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NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 02/14/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  Julia Bozzo

Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  100

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Staff, board members and volunteers are all introduced to the program with a site visit, tour and introduction to the program and its facets. Lesson volunteers attend a 3 hour training before riding sessions and are mentored and supervised by the director. Potential board members are asked to attend a meeting, and observe lessons and once involved are asked to attend fundraising events, meetings and organization events. Human resource documents include a Policy and Procedure Handbook, Volunteer Handbook, and job descriptions for all jobs, volunteer and paid. The NWTRC also values continuing education for its staff, board and volunteers. These include but are not limited to riding clinics and lessons for instructors, horsemanship and health info for volunteers and staff, board development, education and leadership training.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  12

Number of Board Members:  12  Number of Voting Board Members:  9

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. Julia and Mike Bozzo are the property owners and program founders. The property is leased to the riding center. Julia is employed full-time as the Executive Director, barn manager and volunteer coordinator and makes $12,000 a year. Mike does all the property maintenance and repair and gets no compensation.

Board Affiliations:

Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization. Executive Director owns property that the organization leases.

Conflict of Interest:

Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     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.

3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. NA

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  No


1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     NWTRC horses are versatile, obedient, happy and well trained. We value our horses above all material things. We expect our horses to work hard and excel in their lesson activities and in exchange we provide high quality care, feed, 3x daily feeding schedule, daily turnout, daily stall cleaning, well-fitting & high quality tack, consistent, trained and competent handlers, vacation time and interesting, new and refreshing activities. Our horses each have a regular weekly exercise schedule tailored to each individual. The horses work no more than 3 consecutive hours a day, per PATH International standards. Lessons are limited to 4 days a week. NWTRC has a weight standard for each individual horse based on height, age, health and ability, never exceeding 180 pounds.
NWTRC has the capacity to safely and happily house 7 horses. Our ridership numbers are determined by our horses.
We accept only healthy and sound horses (review question 3 for details). Our horses are carefully introduced and desensitized to the activities at the Center and we spend a considerable amount of training time based on each individual needs. The NWTRC is very proud of the fact that we have 3 award-winning horses and that 2 of our 6 horses have been with the program for over 20 years.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Our horses are bought by the program(1), leased from individuals(1) and donated by individuals(4).

3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization. Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives you have to attract potential adopters. Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses that need to be retired. 
     NWTRC Policy for Retiring or Removing Unsuitable Equines from our Program
Reasons that an equine might be removed from the program include but are not limited to:
Unacceptable behavior, such as biting, kicking or bucking
Health or soundness issues that make the equine unable to participate in activities
Lease or borrow situation comes to an end
Equine is unable to emotionally handle the programs activities and responds inappropriately
If an equine must be removed from the program, the following are possible results:
In the case of chronic or minor health issues, the equine may be retired to an appropriate home or pasture situation
In the case of dire health issues, the equine will be euthanized humanely
In the case of a lease or borrow situation, the equine may be returned to its owner
In the case of inappropriate behaviors or too many horses, the equine may be sold or given to a different program/ owner
In all situations, the best possible solution for the equine must be the result of the decision

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     We are a small program and give our horses a loving, responsible, caring home. We are very proud of the fact we have 3 award-winning horses in our program.
Should we need another horse these are some of our guidelines:
Horses must be sound and healthy (good vision, no special feed, medication, or shoeing, not lame in any gait)
Horses should be between six and eighteen years of age
Horses must be arena trained to walk, trot, and canter and have the ability to jump small obstacles with appropriate aids from the rider
Horses must tie quietly. No pulling back
Good ground manners, good manners while being led from either side.
No stable vices (cribbing, weaving,)
Have a "bomb-proof" attitude and willing (acceptance with minimal training of noises, disruption, games, other horses, etc.)
Any additional information you have, such as copies of registration papers, health records, photos, awards, etc., would be helpful
It is important that your horse feel comfortable around a variety of people.
Per PATH Intl. standards our horses are never used in more than 3 consecutive one-hour sessions a day.
Many people handle them over the course of each day. Several volunteers may groom and tack the horse. In addition to the rider, a horse may have a leader and up to two side walkers (volunteers on either side of the rider for support).
If we determine that your horse seems appropriate for our program, we will arrange a time to meet, observe the horse with a rider and ride the horse. If we think the horse seems suitable, we will ask for up to a 45-day trial period at NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center and, at that time, continue the screening process to further determine suitability. Should we have questions as to the soundness of the horse during this time we will ask for a vet consultation.

