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Pat Parelli Honored with Induction into Hall of Fame

ďItís always a tough decision to make each year,Ē states Miki Cohen, President of the Western States Horse Expo. ďThere are always so many good nominations for our Hall of Fame. And certainly the three previous inductees, Frank Vessels, Ray Hunt, and Dr. Robert Miller, are exemplary figures in our industry.

ďBut this year one name leaped out from the pile of nominations that were being judged by our committee. The packet nominating Pat Parelli pointed out so many important things about what Pat has contributed to the horse industry.

ďWe all know that Patís a fabulous showman, but above that, he has developed a system of education for people of all skill levels --- and he was one of the very first to ever create anything like that. What heís developed is something extraordinary that people can learn at home or from Parelli instructors or at the Parelli ranches. Plain and simple, Patís system teaches safety and invites people to have fun with their horses in a progressive manner, from ground work to riding.

ďWhat I donít think people understand, though, is that so many folks get out of the horse world because they become afraid and donít know what to do, or horses are no longer fun for them. Typically that person gets rid of their horses, and the horse industry really suffers because of that kind of situation. Thatís where Pat Parelliís system has made such a difference ---- itís filled in that big blank in the industry. In my opinion Patís helped keep people connected to their horses, and keep them from leaving the horse world. And itís not as though Patís system is just for beginners, either; heís developed his program so that everyone, from first-time owners to Olympic riders, can benefit from his teaching.Ē

Pat Parelli couldnít attend his induction ceremony at the 2006 Western States Horse Expo in June in Sacramento, California. His acceptance speech, however, was broadcast on a huge video screen during the eventís Saturday Evening Showcase. The crowd cheered when they heard Patís name, and continued clapping until after his speech concluded.

ďPat was one of our very first clinicians here at the Expo,Ē Miki Cohen continues. ďOne of the things that impressed me about Pat was how he got people really excited. People came away from his demonstrations reinvigorated and hopeful about their lives with horses. Pat can really get people enthused like no one else Iíve ever seen, and he filled the stands at the Horse Expo more than any clinician ever has in our eight years.

ďPat has his own tour schedule now, but itís our highest hope that sometime in the near future we can convince him to come back to the Horse Expo. Stay tuned!Ē

The Western States Horse Expo is accepting Hall of Fame nominations for the 2007 award. To submit, send your nomination to Western States Horse Expo, Post Office Box 517, Coloma, CA 95613. For more information about the Western States Horse Expo, visit http://www.horsexpo.com or call 800/352-2411.


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