AR Smart Little Dyna

March 10th, 2014

By John Baar

I wanted to write you a short note to say thank you all for making it possible for me to find my next perfect partner.  Dyna is a super special horse, and a very special partner for me.

Shortly after Savvy Conference I got a chance to spend some one on one time with Pat, and play with some cows.  I was amazed at how fast she picked things up, and the amount of confidence she showed (well done, Kalley).  Dyna will be like a Cadillac for me.

As we fired up the Florida Center and started to teach here, she has been the star of the show; in demos and presentations.  At first she did not know what to think of Florida, as it was pretty hot when we arrived.  Now that it has cooled off she is enjoying it a lot more.  The students here love everything about her – her charismatic disposition, athletic ability, and her great looks.  Not to mention that she matches my other horse, a bay gelding, to the tee, they make a great pair.

Thank you again, I will truly enjoy having her in my life as we move forward together.  I’m going to go now and show her off some more!

John Baar
Parelli Faculty Leader

Every time we do anything together, the bond gets stronger …

March 10th, 2014

By David Ellis, 5 Star Instructor

When Pat Parelli began exploring the idea of working with the Atwood Ranch, I was very interested.  First off, because they’re near to my ranch and secondly, because their reputation in the horse industry is superb.  After the liaison with Atwood Ranch Naturally was in place, I expressed my interest to Catherine and Mike in a horse that exemplified more of
the original Californios style.  They brought to Pagosa Springs some fine quarter horse yearlings, a two-year-old, and a thoroughbred filly for me to look at.  The thoroughbred, while quite nice, just didn’t register with me.  As I watched the yearlings, I didn’t see quite the look I was seeking.

As chance would have it, I happened to observe Kalley playing with a special horse … special from my perspective.  He had elevation in his gait, a presence that was extraordinary, and the movements of a bridle horse.  I walked out to visit with Kalley about this horse and discovered that he was the two-year-old designated for the saddling & colt start  demo at the conference.  She and I both agreed that he should develop into a fine bridle horse.  His movements were just what I was looking for in my next prospect.  Kalley even remarked that when she played with him, she could see me in the picture.

I spoke with Catherine and Mike about my interest in this nice, sorrel gelding.  All that was left was to determine if Pat Parelli had any plans in mind for this horse.  To my delight, he did not, and I decided to buy him.  Kalley had nick named him “Handsome Dan”, so it stuck.  Dan and I have not looked back.  He is everything I hoped for.  We have several rides together, have moved out among cattle where his breeding soon bubbled to the surface, and he has helped me with lessons by transporting me around while teaching.

Every time we do anything together, the bond gets stronger, and he shows more and more the value in the horses being raised by the Atwood Ranch.

Thanks much to the Atwoods, Pat Parelli, Mike and Catherine, and Kalley for making such a find possible.

David Ellis
5 Star Instructor

How I came to Atwood Ranch Naturally

March 10th, 2014

By Craig Allen, Hooper, UT

Hi! My name is Craig and I have been practicing Parelli Natural Horse-man-ship™ for 3 years. I am in level 2. I am also an active member of Back Country Horsemen of Utah. I lead trail rides and pack trips for my chapter. My levels horse, Chief, is a Missouri Fox-trotter whose innate characteristics carry him along the trail at a pace well above the 2-3 mph favored by my mules and my fellow chapter members who are predominately mounted upon non-gaited horses. This mismatch has been bothering me for some time, as I really hate to ask Chief to go against his nature on practically every ride.

Thus, I found myself in the horse acquisition mode. What a frustrating experience! I soon came to realize that any horse I bought would have to be a ‘project’ and that each one would have to begin at level one. I also realized that I would never know all the history that had been written on the horse’s mind or what taught and learned behavior would be revealed at exactly the wrong time.

With these thoughts in mind, I attended the Parelli Tour Stop in Salt Lake City. As usual, Pat and Linda blew our socks off! At one point the local and tour professionals came out to show how ordinary people can get extraordinary results from their horses. One of the professionals was Kalley, who was playing with a baby. It struck me that the yearling was pretty much doing all the games on the ground just like the other adult horses. Then, Pat announced that Kalley was playing with a yearling from Atwood Ranch and he explained a new initiative to take well bred horses, send them to Parelli Pre-School and offer them to Parelli practitioners at an affordable cost. “This is the new way to buy and sell horses,” he said.

