The Parelli Program teaches people to look at life from the horse’s point of view. In essence it reshines the light back on the once revered ‘art of horsemanship’ by using understanding, communication and psychology versus force, fear and varying degrees of bullying!
Our goal is to help raise the level of horsemanship worldwide for the benefit of horses and the people who love them.
This is a people training program focused on the study of horse behaviour and horsemanship skills. We teach in four distinct areas of learning, that we call the Four Savvy’s. Two areas are on the ground; Online and Liberty and two are in the saddle; Freestyle and Finesse.
The cornerstones of the program are dedication to never-ending self-improvement and an acknowledgement that the improvement of the horsemanship is a lifelong pursuit for those passionate about the horse.
The program encourages students to develop creative problem-solving skills and think in a lateral manner, while taking the nonverbal feedback and expression of a horse into consideration.
What do we offer at the Australian Parelli Centre?
- A purpose built facility for horses and humans to learn lifelong partnership skills.
- A supportive team, lead by highly trained coaches Parelli Professionals that will enable you to become the leader, horse handler, trainer and rider your horse needs.
- Our teaching is based on you understanding ‘horse behaviour’ and learning how to ‘read a horse’ your horse!
- Become part of a community of horse lovers that support each other, some students have recreational goals others have more specific competition or higher level aspirations, everyone is welcome!
- A range of events from two day Clinics, week long Courses, Workshops, Club Days for designed for Savvy Club Members to use the Centre, Free Member Appreciation Days, Open Days, Kids Clinics and Free Demos!
- Neil Pye, Pat & Linda’s most Senior and experienced Instructor, is your resident Head Coach and Ambassador of Education will oversee your journey!
- All events held at the Centre are sanctioned Parelli Natural Horsemanship and have Pat Parelli’s endorsement. The Centre is also offers training for those aspiring to become instructors and offers existing Parelli Professionals opportunities for continuing education.
Meet the Team at the Centre!
Neil Pye, Resident Instructor
Neil Pye was one of Parelli’s inaugural Course Instructors teaching throughout Australia, NZ and the US from the mid 90’s. What makes Neil unique is he did not come from a horse training or equestrian background, he is a product of this Parelli Program and is now world-renowned teacher, educator and presenter who has influenced and shared this methodology globally. He is a natural ambassador for the horse, for the people that love them and natural horsemanship. One of his career highlights was in 2005 when he led the presentation alongside Pat Parelli for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.
After being based for 13 years in the US with Pat and Linda Parelli, Neil has now returned to Australia and is based at the Sydney Parelli Centre, and is the resident Instructor.
Neil has the rare ability to decode and demystify horse behavior, he develops confidence in horses and humans, helping students understand life from the horse’s point of view while keeping the study of horsemanship fun and entertaining.
Sam is originally from England, but has been in Australia since 2005. She got back into horses in 2009 after a very long gap, and realised that she didn’t know much at all about what makes a horse tick. So that’s why she started investigating the Parelli Program.
Sam joined Parelli Australia in November 2014 working part time, helping the team with membership calls and enquiries, and supporting Neil & Sue for the 2015 Live shows with Pat & Linda. In June 2016, Sam came on board full time, leading the team at Wilton.
Sam’s Equine partner for the past 12 months is Betty a 5 year old Standard bred mare. Sam says: She is a fantastic mare to play with. She is always reminding me I have to stay present at all times. Sam and Betty have endurance as their purpose, so you may see her out and about on some Endurance tracks around NSW.
Susan (Sue) Shoemark
Parelli has been a vehicle that has provided an amazing adventure for Sue!
Since her first Clinic with Pat Parelli at Bowral, NSW in 1991, she has journeyed from student, to volunteer, promoter, employee and always a passionate advocate of the Parelli Program! This voyage has taken her along with her husband Neil all over the world, being based in all three regional locations; the USA, UK & Australia, providing the opportunity to work with amazing individuals, creating a treasure trove of memories.
Now back based at home at the Centre, she is as passionate as ever about supporting dedicated students in their journey to become the ‘best that they can be’ with horses and in life in general.
I started my horsemanship journey in North Western Australia on a remote station completely by chance. Watching my employer at the time play with a brumby, just after my arrival there was an eye opener to say the least. Seeing that she could have her horse follow her suggestion and stick with her, turn and circle her completely blew my mind!
I used to drive … 6-7 hours just to be able to attend a half day games day or 1 day workshop on Parelli, it wasn’t the easiest thing to get more education then. I wanted to meet more like minded people, so eventually managed to book into a Fast Track at the Centre and then studied for 6 more weeks with Rob McAuliffe here. Never once did I ever dream that I would one day get the chance to become team member at Parelli Centre Australia!
As things turn out, I have been a member of the team here for a number of years, supporting Savvy Club students and ensuring all those amazing goodies you order on line end up in your mail box.
‘Blue’ and I are now part of the Savvy Team, we share ‘What is Parelli’ at Show, Expo’s, Pony Clubs as well as our Open Days here at the Centre.
Jess has been working for Parelli since June 2016, she has been studying the Parelli Program since then and has seen amazing changes in her horse and herself. Coming from a traditional equestrian background and riding for around 10 years, having regular lessons at a riding school before she was lucky enough to have her own horse at the age of 14. He was the most amazing horse, not the prettiest or very talented in any regard but calm, quiet and honest! When Jess was 17, this lovely old boy suddenly passed away and very special young boy by the name of Dizzie came into her life, a 4yo Australian Warmblood to continue down the path of eventing at a higher level and it was love at first sight!
Dizzie was a fantastic partner and everything she had hoped for at first, unfortunately he soon developed behavioural issues that became very dangerous and he was very reactive in an explosive way to the point that Jess was being bucked off him all the time. After trying many different avenues to help Dizzie, she was able to attend a Parelli clinic at Wilton. Since then she dabbled for a short time with techniques learnt but in June 2016, Jess came to work for Parelli and since then she was able to study the program consistently with Dizzie and in that short time both horse and human have changed dramatically he has made many positive changes. Things such as riding in the rain, bridling, haltering and riding at different places have all improved out of sight, Jess has not fallen off Dizzie since the program, nor has she even felt like she was going to fall off as there is no bucking/rearing happening anymore. The future is looking brighter every day!
My childhood memories of horses include pony rides on the beach in England and riding lessons at Terrey Hills in Australia, and drawing and painting horses on whatever paper I could find, as the beauty and presence of the horse has always captured my imagination. My love of horses and imagery has been the continuing thread in a varied life of many interests, all of which now incorporate photography.
After owning and educating several horses, working on outback sheep and cattle stations with my horses and doing write-ups and photographically covering equestrian and livestock events in South East New South Wales for print media, I was invited to my first Parelli clinic as the “official photographer” in February 1995 at Dalgety, in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, which led to Parelli becoming a lifetime passion for the good of my horses and my relationships with them.
Things have come full circle now, as 20 years after my first Parelli clinic, I took a friend from work to one of Neil Pye’s clinics at Parelli Centre Australia, Wilton, where I asked if anyone would mind if I took a few pictures, and with the assistance of Neil, Sue, staff and students at Parelli Centre Australia, those few pictures have now become part of quite a large collection of images recording recording the progress of students and their horses at Parelli clinics, courses and seminars held since February, 2015.
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