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Let’s face it, the holidays can be really intense. December is filled with lots of opportunities to be triggered: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ōmisoka, Christmas, Winter Solstice, and New Year’s Eve. Something about the combination of family, obligations, politics, secrets, loyalties, gift buying expense and stress, alcohol, and unresolved tension creates a toxic cocktail for drama. And most of the time we are dealing with folks who don’t know how to relate skillfully or consciously.

Flying Lead Change

56 Million Years of Wisdom for Leading and Living

This powerfully moving and instructional field guide for being human, published by Sounds True, is available from all major online booksellers. Flying Lead Change positions EQUUS as a leader in the field of transformational change in the personal and organizational sectors



Available now

Click your favorite book seller below.

START YOUR JOURNEY

Be the first to know about upcoming courses, programs, retreats and special offerings. Enter your name and email and receive FREE downloads: Book Excerpt and “22 Practices That Will Transform Your Life.”





Benefits

A portion of this book’s proceeds will go to Tewa Women United. Tewa Women United is a socially inclusive, indigenous-women founded and operated non-profit: “Nurturing and celebrating the collective power of beloved families, communities, and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Earth Mother).”




For leaders at work, at home, and in our communities—an essential guide to nature-based leadership inspired by the wisdom of indigenous teachings and horses.

Is there a common element to the challenges and crises of our modern age? If so, it must be disconnection—from each other, our planet, and the sense that our lives have purpose and meaning. Where can we turn for answers? In Flying Lead Change, leadership teacher Kelly Wendorf offers a new approach to leading and living inspired by two profound sources of ancient wisdom: original peoples and Equus (the horse), grounded in evidence-based principles of neuroscience.

In her groundbreaking EQUUS training program, Wendorf teaches a way of leadership modeled on a 56 million-year-old system of the horse herd––a path that has allowed humans and horses alike to survive the kinds of global and societal threats we now face, such as climate change and mass extinction.

In horsemanship, a “flying lead change” allows a running horse to respond with breathtaking grace to changing conditions. “Collectively, we need a similar physics-defying maneuver,” Wendorf writes. “This book is for the called—thought leaders, visionaries, parents, creatives, and all those who sense we are being asked to participate in humanity’s ‘flying change’ through the way we live, love, and lead.”


“With compelling stories and deep insight into the shared nature of horses and humans, this beautifully-written book teaches us how to change stride in mid-gallop as individuals with each other, and as a species with the Earth. Soulful, practical, scientific, and spiritual—what a profound book!”

“Kelly Wendorf offers an equine-inspired way of knowing and being in the world. A wise, wise work—about listening, leading, loving.”

“As an assault team leader and officer in the Navy SEAL teams, I had constant access to world-class modern training and technology. But it was the ancient lessons—those of Spartans, Samurai, and stoic philosophers—that guided my leadership journey to success on and off the battlefield. Flying Lead Change is no ordinary leadership book; it is an ancient lessons manual for how to lead and live well in any century.”

A book the horses want us to have so that we can remember our horse body and how to be in the world, our lives, our relationships, our families, and in our organizations. Let this wisdom gallop through your heart. I want to put it under my pillow and absorb it all by osmosis and dreamtime night after night.

“Not only was this a page turner, but a tearjerker. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself on a spiritual journey. I was left with the recognition that I had received something profound, a message that I had not heard before.”

Flying Lead Change is a nimble exploration of human potential. It is a manual, a user guide to being human, ultimately lifting up infinite possibilities for connection between nature and the human heart.

Flying Lead Change exudes the fragrance of horses, earth, love, hope, humanity and wisdom. It is an artfully woven tome of spiritual wisdom teachings, conveyed through accessible stories and anecdotes, which is to put down. Going far beyond the standard self-help fare, Wendorf guides the reader on a profoundly enriching voyage of spiritual and emotional awakening. Be forewarned: the book you are holding has the power to change you and to change the world.


I have a small square card placed on my desk. On it are these words, written in frank, block letters “Opt out of consensus reality”. This simple instruction has become my north star, a compass setting inside the maelstrom of narratives that exist in our collective mind. These stories can feel deeply personal, such as “I’m not enough”, “I’ll go broke”, or “I should have done that differently”. Or civilizational, such as “homework makes better students”, “drink more water”, “we need a growth economy” or “humanity is bad”.