A bell went off in my head. Here was the chance to have a ‘project ‘ horse with a perfect start!

So long story made short, I went out back to take a look. I was immediately struck by the fact that Catherine was sincerely interested in telling us about the program and about what I needed in a horse. She told me about Atwood Ranch and I was already making plans to take a trip. I looked at the 10 babies on their way to be showcased at the Savvy Conference the next week. I asked Catherine if one of them suited my needs? If one of their horsenalities seemed to be a fit. She thought about it and said there was one she would recommend, but that it would be best to speak to Kalley. Catherine showed me a pretty bay filly named Boots. Then, she introduced me to Kalley.

Kalley also talked to me about how I wanted to use my horse and I am sure she sized me up as well. Then she went down the line of babies and said, ‘I think Boots would be a match for you.’

Well, that is when I was assailed by doubts. This little filly was looking at me with eyes filled with trust. She was calm, confident, curious and accepting and I suddenly realized the awesome responsibility I would be taking on for her future. Did I have the time? Did I have the savvy?

I left, I came back, I left again. I returned.

Someone else was asking Kalley to take Boots out and play with her. I watched as she played the 7 games with purpose. Then, I took the first step. I asked Kalley if I could play with Boots. She said yes and when she transferred the lead line from her hands to mine I was more nervous then when I was assessing for level one.

Boots was a sweetheart, she sensed my nervousness and tried hard to make sense of my first hesitant attempts at the friendly game. We got the communication established and, with Kalley’s coaching and encouragement, we played for the first time. I brought Boots back to the rail, dropped her lead rope and picked up her feet. She accepted me. Kalley was proud of her student and I was equally impressed.

I asked the lady who was watching ‘ Which one of us is buying her?’ She said ‘I guess you are.’

I looked at Kalley and said ‘ Consider her sold!’ We shook hands and there were smiles all around. Then, I turned and looked at Boots. She was calmly standing, taking it all in. While my friends were congregating around her, a small girl came up to her noseto pet her. She lowered her head to accept the pet.

Totally calm. Totally trusting. Totally awesome!


January 9th, 2014

In September at the Parelli Performance Summit, we joined forces with the Parelli Education Institute for a challenge we coined “Road To The Summit”. Professionals submitted applications & were selected by a committee to participate. We had an overwhelming response of enthusiasm from both the professionals & the crowd. Atwood Ranch donated eight yearlings & the professionals drew numbers from a hat to determine the order of selection.

Each professional will keep, care for & develop his yearling for the coming year. At Summit 2014 all contestants will return to Pagosa Springs for a series of challenges & contests highlighting their horse & his development both on line, at liberty & under saddle. What fun this will be to see their progress & to show the Parelli Principles put to purpose!

Following the challenge (complete with prizes & awards), the horses will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Parelli Education Institute. At the auction (in person, online & phone bidding) you will be able to purchase these outstanding young horses with pure Parelli training. A new concept, exciting exhibits, well bred horses, professionals following the Parelli Principles & a worthy cause!!!

Teri Sprague of CO with AR BOUND FOR SILVER
John & Kathy Baar of KY chose AR IMA BLONDE BUCK
Maurice Thibault of CA selected AR HOW BOUTA DATE
Jerilyn Caldwell of TX picked AR CATS A BLAZIN
Erin Fowle of CA (took over for Jenny Trainor of MT who had to bow out) has AR SANAMAC
Dave & Jody Ellis of CA have AR HOUSTON SKYLINE
Margit Deerman of CA drew AR ESPECIAL CABERNET
Jake Biernbaum of VA selected AR DASHIN THRU BARS

Visit the “Road To The Summit” Facebook page to see updates throughout the year & to follow along with your favorite yearling or professional. See the horses at tour stops & clinics in your area as the selected professionals haul them along for exposure to the world. What a splendid experience for these special young horses & an inspiring challenge for the professionals!


January 3rd, 2014

We feel like the MATCH.COM of horses & humans, the E-HARMONY of equine relationships! Grateful to the many students & professionals who see the value in what we do at Atwood Ranch, we want to acknowledge just a few of the most recent partnerships.

