Northland Therapeutic Riding Center
PO BOX 1267
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 808-1209
Mission Statement
To improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs through equine oriented therapy and activities, and give them hope in their future.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Colleen Baker
Board Chair Ms. Jenny Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired partner at Shook, Hardy, & Bacon
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs through equine oriented therapy and activities, and give them hope in their future.
Background Statement

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 11 horses. NTRC focuses on improving the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine-oriented therapy and activities. At NTRC, therapeutic riding instructors, volunteers, riders, and horses are partners in the equine-assisted therapeutic process.

Northland Therapeutic Riding Center now has its 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.

Impact Statement

Completed Accomplishments for 2016:

  •  Recipient of Briarcliff Business Partner Alliance Grant that provided a paved walkway to the outdoor arena.
  • Partnered with Best of America By Horseback- NTRC was featured on their national TV show.
  • Informational booth or speaking engagements: Best of America by Horseback Banquet, Kearney Lions Club, William Jewell Volunteer/ Internship Fair, Community Outreach Program Liberty, Liberty Public Schools Exhibition Fair, Briarfest, Liberty Fall Festival, Cerner Volunteer Fair
  • Fundraising Events: Best of America By Horseback, 4th Annual Evening of Hope
  • Center Events: Annual Horse Show, 1st annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ/Bonfire
Goals for 2017:
  • Increase awareness in the community 
  • Increase fundraising events
  • Summer camps 
  • Sustainability
Needs Statement
2017 NEEDS:
  • Growing our ridership
  • Growing our volunteers
  • Enclosing our indoor arena
  • Increasing our board 
  • Sustainability 
Service Categories
Rehabilitative Care
Special Education
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray County
MO - Clinton
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Through the years Northland Therapeutic Riding Center has experienced much success.  As a new non-profit we began with 2 riders and are now servicing 75 individuals on a weekly basis.  We began with one employee and one instructor that contracted.  We currently have 9 employees, 2 who are full-time, and 7 are part-time.  We initially started working one evening a week and are now serving riders on  Monday thru Thursday.  Five years ago we moved to a facility that now allows us to grow and expand.  In the past we were at a boarding facility with no room for growth.
Last year we held one fundraiser which netted $49,000.00.  We have participated in local fairs and presented to a variety of clubs and organizations.
Our biggest challenge at this time is growing our ridership and volunteer numbers....which directly reflect on our sustainability. In 2016 the 32 acre farm which we had previously leased was donated to NTRC. Ownership of the farm has been a challenge and added financial responsibility. 
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 2 thru adult.  Lessons are conducted by instructors who are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl. 
Category Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation Services
Population Served People/Families with of People with 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.

75 riders have been served throughout the year in 2016 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
As the Executive Director I have found the biggest challenges to be our expenses and volunteers.  Due to the nature of our program it is very labor intensive and costly.  As we all know feed, veterinary cost, farrier, and general horse care continues to rise each year as well fence building, repairs to the barn etc.  Another big challenge is having enough volunteers.  It takes 3 volunteers for most riders and it is difficult to keep consistent volunteers with the same child overtime.  Autistic children need that consistency, where change often disrupts.   
We have great opportunities that lie ahead of us.  We now have a 32 acre farm that will allow us to expand to a six day a week business.  We are very proud of our facility and want to see it expand and grow.  
We are at this time working on funding to enclose our indoor arena that would allow us to add bathroom facilities and  seating area for our parents and riders and to  provide services year round. We have identified key persons to lead us in additional fund raisers as well as grant writing to help with our funding. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Colleen Baker
Term Start Aug 2016
Compensation $0 - $50,000
As CEO I bring vast knowledge in regards to therapy and horses. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Co-CEO Experience I trained and showed AQHA, APHA, and PHBA horses and riders on a national level for 20 years before becoming involved with Therapeutic Horseback Riding/"PATH" Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int. I have world championship titles and also guided a 13 & under rider to the Hi Point Youth in the Nation to my credit. Training and giving lessons gave me the experience I needed to oversee the equine element involved with therapeutic riding. In 2008 I developed a successful therapeutic riding center in Baldwin City, Kansas for Community Living Opportunities and retired from that position in 2014. Working at CLO I gained the experience and education needed to work with folks of all abilities. I joined Northland Therapeutic Riding Center in August of 2016 upon the resignation of their Executive Director. 
Former CEOs
Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson -
Mrs. Mary Jill Weber -
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 7
Volunteers 100
Paid Contractors 0
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 9
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 7
Male 2
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 Yes
Management Succession Plan No
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 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. 
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
At this time in the life of our center re-organization after our Founder and Executive Director resigned as well as the financial ownership of the 32 acre farm we are located on are our major challenges. The entire staff and board are closely working together to close the gaps and develop a sustainable business plan. This along with the common recognized therapeutic riding challenges of rider and volunteer retention and growth have drawn us closer together to form a team determined to fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life of person with special needs, and create a sense of hope in their future.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jenny Brown
Company Affiliation Retired partner at Shook, Hardy, & Bacon
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2018
Board Members
Ms. Shelley Bowen Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ms. Jenny Brown Shook, Hardy, and Bacon LLC
Mrs. Natalie Debelak Community Volunteer
Mrs Margret Frankcom Yellowscape Consulting
Mr. Brent Harris CPABlue Cross Blue Shield
Mrs. Jill Kaminska
Mr. Larry Kovac DVMowner of Northland Mobile Veterinary Services
Mr. David Leighr DVMLong Veterinary Clinic
Mr. Mike Luck Entrepreneur
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
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
CEO Comments
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 fourth 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.

Challenges for the Center include balancing growth with necessary funding and staffing. Normal volunteer turnover and a tough economy require the Center to continually compete for scarce resources. To address these challenges, NTRC holds an annual fund raiser. Evening of Hope and hosts several smaller events throughout the year.  NTRC seeks partnerships with businesses and philanthropic organizations such as Cerner, North Kansas City Hospital, and Scottish Rite, who generously contribute funding, services and volunteers.

As the Board chairman, my interest in NTRC’s good work comes naturally. I grew up with a Down Syndrome sibling, and volunteered at special needs summer camps and other outreach programs throughout junior and high school. I own horses and understand their special ability to connect with people. As an NTRC volunteer, I see firsthand the skill and commitment of the Executive Director and her team. I am in awe of the results of NTRC’s programs and am privileged to celebrate with the families upon the riders’ achievements. As a quality management professional in healthcare, I value objective evidence of improvement. I see this evidence at NTRC and I am proud to be part of NTRC’s contribution to these families and our community. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $234,250
Projected Expenses $233,940
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses($323)$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$33,116$34,183$20,399
Revenue In-Kind$17,367$193$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$194,697$172,654$150,744
Administration Expense$23,105$22,502$23,820
Fundraising Expense$9,370$9,453$18,005
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.961.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%84%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%7%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$159,610$155,778$163,986
Current Assets$37,689$34,767$48,901
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$53,176$53,344$53,163
Total Net Assets$106,434$102,434$110,823
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.710.650.92
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
We are currently going through an audit for the year 2016.  Our biggest challenge is raising money to meet our budget.  NTRC relies  heavily on individual donations, grants, and fund raising opportunities. We are having 3 major fundraising events this year.  
Organization Name Northland Therapeutic Riding Center
Address PO BOX 1267
Primary Phone (816) 808-1209
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Colleen Baker
Board Chair Ms. Jenny Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired partner at Shook, Hardy, & Bacon
Year of Incorporation 2000