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     NWTRC horses are fed, groomed, turned out and exercised daily by trained staff. Horses are visually assessed during these processes. Health, vet and exercise are recorded daily. NWTRC horses are examined, vaccinated and have dental work performed annually (or more often as determined by the director, instructor and vet). Fecal exams are performed twice a year and worming schedules are adjusted to the exams. Geriatric and at-risk horses are continuously monitored for change in conditions and cared for accordingly.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     In the case of dire health/soundness issues, the equine will be euthanized humanely. The issues could include chronic and incurable pain or suffering, danger to self or others or a hopeless prognosis. The decision would be made by the NWTRC director, vet and the horse owner, if leased.
We do not euthanize for space.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     The NWTRC does not breed horses. No stallions are allowed on the property.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 

9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training?  NA

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 

11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: NA

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable; Fees are not collected; Horses are not offered for adoption.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Other considerations are provided below.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: NA


This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.

Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1


Location 1 of 1
NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center

1884 Kelly Road Bellingham WA 98226

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Julia Bozzo

2. Contact's Phone: 360-966-2124

3. Contact's Email: julia@nwtrc.org

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Lease

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Julia and Mike Bozzo
1884 Kelly Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

6. If your organization does not own this facility, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

7. If your organization does not own this facility, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     Lease is renewable every 5 years. We have been on our current property since 1993. NWTRC renewed our lease in May of 2013. NWTRC recently hired a new full-time instructor/program director and foresee renewal in 5 years. The owners have recently constructed a covered arena and there are no plans to move the riding center to another location.

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     Owners provide facility labor and maintenance, machinery (tractor), all utilities (garbage, water, electricity, phone, internet), on site security, horse feeding 3x a day. Owners receive $1000 per month for lease of barn, arena, turnouts and services.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 3.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 4

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. The NWTRC has a barn with 3, 12 x 10 stalls with 10 x 16 runs attached and a 10 x 10 stall with a 10 x 14 run. The stalls are matted and the runs have hog fuel. NWTRC has one double (20 x 12) run in shed with a divider and a single run in shed (14 x14) with large turnout. Each horse has a 50 x 50 paddock area with a hog fuel base. The horses are separately fed 3x daily. Each horse has access to plentiful clean water at all times. There is 2 acre "sacrifice area", along with 2 seasonal fields. Fencing is well maintained post and rail and ElectroBraid (ElectroBraid donated the fencing in 2006).

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
     Each horse has a covered shelter or stall along with a run out area. There is also a shared "sacrifice area". The 6 NWTRC horses are turned out and/or exercised on a daily basis. Living in the rainy Pacific Northwest is a challenge for horse management. NWTRC has met this challenge by putting landscape fabric under all the high traffic areas and maintaining it with a thick base of hog fuel (heavy wood chips). In 2017 we plan to upgrade much of our footing to gravel.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 6

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     The NWTRC has a 70 x 140 covered riding arena with maintained sand footing. In addition we have cross tie area with 4 individual stalls with a gravel base for grooming and tacking up the horses. The facility footing was researched and is maintained by the director and property owners on a regular basis. The executive Director (owner, manager) has degrees in horse management and animal science and the footing is maintained by an expert in maintenance and repair.

