Summer Wyatt Bacharach
Summer Wyatt Bacharach, Executive Director

Summer Wyatt Bacharach, a lifelong horse owner and animal advocate, has always felt a deep need to help animals and people. From her work presenting her own humane education program, Making the Connection: Animal Cruelty and Family Violence, in West Virginia public schools to passing legislation focusing on puppy mill regulation and exotic animal ownership during her time working with the Humane Society of the United States, she has used her skills and determination to create a change for both humans and animals throughout her life.

Summer aims to continue this work, saying “Because of the Parelli Foundation, many lives are changed. I am honored to be a part of the driving force in continuing the Parelli Foundation’s programs; ensuring that horses and people alike benefit from training and funding put into the right places.”.

Summer was introduced to Parelli Natural Horsemanship in 2012 and attributes her then trainer’s approach of using PNH to being able to learn a new way of approaching training and life together with her beloved RBE American Saddlebred mare, Lexi AKA “Something Perfect”.

Summer and her husband, Rob, live in North Carolina with their lazy Jack Russel, Bebe, and expressive Plot Hound mix, Lady.

Seth Burgess, Director of Operations

Seth got his start with horses in his twenties as owner/operator of a full service Arabian Horse Breeding farm.  From there he started an employment service for horse people nationwide which he ran for 25 years, officially retiring in 2011.  He is a level 2-3 student.  He and his wife Judy live in New Mexico where Judy is an Episcopal priest. They have three dogs and three horses.  Seth is also active in men’s spiritual journey work through the Illuman organization.  He has been a volunteer and contractor for the Foundation since 2012.  For the Foundation, he does web site development, video editing, and is part of the core team.

Jeanette Hayhurst
Jeanette Hayhurst - Grants, Scholarships, Pay-it-Forward

Jeanette’s introduction to Parelli was in the early 2000s when she was looking for horse training strategies that made sense. After attending clinics with all the popular horse clinicians of the time, Parelli Natural Horsemanship stood out because the horses looked happy and Pat demonstrated that he could train other people (the Savvy Team) to get the same results. She and her leopard Appaloosa mare, Summer, have attended many clinics with Parelli instructors. They have had the opportunity to trail ride and camp throughout California in places like Yosemite and Mammoth. Her new passion is driving her team of mini horses named Danny and Harley. They recently took part in a 100 mile wagon drive in Death Valley. Jeanette is an LBE and retired Community Services Director from the City of Barstow. She has been married to her husband Mike since 1985 and they have two adult sons.

Debbie Adcock
Two Star Licensed Parelli Professional Debbie Adcock - Bookkeeping

Debbie Adcock lives in Aubrey, TX where she teaches riding and liberty lessons and, with her husband, Carl, manages a small boarding facility called Clear Creek Arena.  She became a member of Parelli Natural Horsemanship in 2006. It became a life changing experience which set her on the path to becoming a 2 Star Parelli Professional by 2012. That same year she became one of the Parelli Foundation’s first volunteers, and one of the foundation’s most enthusiastic promoters.  She has served in many capacities within the Parelli Foundation, bringing her boundless energy, problem solving and fundraising skills, and positive attitude to the organization.   Debbie continues to further her horsemanship by studying with more advanced Parelli instructors and attending many clinics. She continues to change horse’s stubborn old attitudes as she demonstrates the benefits of Parelli Natural Horsemanship to anyone who asks for her help with their horse.

Mary Mielczarek - Volunteer Coordinator

10 years ago, my husband Terry and I rescued two polo ponies that had been abandoned at a boarding facility. We knew nothing about horses, but found Parelli Natural Horsemanship and started on our journey getting to know them and learning so much about ourselves in the process. Compared to many in the horse world, we are just beginning our life with horses. By volunteering with the Foundation we support others’ dreams of building their life with horses.

Joan Reinbott
Joan Reinbott - Editor and Writer

Joan Reinbott remembers begging for a pony before kindergarten and then riding that darling Shetland mare on the family cattle farm in Savannah, Mo. As a teen she took lessons from local riding instructors, one English and one Western. Buying horses in the 1970s there meant either scanning a few horse-for-sale ads in the Sunday paper or visiting a shady horse trader, who presented a prospect already tacked up and sweaty, with or without correct registration papers, so there were adventures and misadventures. In Omaha, Neb., at college, Joan show jumped as a break from journalism classes. After an internship at Equus magazine, she took a reporting job for the sports magazine The Chronicle of the Horse. She volunteered at an equine therapy center in New Jersey, married Rick, and raised children. After Rick brought home the “War Horse” DVD in 2012, she ramped up plans to get back into horses. Joan started watching Parelli DVDs borrowed from her brother and joined the Savvy Club. Today she learns from Kim Michelson, longtime Parelli student and manager of a stable in Innsbrook, Mo., with her left brain extrovert Missouri Foxtrotter and left brain introvert-cusp-extrovert BLM mustang.

Elizabeth Gibbs
Elizabeth Gibbs - Writer

Elizabeth is known for many things. She’s an above average cook. She has a crazy nickname, “Fish.” She is married to a writer, podcaster, and songwriter. She dabbles in photography. She does not like peanut butter, but most notably, she belongs to a magical horse named Axl. When Axl came into her life, he was a young, spirited, ex-barrel racer, but after three years together and working on level 4 in the Parelli program, Axl came up lame with a serious tendon sheath infection. He spent 30 days in the hospital and had two surgeries before returning home with shaky odds. After nearly a year of daily bandage changes and intense physical therapy, Axl now canters on line again. His rehabilitation changed Elizabeth’s life, now a 38-year-old woman with a BA in English and History. She has returned to college in Axl’s honor to study Veterinary Medicine. In the very near future, she plans to give discounts to all horses who pass level 1.

Tifaine Renier
Tifaine Renier - Social Media

I have always lived with horses. There is a stud farm, breeding French Saddle horses, just next to my house in France. So I learned to ride there and in a horse jumping club not far away.
I had an accident when I was 15, and 2 surgeries later I got back in the saddle and bought my own horse. Undigo is a rescue, a thoroughbred, who does not have a simple history, and he sent me directly to Parelli! We’re currently playing Level 3.  I have a BA in English Language and Literature and I am finishing my Master degree in Teaching. I have always lived in France, next to the German and Swiss borders, and I love travelling! And, if you’re looking for me, I’m probably behind a book!

Diane Pursch
Diane Pursch - Photographer

This is a picture of my Level 3 horse, Sapphire, and me. I also have Antonio, L 4/5,  and Candy, the babysitter.   I currently have 1 dog, Murphy, and 2 barn cats, Mr Mister and Ms Mollie.  I passed all of Level 3 in 2012 and will be filming my L4 recently. I have a BS in Education and graduate work in Psychology from Texas A&M.  I have owned and operated my own photography company since 1995. I live in a small town in Texas, Cedar Park, close to Austin.

With Additional Help From
Janet Johns
Janet Johns - Events
Linda Deppe
Linda Deppe - Graphics Design
Mary Tenant
Mary Tenant - Procedure Manual
And Not Pictured

Kathryn Smith – Web Development

Michelle McCroskey – Youth and Events

Laurie Guenther – Horse Welfare Projects

Tink Fritz – Events

Dan Rexroad – Events

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