Official Parelli Auditions
Auditions are a great way to progress through the Parelli Program and you will be awarded for your accomplishments! They are similar to mile markers on your journey—showcasing your progress through the Levels Program—and are a fun way to demonstrate your overall savvy, skills, and relationship with your horse.
Often, students get stuck because they do not have a way to measure their progress. If this is you, it's easy to become uninspired and lack motivation. The Parelli Auditions Program keeps you engaged and progressive by giving you tasks and challenges to achieve with your horse while celebrating your achievements at each level.
What Are Official Parelli Auditions?
Auditions are available for Parelli Students. They involve using the Seven Games to perform a few required compulsory tasks, but are also designed to allow you some free flow to use your imagination to show us what you can do with your horse.
Auditioning is one way to earn an official horsemanship certification in the Parelli Program. When all Savvy's are passed at each appropriate level, you are then awarded a unique colored Savvy String (much like the martial arts system with colored belts).
The Level you are looking to complete, will determine the number of auditions you need to submit for that Level. There is one audition per "Savvy", so only one audition is required for Level One. However, as you progress through the Levels, each becomes more challenging with more Savvy's. See a reference chart below:
Level One: On Line = Red Savvy String
Level Two: On Line + FreeStyle = Blue Savvy String
Level Three: On Line + FreeStyle + Liberty = Green Savvy String
Level Four: On Line + FreeStyle + Liberty + Finesse = Black Savvy String
Do I need to be a member to audition?
You do not need to be a Savvy Club member in order to audition. However becoming a Savvy Club member entitles you to many benefits that can help you along your horsemanship journey, so we highly encourage it.
The Parelli Savvy Club is home to thousands of educational articles, inspirational videos, and Q&A's along with discussion walls and horsemanship tracking programs! As a member, you will have access to our Live Q& A's each month with a Parelli Professional, new videos & content added weekly, and member discounts within the Parelli Shop.
How do I know when I’m ready to audition?
There is a detailed audition packet for each Savvy (i.e. On Line, Liberty, FreeStyle, and Finesse). Included in each detailed packet are step-by-step instructions on how to complete an audition, a full page of success tips, a self-assessment checklist, and scorecards.
Click below to download the PDF Audition Packet per Savvy.
How do I submit my audition?
1. Simply complete the Self-Assessment Checklist for the appropriate Level and Savvy within the Audition Packs (downloaded from the buttons above). Setup a camera (or ask a friend) to film your Audition—Making sure you include all the compulsory tasks
2. Purchase your Audition in the shop
3. Upon Checkout you will receive an automated email with a Unique code. *Please note: It may take up to 24 hours for your unique code to be emailed to you. If you do not receive it, be sure to check your spam folder.
4. Click on the link in the email and enter your unique code. This will "unlock" an audition that will be ready for you to submit your details for processing. Make sure you include the link to your Audition Video.
5. Although we make every effort to turn auditions around quickly, please allow up to 6 weeks for processing times.
6. Finally, know that we are rooting for you and wish you good luck! There is nothing that makes us more proud than seeing you succeed with your horse!
Dear Auditions Team,
I am excited to be sending in my Level One video. A note: we were assisted by Nancy Slater doing a clinic prior to the taping. I started off with several other ponies during the three days she was here and then decided to work with”Red,” who has never had any Parelli work done with him. This video was done after only several sessions of working with him.
When he goes into the trailer the first time, he accidentally stepped on his rope and – like he should – he yielded to the pressure and backed up and was confused. I almost redid the video at that point, but then decided that the WHOLE point of learning all this is to USE it to help you and your horse. So I played the Squeeze Game in front of the trailer and then he went right in! I felt that was better than a “perfect” video, as it showed I can actually use the games now, not just do it as a rote set of motions. This was exactly what I had hoped to get out of Nancy’s clinic, and I felt that I did! Not only that, but he is now so connected to me that I almost cried at the difference between just having a good pony and being CONNECTED to him.
I’m sure my Level 2 will be to you by summer’s end!
A huge thank you to the Parelli Education Institute for helping us work this all out. Our feet are now firmly on the Parelli path, and my students who Nancy worked with are now actively using it each time they come to ride. Watch out, New Orleans horse people!
-Kaye Harris and Molly the Pony