May 31 – June 2, 2024 • Carmel Valley Trail & Saddle Club

85 East Garzas Road Carmel Valley, CA 93924

It should not take years to become a better rider… this took 15 minutes.

Most riding lessons are often more demoralizing than fun. Worst of all, they don’t produce instant results and I’ve been there as both a student and an instructor. Now, with 30 years of experience – developing my own riding skills and thousands of hours of teaching, I can look at a horse and rider and tell them exactly what needs to change.

You can tell when a rider is not very skilled. They have a ‘loose’, unbalanced position in the saddle and ride more like a passenger, or a victim! Or they are stiff, have hard hands, tight legs and a strict attitude towards the horse.

Also, you can tell how good a rider is by the way the horse moves – high headed, hollow, trouble with the bit, or lazy, dull and unresponsive. Riders cause that, or at least they are not improving it. Either way, the horse is not happy. Not only is it hard to make progress like this, it takes all the fun out of riding.

Many riding lessons don’t work. They teach you how to “sit” and to make the horse go, stop and turn but they don’t teach you how to be a leader in the saddle. You have to be part trainer and part rider.

A leader is way more than a rider. You need to:

  • Teach your horse to be in harmony with you – calm, controlled and willing. Your horse is not a robot, he or she is going to respond or react to you – positively or negatively
  • Sit well. Leaning forward, backwards or sitting crooked all affects your horse’s ability to move properly and an uncomfortable horse gets emotional or shut down. When you sit well, your horse moves well.
  • Invite harmony. Don’t tell your horse what to do, learn how to lead the dance.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Effective Rider Position – Safe, Athletic, Dynamic
    • Horse Biomechanics – Healthy Movement
    • Stretching & Relaxation
    • The secrets of Impulsion & Suppleness
    • Ride with Contact – learn how to “Hold Hands” with your horse
    • Ride with Loose reins – how to Guide with your Legs
    • Bit Selection made simple
    • Masterful Simulations
    • And more!

    “I don’t want your horse to dread being ridden by you, I want him to love having you in the saddle!”

    Join me in beautiful Carmel, California for three days of the most astonishing results you can imagine.

    It’s time to transform YOUR riding!

    “Colossal changes in just 3 days 🤩😍 Thank you so much Linda for your know-how and how to be with both horses and humans!” – Jean B.

    “I would highly recommend the class! Highlights and takeaways are the amazing way to connect and progress from module to module and leave the old “Parelli” behind, but never to forget the old and appreciated all that Linda taught me in that model. Now it’s time to move on with her new insights, teachings and her freedom to be authentic Linda!” – Sue L.

    Venue & Area Information

    The venue is located minutes from scenic Carmel-by-the Sea is Carmel Valley. Carmel Valley, while boasting farm fresh restaurants and wine tasting rooms to suit even the most discriminating palate, its beauty and charm and sunny weather provide the perfect location for a Linda Parelli Happy Horse Happy Life Clinic. The 3 day clinic will be held at the Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club, a 15 acre facility dedicated to the encouragement of equestrian activities of all sorts! Click here for more information about the venue.

    Individual pens for overnight stabling for guests wanting their horse to stay on property during the clinic are available for $30/night and can be reserved by clicking here. Dry camping (no electricity) is available for $20/night for guest desiring to stay on property and can be reserved by clicking here.

    Other options for accommodations in the area range quaint small lodges in Carmel Valley Village to renown upscale properties such as Bernardus, Carmel Valley Ranch, Quail Lodge, the Mission Inn and Pebble Beach. And of course, many AirBNB, Homes Away and VRBO options. Feel free to reach out to one of our local hosts, Marianna Clampett at 919-244-8192, who can answer many questions about lodging as well as other fun things to do in the area.

    For those who have spouses or partners who would like to come but would rather work on their golf game or play one of the many beautiful courses that Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula are known for, you also can use Marianna as a resource as her husband is a PGA Tour life member and now also a PGA Master of Teaching and Coaching. Click here for more things to do in Carmel, CA!


    $1,750 for riders – HHHL Members who register as riders will receive a $150 gift card for our online store. Auditors welcome for $50 per day – must book ahead of time.

    NEW THIS YEAR! After the event on Saturday we will have a “wine” down of the day’s event with wine and hors d’oeuvres and a chance to hang out with Linda. This event will be for both riders and auditors who attend on Saturday and is included in the day’s price.

    Beverages and snacks will be provided. Lunch will be provided for riders. There will be on-site catering available for lunch, click here for the menu and pricing. Please see the forms in the FAQ section below that riders and auditors will need to print and complete.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can I contact for more information?

    Contact Sue Flockhart, text or call 352-634-2024 or Marianna Clampett 919-244-8192. You can also email [email protected] for more information

    Can I rent a horse for the event?

    We’re sorry but we are unable to provide rental horses for this event.

    What airport should I fly into?

    Monterey Regional Airport is just 15 minutes from Carmel. The closest major airport is in San Jose, an hour’s drive away. San Francisco is also an option and is 60-miles away from Carmel.

    Will there be somewhere to keep my horse?

    Yes, individual pens for overnight stabling for those guests wanting their horse to stay on property during the clinic are available for $30/night. Click here to reserve.

    Can I stay at the event venue?

    There is a $20/night fee for dry camping (no electricity). Click here to reserve.

    Can I have more information about the venue?

    Carmel Valley Trail & Saddle Club – 85 East Garzas Road Carmel Valley, CA 93924. Click here to visit their website.

    Does my horse need a Coggins test?

    Yes, all horses will need to have up to date Coggins papers.

    Is lunch provided?

    Lunch will be provided for riders. We will provide beverages and snacks, but lunch will not be provided for auditors. Please plan accordingly. There will be an on-site caterer, please see their menu and pricing here.