Nancy Stabs of Fairbanks, AK, Im Especials War Leo & AR Skylines Cowboy
Jim & Kim Johnson of Auburn, CA, AR One Smart Date
Patrycja Krzanowska of Poland, AR Chex Bombshell
Sue & Dave Gorney of Hermosa Beach, CA, AR Doc Bar Down
Meggie & Steve Andrews of Okemos, MI, AR Skylita Quixote & AR Aglowin Skyline
Pat Parelli of Pagosa Springs, CO, AR Step Out N Rock & AR Hard Rocknroyalty
Sherry Barrett of Lovettsville, VA, AR Illbea Skylioness
Jim Allred of Newberg, OR, AR Bobby Bo Olena
Louann & Rachel Davidson of Austin, TX, AR Shirley Bitten
Jennifer Gilliland of Covesville, VA, Ikes Peppy Playboy
Christine Rambeau of Clemson, SC, AR Purdy Especiala
Elizabeth Crossley of Southfork, CO, AR Bonita Vaca
Tom Mertle of Windsor, CA, AR Rock N Powder
Lynn Wasser of Weed, CA, AR Shezlooknespecial
Chris Harju & Ann Marie Kyes of Sharon Springs, NY, AR Sweet Talkin Cash
Steve Andrews of Red Bluff, CA, AR Hi Brow Serenade
Laura Rome of Pagosa Springs, CO, AR Lil Brigadier
Andrew & Serena Sykes of Scotland, AR Halle Rey Cat
Janet Adelson of Newbury, OH, AR One Sana Time
Susan Marks of England, AR Spoonfulafreckles
Kristin Hanson of Phoenix, AZ, AR Ill Be A Madonna
Malinda Taylor of Connersville, IN, AR Peptos Stylin Cat & Sixes Snow
Jenn Suarez of Princeton, NJ, AR Chocolate Chex & Im Rather Dashing
Ryan Rose of Brooklyn, WI, AR Especialilbit


January 3rd, 2014

Do you want to be empowered with skills, tools & practical ranch experience in order to be better equipped to continue your education or become a professional?
Calling Level 3/4 students who want to further their education through understanding of a large scale, commercial horse operation with Parelli Principles. The quality & quantity of well bred quarter horses will provide vast opportunities for horsemanship advancement, as well as management experience, breeding & herd health knowledge.
Student opportunities available. Six month commitment required. Email for details.


January 3rd, 2014

Joining our team from Okemos, MI are Meggie & Steve Andrews!
Meggie, a 3* Parelli Professional, heads up Horse Development. After a childhood with horses she was introduced to Parelli & began her journey to becoming a professional in 2009. Having spent extensive periods at both the Colorado & Florida Parelli Centers furthering her education, Meggie enjoys helping both horses & humans gain understanding.
Steve, also a Parelli Professional, has taken on our Horse Health duties. Steve comes from a rodeo background & was introduced to Parelli via Meggie. He took the first steps in his professional pathway in 2011. With a big thirst for knowledge, Steve is looking forward to the upcoming foaling & breeding seasons.
We are excited to welcome them both to the team & look forward to adventures, growth & friendship!

Meggie & Steve Andrews


February 7th, 2013

It’s official!  We’ve moved to the Red Bluff Ranch – lock, stock, barrel as they say but for us it was horses, arena, equipment, development & breeding.  It’s been a labor of love & plenty of sweat but we are here.  The new address & phone number are on our website.  Hoping we can welcome everyone this Fall as we become more settled, possibly with an Open House.  Stay tuned…..


February 7th, 2013

Look at the options!  Purchase your two-year-old partner with or without colt starting.  Better yet participate in his start under the guidance of Trevor Carter, 4* Parelli Professional Instructor & Senior Horse Development Specialist.  WOW – What an opportunity!!!  Follow the link below for all the details.


February 7th, 2013

You’ve been asking & we’ve delivered!!!  The 2012 foals, now yearlings, have been added to our website.  They are all listed by registered name & include nicknames, breeding, color & sex, as well as a couple photos of each.  As they progress through our Parelli Preschool Program, continue to check back for updated photos & videos.  The yearlings are also on Parelli Connect where stories, completed tasks & horsenality will be shown.  Then Facebook includes little snippets from time to time as Mattie develops each to his full potential.