Wellington, FL (February 16, 2011) – There’s no bull about it that Pat Parelli, the founder of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, understands the relationship between a horse and rider. As a former rodeo bareback bronc rider, Parelli will put his rodeo knowledge to work for a great cause when he joins Robert Dover, Margie Engle, and an esteemed panel of judges during the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s Mechanical Bull Riding Contest.
Parelli, who won the Bareback Rookie of the Year title in 1972, will help judge the “Final Buck Off” during the Vinceremos Dinner and Auction at the International Polo Club on February 18th. The “Buck Off” competition will take place during a Vinceremos benefit and auction entitled “My First Pony”.
Vinceremos, located in Loxahatchee near the famed grounds of the Winter Equestrian Festival, uses horses and therapy to enhance the lives of special needs people in Palm Beach County.
Parelli is no stranger to helping riders with disabilities, as he has been instrumental in the life of Para-Equestrian Lauren Barwick, who is paralyzed from the waist down. Barwick, who is a Senior Protégé and mentor in the Parelli Natural Horsemanship’s Mastery Program, won gold and silver medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Hong Kong.
Parelli is looking forward to attending the fundraiser and helping to judging the “Final Buck Off” competition. With a dress code of “cowboy chic”, the Parellis won’t have any problem blending in. The Parellis are strong supporters of many charities and organizations including the most recent event they attended, The 2nd Annual Make-A-Wish Foundation Equine Challenge in Ocala, Florida.
“The work Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center does is exceptional, and we are proud to support their fundraiser. We have spent out lives working with horses and know they are great therapists,” said Linda Parelli, adding that she will be joining her husband at the fundraiser. “Pat has rodeo in his roots so of course he is excited about the ‘Buck Off’ and seeing who can last eight seconds.”
For more information on Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, visit their website at www.vinceremos.com. Information about the “Buck Off” and the “My First Pony” benefit can be found on Vinceremos’ home page.
The Parellis founded Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Inc., with the goal of helping all horse owners achieve success by developing a natural and harmonious relationship with their horse. Their Natural Horsemanship program is based on in-depth equine psychology and common sense communication techniques between horse and rider, which leads to a natural foundation for successful performance. For more information on Parelli Natural Horsemanship, visit the website www.parelli.com.
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