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June 2, 2009

The HSUS and Parelli Natural Horsemanship Join to Celebrate Horses

Next Celebration Scheduled for the Alliant Energy Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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 June 5-7 at the Alliant Energy Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wis. The HSUS is working with Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation 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 Madison event is expected to be Trixie, a 12-year-old quarter horse cross mare rescued from an extremely neglectful owner. At the end of the event, she will be available for adoption to a selected, loving home.

"The success of the Reno 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 last Celebration in Reno, Nevada featured Cheyenne, a rescued 13-year-old thoroughbred cross mare. Cheyenne was bound for slaughter when she was rescued from a California horse auction by Shiloh Horse Rescue & Sanctuary, based in Henderson, Nev.

"Cheyenne is a wonderful horse. She overcame her fears quite rapidly and is an incredible mover," said Pat Parelli. "I was thrilled that one of our students adopted her as she does need a partner who knows how to take it slow."

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 compliment 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:

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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