Henry named Region 9 Equine of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that Henry T. Fjord (Henry) is the 2020 PATH International Region 9 Equine of the Year!

Henry joined the NWTRC herd in 2012, and since then has become a favorite of riders of all ages and abilities. He is our go-to horse for beginner and advanced riders, as he inspires confidence and independence. Henry is known around the barn for his  "smile", which he loves to show off, especially if you have a treat! 

Click here to make a donation in honor of Henry

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A huge thanks to Henry's owner, Deb Logan, who knew Henry would be a star in our program from day 1 and has trusted us with her very special boy.

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“The joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and freedom.
– Sharon Ralls Lemon

With our adaptive horsemanship and riding sessions on hold as a necessary precaution during COVID-19 pandemic, our horses are in need of your support so they can be ready to welcome back the people who love them.


Bailey and Henry

“I have been riding with Henry for most of my life. He has been my friend and my companion.
I have connected with him. For me, it is usually challenging to connect with others, but Henry and I have connected in a way that speaks to me. We have done so many amazing things together. My most favorite thing that we do is cantering. We canter and life feels so beautiful. I would love to continue to ride with Henry. I would love to continue to grow with this horse because he has truly become my friend.” -Bailey T.


Bailey’s smile always lights up the arena! Over the past 9 years, it has been a privilege to coach Bailey and Henry. Bailey has developed into an accomplished rider and a skilled horseman. The two have grown tremendously together, forming an amazing partnership. I can’t wait to see what else he and Henry accomplish together!” 
-Hilary Groh, NWTRC Advanced Instructor


“He knows when you’re happy. He knows when you’re comfortable. He knows when you’re confident. And he always knows when you have carrots.” 
– Unknown

We have dozens of riders like Bailey who are anxious to return to the riding center to join up with their beloved horses. Please join our community in supporting their equine partners to help make that possible.
Your sponsorship will ensure that the horses are ready to cheerfully and gently help people achieve their dreams. The better we care for our horses, the better they are able to provide the best possible experiences to people of all abilities. 

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 -$6,000: sponsors 1 horse for 1 year
-$3,000: sponsors 1 horse for 6 months
-$1,500: sponsors 1 horse for 3 months
-$500: sponsors 1 horse for 1 month
-$125: sponsors 1 horse for 1 week
-$35: sponsors 1 horse for 2 days

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  Sponsorship covers feed, bedding, vet & hoof care, training and exercise for our amazing therapy horses. 
Thank you so much for your support!


NWTRC Statement of Equality and Justice

NWTRC Justice Equality

At NWTRC we have been working toward equality and inclusion for 27 years.

We have been lucky enough to witness how horses can be an equalizing force and we commit to continuing this work, no matter a person’s abilities, religion, financial status or race.

NWTRC’s core value of providing a compassionate, caring, nurturing and respectful environment rings true in the light of current events. This community includes our participants and their families, volunteers, board of directors, staff, donors and supporters.

We have always and will continue to stand with those fighting to end racism and inequality.

We see you, we hear you and we support you!

Welcome Jouri!

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Please join us is giving a warm welcome to the newest member of the NWTRC herd D-Grandeur VHF, aka Jouri!
Jouri is a 15-year-old, 14 hand Haflinger mare who came to us from her wonderful owner Jane Fraser.
Jouri joined us at the center in the beginning of March. She is extremely friendly and loves to be part of all the action around the barn. She is a quick study and we are looking forward to continuing her training and seeing her shine in the riding program soon.
We are especially grateful to her owner, Jane, for connecting us with her and for supporting Jouri’s board, care and training!

COVID-19 Update

Greetings from the barn,

We hope you are staying healthy and not going stir crazy at home.

We wanted to let you know about some exciting news.
With the extension of Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order through at least May 4th we have made the discission to not hold in-person lessons for the spring session. However, we will still be holding our spring session virtually! We want to make sure everyone can stay connected to our equine friends, has the opportunity to learn more about horses and can also get some exercise.

Our 7-week Virtual Spring Session will begin next week on April 14th.
Each week we will focus on a different horsemanship learning area with the help of videos, worksheets, online learning modules and Zoom video meetings. It will be designed so you can do the activities whenever you want during the week, with the exception of the Zoom meetings which will be scheduled for a specific time.
We have designed the curriculum so that you, your siblings and your family can all participate and enjoy learning more about horses.
If you have limited access to technology or the internet, let us know and we will provide you with adapted materials.

If you would like to join and haven't received an email from us, please email Hilary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to get signed up.

Thank you so much for your support during this difficult time!

