Northland Therapeutic Riding Center
13608 Henson Road
Volunteers assisting in therapeutic riding
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 635-0211
Mission Statement
The mission of Northland Therapeutic Riding Center is to improve the quality of life and health of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activity and therapy. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jenny Brown
Board Chair Mrs. Michel Kaiser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boardroom to Ballroom Event Planner
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations are accepted via check, cash, PayPal or credit card Mailing address: P.O. Box 1267, Kearney, MO 64060 or via the website: 
The organization needs 100 volunteers who serve as trained horse leaders, supporters for individual riders and to groom and feed horses. Volunteers may serve as board members and committee members. Committees include fundraising, operations and marketing/communications. Employees may contribute through United Way campaigns and through Benevity. Businesses and corporations may become corporate partners by sponsoring events, horses, riders and providing general operating support. Gifts of equipment and supplies such as a farm tractor, heavy duty pickup truck, barn roofing and general farm tools are needed. In-kind donations of time and effort in support of improving our horse barn, pastures and arenas are all welcomed.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Northland Therapeutic Riding Center is to improve the quality of life and health of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activity and therapy. 
Background Statement
Northland Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) is a nonprofit, 501c(3) organization founded in 2000 in response to a strong community need for therapeutic riding. NTRC opened in April of 2001 at Rosewood Stables with two children and four horses growing to 83 students weekly and 13 horses.
Northland Therapeutic Riding Center is now located on 32 acres 23 miles north of Kansas City, Mo. The property was donated to NTRC in 2016. The facility includes a house, office, stable, barn and three pastures. Fifteen horses are boarded, cared for and trained to support 80 to 90 riders.
NTRC received its PATH accreditation in 2001 and received its Premier Accredited Riding Therapy certification in 2014. Five therapeutic riding instructors and the program manager are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs.
100 volunteers are trained at NTRC to assist riders while they are riding and experiencing equine therapeutic activities. Each rider requires one to three volunteers for each of their eight-week (once/wk) riding sessions.
The privacy of the Center allows riders and their families to experience therapeutic riding in a compassionate environment supported by trained horses, quality equipment and professionals who are qualified to accommodate their special needs.
Impact Statement
Each year 80 to 100 children and adults with disabilities living in the region north and east of Kansas City should have access to compassionate, guided equine therapy programs that strengthen their bodies, increase their confidence and improve their social skills. These programs should be offered in a facility that is consistent with the quality of private facilities available to those who are higher income and free from disabilities.
Needs Statement Heavy duty pickup truck - $25K, Large agricultural tractor, - $30K, Gator tractor - $10K, Reinforce a barn to serve as a tool and equipment enclosure - $6K, Improve our barn by enclosing the arena, insulating the roof and providing a safe viewing area for families and guardians of riders, $20K.
Service Categories
Rehabilitative Care
Youth Development Programs
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray County
MO - Clinton
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As the new Executive Director for NTRC I see great potential for increased grant funding from foundations and corporate and business partnership support. We are working to professionalize our development and funding efforts and our marketing communication efforts. The board of directors and I are united in our resolve to strengthen and expand our program.

Our facility has the potential to house more horses and provide year-round riding sessions for even more individuals with disabilities. The success of our program has been consistently measured and demonstrated by physical, cognitive and emotional advancements among our riders. There is deep appreciation from riders’ families because they see their loved ones progress.

The challenges of raising funds needed to improve our facilities and strengthen our program are achievable. A two-person full-time staff has been running the organization for the past two years and dedicated significant time and commitment to maintain the many day-to-day activities of our program. Once we have increased our budget we will be able to add staff to strengthen the program even further. The vision over the next year is to add an office manager / bookkeeper position, development assistant, and on-property equine and facilities manager.