This panel discussion features five coaches who each implement their own specialized approach to coaching by integrating various unique tools and methodologies based on their respective backgrounds. They will dialogue with each other and webinar attendees about how their coaching presence facilitates breakthrough learning in their clients. We will also explore ways to enhance the coaching environment through invoking the power of our clients’ presence.

Presence as a Coaching Tool

Coacharya Coaching Colloquium


Wednesday, July 17

9pm IST / 10:30am CST
Free • Zoom

This panel discussion features five coaches who each implement their own specialized approach to coaching by integrating various unique tools and methodologies based on their respective backgrounds. They will dialogue with each other and webinar attendees about how their coaching presence facilitates breakthrough learning in their clients. We will also explore ways to enhance the coaching environment through invoking the power of our clients’ presence.




This panel is in honor of EQUUS launching a 30-hour coaching course on presence-based coaching inspired by contemplative wisdom called The Selfless Coach, with EQUUS Founder Kelly Wendorf and EQUUS Faculty Adam Ramcharan as trainers. The course starts late October, early November. CEUs will be available.

Panelists


Kelly Wendorf, PCC, MECD


J. Scott Strachan, CPCC, PCC, MECD


Adam Ramcharan


Dan Weil, CPCC


Rebekkah Goldsmith

‘What could be wrong with enlightened CEOs?’ my friend Ken wondered over his chai. ‘It could mean that all their power is used for awakening and good.’ We all sat quietly for a moment thinking over this new possibility. Then I asked, ‘Ok, so let’s take a hypothetical scenario here; what if the CEO is someone like Dick Cheney? What if teaching him mindfulness just assists him to feel less stressed and less conflicted about bombing a country?’ We all got quiet again… ‘No way!’ we suddenly chimed naively. How could meditation enable bad behavior?

The most memorable experience, perhaps, is located a short but beautiful hike away from the resort, at Thunderbird Ridge. There, bordering the property of Egan’s former home (where local shamans have located two spiritual vortexes), co-founders Kelly Wendorf and J. Scott Strachan have launched a horse-assisted self-empowerment program, Equus.

Our Beginning


Several years ago, EQUUS Co-Founders Kelly Wendorf and J. Scott Strachan were on a completely different path. Scott was living on a boat in Sausalito, California (just near the Golden Gate Bridge) working as an executive /personal coach, culture consultant, and facilitator. His life was relatively carefree as a single bachelor, cycling long treks around northern California, sailing the San Francisco Bay, or enjoying a sunset off of the pier on his time off. Kelly, a mother of two teenagers, was working as a horse trainer, coach, mentor and facilitator in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and developing The EQUUS Experience®, an equine-assisted learning process that she facilitated for her clientele. She spent her days with horses and clients, and spent her off time hiking and backpacking in the wilderness. The two were worlds away from one another.

Then Scott was recruited by an Argentinian consultancy firm to be one of their six US-based coaches and facilitators. This same firm became clients of Kelly’s and sent their leadership team to do The EQUUS Experience in Santa Fe. After their time there, they invited Kelly as well to join their team. As new recruits, both were invited to attend the firm’s global study group. When Scott and Kelly arrived in Miami, Florida for their first study group workshop, little did they realize everything was about to change. Though they had many things in common, when Kelly described to Scott the part of her work that included horses, Scott expressed his indifference towards horses saying (with no malice) that in his opinion horses were ‘1200 pound beasts with brains the size of walnuts and it made for a bad combination!’ Kelly laughed. Immediately following their first meeting in Florida, they became friends. Over time they became a couple.

Scott’s first sojourn to Santa Fe to visit Kelly, included an introduction to the EQUUS horses. Kelly invited Scott to have a taste of the power inside equine-inspired wisdom. Within twenty minutes, Scott held a new perspective and appreciation for horses, and their powerful ability to create change. He asked Kelly why she had been keeping this work a secret, and immediately invested himself to change that. He traded in his Sperry topsiders for cowboy boots, his foul-weather sailing gear for a Carhartt jacket, and his green Marin vehicle for a horse-trailer-pulling Dodge Ram truck.

