In 1982, my mom went to Pat Parelli’s first seminar that he taught in Sunland, CA. I was only 3 years old at the time but as time would tell Parelli Natural Horsemanship was destined to become part of my life.
Before my Parelli journey, I have 12 years of traditional training behind me in many various disciplines, and with a large variety of breeds. I have competed in everything including dressage, hunter equitation and pleasure, western equitation and pleasure, trail, driving, and some gymkhana. I have competed on Quarter horses, Morgans, Mules, and Warmbloods (Hanoverians, Oldenburgs and Selle Francais to be exact!) A few of my accomplishments during that 12 year period are the 1997 Equestrian Trails, Inc. National Queen title, 1997 Morgan Regional Medals in Dressage and Hunter over Fences, and ’95, ’96 and ’97 World Champion Overall Youth Rider 14-17 at Bishop Mule Days.
In ’95, my morgan gelding Dusty had an 8-month lay-up due to an injury to his leg. At that time, I decided to go and watch a Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 1 Clinic. This changed my life forever, as it was this clinic that launched my interest and curiosity into other ways of training and being with horses.
I jumped into studying PNH with utter abandon. I absolutely felt this was the way that I wanted to be with my horses; equal doses of love, language, and leadership! The idea that it is about a relationship with your horse and to have four different disciplines (savvys) and working towards your horse being as happy with the work as you are is just amazing. The Parelli program has really taught me how to accept each horse for their specific horsenalities and to work with their specific training needs.
In 2012, I bought a young Hanoverian, Royal Fashion. I have started him with a Parelli Foundation and have specialized in Dressage. Fashion is currently excelling in USDF recognized competitions in California, scoring in the ’70s on a regular basis. We are currently competing at 3rd level.
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PHONE: (916) 806-0595
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
LANGUAGES OF INSTRUCTION: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS: Horse Development Specialist
Elli Pospischil is a Licensed Parelli Professional, 4-Star Senior Instructor, Horse Development Specialist, and Pat Parelli’s Protegée. She speaks Swiss-German, German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and a little Portuguese and is looking forward to advancing you on your journey, no matter in what language! She is based out of Colorado and more than happy to travel all over the world to support you on your horsemanship journey. She can’t wait to share with you the depth of knowledge that Pat Parelli has shared with her over the past 7 years to help you take your horsemanship to the next level!
Teaching is Elli’s absolute passion, whether it’s horsemanship, skiing or snowboarding, she loves seeing her student’s progress by leaps and bounds everywhere in the world!
Are you looking to become a Parelli Professional?
Elli will gladly mentor you on your path towards that goal!
With Elli’s background in English Riding and Show Jumping, combined with the purpose-driven horsemanship that Pat Parelli stands for, as well as her experience in Western Performance, she can bridge the gap between disciplines and help you become the horseman your horse needs you to be – no matter your discipline! Even before Elli came to the U.S. to study Parelli, her nickname was Elli Parelli. And today even Pat Parelli himself calls her that!
As a Licensed Parelli Professional, Elli taught in Europe before committing to a long-term study program with Pat in 2009. Since 2010 Elli has been studying with Pat & Linda Parelli, and as a Protegée in Pat Parelli’s Mastery Program at the Parelli University in Colorado and Florida.
Pat turned this Swiss Miss into a cowgirl and her latest passion is Cutting, Cow Working, and showcasing what the Parelli Program can do for you in Parelli Spotlights. In 2014, Elli qualified for the World Championships in Cutting and finished 6th in the World in her division. Coming from an English riding background, and now competing in Western disciplines makes Elli the well-rounded horsewoman she is today.
Elli loves nothing more than sharing her wealth of knowledge with students at the Parelli Centers. She has been an instrumental part of the Faculty at the Parelli Campus in Colorado and Florida. In addition to that, Elli has been mentoring students in the Mastery Program, setting them up for success before, during, and after their study time with the Master Pat Parelli himself.
After having assessed many Level Auditions and applications for the Mastery Program, Elli is now also offering for you to able to take advantage of her experience by signing up for her long-distance Coaching Program!
Contact Elli using her contact info above, and also her Instagram.
A Bit of Chronology:
Elli’s fascination with horses started at a very young age. After asking and asking, finally at the age of 9 her mom agreed for her to take riding lessons. This is how her “normal” riding career started: Elli took the first couple of lessons on the lunge, enjoyed vaulting, and soon thereafter got to go on the first trail ride. On the back of riding the school’s horses, she quickly learned which corner was going to be the dead-end with her ending up in the sand. Cantering on trail rides was more action and adventure than one could take: she got run off with on a regular basis and worse yet, some horses got hit by cars!
