Parelli professional James Roberts has died after his car crashed into another vehicle near Manningford Abbots in Wiltshire on Sunday evening (18 November).
The 34-year-old was reportedly on his way back from a clinic when the accident happened. Police are asking for any witnesses to contact them.
James completed his apprenticeship in Farriery in 2001, and set up his own business. However, after shoeing a nervous horse that he couldn’t calm he decided to attend a level one Parelli clinic.
So inspired by what he learnt in those three days, James gave up being a farrier to become a working student at the Parelli UK Savvy centre. A year later he graduated level three, and then went to study at Parelli centres in Florida and Colorado under the tutelage of Pat and Linda Parelli.
In 2004 James became a Parelli Professioanl and in 2006 he returned home to Wltshire, where he set up the JR Foundation Station, a facility designed for naturally developing and producing horses.
In 2009 he was awarded his three-star as a 'horse specialist' by Pat Parelli and was rated as the only Parelli horse specialist in the UK.
Since then James trained horses for some of the world's top horse riders, including Robert Whitaker, polo legend Andrew Seavil, three day eventers Georgie Spence and Kitty Boggis, and Sue Benson who designed the 2012 Olympics cross country course.
Messages of condolence have been flooding into James' Facebook page, invited by his fiancé, eventer Victoria Craig.
"It is with great sadness that we need to share with you the news that we lost James last night in a car crash," she said. "It is hard to know what else to write at this moment but please feel free to offer your condolences on the wall here and his personal page. We will update as soon as we can."