Starting a business together is never a first recommendation for a new couple. But Kelly and Scott are no ordinary pair. From the beginning they shared a robust passion for creating conditions where people and organizations could transform. So deep was their commitment to human potential, that they placed their entire relationship in service to that calling. The couple founded EQUUS and with that began the search for a property on which not only to call home, but to create an experiential discovery and learning campus.

One day, as part of their evaluation process of which accommodation partners would bring forward the same level of high touch care to their clients that EQUUS aspires to, they met with Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. During this meeting, Scott and Kelly were informed of an 11-acre estate next door, not on the market, yet standing empty for eight years. Perhaps the owners might be willing to look at a creative way to restore the property through a lease-purchase, they thought, as they peered through the coyote fence into the forsaken property. It was quite obvious that in its current state of disrepair, no lender would provide a mortgage.

As they ambled around its perimeter, they were beginning to think outside the box. Clearly it had suffered from years of neglect. There was colossal amount of work to do. And extreme risk. How on earth could they pull this off? The answer: by doing exactly what they empower their clients to do – leverage their gifts, strengths and crystal clear intention.

After several months of Scott’s nimble negotiations, the property was theirs to lease, and then ultimately to buy. All they needed to do was immerse themselves into creating an environment befitting EQUUS’s quickly growing, high-performing clientele. This took an enormous amount of commitment, hard work, sweat and capital investment on their part. And it took an uncommon courage – all while continuing to grow and develop EQUUS. While they did not realize it at the time, what they were in fact doing was modelling for their clients what it is like to work towards your dream with unwavering determination. This is what they continue to do every day.

“Alice laughed: ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said; ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Scott and Kelly took special care to work within the Traditional Indigenous protocols of the area, and in so doing engaged with the Tesuque Pueblo governance, and asked for express permission to do the EQUUS work. Tesuque Elder, Kathy Sanchez, came to the property, blessed the land, blessed each of the horses, and blessed their work. They embed this protocol each day by formally acknowledging the Traditional carers, past present and future, in every opening of their workshops and retreats, and thanking them for EQUUS’s ability to do its work on the land. In ongoing support of their neighbors, EQUUS donates their property and workshop space to Tewa Women United, a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women, for some of their meetings.

Within a year, the property metamorphized into Thunderbird Ridge – an Experiential Discovery and Learning Campus, touting a gracious hacienda, a large arena, paddocks, a large sun-drenched workshop space, sculpture garden and landscaped hiking trails leading all the way into National Forest. It is the home of six gregarious horses, a donkey named Kassie, a dog and two barn cats. And it is a place that embraces every client that steps foot onto the land, and places themselves into the powerful tutelage of the horses. Each and every person, without exception, leaves there transformed.

And they are still at the beginning. There is so much more about to unfold – for EQUUS, for its clients, and for you. We invite you to follow along with us as we continue to grow and make immeasurably powerful impact in the world. Welcome to EQUUS, we are so pleased you are a part of this journey.

The EQUUS Experience®

One of our processes, for which we have gained worldwide acclaim, is The EQUUS Experience. Our award-winning leadership and personal development process, it engages partnership with horses to inspire discovery and insight in individuals, families and organizations in a joyful, memorable yet powerful way.

The approach uses various forms of ground work exercises that join horse and human into collaborative co-learning, thus revealing the way participants relate to themselves and others. All EQUUS facilitators are gifted at seeing these relationships and explore them with clients through the lenses of leadership, family, self-agency, wisdom and self-mastery.

No horse experience is necessary; no riding is involved.


Personal and Executive Coaching

Coaching sessions are approximately 50 minute calls on a regular scheduled basis. We commit to assisting our clients with their optimal desired outcomes, and help them to remain accountable to themselves in honoring their values and goals.

Wisdom Circles®

Real sustained change happens when people are surrounded by community. Innovative organizational cultures are co-created by confident leaders who feel that they have each other’s backs, can trust one another, and can confide safely in one another, and are aligned for a common purpose. For this reason EQUUS created facilitated leadership peer-group meetings called Wisdom Circles.


Custom Designed
Retreats and Workshops

Through an extensive intake process, EQUUS designs and facilitates game- and life-changing experiences for groups and individuals.