After these unpleasant experiences, Elli got to know Icelandic horses and fell in love with them, their short flight line, and their pleasant nature.
Another part of her life – it was during her wild days – she spent traveling the world as a professional snowboarder. Elli competed in the ISF Halfpipe World Cup in Europe, Japan, and the USA as well as the FIS Boardercross Series.
Gliding through fresh powder snow, racing down the slopes, and flying through the halfpipe is what made her feel alive and free like a bird! Elli loves being outdoors, in nature enjoying the freedom of life. Eventually, after lots of practice in both summer and wintertime, she was able to make the transition from being a recreational snowboarder to becoming a professional and getting her first sponsorship deals.
Elli says she will never forget watching the weather channel and having a hard time knowing where exactly on the map she currently was. It was a great experience traveling the world alone or with friends and meeting the snowboarders’ community at the next tour stop or summer training camp somewhere on the planet.
After being on the road for several years, Elli realized it was time to take a more serious approach to life. She studied Tourism Management & Public Relations and choosing a college that was in the mountains so she didn’t have to give up her sport!
It was during her studies at the college for Tourism Management & Public Relations that Elli had the opportunity to work as an intern with the Swiss Parelli Office & European distributorship. They didn’t pay much, but instead, they gave her a “strong-minded” & “big-boned” Swiss Mountain Horse and a Savvy System Home Study Program and told her to have a go. Her boss at the time, a 4 Star Parelli Professional’s real intention was to find out and test just how well the Savvy System worked.
Rest assured, no one got hurt in the process and soon thereafter Elli got her red Savvy String. She was hooked from the get-go and began dreaming of becoming an instructor.
Slowly but surely, snowboarding became less important and horses, as well as Parelli, took its place. By following the Parelli Home Study Program step by step; trusting the process; quitting her “normal” job; Elli not only achieved Level 4 and became a Parelli Professional, but also started her career as a show-jumper.
Elli spent a lot of time as a working student with 5 Star Master Parelli Professional Wally Gegenschatz. As her Savvy grew exponentially, Elli learned a lot about young horses, colt starting, foundation training, foal handling, horses with special needs (aka problem horses), and performance training. With her partner “Cyndorella” (Swiss Warmblood mare) she trained for showjumping and it wasn’t long before she had great success at competitions in Switzerland.
When Elli first got into horses, her dream was not about riding bareback and bridleless along the beach but about jumping the highest stadium jumps at the fastest speed. With her name on the first rank of the Show Jumping World Ranking. Little did she know then, that with a little bit of ambition (ok, that’s the easy part), principle, patience, and sequence she would soon be able to make the first steps into that direction.
Elli is looking forward to meeting you! Until then, keep it natural!
Mentors: Pat & Linda Parelli
Walter Gegenschatz, 5 Star Parelli Professional Master Instructor & Senior Horse Development SpecialistMikey Wanzenried, 5 Star Parelli Professional Master Instructor & Senior Horse Development Specialist
Walter Zettl, World-renowned Master of Classical Dressage, Germany, USA & Canada
Annette Straessle, well-known Show Jumping rider & coach, Switzerland
Doug Jordan, member of NCHA Hall of Fame & student of Tom Dorrance
Finesse Specialist Horse Development Specialist Parelli Saddle Fit Specialist Christi is now one of the few instructors in the world officially certified to teach Game of Contact and Finesse!
Christi Rains (CR2) is a native Texan with the proverbial appetite and aptitude for learning. In this case, horsemanship, which began at age six with playdays. She progressed through barrel racing, hunter, trail, endurance, dressage and western pleasure, in which she won two national championships and two Region 9 (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana & Arkansas) championships; then on to Natural!
Most specifically, Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship (PNH), in which she achieved Level 4 and has been an instructor licensed by her teacher, Pat Parelli, since 1997. Though CR2 has also ridden with Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman, David O’Connor, Craig Johnson, Eddo Hoekstra, Carol McArdle, and Jack Brainard, she is most impressed with the step-by-step progression of the program Pat and Linda Parelli have organized and supplemented with videos, audios, and lesson booklets. The Levels program is similar to the “belts” system in karate.
CR2 and her husband, C.R., share “Sundowner Krantz”, a half-mile stretch along the banks of the Brazos River with their bird dog, Shane. Just 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, where she teaches one to five days courses for Levels 1 through 4 in all Savvies, plus Trail Riding and other fun topics. As a “Legacy Instructor”, she is recognized as one of Pat and Linda Parelli’s most experienced instructors in the field and has what it takes to help you progress and achieve your dreams with horses! She also travels frequently and has taught at the Parelli Center as well as around the world. To register your interest in attending a Game of Contact Clinic in your area, please contact Christi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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