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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

We are a 2017 Messenger!

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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North Country R.I.D.E.



North Country R.I.D.E.
PO Box 312
Esko MN 55733
218-879-7608

Tax ID/EIN: 41-1423936
Year Founded: 1982
Last Updated 2017-04-10

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
To promote personal growth and development through equine assisted therapeutic, recreational, and educational activities.

Horse-related programs:
We provide adaptive riding for people with a variety of challenges, including physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.<br/>We offer ground work lessons for people with weight issues.<br/>We offer Mental health and wellness sessions for at-risk youth.<br/>We provide lessons for Special Olympians.<br/>We have a summer educational program for youth age 8 to 12 years which includes horse care, safety and horsemanship lessons.

Non-horse-related programs:


Volunteer Opportunities


2017 Volunteer
Minimum Age: 14
Taking applications for the 2017 season. Horse leaders and sidewalkers needed April through October. Grooming, tacking and assisting riders in classes Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Orientation and training required.

Wish List Items


Sidewalk Into Buildings
W love our facility and improving access for walkers and wheelchairs would make it even better. Coming into the building over gravel and rubber mats works for everyone but..it could be better, and keep our facility cleaner too!

Heating Plant For New Administration Building
We have completed construction and are using our new building. It is wonderful to have a place for families and volunteers to gather and relax during the lesson days. Indoor plumbing is also a treat! Now to complete it, we need a boiler to connect to our installed in-floor heat and keep the chill away.