Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Today there was a Level One Clinic held at the ranch, and a few of the Parelli Central office staff attended with their horses, so I captured the day in images which I have posted on Tumblr.
I have to say that my two cabin mates and fellow interns, Gina (R) and Kerrin (L) keep me laughing.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
- Having peace of mind knowing my horses are being taken care of back in Vegas by my wonderful friends at Joel Ranch.
- My husband for understanding that this is something I needed to do.
- My friend Madi who gave me a wonderful leaving gift - (a mug that I drink my tea out of everyday) that has pictures of my horses and friends at Joel Ranch on it.
- For my friend Sarah who is on call to look after our two dogs Sophie and Milo, and cat Sammy should Justin (hubby) get called out on a fire.
- Being given the opportunity to do the Social Media Internship here at Parelli Central.
- Having the privilege of staying at the ranch, a little slice of heaven, and seeing all that goes on there first hand.
- New friends that I am making here at the ranch, notably Gina and Kerrin, my fellow interns and cabin buddies.
- The short commute to work!
- Pat and Linda Parelli for all that they do and all that they strive for.
- I don't miss the TV.
- I don't miss Starbucks.
- I wish my horses were here with me.
- I can't live without my flashlight :0).
- I don't miss the Vegas Traffic!!!
- Justin may not be watering the plants, eeek!
- I don't want this experience to end.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Today was a great day at work. I worked on six future blogs that will be posted on the Parelli Central Blog over the next few weeks. In the process I learned a lot about WordPress, Customizing URL's and creating Gravatars.......(don't worry, it's just Social Media Lingo:0)
Monday, July 19, 2010
There really is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Parelli Central, and I am happy to be a part of it. We even had a brain storming session this morning to name the next Parelli Savvy Club DVD. We came up with a great title, so look for the DVD where one of the segments is Pat showing you how to take care of your saddle.
This evening I was wondering about the ranch taking photos and strolled up to the big top as there were people riding up there, and it turns out Linda was giving a lesson to a few students on collection.
Again I felt privileged to be seeing the lesson first hand and to see Linda teaching.
It is now 9.51pm and I am lying on my bunk, by flashlight as we have no electricity in the cabins, writing my blog and catching up on emails, and as I look out of the window, we have a pretty good view of the big top from here and there is a film shoot going on.
Don’t ever let it be said that Pat Parelli is not here on this earth to help horses and humans. His schedule is unbelievably busy from what I have observed since being here, and here he is at almost 10pm, working on a project for the benefit of others.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The weekend started off with some Parelli Games. The students were able to put their savvy skills to the test and have fun doing it.
Gina, Kerrin and myself helped set up and help during the games. It really made me wish I had sienna here with me so we could participate.
I spotted Linda and Remmer riding up to the big top during the morning, then she was nice enough to look in and see how the games were going.
In the afternoon the faculty gives free lessons to the office staff, so we were able to spectate and listen in for a while.
It was a beautiful day, so in the afternoon I drove into Pagosa to take some photo's and look around town. (don't tell the hubby, but I looked at some real estate listings while in town) :0)
The evening was spent sat outside the lodge catching up on emails. It was a gorgeous evening with a cool breeze, and students were playing with horses all around me. It couldn't have been any more perfect.
It was dark when i headed up to the cabin. On previous evenings, there had been a bright moon so no flashlight was needed, but even though I had my flashlight with me, it was pitch black outside so note to self - head up to cabin before it gets dark!
Today was a day to relax and in the afternoon there was a session on how to become a Parelli Ambassador. The program is due to officially launch in January of 2011, but I can tell you that there are some exciting things on the horizon!
This evening I think I will take a walk and snap some more photos.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
On Thursday evening we were in for a treat. Pat and his Mastery students put on a cow cutting and driving demo in the big top arena. It went on for almost two hours, everyone was fixated and i felt privileged to be witnessing this first hand.
Friday, July 16, 2010
I went back to the office yesterday afternoon for a staff meeting, and where I was to get introduced to the rest of the team. What i didn't expect is for Mark to ask me to get up and introduce myself to the entire room, which consisted of all the office staff, Neil Pye, Sue Shoemark, Pat and Linda, and Vinny and Moxie. Talk about being put on the spot!!!
It was all in good fun though and I'm hoping I didn't make a complete tit of myself :0).
So today is a day to get settled in.
I headed into Pagosa Springs this morning and stopped by the visitors center and drove through the very quaint town.
After that I stopped by Parelli Central to see where I would be spending the next month, and got a tour of the offices. They have moved to a new building since I was last here and the new building as Mark quoted: is like the Pentagon.
They do everything there, from answering your calls to making their own ropes. It looks like it's going to be a great place to work for the next month and I am eager to get started.
I was also very fortunate to actually meet and Shake hands with Linda this morning after she came out of a meeting. She was very sweet and welcomed me to the team.
I headed back to the ranch after that and have been watching clinics all afternoon. It's times like this that I wish I had Sienna & Beau here.
This afternoon, I am headed back to the office for a staff meeting, and I will get introduced to everyone who works there, so I am looking forward to that.
I may not get the opportunity to blog every day, but I will do my best to write something on a regular basis.
My journey began at 5am yesterday when I left Las Vegas and headed for Pagosa Springs.
I'm not a lover of long distance driving, but this drive was not bad at all. One of the highlights of the trip was after a petrol stop in Monument Valley, for the next 50 miles it was hard to stay focused on the road ahead. I saw herd after herd of wild horses and wanted to stop and take pictures. The hard shoulder was not that wide or safe for me to stop, but I finally came across a drive way not far from a small herd of three or four horses.
As I was fumbling to get my camera set up, there must have been a tunnel that went under the highway because all of a sudden about 10 more horses joined the herd and they all went running off.
The leader of the pack, a beautiful gray stallion was doing a good job of keeping them all together, and running off an undesirable horse who obviously wanted to be a part of the herd. There were a few foals among them and it was beautiful to watch.
I arrived at the ranch around 5pm. There were clinics going on when I arrived and it took me back to 2004 when I did a level two clinic here. It also made me miss my horses and wished I was able to join them.
I was fortunate to arrive on BBQ and campfire night. It was such a beautiful evening with temperatures much cooler than Las Vegas. The campfire was lit, the guitars came out and people sang. Later in the evening Pat joined in with his guitar and Linda showed up with her two new puppies, Vinny and Moxie who are just adorable.
I don't know where to start, but I was recently accepted to take part in the Social Media Internship at Parelli Central.
I am beside myself with excitement and running around like headless chicken this week getting things done, as I leave for Colorado on Wednesday 14th.
I am so excited about this opportunity. I will try and blog my experience while i am there and share my journey.
It has been my dream, ever since I saw Pat and Linda for the first time back in 1998, to be a part of this wonderful organization. An organization who's purpose is to make the world a better place for horses.
Am I finally starting to live my dream?, is my life about to make an amazing shift?, I think so and believe me, I am ready for it