blueWelcome to NWTEA’s Therapeutic Riding program! We look forward to a wonderful relationship.

Unfortunately, the registration process involves a lot of forms! Please understand that this paperwork is necessary for the NWTEA team to be in compliance with insurance requirements. It is also necessary to help the team tailor the lessons to your needs by providing the right combination of horse, equipment, tack, volunteers and lesson content.

No one can participate in any activity at the NWTEA Therapeutic Riding program without submitting the appropriate forms. We ask that you return all forms as soon as possible – and at least one week prior to the start of lessons to allow the selection committee time to review them and set up an individualized riding program.

If the participant’s condition/situation changes at any time, please let the Program Director know and have the appropriate information updated. An orientation visit may be arranged to familiarize the participant with the program. The participant and parents/caregivers will be given the opportunity to visit with the horses and Instructor.

New Participant Application

  • Time: Tues., Wed. or Thurs. 3:30pm-6:30pm Cost: $320 *please note there will be an additional $20 added to all late applications.
  • Participant Profile

  • Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment

  • In case of emergency, I consent to Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association securing medical treatment/aid including x-rays, surgery, hospitalization, medication and any treatment procedure deemed “life saving” by the physician. This provision will only be invoked if the person(s) above is unable to be reached.

Liability Waiver

  • I acknowledge that the sport of horses is a risk sport and that I am participating at my own risk and in full knowledge of the hazards and potential hazards which are inherent in this sport. I further acknowledge the inherent risk in riding, working around horses (mounted and dismounted) and viewing horse activities, which include bodily injury to both horse and rider which can result from therapeutic riding as well as normal use, competition and schooling. It is hereby also understood that no helmet or protective equipment can protect me against all foreseeable injury. I hereby assume all risk and herby absolve Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association, its members, volunteers, and Board of Directors, from all responsibility, liability or claims of any nature and kind which I may have arising from participation in the therapeutic riding program including, but not limited to bodily injury or death, and damage to or loss of my property arising from any cause whatsoever, including negligence of Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association or any of its members, volunteers, or Board of Directors. I hereby declare that in signing this document that I have read and fully understand and agree to the terms and conditions stated herein and that it is binding upon my executors, heirs, and assigns.


  • PROGRAM FEE POLICY 1. The fee per session is $320. A session consists of 8 weeks, with one 30 min. lesson per week. 2. Payment is due PRIOR to the start of the session. If payment and application are not received at least one week prior to the session, or financial arrangements have not been made with the Program Director, that time slot may be given to a person on the waiting list. 3. There are no refunds. 4. Sponsorship funds may be available to assist with partial payment of fees for those who indicate a need. Please contact Judy Eisner at for further information regarding financial sponsorship.

    ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES There is an annual NWTEA membership fee required of each person (volunteers, riders, and instructors) participating in the program. This fee ensures adequate insurance coverage and helps offset the many costs of our program. Membership fees are in addition to session fees and must be renewed annually, in January of each year. Please make your cheque payable to Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association. NWTEA Individual - $10 NWTEA Family - $20

    Please Note: Participants are no longer required to be members of Horse Council BC. However, it is recommended by NWTEA that participants obtain the additional insurance coverage. Applications can be made online at or by phone at 1-800-345-8055. *Please apply directly to HCBC.

    GENERAL POLICIES 1. Absolutely NO SMOKING on the premises. 2. Absolutely NO DOGS on the premises. 3. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. There are many inherent dangers in and around the ranch. 4. Please do not allow your children to run up to a horse or to feed them. Any horse can bite or kick, and some horses are on special diets. No one is allowed near a horse unless directly supervised by a volunteer or instructor. 5. We have a well-stocked medical kit. Please report any injuries to us so that we may attend to them.

    ATTENDANCE: 1. If lessons are proceeding as scheduled and the student does not attend, there will be no make-up lesson. 2. In the event that NWTEA cancels a lesson a make-up lesson will be offered. 3. Please notify NWTEA at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson times if a participant will be absent. After three (3) unexcused absences the rider may be dismissed from the program.

    APPAREL: 1. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather. 2. Shoes or boots with heels to prevent the foot from sliding through the stirrup are required. Open-toed sandals and slip-on shoes are not allowed. Braces and prostheses may be worn with whatever shoes are required for them. 3. Long pants are required. Stretch pants or riding pants are recommended for comfort. 4. All riders must wear a properly fitting ASTM/SEI approved riding helmet. Helmets will be provided for riders that do not have their own.

    RIDER FORMS Application forms must be completed annually. The Physician’s statement must be updated annually. The Session Registration form will be required prior to each session. Please inform us of any change in address, phone numbers, or medical condition, including changes in medication that happen throughout the year so we can update our information.

    SESSIONS Lessons will be given once per week and will be 30 minutes in length. Each lesson will include riding, grooming and/or preparing tack to the extent of the participant’s interest/ability. Lessons will have a maximum group of 4 riders in the ring. The minimum age for participation in NWTEA’s Therapeutic Riding program is 3 years. All lessons will be supervised by an Equine Canada Certified Instructor/Coach. Classes will be filled on the basis of rider’s needs, riding ability, and availability of volunteers and suitable horses.

    ADMISSION & DISCHARGE POLICY It is the decision of the program Board of Directors/Instructor to admit or discharge a participant. Participants can be refused entry or discharged from the program for a variety of reasons including, but not restricted to exceeding the weight allowed, failure to appear for classes, inappropriate behavior, or implications that the continuation of Therapeutic Riding is a contraindication.

  • I hereby certify that I have read and agree to the above conditions. I voluntarily release all information within the Participant Application, including the Physician Referral form, to be reviewed by the Board of Directors of Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association. I understand that this information will not be released by Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association to any third party.




    NWTEA Membership Application

    • At this time NWTEA is only able to accept payment made by cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association.
    • Please provide information for all members applying for NWTEA Family Membership: Note: Family membership is limited to immediate family only




    Please have your Physician complete and return our “Physician’s Referral Form”. This form may be printed and returned to the address on the form.