Summer Bacharach and Lexi

Summer Wyatt Bacharach, Executive Director, is 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.

april and sethburgess

Seth Burgess – Director of Operations

Seth is an RBI playing at Level 2-3 with his LBI mare. He rescued April from a very abusive background in 2010. They enjoy trail riding. Seth is retired from 25 years in horse industry personnel consulting as owner/operator of Equimax – Where Jobs and Horse People Find Each Other. Seth is an excellent resource related to career planning in the horse industry. He also has highly developed skills in computer database and software development, video and photography. Seth is committed to making love, language and leadership a way of life not just a goal in horsemanship. Seth’s wife is an Episcopal priest and their family is composed of four horses, four dogs and a donkey.

Debbie Adcock

Debbie Adcock – Director of Administration – Debbie had been riding horses all of her life and wanted something new. In 2006, she found Parelli on RFD-TV and began playing games to develop a partnership with her horses. In 2012, Debbie began her Professional pathway so that she could share this magic with others. Debbie is currently a 2* Professional and has also employed as a software consultant for 15 years. She is the Fund Raiser Coordinator for The Parelli Foundation. Debbie is married and has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren. Even though she stays busy with work, family and horses she will never turn down having fun elsewhere. Whatever she is doing she is smiling, having fun and enjoying being with people (her Parelli Connect profile lists her as a RBE).

Jeanette Hayhurst

Jeanette Hayhurst – 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.

Mary mielczarek

Mary Mielczarek – Mary has always had an interest in horses. When she was a child, she went to Assateague and Chincoteague and actually saw Misty. But it was 2008 before she and her husband actually had horses and found Parelli, the program that has helped them learn and be safe. They have 2 ex-polo ponies.: Sophie, a LBI thoroughbred and Trick an RBI appendix gelding. Mary has just started dressage lessons. Mary is the Assistant Director of her County Public Library. Seeing the big picture, creative problem solving and empathy are her “best” that she brings to her role as Better Best Coordinator for the Parelli Foundation. Mary has three wonderful step daughters and 8 grandchildren. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, to read and to shop. Mary used to play cello in a local orchestra but playing with her horses every day has put the cello aside.

Linda Hiller Deppe – Linda spent her whole life wanting a horse and finally leased a horse in 2004, joined the Savvy Club in 2008, and is playing in Level II. In 2014 she assumed ownership of the horse she was leasing and finally has her own horse. Her goal is to continue advancing through the levels with her horse and, as a pair, be an example of Parelli Natural Horsemanship to others. Linda initiated a class (now in its third year) for volunteers at a therapeutic riding center with a Parelli Professional. Linda is a graphic designer; creativity, communication and writing are her most developed skills. She is a graphic designer with The Parelli Foundation. Linda is married with 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren. She likes a variety of activities: swimming, cross country skiing, hiking, drawing and painting, spending time with the grandchildren, walking her dog and reading and writing.

Mary Tenant

Mary Tenant – Known best for her organizational skills, Mary is a retired Registered Nurse.  She did many types of nursing and management in various health care settings over 40 years of practice including serving in the US Air Force for 3 years.  She was the Queen of policy and procedure writing.  Mary has two Bachelors degrees, diploma in Nursing and a Masters Degree.  “In Nursing you work with people and on people so relationships are the essence of your work.”  Mary brings that people experience to her work for the Foundation.  Mary had horses for only short periods of time in her younger years. She got back into them in her late 30s.  She became a Parelli student in 1995.  She had a young Arab that sent her to seek a different method.  In 1998 she and another women founded a Parelli group in Central Wisconsin.  The group is still going strong.  Mary passed the original Level 1 and 2 tests and has now passed level 3. Her lovely partner of 18 yrs had to be put down due to cancer, so she is currently horseless.   She was hoping to complete her level 4 before “one or the other of us wasn’t around.”  It remains a goal but she needs to find  another equine partner.  Mary is currently doing creative writing for the Foundation.

Janet Johns

Janet Johns Professionally, I have spent 35 years solving technical problems as a computer engineer in the aerospace industry. Life is a journey full of mysterious detours and partnerships that I could never have imagined even in my wildest dreams. I am one of those rare people that had never dreamed of owning or riding horses. Back in 2003, I became the naïve owner of a horse. My daughter was eight years old then and was desperate to have her own horse. We naively purchased Rocky as her first horse. Rocky immediately began to exhibit very dangerous and aggressive behavior toward humans. As a family, we agreed that owning a horse was a life-long commitment and were committed to helping Rocky. I became an avid Parelli student and learned how to manage Rocky’s aggressive acts of dominance. Rocky is a very dominant Left Brained Introverted (LBI) Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) with a natural drive to be the dominant member of every relationship. Along our natural horsemanship journey through Level 3, Rocky lost a lot of his angry emotional baggage and became a happy horse willing to form a horse – human partnership. Rocky is finally happy living the life of a horse with his human partner. This change has made all of my sweat and tears along the natural horsemanship detour worthwhile.

Tifaine Regnier

Tifaine Regnier – Social Media Coordinator – 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 was 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 at Level 3.
I also have a B.A. in English Language and Literature, and I am finishing my Masters 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!
Joan Reinbott

Joan Reinbott  is our copy editor and a creative writer for the Foundation.  She 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 is one of our creative writers.  She 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.

Diane Pursch

Diane Pursch one of our photographic volunteers.  She does regional photography and videography in the Texas area. Pictured here with her level 3 horse Sapphire, she also has Antonio, level 4/5,  and Candy, the babysitter.  She passed all of Level 3 in 2012 and will be filming her level 4 in 2016.  In addition to her horses she has one dog, Murphy, and 2 barn cats, Mr Mister and Ms Mollie.  Diane lives in a small town close to Austin – Cedar Park, Texas.  She has BS in Education and graduate work in Psychology from Texas A&M.   She has owned and operated her own photography company since 1995.