Retreats are day long, and multi-day and followed by several months of integrative coaching to ensure achieved outcomes. Clients stay next door at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, or at one of the VRBO / Airbnb managed two-bedroom self contained casitas at the adjacent Pueblo Encantado neighborhood. This provides a seamless retreat experience where the clients needs are met from the moment they disembark from their plane.

Workshops are half-day, day-long, and multi-day. Participants may stay at any of our accommodation partners, with transportation to and from Thunderbird Ridge handled by Santa Fe Valet. Workshops are usually coupled with several months of peer group circle meetings called Wisdom Circles® to ensure long term sustained change.

Our custom-designed workshops and retreats are available at Thunderbird Ridge and off-site, to serve the needs of our clients.

Keystone Leadership

Keystone species, such as the wolf or buffalo, change entire ecosystems by their mere presence. When wolves where reintroduced to Yellowstone, for example, rivers changed course, native flora and fauna returned, creating a healthier environment for all. In the same way, leaders have the capacity to wield enormous positive impact, not only by what they do, but by their presence. Our specially designed Keystone Leadership program works to cultivate this elusive yet essential capacity in leaders and leadership teams.

Shamanic Offerings

The EQUUS Shamanic offerings are a spiritual approach to help restore and deepen your connection to Mother Earth through earth-based wisdom traditions. In our sessions together, we look at ways you are able to create conditions for an authentic connection to Mother Earth. You will discover how to initiate that connection to Mother Earth through learning earth-based techniques that anchor, grow, and strengthen your inner vision. This inner vision allows you to tap into your Soul Vision and assists you in navigating challenge with genuine earth-based technologies. As you re-orient yourself back to your Soul, you encounter yourself from a more evolved space that will support you to align more fully with your deeper knowing and purpose.


Thunderbird Ridge Venue

Thunderbird Ridge is the 11 acre EQUUS Experiential Discovery and Learning Campus in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and a premiere location seated on sacred ground where the original land’s caretakers are honored today. Extreme care and the highest standards are held. The campus includes a gracious hacienda, a large workshop space streaming with natural light with a portal framing the Jemez Mountains. There is a private one-to-one room, a sculpture garden walk, nature and hiking trails that lead into the National Forest. Among native piñon groves are secluded meditation and contemplative spots and vistas, and a covered pergola overlooking our arena. Nearby and within easy access are premiere hotels, Tesuque Village, and historic Santa Fe is simply 15 minutes away.


Stories of Transformation


Couple’s Retreat
Lucy and Robert, married for 28 years, seeking to renew and revitalize their relationship.



Government Agency
Change Culture of Department Through Long-Term Contract.



International Consultancy Firm
The client sought a deeply personal experience for each participant, and a transformational change.



Women, Power & Money Retreat
A three-day retreat for 12 professional women from major national corporations, educational institutions and privately held businesses.


Client List (Partial)

AAA Colorado
Alan Cumming (Actor)
Amazon
Amanda Palmer (Singer, Songwriter, Activist)
American Family Insurance
Amy Tan (Author)
Axialent
Bank of the Rio Grande
Bette Midler (Actress, Singer)
CareSource
Central Garden and Pet
CIC Advisory
Cici’s Pizza
Cisco
CSG West
Dan Brown (Author)
DENT the Future
Equinix
Four Seasons
Geraldine Brooks (Author)
Hallmark Home Mortgages
Healthy Native Community Partners
Jamie Lee Curtis (Actress)
Jeff Bezos and family
Jeff and Susan Bridges
 (Actor)
Jeff Tweedy and family (Singer, Songwriter)
Jim Gaffigan (Comedian)

Julie Taymor (Lion King)
J.R. (Photographer, Activist)
Kevin Richardson (The Lion Whisperer)
Margaret Atwood (Author)
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Microsoft
Neil Gaiman (Author)
New Mexico Tourism Department
Pacific Pulmonary Services
Patty Smith (Singer, Songwriter)
REI
Red Bull
Rich Litvin
Sally Jewell (Former Secretary of the Interior)
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Shirley MacClaine (Dancer)
StriVectin
The Seminar Network
TEWA Women United
Tory Burch
Tracy Pollan
Wonderful
Zelda LaGrange (Assistant to Nelson Mandela)

Pages

Let’s face it, the holidays can be really intense. December is filled with lots of opportunities to be triggered: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ōmisoka, Christmas, Winter Solstice, and New Year’s Eve. Something about the combination of family, obligations, politics, secrets, loyalties, gift buying expense and stress, alcohol, and unresolved tension creates a toxic cocktail for drama. And most of the time we are dealing with folks who don’t know how to relate skillfully or consciously.