-Julia, Hilary, Kleng, Vincent, Georgia, Henry, Leo & Jouri

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Will you be our Valentine?

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Just like people and horses, donations come in all sizes and make a huge difference in our ability to give a Leg Up to people of all abilities.

Thank you so much for supporting our amazing therapy horses!  -XOXO

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Spread the Cheer All Year!

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This Holiday Season give a "Leg Up" to people with disabilities.

Your chosen amount will support services including therapeutic riding and horsemanship lessons, volunteer training and support for our 6 amazing therapy horses.

Examples of what your gift will provide:
$1,000 - Provides lessons for one participant for 6 months.
$500 - Feed for two horses for one month.
$250 - Therapeutic equipment for riding lessons.
$100 - Barn tools and cleaning supplies.
$50 - Treats for our horses.
Other - Any gift amount is welcome.
                                                      -Check for matching funds with your employer.
                            -Write NWTRC in with United Way.

Just like people and horses donation come in all sizes. Thank you for considering what is in your heart and what amount is right for you.

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In Loving Memory of Cloud Nine


In Loving Memory
“Cloud Nine”
1988 - April 28, 2019

On Sunday our lovely pony Cloudy passed over the rainbow.
Cloudy joined the riding center herd in 2008 at 21-years-old. In addition to her delightful personality, she had “done it all"; pulled carts, pony club, shows and lessons.
During her time at NWTRC, she became especially beloved by our smaller riders of whom she took exceptional care of. She gave many individuals their first independent rides, and filled everyone who rode her with smiles and laughter.
Many thanks to Perry and Miriam Davids who provided Cloudy with a loving and enriching retirement home, our amazing team of vets at Kulshan Veterinary Hospital, and to her owner Sandra Hackney for leasing her to us.
We love you sweet Cloudy, thank you for being our real-life unicorn!

PATH Intl. Region 9 Credentialed Professional of the Year

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Please join us in congratulating Julia Bozzo for being awarded the 2019 PATH Intl. Region 9 Credentialed Professional of the Year!

For 26 years, Julia Bozzo has enhanced the lives of hundreds of riders and thousands of volunteers as Founder, Executive Director and Certified Instructor at NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center. Julia has loved horses for her entire life. For many, a career with horses is just a dream, but Julia has made it her reality and life’s work. 

Thank You WECU!

Join us in thanking Whatcom Educational Credit Union for their sponsorship of Leonardo for the month of March!

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NWTRC’s horses are specially trained and cared for daily. Sponsoring our herd helps keep the quality of lessons high and the cost low for our participants. Contributions cover the multitude of expenses associated with our horses upkeep including feed, bedding, vet bills, hoof care, vaccinations, training and exercise. In return, they provide the highest quality performance to our participants. A win-win!

For more information on Horse Sponsorships click here or email Julia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Sound Horsekeeping

We are thrilled to announce that NWTRC is the first farm in Whatcom County to receive Whatcom Conservation District's Sound Horsekeeping Sign!
The Sound Horsekeeping program recognizes horse owners in Whatcom County who have taken actions to improve pastures, reduce mud, manage manure and provide wildlife habitat on their property.


NWTRC is committed to environmental sustainability and we are proud to be recognized by the WCD for our efforts.
Special thanks to the Norcliffe Foundation, Tulalip Cares Charitable Contributions, WECU & McEachren Charitable Trust for making our sustainability improvements possible!
To see if your farm qualifies, check out the WCD website or view the Sound Horsekeeping checklist.



In Loving Memory


On Friday  January 26th, our beloved Kurt went over the rainbow. 

Kurt has been an integral member of the riding center since 1993 when he came to us as a two-year-old. In his 24 years of service, he carried hundreds of riders on his strong back, was named the NARHA Region 9 Therapeutic Horse of the Year in 2006 and gave us all so many special memories.

Kurt was born to be a therapeutic horse. He was exceptional at working with riders with the most severe disabilities due to his gentle nature and immense work ethic. Kurt was extraordinarily versatile, he could pull a cart, jump a jump course, trail ride but his true calling was being a therapeutic horse for the riding center. We could always count on Kurt!

We are extremely thankful to our team at Kulshan Vet Hospital (Dr. Cha, Dr. Sauter & Deb Kuiper) for doing everything they could for Kurt and to our staff & the Bozzo family who have been taking round the clock care of him.

Kurt leaves behind a legacy of incredible work, compassion and some very big hoofprints to fill. We love you Kurty!
If you would like to make a memorial to Kurt and help defray the cost of his vet expenses you can donate here.