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     NWTRC is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     3 horse trailer and 3/4 ton pickup truck.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     Each NWTRC horse has a jump, dressage and western saddle which has been carefully selected and checked by a professional. We buy or get our tack donated and only use high quality equipment. Each horse has one or two bridles with a snaffle bit and a leather halter selected for the individual. Turn out blankets for the winter are mid weight Rambo rugs along with rain sheets for wet weather. Blankets are cleaned and repaired bi-annually or as needed. All tack and equipment is inspected each time it is used and repaired or disposed of as needed.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Each horse has a nameplate on their stall/ paddock. Each horses halter, grooming bucket, bridle and saddles are labeled with their name.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     All of our horses have attached runs or paddocks. None of our horses are confined to stalls.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     NWTRC horses are fed high quality local grass hay 3x a day, horses are fed a complete feed on a case to case basis. We supplement with Farriers Formula, magnesium and red cell as needed. Each horse has a trace mineral block in their stall.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Horses are assessed, annually by vet and daily by NWTRC staff. Feeding is managed by Julia Bozzo, Executive Director who has a degree in Animal Science. Each horse has a weekly exercise schedule based on use, age, level of activity, weather and current health. We take our horses' conditions, care and activity very seriously and pride ourselves on our horses fitness levels, longevity of service and health. Our horses typically get a 5 to 7 on scoring (it is more of a struggle to keep the weight down on the Norwegian Fjords). We monitor the feed and exercise daily and keep records on use, vet care and feeding and regularly tape our horses for weight and adjust the feed accordingly to the individuals health, energy level, age, usage and well-being.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     The NWTRC works closely with its veterinarians to monitor and control any situation. Horses are observed several times daily by trained staff and evaluated further if needed (vital signs, soundness and health). Our vets telephone numbers (personal cell phones and office) are posted in many places and we have full up-to-date equine first aid kit. At any sign of problems both at our barn and other places we do not allow horses to be hauled into our facility or take any horses away, keeping a closed herd. NWTRC very rarely allows other horses on the property at all. Stalls are cleaned daily and manure is composted on two alternating concrete slabs, which are covered. Manure is turned and stacked weekly to encourage clean and efficient compost. Manure may be given to others or well composted and spread on the fields. Carcass disposal would depend on the situation; ideally the horse would be at the vet office to not deal with it. Otherwise we would get a back hoe and bury the body or call a service to dispose of it. Recently we have adjusted our worming schedule to include fecal counts as opposed to regular worming every six weeks. Our horses all get a Panacur Power Pack annually and are wormed according to fecal counts after that. During bug season we use fly masks and spray on all horses. Several horses also have fly sheets for the rare super buggy day.

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
     Fire: Keep site clear and clean of combustibles, clear area, call 911, gather at Bozzo deck, use fire extinguisher if trained. Earthquake: Dismount riders (if riding), remove all people and animals from buildings, people gather on Bozzo deck, turn horses out from runouts (if safe) Flood: Move all animals and participants to high ground. The NWTRC has a full hazard analysis plan as per PATH Intl. Standards.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     The owners live on the property, if they are gone caregivers/house sitters are there to care for the horses and security. There is only one entrance to the property which is easily monitered.

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Whatcom Humane Society 1661 Baker Creek Place Bellingham, WA 98226 Baker Creek Shelter: (360)733-2080, extension # 4100 adoptionsbc@whatcomhumane.org

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     PATH Intl. PO Box 33150 Denver, CO 80233 (800)369-4610 pathintl@pathintl.org

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 01/26/2017

Veterinarian: Dr. Brooke Lucas

Clinic Name: Kulshan Vet Hospital    Street: 8880 Benson Rd    City: Lynden  State: WA    Zip: 98264

Phone: 360-595-5095    Email: alpinebrooke@gmail.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Deanna Bozzo

     2. Instructor: Hilary Groh

     3. Instructor: Julia Bozzo

3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 6.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 6

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 6

2016 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2016? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:Horse care is provided by property owners as part of the facility lease. Horses are fed three times daily.

