Susan Nelson Thibault



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Susan Nelson - 4-Star Senior Instructor & Horse Development Specialist-

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 & 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 & '97 World Champion Overall Youth Rider 14-17 at Bishop Mule Days.

In '95, my morgan gelding Dusty had a 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 70's on a regular basis.  We are currently competing at 3rd level.

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