About Us

Mike and Shawn Harness are the managers and co-owners along with Scott DePaolo of Whispering Meadows Equestrian Center.

Mike has extensive horsemanship experience. He started at a young age and has continued to grow and learn in his Horsemanship. He began working for Scott DePaolo at Butte Creek Scout Ranch in Scotts Mills, OR where he was the Head Wrangler and worked odd jobs. After High school he took off and began working on different ranches throughout Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. Those places consisted of many cow-calf operations, range cow outfits, and dude ranches.

He has been training colts for over 24 years and continues to figure out these amazing animals and how they work in relationship to us in order to bring them to their full potential. Mike graduated from Montana State University's Farrier Program and has been a farrier for over 16 years. He currently does not practice full time, but still continues to do our personal horses and a few outside horses with his apprentice. He has a passion for Big Loop Ranch Roping. He has participated in different competitions around Oregon. He is continually perfecting himself and his horses in that event. His wife Shawn helps manage the barn, paperwork, advertising and odd jobs while also being an at home mom. She is a wonderful presence around the place and enjoys riding and visiting with the great people who make this place home.


Scott DePaolo and his family are co-owners of Whispering Meadows. He has worked at Butte Creek Scout Ranch as the Ranch Manager for the last 22 years in Scotts Mills, OR. Scott and his family continue to live and work at Butte Creek. He, along with Mike, participate in Big Loop Ranch Roping. Scott has many experiences working with cutting horse ranches and working dude ranches during his years of college. In 1988 he began his work as the Ranch Manager for Butte Creek Scout Ranch. There he has lead over thousands of riders on trail rides, has started many colts and has lead about 40 nine day pack trips with up to 35 greenhorns on each trip throughout the Mt. Hood area. He has also taught horsemanship to people of all ages, and has been involved with summer camps. Horsemanship is a huge passion to Scott and he continually wants to learn and grow in his skills and understanding to build a quality relationship with each horse he comes in contact with. Scott has taught many Clinics in horsemanship and beginning cow work. He also participated in different clinics, riding and auditing, and knows that you can never know enough - there is always something to learn.

Scott and his family in partnership with Mike and Shawn have enjoyed working along side many of you. We are so thankful for the opportunity to meet the horse needs of the amazing people who help make Whispering Meadows a safe and enjoyable home for you and your horse.