Wendy Blanch is also an accomplished equestrian. She rode her horse GC Lakota+// to two National Championships in Dressage in 2008 at the Sport Horse Nationals in Nampa, Idaho.In 2009 her horse Lakota was inducted into the Horsetown USA Hall Of Fame for Champion Horse.This year, 2015, Wendy was inducted into the Horsetown USA Hall of Fame for Sport Horse National Champion Rider.”This is quite an honor”, says Wendy.
On Wendy’s 12th birthday, she got her first dog, a poodle puppy, she named Bebe. Wendy was most interested in obedience competition and told her parents about the premier dog trainer in Minneapolis, MN “Marly Whiting”. Funny story, when Wendy’s mother first approached Marly, she wouldn’t accept Wendy, saying “she’s too young and wouldn’t follow-through”. Wendy’s mother convinced Marly that she would follow-through, and she did. Wendy received her American Kennel Club (AKC) Companion Dog Title (an obedience title) when she was just 15. “I was the only child showing against all adults”, said Wendy. Since that time she also trained her horse Lakota and rode to two National Championships in Dressage. Her horse Lakota was inducted into the Norco Horse Town USA Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2014 she has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for “Equestrian”.
Before Wendy became a Master Behavioral Therapist and Dog Obedience Trainer in 2007, she was the Marketing Director for VCA Animals Hospitals (VCA has over 500 hospitals nation-wide).There she designed the “Animal Shelter Program” where VCA provided free medical care to newly adopted pets in exchange for exclusive referrals from animal shelters.Wendy visited over 80 animal shelters and implemented the program with some of the largest shelters in the country (Houston SPCA, Arizona Humane Society, Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Sacramento SPCA, SPCA of Texas, San Diego Humane Society, SPCA LA, PAWS-Chicago, SPCA Wake County-Raleigh, Humane Society of Broward County to name a few).Wendy also became a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA).
Seeing the plight of these shelter animals and realizing that behavioral issues are often to blame, Wendy made a dramatic career change, from employed to self employed and began training people and their dogs. Since that time, Wendy has successfully helped hundreds of dogs and their owners throughout the Inland Empire.”Now I can do my part in helping companion animals. I am thankful to say that I have been able to help many people and their canine companions create a happy, healthy bond through canine communication and leadership.” says Wendy.
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