Our History

Northland Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit, 501 ©(3) organization, was founded in 2000 in response to a strong community need for therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. NTRC opened in April of 2001 at Rosewood Stables with 2 children and 4 horses growing to 75 students weekly and 15 horses. NTRC focuses on improving the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine-oriented therapy and activities. At NTRC, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, therapeutic riding instructors, volunteers, riders, and horses are partners in the equine-assisted therapeutic process.

Northland Therapeutic Riding Center now has it’s own home located in a picturesque setting with 32 acres just 23 miles north of Kansas City, Mo. The serenity and peacefulness of this location is very conducive to the goals of the program, and provides a nurturing and strengthening environment.

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Therapeutic Riding

Our Board of Directors

President: Jenny Brown
Attorney and Retired Partner of
Shook, Hardy and Bacon LLC

Vice President: Larry Kovac, DVM
Northland Mobile Veterinary Clinic

Secretary: Mike Luck

Treasurer: Brent Harris, CPA
Blue Cross, Blue Shield of
Kansas City


Shaney Beard
Sales Executive

Natalie Debelak
Freelance Grant Writer/Entrepreneur

Margret Frankcom
IT Solution Architect/Accely Inc.

Michel Ann Kaiser
Event Planner

Jill Kaminska
Owner, JK Wines

Our Staff

Colleen Baker: Interim Executive Director

Karalyn Brennan: Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Julia Kovac: Licensed Professional Counselor

Cheryl Gruber
: Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Stacey Mycanka: Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Vicky Massey: Certified Therapuetic Riding Instructor

Jennifer Lowrey: Development, Volunteer, and Facility Director

Anna Webb: Barn Manager

Tyler Ripley
: Barn Assistant/Maintenance

Joseph Goodroad: Barn Assistant

Location Map

Photo Gallery - click on photo for album

Horse Show 2013

Meet Our Horses

Social Media

Important Forms

Rider Application
Physician Form

2015 Annual Report
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2014 Audit
2014 Tax Exempt Form

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