Flying Lead Change

56 Million Years of Wisdom for Leading and Living

This powerfully moving and instructional field guide for being human, published by Sounds True, is available from all major online booksellers. Flying Lead Change positions EQUUS as a leader in the field of transformational change in the personal and organizational sectors



Available now

Click your favorite book seller below.

START YOUR JOURNEY

Be the first to know about upcoming courses, programs, retreats and special offerings. Enter your name and email and receive FREE downloads: Book Excerpt and “22 Practices That Will Transform Your Life.”





Benefits

A portion of this book’s proceeds will go to Tewa Women United. Tewa Women United is a socially inclusive, indigenous-women founded and operated non-profit: “Nurturing and celebrating the collective power of beloved families, communities, and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Earth Mother).”




For leaders at work, at home, and in our communities—an essential guide to nature-based leadership inspired by the wisdom of indigenous teachings and horses.

Is there a common element to the challenges and crises of our modern age? If so, it must be disconnection—from each other, our planet, and the sense that our lives have purpose and meaning. Where can we turn for answers? In Flying Lead Change, leadership teacher Kelly Wendorf offers a new approach to leading and living inspired by two profound sources of ancient wisdom: original peoples and Equus (the horse), grounded in evidence-based principles of neuroscience.

In her groundbreaking EQUUS training program, Wendorf teaches a way of leadership modeled on a 56 million-year-old system of the horse herd––a path that has allowed humans and horses alike to survive the kinds of global and societal threats we now face, such as climate change and mass extinction.

In horsemanship, a “flying lead change” allows a running horse to respond with breathtaking grace to changing conditions. “Collectively, we need a similar physics-defying maneuver,” Wendorf writes. “This book is for the called—thought leaders, visionaries, parents, creatives, and all those who sense we are being asked to participate in humanity’s ‘flying change’ through the way we live, love, and lead.”


“With compelling stories and deep insight into the shared nature of horses and humans, this beautifully-written book teaches us how to change stride in mid-gallop as individuals with each other, and as a species with the Earth. Soulful, practical, scientific, and spiritual—what a profound book!”

“Kelly Wendorf offers an equine-inspired way of knowing and being in the world. A wise, wise work—about listening, leading, loving.”

“As an assault team leader and officer in the Navy SEAL teams, I had constant access to world-class modern training and technology. But it was the ancient lessons—those of Spartans, Samurai, and stoic philosophers—that guided my leadership journey to success on and off the battlefield. Flying Lead Change is no ordinary leadership book; it is an ancient lessons manual for how to lead and live well in any century.”

A book the horses want us to have so that we can remember our horse body and how to be in the world, our lives, our relationships, our families, and in our organizations. Let this wisdom gallop through your heart. I want to put it under my pillow and absorb it all by osmosis and dreamtime night after night.

“Not only was this a page turner, but a tearjerker. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself on a spiritual journey. I was left with the recognition that I had received something profound, a message that I had not heard before.”

Flying Lead Change is a nimble exploration of human potential. It is a manual, a user guide to being human, ultimately lifting up infinite possibilities for connection between nature and the human heart.

Flying Lead Change exudes the fragrance of horses, earth, love, hope, humanity and wisdom. It is an artfully woven tome of spiritual wisdom teachings, conveyed through accessible stories and anecdotes, which is to put down. Going far beyond the standard self-help fare, Wendorf guides the reader on a profoundly enriching voyage of spiritual and emotional awakening. Be forewarned: the book you are holding has the power to change you and to change the world.


I have a small square card placed on my desk. On it are these words, written in frank, block letters “Opt out of consensus reality”. This simple instruction has become my north star, a compass setting inside the maelstrom of narratives that exist in our collective mind. These stories can feel deeply personal, such as “I’m not enough”, “I’ll go broke”, or “I should have done that differently”. Or civilizational, such as “homework makes better students”, “drink more water”, “we need a growth economy” or “humanity is bad”.

