Northrup Named New York’s “2016 Horseperson of the Year”

Northrup Named New York’s “2016 Horseperson of the Year”

Northrup Named New York’s “2016 Horseperson of the Year”

(Scottsdale, AZ) Lori Northrup, president of the Parelli Foundation Board of Directors, has been named New York State Horse Council’s “2016 Horseperson of the Year.”

“Lori is an amazing individual,” said Stephen Ropel, president of the New York State Horse Council. “She consistently strives to make this a better world for horses. She leads by example and encourages horsemen and women to be lifelong learners when it comes to working with horses.” The Horseperson of the Year award is given annually to someone who has served the equine community at the highest level, with a demonstrated awareness and interest in the horse industry as well as serving to improve the care, use or treatment of animals.

In addition to helping create the non-profit 501(c)(3) Parelli Foundation, and serving as its board president, she has also been a longtime president and board member of Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH). FOSH is a nonprofit initiative designed to call attention to, and bring an end to, the mistreatment of many Tennessee Walker show horses. Along with her nonprofit work, Northrup rides trails many days, hosts a local trail event each year, and raises and trains her own horses. She is founder and chairman of North Park Innovations Group, a high-tech New York manufacturing company.

“I am thrilled to be honored by the New York State Horse Council,” said Northrup. “I just do what I love to do; so being recognized for that is really icing on the cake when it comes to my work with horses and natural horsemanship.”


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About the Parelli Foundation:

The Parelli Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for the natural horsemanship community that focuses on education for youth horsemanship, therapeutic horsemanship, horse welfare and scholarships for the talented and for career minded individuals. It follows the principles of Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) but operates independently of PNH.

The Parelli Foundation (previously named the Parelli Education Institute) earned the “Gold Level” designation from GuideStar, USA, Inc.; an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. Out of 1.5 million nonprofits, less than 5,000 have achieved Gold Level status. Donors to the Parelli Foundation can be assured their investments are being used wisely and appropriately, with contributions tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more, go to:


  1. Those people really knew what they were doing when they chose Lori. Love the photo of her with her horse and dog.

  2. What a worthy and wonderful accolade! I wish you much praise to the work you have performed steadfastly! Thank you AND Congratulations.
    Teresa Whitaker

  3. My congratulations to you Lori Northrup on the award. Many hours of hard work and joy have been part of your endeavour to Keep the spotlight on consideration of the horse on the wider world. Well done!
    Jan Mayze
    West Australia.

  4. What a wonderful honor Lori, and none more deserving than you. So many countless hours building and guiding the Parelli Foundation and…….your tireless effort to end soring in the Tennessee Walking Horse. So many have no idea of all you’ve done! Here’s hoping that the end of soring is near! Congratulations

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