COVID-19 Update


Hello everyone,
Here is an update on the upcoming spring lesson session, as our state and the world continue to navigate the outbreak of COVID-19.

As I am sure you are aware, this situation is changing daily (if not hourly) and we will adjust and communicate accordingly.

At this time, we are postponing the start of spring session to the week of April 27th.

We will be looking at each participant individually to determine if we can safely serve them and protect the health of our community, based on recommendations from PATH Intl., the CDC, WA State Department of Health and Whatcom County Health Department.

We may postpone riders from participating in spring session if they fall into any of the following categories:
-Age 60+
-Have a chronic illness (lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, or other immunocompromising condition)
-Individuals who require sidewalkers in order to safely participate

Existing participants will not need updated physicians paperwork to be enrolled in spring session. New participants will need to have physicians clearance.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times,

Julia Bozzo

NWTRC Executive Director



Dear NWTRC families, volunteers, board members, and supporters:

There is much uncertainty in this time as the news about COVID-19 continues to unfold in our area and across the world. 

We are closely monitoring the outbreak and are following CDC, WA State Department of Health and Whatcom County Health Department guidelines to do our part in "flattening the curve".

At this time NWTRC is not accepting any new volunteer or participant applications.

NWTRC staff and a core group of volunteers are caring for our herd of horse's needs, exercise and being kept to their daily routine as much as possible.

As our state continues to navigate the outbreak of COVID-19 -- including recent school closures and confirmation of cases in Whatcom County - this situation is changing daily (if not hourly) and we will adjust and communicate accordingly.

This is going to place an incredible strain on our programs already very lean budget, any amount of support to keep our horses fed and cared for is greatly appreciated! Donations can be made here.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this challenging time,

Julia Bozzo

NWTRC Executive Director

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.