About Paramount Adaptive Riding Center

Learn about our leadership and what makes our center different!


About the Founder

Krista Jurkovich is the founder and executive director of Paramount Adaptive Riding Center. With nine years of classroom experience, a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction (both from Kent State University), she became involved in therapeutic riding when one of her students invited her to visit him at his barn.

She was amazed at the change in this young man when he was around the horses he so deeply loved. Thus, she began volunteering — first as a sidewalker, then as a horse leader — before she finally decided that she wanted to become certified as an instructor.

When her son was born and she decided to stay home with him, she finally had the time to pursue her certification. A wonderful mentor instructor at Trinity Farm TEC in Streetsboro, Ohio, helped her through the certification process, and Jurkovich became certified in 2015.

Job changes for her husband took the Jurkovich family to Kansas in 2017, where she had the pleasure of volunteering at New Horizon Ranch TRC. In 2019, they were once again relocated to their forever home in Yulee, Florida. She was shocked to find there are no PATH centers within an hour radius of Yulee, so she set out to begin offering therapeutic riding lessons here, and Paramount Adaptive Riding Center was born. 

About the Board

George Jurkovich, Jr. of Bonita Springs, Florida

Goerge Jurkovich is a retired senior vice president of operations & supply chain, as well as a business owner. He provides valuable insight into all aspects of running a successful business.

Heather Johnston of Orange Park, Florida

Heather Johnston is a current teacher in Clay County schools, as well as a military spouse and mom. She provides insight into educational programming and the potential development of military programming as we continue to expand.

What makes us different?

We are the only PATH Member Center in the area.

Krista is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.

At Paramount ARC, we are rooted in PATH, Intl. guidelines which allows for a
safe experience between our guests and equine partners.