Wendy grew up in a large family on a Peterborough farm and was always surrounded by an assortment of animals but it was her life’s dream to eventually own and run her own equestrian facility. She met Brendon Carruthers in 2008 and they married in 2011. Brendon’s family - especially his mother Kathy - was very involved in PARD and were quick to recruit Wendy. It was a natural fit and Wendy is happy to be able to give back to her community through sharing her lifelong passion for horses and equestrian activities. When asked about her favourite memories of PARD, she answered, “My first time teaching a lesson in the program and how much the riders thoroughly enjoyed the freedom they gain from the horses.”
It is that freedom of movement that is the basis for therapeutic riding. Wendy is actively working towards her CTRII certification for therapeutic riding instruction through CanTRA while she teaches PARD riders and riders from her own barn, Wendon Hills Equestrian Centre.
Wendy is pleased to have such a close working relationship with PARD, eager to help the program settle into their new home and to be a part of PARD’s growth as they continue to expand with bigger and better facilities. She is quick to offer praise to the program and the opportunities it affords riders in need of such therapy. But doesn’t want anyone to forget that, “We are always looking for volunteers and people to support the program as we are 100% volunteer based.”