2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 1 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           + 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

7 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 1 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

1 = Total of 2d-2f

2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            6 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2016 Horse Care Costs

$5955     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$1410     Bedding.

$5000     Veterinarian.

$3200     Farrier.

$0     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$1200     Medications & Supplements.

$5500     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$3000     Horse Training.

$3800     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$29065     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

2190     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.

Average cost per day per horse: $13
Question 3 ($29,065 ) divided by Question 4 (2190).

Average length of stay for an equine: 313 days
Question 4 (2190) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (7).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds

     1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time

      4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time

B. Structural

      1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time

      2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time

      3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time

      4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time

      5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time

      6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes

      7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses?

      8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-Half of the time

      8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All

      8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week

      8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

      1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? All of the time

      2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All

      3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA

      4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All

      5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All

      6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? Most of the time

      7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? Daily or 6 Days a Week

II. Horse Care

      1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 1-2 months

      2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually

      3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually

      4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week

      5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time

      6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time

6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 100

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 25

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 50

4. What is the average wait list time? 7 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted: 2.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 3

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 4

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 90%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. We have a maximum weight limit of 180 lbs for our larger horses, less for our smaller ones.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Deanna Bozzo

         *Facility Participation:

         NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Instructor

     2. *Instructor: Hilary Groh

         *Facility Participation:

         NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2011

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor. Instructors have the skills and knowledge in the areas of Equine Management, Horsemanship, Instruction, Teaching Methodology and Disabilities.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.A Recreational Therapist provides treatment services designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Hilary Groh, received a BA from Western Washington University in Therapeutic Recreation. After completing her degree she obtained her Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential through NCTRC. While completing her undergraduate degree, Hilary became a PATH Intl. Instructor In Training at NWTRC and obtained her Registered Instructor Certification. In 2011, she completed an intensive 13-week therapeutic recreation internship at BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center. In her short time working in the EAAT field, Hilary has worked with a wide range of ages and disabilities. Hilary has had exposure to coaching active duty military/ veterans, as well as riders showing in Special Olympics Equestrian. Additionally she has worked with therapeutic carriage driving and hippotherapy participants. At NWTRC, Hilary is expanding and refining her teaching skills with the goal of becoming an Advanced level instructor through PATH Intl. Hilary is eager to put more of her training as a Recreation Therapist to work in developing programs for the sustainability and growth of NWTRC. In 2015, Hilary obtained her PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor Certification.

     3. *Instructor: Julia Bozzo

         *Facility Participation:

         NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1991

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered PATH Intl. Instructors have the skills and knowledge in the areas of Equine Management, Horsemanship, Instruction, Teaching Methodology and Disabilities.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.American Society of Equine Appraisers

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2004

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.An Equine Appraiser has the credentials, knowledge, education and experience to give a creditable appraisal, and can back up the report as an expert witness if necessary)

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Julia Bozzo, Executive Director, founded, implemented and leads the NWTRC. She has over 40 years of practical experience working with horses and people, along with professional training and schooling. Julia has a BS in Agriculture and Horse Management and graduate work in Animal Science. Julia works with a Board of Directors in maintaining a fiscally solvent organization. Julia instructs riding lessons, recruits, trains and supervises volunteers from the Whatcom County community, supervises employees and maintains the NWTRC organizational needs. Julia delivers multiple promotional presentations to community organizations, schools and donors about therapeutic riding, horsemanship and philanthropy. She interacts with the press and national and regional associations. Julia has achieved and maintained 10 years of premier accreditation standards with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. She purchases, manages and maintains the equipment and supervises facility maintenance and improvements. Julia is responsible for the care and training of horses. The NWTRC under Julia’s leadership has provided thousands of hours of equine therapy to people with disabilities in Whatcom County, with no accidents or injuries to horses, riders and volunteers.