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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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NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center



NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center
1884 Kelly Road
Bellingham WA 98226
360-966-2124

Tax ID/EIN: 91-1556276
Year Founded: 1993
Last Updated 2017-02-14

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:
"Giving a Leg Up to people of all abilities"
The NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center provides equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to people of all ages and abilities. The NWTRC is dedicated to enriching the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of our participants and their families in an environment which is safe, nurturing, challenging and fun.

Horse-related programs:
The NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit PATH Intl. riding program, provides equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to people of all ages and abilities. We teach horsemanship and riding lessons, which are adapted as needed.

Non-horse-related programs:
NA


Volunteer Opportunities


Lesson Volunteer
Minimum Age: 14
Dedicated volunteers help with readying the horses, tack, equipment, and work in the arena assisting participants with lessons. Through its volunteer program, NWTRC provides opportunities for students to receive school credit for volunteer hours, learn horse handling skills, gain experience working with people of all abilities.

Wish List Items


Wish List
-Horse Sponsorships
-Gift certificates to tack and feed stores
-Gift certificates to Home Depot, Lowes or a local hardware store
-New traffic cones
-Toilet paper and paper towels
-Snacks for volunteers