We, at the Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center, sadly announce the passing of our beautiful "Dutch Treat" (DT), (a Dutch Warmblood), at the age of 31. For the past 16 years, DT set the highest standard with her exemplary work ethic and personality, a true shining star in our program. She was honored in 2012 with the prestigious PATH Intl. Region 9 Therapeutic Horse of the Year Award for her many years of service and extensive talents as a mainstay in our versatile program.
Throughout her life, DT always performed to the best of her ability. She could do it all - dressage, jumping, western pleasure, patient, kind and dependable therapeutic lesson horse; the leader of the pack. Several of our students have ridden DT for 16 consecutive years and will truly miss her, as will all of us at NWTRC. A final thank you goes to her owners, Pat Holmes and Carrie Bieber, who generously loaned DT to participate in our program all these years.
All who knew her will never forget Dutch Treat, the gorgeous, big white mare. We are establishing a memorial fund in her honor, the Stride For Distinction Fund, to continue the standards of excellence and follow in DT's hoofprints.