Gratitude to All Who Joined us at the 2nd Annual Parelli & EAPractice Symposium - April 14-15, 2012
A few weeks ago, on Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, Horse Sense held the 2nd Annual Parelli & Equine Assisted Practice Symposium. Every year, this two-day event draws a crowd of equine assisted professionals to the Horse Sense farm, all of whom are gathered to discuss the connections between the philosophies and practice of Parelli™ Natural Horsemanship into EAP/EAL programming.
Shannon and Richard Knapp were joined by five more presenters for the weekend. Donna Blem, from InStride Therapy in Florida, gave an introduction to Hippotherapy with a "Parelli™ Perspective." Joy Currey of CORRAL Riding Academy gave the presentation, "How Natural Horsemanship can build Emotional Intelligence." Shannon spoke on Opposition Reflex and how to use Parelli™ as a method to teach LifeSkills. And presentations were also given by Julie Kerr of Empowering Equus, Susi Platt formerly of Trails Carolina, and Ashley Edmond Hayes of Shepherd Youth Ranch. As one of the attendees put it, "Lots of different experiences and programs came together and gave me food for thought!"
According to the feedback we got from the 38 attendees—who traveled to Horse Sense from 12 different states!—the weekend was a huge success. Thanks to Meg V anderbilt of Bit of Hope Ranch in Gastonia, NC, a van full of volunteers was able to come down for Saturday and really deepend their understanding of the Equine Assisted field. One attendee claimed the Parelli & EAP Symposium was "one of the best conferences I've ever attended. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring facility & farm!" Another participant thought the weekend was "extraordinarily useful. As we are forming our own therapeutic program...It opened up my thinking."
Shannon and Richard are both pleased to announce that due to the wonderful attendance at the event, Horse Sense is donating $400 to the Parelli Foundation! Also, the entire event was filmed, so stay tuned if you were unable to attend but would like to connect with the information. Details forthcoming about availability!