Parelli Natural Horsemanship

Parelli Natural Horsemanship


Welcome Horse Lovers to the Ultimate Way to Train your Horse!

Buddy and Devanee Cardinal are both 3* Parelli Professionals.

Teaching in BC, Alberta, Washington, and of course at Cardinal Ranch.

Our journey through the Parelli Program was a huge part of our foundation as Horsemen and teachers. We can honestly say that without the Parelli Program our dreams with horses would have probably remained just that. . . dreams. Whether it is problem solving or bringing horsemanship to the next level, there is nothing better than coaching our students towards realizing their dreams with horses too.

Our Promise as Professionals: 

  • Relationship First I promise to put the relationship with you, my student, first. And I promise to help you put the relationship with your horse first. Rather than perfecting the task we will care more about confidence, trust, motivation, and willingness … as true horsemen do.
  • Foundation before Specialization I promise to help you become well-rounded in your savvy both on the ground and riding, within my skill set and licensing: to prepare you for success at every level – to ready your horse, understand his Horsenality and develop your savvy skills Online, at Liberty, in Freestyle and Finesse.
  • Never Ending Self-Improvement I promise to inspire and support your quest for never ending self-improvement.
    The Parelli Pathway and Savvy Club will guide you to success and help you measure your progress every step of the way

What is Parelli Natural Horsemanship? A horsemanship program based on Pat Parelli’s premise that ‘horsemanship can be obtained naturally through psychology and communication, instead of fear mechanics and intimidation’

What are the 4 Savvies and 4 Levels? Here’s a quick explanation for you….

<<Online: We start on the ground with a halter, 12ft. lead rope and carrot stick. Learning the 7 games that horses actually play with each other (and winning them) is the first step to building a relationship of both rapport and respect. We call this Level 1 the Partnership Level.


>>Freestyle: This is basically riding without contact, or with loose reins. There is so much more to this than first meets the eye. It’s about applying the same communication we learned from the 7 Games on the ground to our riding. We teach improved rein positions that allow our horses to become more emotionally fit (calm, connected and responsive) We sometimes think of Freestyle riding as the bridleless riding, and if that’s your dream it will definitely take you there. But, in Level 2 it’s mostly important for the building a Partnership from the saddle that is both safe and FUN!


<<Liberty: Liberty is playing on the ground without a line attached to your horse. When you have lightness in your communication online….it’s time to take it all off! It’s all about connection and harmony. It’s an inspirational savvy and we get right into it in Level 3 .


>>Finesse: Now that you have a partner that is both light and confident it’s time to add contact though our reins to the bit. This is a major difference between the Parelli Program and the other training programs. We use the contact with the bit for refinement, rather than control. This leads to beautiful precision riding.  All your dressage urges whether English or Western will get satisfied, and your horse will love it too.




March 30-April 2  Progress Days: Level 4, All 4 Savvies, Ladysmith, BC

April 5-8 Progress Days:  Level 2 & 3, 4 Savvies,  Ladysmith, BC

April 12-16  Multi Level Parelli Instruction,  Leavenworth, WA

May 11-14  Partnership on the ground and in the saddle,  Level 1-2,  Cardinal Ranch, BC

May 17-23  Intensive Horsemanship Week,  (student and horse development focus)  Cardinal Ranch,BC

July 10-19, July 24 – Aug 2 or Aug 21-30   Principles to Purpose Camp at Cardinal Ranch

Please inquire if you would like to host a clinic in your area.