Through riding, there is a healing interaction between the horse, rider, and volunteer. Riding encourages: cognitive activity, sensory integration, correct muscle tone, gross and fine motor skills, increased physical stamina, proper posture, independence, social skills, emotional stability, vocalization, and smiles. Riding a horse can create dramatic and lasting benefits.
You may be wondering why a horse?  A horse's walk is both rhythmic and repetitive, encouraging movement responses in riders that are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking.  For some individuals, riding a horse gives them a chance to have mastery over something significant when they often have little opportunity for control in their lives.
Therapeutic Riding offers people with special needs a chance to learn confidence, leadership, companionship, and responsibility through equine activities. Classes are held in a small group setting of 5 or less, age 4 thru adult.  Lessons are conducted by instructors who are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl. 
Program Budget $233,940.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation Services
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success

Consumers receiving therapeutic riding met an average of 85% of their goals in the areas of gross motor skills, fine motor, and behavioral/social skills at the end of a 30 week period.

Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for our riders is to become as independent as possible, and give them hope for their future.  Goals and objectives are geared toward everyday living skills to enable clients to move forward to become more independent.
Program Success Monitored By Pre and post testing are administered to measure growth of our clients as well as meeting specific goals and objectives. Anecdotal information from parents is another tool we use to know we are a successful program.
Examples of Program Success
Due to our excellent and professional staff Northland Therapeutic Riding Center has a positive impact on the riders we serve. Children and adults report being able to complete daily living tasks as a result of therapeutic riding. We have seen children walk that couldn't walk, children that didn't talk that are now talking, a child that was able to have surgery after riding as it built up her stamina and strength. Before riding the doctors told the parents that she was too weak for the surgery. Huge steps impact some riders while others may have tiny steps such as "asking a question from a peer" for the first time, or being able to sleep as a result of riding. Although it may seem a small step to some, to the parents it’s huge.
83 riders have been served throughout the year in 2017 with consumers meeting an average of 85% of their goals in the areas of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and behavioral/social skills.
CEO Comments We are proud of the therapeutic riding program NTRC has offered for nearly 20 years. During that time, we have seen hundreds of riders take to the back of a horse and develop strength, confidence and independence. NTRC would like to expand its reach to additional riders. Indeed, at this time, there are more than 30 new applicants on our waiting list. To serve these individuals, however, NTRC needs to increase its budget (and its revenue) to add more instructors, additional horses, a development manager and additional full-time staff. The Board, staff and our dedicated volunteers are committed to making that happen.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Jenny Brown
Term Start Dec 2018
CEO Total Compensation N/A
Jenny retired from the practice of law at the end of 2014. Since then she has brought her passion and commitment to NTRC to help move the organization forward -- first as a Board member, then Board President and then stepping into the role of Executive Director when the position became vacant. Her strong leadership and organizational skills have ensured that NTRC continues to provide an exceptional program. 
Jenny's values and passions align with NTRC’s purpose. She brings professionalism and dedication that continue to strengthen NTRCs position and clarify its vision.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
Former CEOs
Carol KobzaJuly 2018 - Dec 2018
Mrs. Mary Jill Weber-
Paid Part-Time Staff 7
Paid Contractors 3
Volunteers 100
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 10
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 9
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
In the past year Northland Therapeutic Riding Center has collaborated with the City of Kearney to participate in Jesse James Days as well as being members of the Chamber of Commerce. We work with employees from Cerner who complete their service hours with us during their sabbatical. We were chosen as the recipient of Sam's Clubs VAP program, which employees volunteer though out the year, they then turn in volunteer hours for grant money awarded to us. We participated in Liberty's fall festival. Briarcliff Business Professional Alliance has collaborated and raised funds for NTRC. We collaborate with local Eagle Scouts on many small projects for the center for example: a mounting ramp for our outdoor arena, and sensory trail activities.
NTRC receives grant support from the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of Clay Count, from Clinton County and from Platte County Community Services Board to subsidize rider sessions. The Developmental Disabilities Resource Board provided funding to build an enclosed restroom and purchase a lift to assist wheel-chair bound riders as they mount horses.
