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COVID-19 Update

4/6/2020
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

 

3/17/2020
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

 

3/16/2020
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