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.


Thunder Bear

Thunder Bear

Thunder Bear Yates comes from Nambe Pueblo, and is a speaker of the traditional Tewa language. His father was the Buffalo Keeper of Nambe. Thunder Bear loves working outdoors and with his hands, and works hard at EQUUS to take care of the EQUUS herd and the property. Thunder Bear cares for the environment and is assisting EQUUS to restore the land, plants and trees to well-being. He is also a Cultural Advisor to EQUUS.

Kelly Wendorf, MCC, MECD

Kelly Wendorf, MCC, MECD

Founding Partner

“I am still changing from my time working with you almost a year and a half ago – the experience feels just as visceral as if it happened yesterday. My time with you and the horses at EQUUS was pivotal in reconnecting me to parts of myself I didn’t know (or had forgotten) existed. I will always be tremendously grateful I decided to invest in that experience.”
– Lisa D.

Kelly Wendorf is an executive and personal coach, published author, spiritual mentor, and socially responsible entrepreneur.

Her early experiences were vitally and deeply shaped by the natural and ancient world around her where she learned a way of listening to forces within people, nature and moments. This unconventional education grants her a gift of perception that liberates untapped potential and hidden gifts within individuals and organizations, helping them to solve problems differently through a wisdom-informed and wholeness approach.

Throughout her life she has lived and worked around the world, studying with many spiritual and Indigenous leaders in India, Africa, Indonesia and Australia. Such immersion in multi-cultural perspectives has honed a passion for creating a new narrative in the human condition, empowering high-performing individuals, organizations, and their leaders to wield meaningful change in their families, communities, and in the world through servant leadership and innovative business development. She has worked inside a spectrum of clientele – from Amazon, to Microsoft to some of the most underserved communities.’

Kelly founded, edited and published Kindred magazine (Australia), an evidence-based publication that explores the social, cultural and biological underpinnings of a compassionate society. Here she spent 15 years immersed in the field of neuroscience and neuropsychology and its relationship to social justice and transformative cultural change. Kelly also authored and Edited Stories of Belonging (Finch), an anthology from authors around the world, including the often excluded Indigenous voices. Her upcoming book, Flying Lead Change (Sounds True) will be released in December 2020.

As Founding Partner at EQUUS alongside her lifetime partner J. Scott Strachan, she specializes in the liberation of robust leadership capacities in those who are most qualified — the empathetic, the conscientious, the accountable, the generous, and the kind.

“What if all of the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? What if they were replaced by new possibilities – and the courage and trust to live them? Our experiences can positively and permanently affect every aspect of your life. We use a 56-million-year-old system, the horse herd, to teach truly sustainable leadership practices.”

As a gifted educator and facilitator, Kelly developed Wisdom Circles®, a group peer-learning and coaching model. An intuitive lifelong horsewoman, she also developed The EQUUS Experience® — an award-winning equine-assisted transformational learning process. Wisdom Circles and The EQUUS Experience® are recognized as a powerful differentiators in organizational change circles.

Together, Kelly and Scott continue to develop and grow The EQUUS Experience, Wisdom Circles, and EQUUS’s other complimentary processes that curate various awareness-based frameworks that create breakthrough learning and discovery.