One of my best riding buddies is 12 and, like SR said, she thinks im pretty awesome. Im 30 now but i've honestly never cared much for whatever people think of me. I do my best and I love my life. If they don't, they can go pound salt.
To bring that thought back around to the OP, don't do Parelli just because everyone at your barn does. Im sure you are much better than that but I thought it was worth mentioning. I am the laughing stock of my barn where just because I ride western, I am abusive. I don't do Parelli so I'm "Clueless to the language of the horse" As they say, the proof is in the pudding. My horse is far from perfect but he sure does behave better than theirs!