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May 12, 2009

The HSUS, Parelli Natural Horsemanship Join to Celebrate Horses

Next Celebration Scheduled for the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States and world-renowned natural horsemanship trainers, Pat and Linda Parelli, will again join forces to spotlight the trainability and intelligence of rescued horses: this time in Reno, Nevada May 15-17 at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. The HSUS is working with Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary to help a horse in need of training through a three-day development program with Pat Parelli. A portion of the proceeds of some ticket sales will be donated to The HSUS for its equine protection efforts.

The featured horse at the Reno event is expected to be Cheyenne, a 13-year-old thoroughbred cross mare rescued from slaughter at a California horse auction. At the end of the event, she will be available for adoption to an approved, loving home.

"The success of the recent Pennsylvania Celebration event is a wonderful indicator for the remaining events," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Parellis to celebrate horses, highlight the value of adoptable rescued horses and help find homes for them across the country."

The most recent Celebration in Harrisburg, Pa., featured Miss Judge, a rescued 11-year-old thoroughbred mare. Miss Judge was bound for slaughter, when rescued from a Pennsylvania horse auction by Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue.

"I was astonished at the quality of Miss Judge," said Pat Parelli. "Her tractability and quality of movement would make her a wonderful lady's sport horse." Since the event, a Parelli student from Bucks County, Pa. adopted Miss Judge.

Video of Pat Parelli interacting with a rescued horse is here.

Additional information:

  • Natural horsemanship is a gentle training technique that uses knowledge about herd dynamics, horse behavior and communication to help people and horses communicate effectively and build trust-based relationships.
  • The Parelli Celebration events offer inspirational and educational seminars and training sessions, designed to help horse owners understand how to communicate effectively with their horses and build a lasting partnership both in and out of the saddle.
  • The Celebration events build on other programs developed by The HSUS to encourage horsemen and women to consider a rescued horse when bringing a new horse into the family and to help horse rescues operate more effectively
  • The HSUS has a booth at each Celebration, to provide participants with informational brochures and other horse care materials.

Other Celebration events include:

  • June 5-7 – Madison, Wis. at the Alliant Energy Center
  • July 24-26 – Kansas City, Mo. at the Kemper Arena
  • Sept. 25-27– Fort Worth, Texas at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum
  • Oct. 9-11 – Lakeland, Fla. at the Lakeland Arena

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org. 

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