This panel discussion features five coaches who each implement their own specialized approach to coaching by integrating various unique tools and methodologies based on their respective backgrounds. They will dialogue with each other and webinar attendees about how their coaching presence facilitates breakthrough learning in their clients. We will also explore ways to enhance the coaching environment through invoking the power of our clients’ presence.

Presence as a Coaching Tool

Coacharya Coaching Colloquium


Wednesday, July 17

9pm IST / 10:30am CST
Free • Zoom

This panel discussion features five coaches who each implement their own specialized approach to coaching by integrating various unique tools and methodologies based on their respective backgrounds. They will dialogue with each other and webinar attendees about how their coaching presence facilitates breakthrough learning in their clients. We will also explore ways to enhance the coaching environment through invoking the power of our clients’ presence.




This panel is in honor of EQUUS launching a 30-hour coaching course on presence-based coaching inspired by contemplative wisdom called The Selfless Coach, with EQUUS Founder Kelly Wendorf and EQUUS Faculty Adam Ramcharan as trainers. The course starts late October, early November. CEUs will be available.

Panelists


Kelly Wendorf, PCC, MECD


J. Scott Strachan, CPCC, PCC, MECD


Adam Ramcharan


Dan Weil, CPCC


Rebekkah Goldsmith

‘What could be wrong with enlightened CEOs?’ my friend Ken wondered over his chai. ‘It could mean that all their power is used for awakening and good.’ We all sat quietly for a moment thinking over this new possibility. Then I asked, ‘Ok, so let’s take a hypothetical scenario here; what if the CEO is someone like Dick Cheney? What if teaching him mindfulness just assists him to feel less stressed and less conflicted about bombing a country?’ We all got quiet again… ‘No way!’ we suddenly chimed naively. How could meditation enable bad behavior?

The most memorable experience, perhaps, is located a short but beautiful hike away from the resort, at Thunderbird Ridge. There, bordering the property of Egan’s former home (where local shamans have located two spiritual vortexes), co-founders Kelly Wendorf and J. Scott Strachan have launched a horse-assisted self-empowerment program, Equus.

Our Beginning


Several years ago, EQUUS Co-Founders Kelly Wendorf and J. Scott Strachan were on a completely different path. Scott was living on a boat in Sausalito, California (just near the Golden Gate Bridge) working as an executive /personal coach, culture consultant, and facilitator. His life was relatively carefree as a single bachelor, cycling long treks around northern California, sailing the San Francisco Bay, or enjoying a sunset off of the pier on his time off. Kelly, a mother of two teenagers, was working as a horse trainer, coach, mentor and facilitator in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and developing The EQUUS Experience®, an equine-assisted learning process that she facilitated for her clientele. She spent her days with horses and clients, and spent her off time hiking and backpacking in the wilderness. The two were worlds away from one another.

Then Scott was recruited by an Argentinian consultancy firm to be one of their six US-based coaches and facilitators. This same firm became clients of Kelly’s and sent their leadership team to do The EQUUS Experience in Santa Fe. After their time there, they invited Kelly as well to join their team. As new recruits, both were invited to attend the firm’s global study group. When Scott and Kelly arrived in Miami, Florida for their first study group workshop, little did they realize everything was about to change. Though they had many things in common, when Kelly described to Scott the part of her work that included horses, Scott expressed his indifference towards horses saying (with no malice) that in his opinion horses were ‘1200 pound beasts with brains the size of walnuts and it made for a bad combination!’ Kelly laughed. Immediately following their first meeting in Florida, they became friends. Over time they became a couple.

Scott’s first sojourn to Santa Fe to visit Kelly, included an introduction to the EQUUS horses. Kelly invited Scott to have a taste of the power inside equine-inspired wisdom. Within twenty minutes, Scott held a new perspective and appreciation for horses, and their powerful ability to create change. He asked Kelly why she had been keeping this work a secret, and immediately invested himself to change that. He traded in his Sperry topsiders for cowboy boots, his foul-weather sailing gear for a Carhartt jacket, and his green Marin vehicle for a horse-trailer-pulling Dodge Ram truck.

