Parelli Savvy Club Evolution – Important Information
As you are aware, we had some serious problems with our previous Savvy Club website. We literally had 2 weeks to move to another site because everything was about to crash. The site ‘broke’ and could not be fixed.
We know this has been hard to understand, but thank you for your feedback and encouragement, this has meant the world to us because we feel you know what we are going through too. The last thing we want to do is disappoint you and this has just been terrible.
Our team has been working into the night to salvage everything we can, and we can now tell you more about how things are evolving and what you can expect from the new site. Change is hard for some to accept, but in some cases, changes can be really positive – even the ones that are forced on us!
The previous Savvy Club site had some wonderful features but things were so complex and custom-made that we were having trouble updating it. There were also functions that kept going wrong. So the good news is that we are working with a company who specializes in membership websites and what we have now is fantastic. Even better, they take care of the technology side so we can focus on the horsemanship, teaching, and community side – the things that we are passionate about.
Here is an update to let you know how the new site will serve you and support you in your quest to become a more savvy leader, teacher, and rider for your horse.
Thank you for your continued support, we are here for you too. If you have any questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat & Linda, and the Parelli Team
Important information about the website content, features, changes, and improvements!
The Parelli Levels Program Pathway
The Lessons and videos are exactly the same from the previous site to the new site. The Levels lessons and step-by-step pathway can be found in the top navigation menu under ‘eCourses’. And now, each Savvy/Level is featured as a stand-alone eCourse.
As you complete each eCourse you earn points and your progress is tracked and shown on screen to help keep you on track and motivated to keep learning more. This is the most comprehensive curation of the Levels program lessons we have ever produced to help you learn at home. It is a phenomenal curriculum that takes you from Level 1 to Level 4, in all Four Savvys. You can also now download and print the new Levels Lesson Guide, a handy at-a-glance look at all the lessons and tasks featured in the whole program.
Background Information: There are 1108 videos that had to be found and re-encoded to put into the new site. We were not able to complete this huge project in the short window of time we had, but are working around the clock and placing new content on the site as quickly as possible. Currently, all the Level 1 videos are in; Level 2 On Line, Liberty, and FreeStyle videos are in; and Levels 3 and 4 On Line videos are in. The remaining Level 4 Liberty and Levels 3-4 FreeStyle/Finesse videos are being added as fast as the team can go. The new Touchstone eCourses will follow after the Levels.
Community & Connection – THE HEARTBEAT of PARELLI
The most exciting feature of the new Savvy Club is the community feature. People have been describing this as FB for Parelli! It’s now really easy to communicate, share, post and get together. Log in and have a look around! There are already many members active with lots of friends, and there are groups forming everywhere to support and motivate each other to be active, have more fun, and grow their savvy.
You can access your Live Wall, News Feed, Like posts, find friends (type their first or last name, or add a hyphen – between their first and last name), request friends, create Groups and Forum topics, send and receive private messages, and learn together.
Achievements – Tracking – Badges
Research has proven that people are more motivated when they feel rewarded for their efforts. In the Levels Program you get a certificate and specially colored savvy string when you officially audition and graduate each Level, but until now that was really the only reward program we had. With the new Savvy Club, you now automatically earn badges and points for completing courses and being active in the community. Even better, we can keep introducing new features according to your wish lists!
Massive Video, Audio, & Digital Magazine Library
The Parelli ‘library’ is one of the biggest and most valuable horsemanship resources on the planet! You can go in and search for just about anything, from specific topics to lessons, including DVDs and previous Levels Program video packages we used to sell separately! You’ll also find Member Minutes, Magazine content and articles, live tour events and seminars, and just about everything Pat and Linda have done on video, audio or written down!
Background Information: Over 3000 videos, audios, and digital magazines are being transferred to the new site, with much better cataloging and tagging! This is a huge endeavor and once the Levels videos are all in, every week over the month of October the library will grow as we re-tag and import the content.
Tracking Horse Time and Health Visits
Unfortunately, this completely broke and disappeared with the old site. It also broke our hearts because we knew that some of you loved this and it could not be transferred to the new site. We are so sorry, we did everything we could. 🙁 The good news, however, is that we are creating Task Checklists that can be used for individual horses. Rather than having them attached to the video lessons, they are a stand-alone checklist, which makes the functionality much more user-friendly.
Background Information: Of course we are looking into ways to replace this feature, including researching other apps that are designed specifically for this and include many more features than we could ever create. We are the horse behavior and learning experts and now we can focus on that and let the other experts contribute to this part.
Your Profile and Account Settings
You can now manage your email, password, and set your preferences for visibility within the site.
Blogs from Pat and Linda
Now that our community feature is so strong, Pat and Linda are really looking forward to getting more connected. As teachers and people who are passionate about changing the world for horses and the people who love them, talking to you about issues that affect your motivation or confidence, commenting on topical issues, or sharing stories and insights, is something they are really looking forward to. There is SO much information on the Savvy Club site and helping you to figure out what you want and where to get it is part of their leadership role.
You can look forward to insightful blogs from Linda, updates from Pat and Linda, and know that the heartbeat of the community is now easily accessible to them too!
The future of the Parelli Savvy Club is brighter than ever. Now that we have the right technology tools, we can focus on doing what we do best and serving you. Stay tuned for some exciting news about proposed new tour events and member activities in the near future.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment because, as a community, we are a powerful influence on the horse world around us, whether we realize it or not. All of us at Parelli are focused on something much bigger than ourselves… We are focused on a positive future for the horse industry, a better life for horses, keeping horses in our lives and the lives of our friends and families, and keeping our own passion for horses alive!
Keep it Natural!
The Parelli Team
Thank you to Jeri from the Parelli USA office for sharing your “Oh no” to “Oh yes” moments with Zoe.