FAQs

What do we do?

Parelli Natural Horsemanship’s goal is to help raise the level of horsemanship worldwide for the benefit of horses and the people who love them.

The Parelli Program is a people-training program focused on the study of horse behavior and horsemanship skills. The program spans Four Savvys, or areas of development, through four distinct levels of skill improvement.

The cornerstones of the program are a dedication to never-ending self-improvement and an acknowledgement that the improvement of 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 non-verbal feedback and expression of the horse into consideration.

There is no other place like the Parelli Centre. Everything is set up in a way to accelerate your savvy and challenge you to grow mentally, emotionally and physically.

We are dedicated to your natural horsemanship education and your progress at every turn.

Where are we based?
  • Our purpose built Centre is at 50 Lisa Road, Wilton, NSW 2571, just 30 mins from Wollongong, Camden, and Bowral.
  • From Sydney take the M5 which becomes the M31 (Hume Highway) at Narellen, follow this road until you reach the Woolongong/Picton exit (Picton Road exit 88). Turn left onto Picton Road and then take the third left into Macarthur Drive, large sign saying Wilton, Appin & Douglas Park. Take the first left into Lisa Road, on the right hand side, turn into the driveway with the Parelli sign
  • From Melbourne (south) take the M31 (Hume Highway) take the Picton/Wollongong exit. Turn Right onto Picton Road and take the third left into Macarthur Drive, large sign saying Wilton, Appin & Douglas Park. Take the first left into Lisa Road, on the right hand side, turn into the driveway with the Parelli sign
  • From South Coast find your way to Wollongong then onto the Princess Highway then turn left onto Picton Road, follow until you see the Wilton, Appin, Douglas Park sign, turn right onto Macarthur Drive. Take the first left into Lisa Road, on the right hand side, turn into the driveway with the Parelli sign.
What's at the facility?
  • 22 horse pens/yards
  • 4 round pens,
  • 1 large sand round pen
  • Large main arena
  • 1 honeycomb
  • Playground with obstacles
  • Jumps
  • Bridges
  • Teeter totter
  • Maze
  • Bush, trails & natural obstacles
  • A dam to swim your horse
  • Camping (non- powered sites)
  • The Lodge
    • Kitchen facilities
    • BBQ
    • Showers, toilets
    • Classroom
  • “Hands on” Savvy Club support
  • Shopping
    • Equipment, tools
    • Education
    • Clothing
What is the difference between a Course and a Clinic?

A clinic is a 2-day event usually on a weekend. A course is a for a week or longer.

What’s the best Clinic / Course for me?

To ensure you book into the right clinic for you are with your horse, please call our office on 02 4630 9677, where the team will help you choose the best clinic or course for your level.

I’m very nervous and lacking in confidence. I don’t want to be made to jump or canter.

No one is made to do anything they don’t want to do. Safety and confidence are a priority; we ask everyone who attends to have an open mind and prepare to be stretched in a way they feel they can. It is very common for people to exceed their own expectations.

What paperwork do I need to bring?

You will need to complete an Application form, a Medical History, PR release and Agreement & Liability release form before coming to the Centre. You can find these forms on our How to Book page. A Horse Health document is also required for each time you bring your horse to the Centre.

How to Book

What’s included?

For clinic the price includes tuition for the two days plus your horse board.

Please BYO lunch. Often, on the Saturday evening of a clinic, we will have a communal BBQ at the lodge for those that wish to attend. However, we will give details of the evening to all attendees closer to the date of the clinic.

For week long and longer courses, the price includes tuition, and horse board. Lunch will also be provided each day the course is in session, Monday-Friday.

Meals will cater to a standard diet as well as standard vegetarian diet. If you have any allergies to specific food products or require a vegetarian diet, please contact the office.

What time does it start?

For weekend clinics check in will start from 8am with the clinic starting at 9am.
For week long or longer courses, check in is usually around Lunch time on the Sunday prior to the start of the course to allow time for both you and your horse to settle in.

What do I need to bring?
  • Sunscreen and Chapstick
  • Fold up chair
  • Hat and sunglasses – for the glare and UV protection
  • Rain Gear – rain coat, hat, gumboots
  • A note book and pens
  • Water Bottle – reusable
  • Reusable coffee/tea cup
  • Insect repellent
  • Riding clothes and layers of clothes – Whatever you usually ride in – jeans, jodhpurs, boots, long and short sleeve shirts etc
  • Suitable footwear for riding – This would include shoes with flat soles and a heel. The Parelli program is very much about safety with horses and this is simple requirement to make sure we succeed.
  • Riding Helmet
  • Grooming kit
  • Water and Feed Buckets – also remember to bring your own horse feed
What equipment will I need?

Remember that “Prior and proper preparation prevents ‘p’ poor performance!” Be prepared for everything.

    • Halter & Lead Rope
    • Carrot stick and String if available
    • Saddle, Saddle Pad, Girth
    • Hackamore, and/or Bridle
How many people will be there?

There will be a maximum of 14 horses and riders on the course/clinic. There may also be some horseless students who spectate during our weekend clinics. It is free to come and spectate at any of our weekend clinics.

I have a young horse can I bring them?

We recommend that you bring the right horse for the course/clinic you have booked into. If you are bringing a young horse we would recommend our ‘Forming The Partnership Clinics Part 1 and Part 2’. If you are unsure, then please call our team on 02 4630 9677.

Where does my horse stay?

A yard will be assigned to you on arrival for the length of your clinic/course; cleaning of your yard will be your daily responsibility. Please come prepared to use your horse float as your tack room and as storage for horse feed.

Where will I stay?

Camping is available on site. Campsites are limited and are provided at a fee of $10.00 per night. Please book your sites when applying for your course/clinic. We have basic kitchen facilities at the centre, along with toilets and warm showers.

If you like a bit of comfort and are not used to pure basic camping (no power, no generators) then we suggest you book into one of the accommodation listings below:

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ROAD FROM APPIN TO WILTON VIA BROUGHTON PASS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.

Fullcircle Farm

Phone: 02 4677 0061 or 0414 567 895

Website: www.ridersrestbnb.sydney

Mowbray Park Farmstay Holidays

Phone: 02 4680 9243

Website: www.farmstayholidays.com.au

Email: Mowbray@farmstayholidays.com.au

Variety of accommodation available, ask for Jacqui or Blair, approximately 20 minute drive from the Centre

Mittigong Caravan Park

Phone: 02 4871 1574

Webiste: www.mittagongcaravanpark.com.au

Pepper Tree Ridge B&B

Phone: 02 4677 3285

Approximately 25 minute drive from the Centre

Novotel Wollongong

Phone: 02 4224 3111

Hotel Accommodation one the beach, approximately 25 minute drive from the Centre

Picton Valley Motel

Phone: 02 46772121

Approximately 20 minute drive from the Centre

Poplar Caravan Park

Phone: 02 4658 0485

Powered Sites and cabins available, situated in Camden, approximately 30 minute drive from the Centre

Is there WiFi?

There is FREE wireless internet access in the Lodge and around the student area.

Where is the closest ATM?

Wilton Plaza, 1 Greenbridge Drive, Wilton, NSW, 2571 (5 minutes away).

Where is the nearest petrol station?

Our closest Petrol station, is the Shell Wilton 1109 Argyle Street, Wilton, NSW 2571
Phone: 02 4630 9455. They are open 24 hrs.

Where are the closest shops?

The closest supermarket’s to the Centre are SPAR, Wilton Plaza (5 minutes away). There are also supermarkets located at Picton, Tahmoor and Campbelltown (Rosemeadow) among others.

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