Starting a business together is never a first recommendation for a new couple. But Kelly and Scott are no ordinary pair. From the beginning they shared a robust passion for creating conditions where people and organizations could transform. So deep was their commitment to human potential, that they placed their entire relationship in service to that calling. The couple founded EQUUS and with that began the search for a property on which not only to call home, but to create an experiential discovery and learning campus.

One day, as part of their evaluation process of which accommodation partners would bring forward the same level of high touch care to their clients that EQUUS aspires to, they met with Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. During this meeting, Scott and Kelly were informed of an 11-acre estate next door, not on the market, yet standing empty for eight years. Perhaps the owners might be willing to look at a creative way to restore the property through a lease-purchase, they thought, as they peered through the coyote fence into the forsaken property. It was quite obvious that in its current state of disrepair, no lender would provide a mortgage.

As they ambled around its perimeter, they were beginning to think outside the box. Clearly it had suffered from years of neglect. There was colossal amount of work to do. And extreme risk. How on earth could they pull this off? The answer: by doing exactly what they empower their clients to do – leverage their gifts, strengths and crystal clear intention.

After several months of Scott’s nimble negotiations, the property was theirs to lease, and then ultimately to buy. All they needed to do was immerse themselves into creating an environment befitting EQUUS’s quickly growing, high-performing clientele. This took an enormous amount of commitment, hard work, sweat and capital investment on their part. And it took an uncommon courage – all while continuing to grow and develop EQUUS. While they did not realize it at the time, what they were in fact doing was modelling for their clients what it is like to work towards your dream with unwavering determination. This is what they continue to do every day.

“Alice laughed: ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said; ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Scott and Kelly took special care to work within the Traditional Indigenous protocols of the area, and in so doing engaged with the Tesuque Pueblo governance, and asked for express permission to do the EQUUS work. Tesuque Elder, Kathy Sanchez, came to the property, blessed the land, blessed each of the horses, and blessed their work. They embed this protocol each day by formally acknowledging the Traditional carers, past present and future, in every opening of their workshops and retreats, and thanking them for EQUUS’s ability to do its work on the land. In ongoing support of their neighbors, EQUUS donates their property and workshop space to Tewa Women United, a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women, for some of their meetings.

Within a year, the property metamorphized into Thunderbird Ridge – an Experiential Discovery and Learning Campus, touting a gracious hacienda, a large arena, paddocks, a large sun-drenched workshop space, sculpture garden and landscaped hiking trails leading all the way into National Forest. It is the home of six gregarious horses, a donkey named Kassie, a dog and two barn cats. And it is a place that embraces every client that steps foot onto the land, and places themselves into the powerful tutelage of the horses. Each and every person, without exception, leaves there transformed.

And they are still at the beginning. There is so much more about to unfold – for EQUUS, for its clients, and for you. We invite you to follow along with us as we continue to grow and make immeasurably powerful impact in the world. Welcome to EQUUS, we are so pleased you are a part of this journey.

The EQUUS Experience®

One of our processes, for which we have gained worldwide acclaim, is The EQUUS Experience. Our award-winning leadership and personal development process, it engages partnership with horses to inspire discovery and insight in individuals, families and organizations in a joyful, memorable yet powerful way.

The approach uses various forms of ground work exercises that join horse and human into collaborative co-learning, thus revealing the way participants relate to themselves and others. All EQUUS facilitators are gifted at seeing these relationships and explore them with clients through the lenses of leadership, family, self-agency, wisdom and self-mastery.

No horse experience is necessary; no riding is involved.


Personal and Executive Coaching

Coaching sessions are approximately 50 minute calls on a regular scheduled basis. We commit to assisting our clients with their optimal desired outcomes, and help them to remain accountable to themselves in honoring their values and goals.

Wisdom Circles®

Real sustained change happens when people are surrounded by community. Innovative organizational cultures are co-created by confident leaders who feel that they have each other’s backs, can trust one another, and can confide safely in one another, and are aligned for a common purpose. For this reason EQUUS created facilitated leadership peer-group meetings called Wisdom Circles.


Custom Designed
Retreats and Workshops

Through an extensive intake process, EQUUS designs and facilitates game- and life-changing experiences for groups and individuals.

