NWTRC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and managed by a small professional staff. The staff is augmented by over 100 volunteers annually who further support our daily operations.

Julia Bozzo


Julia Bozzo, Founder and Director.  Julia has a BS in Agriculture and Horse Production from Wilmington College and graduate work in Animal Science at New Mexico State University. Julia is a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, a certified Equine appraiser, has ridden and worked with horses and riders for over 40 years.

Hilary Groh

hilaryzorro Hilary Groh, CTRS, Program Director and Professional Instructor. Hilary began riding when she was 5 years old, and since then has competed on the Hunter/ Jumper circuit, trained sales prospects, and taught lessons in both Western and English. Throughout the years, Hilary has developed a great passion and enthusiasm for teaching and facilitating relationships between horses and riders. This has led her to pursue teaching at the NWTRC. Hilary has a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from Western Washington University; she is a nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor. 

Gina Bozzo

ginahenGina Bozzo, Professional Instructor. For the past two years Gina has been living in Hawaii working as a polo groom, trail guide and volunteering with Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii. Now returning to the PNW, Gina has been interning  at NWTRC. Gina has a C2 Pony Club rating, she rallied both Kurt and Kleng before getting her own QH mare, Abby. Gina passed her Registered Instructor Certification in August 2015.

Deanna Bozzo

deannaklengDeanna Bozzo, Professional Instructor. Deanna has grown up with the NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center. She has been volunteering for years and became a PATH International Certified Instructor in October 2014. Deanna graduated from WWU in 2014 with a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders. We wish Deanna all the best and thank her for her many years of service to NWTRC as she pursues graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology at WWU.