Providing smiles and changing lives for 39 years.

North Country RIDE (NCR) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1982. NCR serves clients with a wide variety of challenges; physical, cognitive, emotional, mental, and behavioral.  NCR is an accredited member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Intl.)  Clients are able to participate in a variety of equine-assisted therapeutic activities, following individualized programs designed and taught by one of our PATH Int. certified instructors.

Our program operates on a seasonal basis: April through October. The season is divided into four 6-week sessions.


We are located in Esko, MN, 20 miles southwest of Duluth, MN. North Country RIDE owns 30 acres of land with a 69’x136′ arena for indoor lessons, a 100’x200′ outdoor arena, and a new client services & administration building.

From Interstate 35 Take exit #245/ Highway 61 exit, heading west towards Esko. Travel 4 miles on Hwy. 61. Turn Right onto Himango Road (first right after Widdes Farm Supply). Go 1 ½ miles and then turn left onto Hatinen Rd. North Country Ride is on the left at 180 Hatinen Road.

Our Mission

North Country RIDE’s mission is to promote personal growth and development through equine-assisted therapeutic, educational, and recreational activities.

Our Vision

A community where all people facing life challenges can find growth and healing through a connection with horses.