Nine individuals and organizations from across the country have been selected as the grand prize winners of Parelli Education Institute’s “Grand Educational Giveaway.” The recipients, announced at the Institute’s annual Gala, will each receive more than $3,000 in educational materials that will help them further their natural horsemanship efforts.
Natural horsemanship is a philosophy of working with horses based on the horse’s natural instincts and methods of communication, with the understanding that horses do not learn through fear or pain.
“During the past year, it has been our goal to give away more than one million dollars’ worth of educational materials to those in the natural horsemanship education field, youth horsemanship, therapeutic horsemanship and horse welfare,” explained Institute Executive Director Lori Northrup. “The effort has culminated in awarding these larger grants to organizations and individuals who have shown exceptional commitment toward making this a better world for horses and humans.”
The recipients were selected from hundreds of organizations that applied for the awards. The grand prize winners include:
Youth Education Grand Prize Winners
• Lora Mattson: Marion County 4-H – Knoxville, Iowa
• Amanda LeBrun: Personal Ponies of Indiana – Cloverdale, Indiana
• Brooke Boleyn: White Bridle Society – Roanoke, Texas
Therapeutic Grand Prize Winners
• Judith Pearce: Amazing Wings – Goodrich, Michigan
• Elliot, Leslie: Angels on Horseback – Jasper, Georgia
• Andrea Baldwin: Connections Equine Therapy Program – Cornville, Arizona
Horse Welfare Grand Prize Winners
• Jen Reid: Best Friends Horse Haven – Kanab, Utah
• DeeDee Golberg: Spirit Horse Equine Rescue and Education Center – Janesville, Wisconsin
• Jennifer Daniels: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program – Laurelville, Ohio
The recipients were excited to learn they were selected as grand prize winners. “The education materials will be happily shared and shared again!” stated DeeDee Golberg, the founder and president of Spirit Horse Equine Rescue and Education Center.
Jan Reid of Best Friends Animal Society said, “We will happily accept the generosity of the Parelli Institute and put it to good use helping more horses and people.”
Amanda LeBrun, state director of Personal Ponies, Ltd. – Indiana, summed it up by saying “All my junior volunteers and adult volunteers are so excited. Thank YOU so much for ALL you do in the education world!”
Northrup also thanked the volunteers who ran the Grand Giveaway program as well as all the grand prize winners. “On behalf of the Institute, I want to thank those who are working so hard to spread the word about, and influence of, natural horsemanship,” she said. “I also want to say thank you to all of the great volunteers who helped develop and implement the program. We couldn’t do it without you!”
The Parelli Education Institute is an independent, non-profit organization for the natural horsemanship community that focuses on education, 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.