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Scott DePaolo and his family are the owners of Whispering Meadows. Scott has worked in the horse industry in a variety of roles since 1982.  He has managed and operated Butte Creek Scout Ranch  for the Boy Scouts of America for over 25 years.  Butte Creek is a working ranch that specializes in western trail rides and extended pack trips for all ages both for the Boy Scouts of America and their families.

He has a deep belief in the positive effects of experiential learning and that horses can be used to build character and teach positive personality characteristics. He believes that horses make the teaching of many key personal character traits much more natural and that good horsemanship leads to good "humanmanship" (A word from Scott's personal dictionary).

Scott DePaolo is a certified clinician of CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association). He is also certified as a pack and trail clinic instructor, Western and English instructor, EFM instructor, CHA site certifier, and is a Certified Equine Specialist with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Since the early 2000's, Scott has worked on an equine assisted psychotherapy team using horses to help heal troubled youth and recovering adults. 


His hobbies include training bridle horses, competing in ranch roping, reining, and working cow horse events as well as traveling to both teach and participate in ranch horsemanship and roping clinics.

Executive Director

Wendy Hensley has been a life time student of the horse. Having participated in many western disciplines and volunteer organizations such as search and rescue, she has spent the last few years continuing her education focusing on the lifemanship teachings of Scott DePaolo Horsemanship and other like minded horse instructors and trainers.

With a degree in Marketing and Journalism, becoming the owner and editor of Northwest Rider Magazine was a perfect way to marry both her passions of riding and writing. Wendy is a horse enthusiast with a contagious passion for growth. Wendy is looking forward to getting involved in the western states stock horse shows in 2020 and building an amazing community at WMEC!

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