My wonderful partners
My first Parelli equine partner to Level 4 was my wonderful Thoroughbred mare Jolie Demoiselle, first bred and trained as a galloping race horse. Before getting involved in Parelli, I had transitioned her to a successful show jumping career. Jolie left us in April 2009 after battling a long and painful disease for many years (DSLD/ESPA). She would have been 22 years old and had been retired for several years.
Chantels Easter Bar (Easter) came to me as a seriously damaged horse. A very sensitive and unconfident Right Brain Introvert, she had a very bad start (at the age of 7!) which left her injured physically and emotionally. She was terrified of humans and anything associated with them. She was the spookiest horse I had ever ridden. With time and Parelli, she has truly bonded to me and her confidence in everything has grown by leaps and bounds, including in herself. Easter is semi retired; I still ride occasionally on trail rides or play with her at Liberty. Her specialties are On Line and Finesse.
Easter is a great grand daughter to Three Bars and one of his last direct descendants (on her father’s side). Three Bars is considered one of the four founding stallions of the QH breed and was inducted in the AQHA Hall of Fame. He is the grandfather to Doc Bar, who sired many great cutting champions.
I bred and raised Menina du VifArgent, Half-Lusitano. Her lineage is impressive. Her sire belongs to the Veiga line of Lusitano horses, which are used for bullfighting and cow work in Portugal. Her mother (TB) was my first Levels horse and a very special horse in my life. Menina was imprinted at birth and was entirely developed using the Parelli program; she knows nothing else. She is the most challenging horse I have owned and played with. She is highly spirited, confident, very smart, super athletic, very sensitive, and gorgeous. She has been my best teacher yet, I have to be very progressive and keep getting savvier to be a good partner for this horse. She is Level 10 and I am just trying to catch up! I was sent this great quote that fits perfectly to my relationship with this horse:
“The State of Mind of a horse (or person, for that matter) is everything. The ones who will do things even when they don’t want to are easier and perhaps make us feel confident & effective. But it is the ones that won’t do anything, unless we are pure in our techniques and intentions that either show us we actually are effective, or prove that we are not. Either way it is a gift.”
Menina is a Left Brain Extrovert. We have done many demos together and are now playing into Level 5 and 6. Her specialties are Liberty and Finesse.
Blue Moon is my newest partner. She was gifted to me by a Parelli student who felt she needed a partner with more savvy and who could give meaning to her life. She is a spirited, high energy, strong willed horse and can be somewhat skeptical. She is very smart, learns quickly when she is confident and is very self confident.
Blue Moon is an Arab/Andalusian cross, with lots of go and very athletic, lots of power in a small package! She has lots of heart and desire and a great mind, we have really bonded!
Blue Moon is a Right Brain Extrovert on the cusp of Left Brain Extrovert. She is my fourth Level 4 horse and demonstration partner, and we are playing into Level 5 and 6. Her specialties are Liberty and Freestyle.