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association2016
External Assessment and Accreditations
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association - Accreditation2016
Premier Accredited CenterProfessional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl.2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments During the past year, the Board of Directors of NTRC has evaluated the needs and structure of our organization. The priorities the board identified are development, fundraising, improving our property and creating greater awareness of our programs. The board has restructured our staff to meet these priorities. We are continuing to invest in improving our facilities and sustaining our long-term organizational health. Our riders will continue to benefit from the wonderful work our staff has done to make our program a Premier Accredited therapeutic riding center. The future is bright for Northland Therapeutic Riding Center.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Michel Kaiser
Company Affiliation Boardroom to Ballroom Event Planner
Term Nov 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Shaney Othic
Company Affiliation Chemsearch FE
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Mrs Margret FrankcomYellowscape Consulting
Mr. Brent Harris CPABlue Cross Blue Shield
Mrs. Michel KaiserEvent Planner Boardroom to Ballroom
Mr. Larry Kovac DVMowner of Northland Mobile Veterinary Services
Mr. Mike LuckEntrepreneur
Ms. Shaney OthicSales Executive Chemsearch FE
Ms. Monica Pepper
Mr. Andrew Phillips
Mr. Christopher WoodburySr. President Wes Woodbury & Associates
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments
During my time as President of the Board, NTRC has enjoyed great success in reaching more special needs children and adults, as well as retaining an impressive army of dedicated volunteers. An increase in funding has enabled the Center to make capital improvements in facilities and bolster staff. Growth in riders has resulted in more classes, with addition of a fifth day of lessons. NTRC is unique among regional therapy centers in that the therapists set individualized, relevant and measurable goals for riders for emotional, speech, behavioral and physical development. NTRC’s skilled therapy team has proven that the Center helps riders achieve a better quality of life, in addition to an enjoyable equine experience.
As a parent of a son with autism I have seen what therapeutic horseback riding can do. My son's verbal skills have approved since he has been at NTRC and his self-confidence soars when he is riding. As parents of riders we witness miracles every week at the Center. Our dream is to grow and serve more children in our area.
Challenges for the Center include balancing growth with necessary funding and staffing. As with any non-profit we continually look for volunteers and resources to help sustain and grow our organization. We strive to eliminate our waiting list so every family who wants therapeutic riding can participate. We have a dream of enclosing our riding center for year-round lessons to enhance cash flow and allow our riders to continue to grow and meet their goals year round.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $243,720
Projected Expenses $242,970
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported from IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0($120)($323)
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$42,357$36,609$33,116
Revenue In-Kind$18,865$481,851$17,367
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$182,180$223,527$194,697
Administration Expense$21,349$25,932$23,105
Fundraising Expense$9,538$11,870$9,370
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.122.631.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$615,104$602,567$159,610
Current Assets$50,380$23,350$37,689
Long-Term Liabilities$50,100$66,000$0
Current Liabilities$5,046$3,078$53,176
Total Net Assets$559,958$533,489$106,434
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.987.590.71
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%11%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMark & Margret Frankcom Family Fund $50,211 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDevelopment Disabilities Resource Board $32,398 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPlatte County Board of Services $11,912 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The Capital Campaign would provide funding to enclose our indoor arena to allow year-round therapeutic riding sessions, construct a heated and air conditioned visitor's center and viewing area for riders' families and increase the number of indoor horse stalls from 12 to 18. In addition, the capital campaign would allow us to complete our needs list: purchase an agricultural tractor, a new manure spreader, gator tractor, a heavy duty pickup, enrich and maintain our horse pastures and improve fences around the horse pastures
Goal $125,000.00
Dates Jan 2020 to Jan 2021
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Corporate Partner Brochure2018View
NTRC Brochure2018View
PATH Certification2018View
Missouri tax exemption2014View
Articles of Incorporation2000View
Missouri certificate of good standing2000View
Organization Name Northland Therapeutic Riding Center
Address 13608 Henson Road
Primary Phone (816) 635-0211
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jenny Brown
Board Chair Mrs. Michel Kaiser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boardroom to Ballroom Event Planner
Year of Incorporation 2000