Jim "Hutch" Hutchins
Director of Education
In 2008, Hutch moved from his behind-the-scenes role as Events and Operations Manger of the Center, left behind his 30-year career in marketing, and dedicated himself to running the Center full-time, teaching and training. As a former adult education teacher at the University of Washington, Hutch developed his skills at organizing the learning process, explaining concepts, and encouraging and motivating students. For the Center, he specializes in the foundational training of horse and human, as well as teaching children and those with special needs. He also directs the education programs for the Center, the summer camps, and the and the Warrior Family Retreats.
In addition to his duties at the Center, Hutch has authored articles on environmentally sensitive farm management practices and acted as the Chairman of the Washington State Horse Park Foundation--revitalizing the project and leading the effort that raised more than $3 million in state funding. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Issaquah Grange Cooperative.
What students and parents are saying about Hutch:
"I appreciate what I have learned SO MUCH!! Thank you for being an excellent teacher."
Anna Y., Adult Student
"Hutch, thank you so much for all you do for my daughter. She is having so much fun and her confidence is growing, not just with horses, but elsewhere. The professionalism, gentle encouragement and thorough approach impress me greatly and are truly making a difference in my daughter's life. Many thanks for all you do!"
Ron P., Parent
"Thank you sooooo much for the great lessons!!!
I am learning a tremendous amount and having fun as well.
You are an excellent teacher!!!"
Sandi O., Adult Student
"My daughter and son have taken lessons from Hutch at NWNHC for years. As my daughter has continued to progress, it is great to see her confidence with herself and with her horse grow. I have felt lucky to find NWNHC."
Colleen L., Parent
"Thanks so much, Hutch, for fostering in our girls empathy, leadership, and self-confidence through natural Horsemanship and for listening to them and empowering their self expression!"
Tracey K, Parent