about the Road to the Summit Celebration, go to www.parelliinstitute.org
For information about the Atwood Ranch visit www.atwoodranchnaturally.com.
The Parelli Education Institute is an independent, non-profit organization for the natural horsemanship community that focuses on education for those who teach others; for youth horsemanship, therapeutic horsemanship and equine welfare. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Institute has a campus in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and also offers specialty horsemanship education in other locations around the USA.