Retreats are day long, and multi-day and followed by several months of integrative coaching to ensure achieved outcomes. Clients stay next door at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, or at one of the VRBO / Airbnb managed two-bedroom self contained casitas at the adjacent Pueblo Encantado neighborhood. This provides a seamless retreat experience where the clients needs are met from the moment they disembark from their plane.

Workshops are half-day, day-long, and multi-day. Participants may stay at any of our accommodation partners, with transportation to and from Thunderbird Ridge handled by Santa Fe Valet. Workshops are usually coupled with several months of peer group circle meetings called Wisdom Circles® to ensure long term sustained change.

Our custom-designed workshops and retreats are available at Thunderbird Ridge and off-site, to serve the needs of our clients.

Keystone Leadership

Keystone species, such as the wolf or buffalo, change entire ecosystems by their mere presence. When wolves where reintroduced to Yellowstone, for example, rivers changed course, native flora and fauna returned, creating a healthier environment for all. In the same way, leaders have the capacity to wield enormous positive impact, not only by what they do, but by their presence. Our specially designed Keystone Leadership program works to cultivate this elusive yet essential capacity in leaders and leadership teams.

Shamanic Offerings

The EQUUS Shamanic offerings are a spiritual approach to help restore and deepen your connection to Mother Earth through earth-based wisdom traditions. In our sessions together, we look at ways you are able to create conditions for an authentic connection to Mother Earth. You will discover how to initiate that connection to Mother Earth through learning earth-based techniques that anchor, grow, and strengthen your inner vision. This inner vision allows you to tap into your Soul Vision and assists you in navigating challenge with genuine earth-based technologies. As you re-orient yourself back to your Soul, you encounter yourself from a more evolved space that will support you to align more fully with your deeper knowing and purpose.


Thunderbird Ridge Venue

Thunderbird Ridge is the 11 acre EQUUS Experiential Discovery and Learning Campus in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and a premiere location seated on sacred ground where the original land’s caretakers are honored today. Extreme care and the highest standards are held. The campus includes a gracious hacienda, a large workshop space streaming with natural light with a portal framing the Jemez Mountains. There is a private one-to-one room, a sculpture garden walk, nature and hiking trails that lead into the National Forest. Among native piñon groves are secluded meditation and contemplative spots and vistas, and a covered pergola overlooking our arena. Nearby and within easy access are premiere hotels, Tesuque Village, and historic Santa Fe is simply 15 minutes away.


Stories of Transformation


Couple’s Retreat
Lucy and Robert, married for 28 years, seeking to renew and revitalize their relationship.



Government Agency
Change Culture of Department Through Long-Term Contract.



International Consultancy Firm
The client sought a deeply personal experience for each participant, and a transformational change.



Women, Power & Money Retreat
A three-day retreat for 12 professional women from major national corporations, educational institutions and privately held businesses.


Client List (Partial)

AAA Colorado
Alan Cumming (Actor)
Amazon
Amanda Palmer (Singer, Songwriter, Activist)
American Family Insurance
Amy Tan (Author)
Axialent
Bank of the Rio Grande
Bette Midler (Actress, Singer)
CareSource
Central Garden and Pet
CIC Advisory
Cici’s Pizza
Cisco
CSG West
Dan Brown (Author)
DENT the Future
Equinix
Four Seasons
Geraldine Brooks (Author)
Hallmark Home Mortgages
Healthy Native Community Partners
Jamie Lee Curtis (Actress)
Jeff Bezos and family
Jeff and Susan Bridges
 (Actor)
Jeff Tweedy and family (Singer, Songwriter)
Jim Gaffigan (Comedian)

Julie Taymor (Lion King)
J.R. (Photographer, Activist)
Kevin Richardson (The Lion Whisperer)
Margaret Atwood (Author)
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Microsoft
Neil Gaiman (Author)
New Mexico Tourism Department
Pacific Pulmonary Services
Patty Smith (Singer, Songwriter)
REI
Red Bull
Rich Litvin
Sally Jewell (Former Secretary of the Interior)
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Shirley MacClaine (Dancer)
StriVectin
The Seminar Network
TEWA Women United
Tory Burch
Tracy Pollan
Wonderful
Zelda LaGrange (Assistant to Nelson Mandela)