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

Region 9

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!

Leo Sponsor

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.

Farm Improvements

Thanks to generous contributions from the Norcliffe Foundation and Tulalip Cares Charitable Contributions we were able to do two major farm improvement projects this year!

The "Raise the Roof" project replaced a 25-year old loafing shed with two new loafing sheds for our wonderful therapy horses. 

*This project was made possible by the Norcliffe Foundation*


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The "Hoofbeats are Heartbeats" Footing and Fencing project replace 20+ year-old hog fuel footing with gravel and replaced aging fencing and gates.

*This project was made possible by Tulalip Cares Charitable Contributions*


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Welcome Salvador!


Please join us in giving a warm welcome to the newest member of our herd, Salvador!

Sal is a 10 year old, 14.2 hand Dales Pony gelding. We are so excited to have him in our program!

Be sure to say 'hi' to him the next time you are at the farm.