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Vermont State News
New Hampshire State News
Connecticut State News
Maine State News
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Region 1 Conference 
Save the dates of June 1-3, 2018, for the Region 1 Conference, which will be held in Vermont and hosted by High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program. 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Title Sponsor: Purina, the official feed of PATH Intl.
Vermont State News
News From High Horses
tim hayes working a horse High Horses hosted a very nice natural horsemanship clinic with clinician and author Tim Hayes on August 19th. Tim covered great information on remaining present and working on "horse time" and not to work within our own personal agendas. Reiterating that doing what the horse needs in the time frame that works for the horse is better than rushing to get something done for the sake of saying you did it. Also, how important repetition is for the horse so they really begin to understand their jobs. All unmounted work transfers into the saddle. The better your horse is on the ground the better your rides will be. Those in attendance asked great questions and  seemed to really take a lot of knowledge with them.

For more articles on the happenings at High Horses, click here

Rhythm of the Reins
Rhythm of the Reins was featured on Vermont's channel 3 Seven Days, Vermont's Independent Voice. Eve Sollberger came to Water Tower Farm where Rhythm of the Reins is stabled to do an interview with three of the riders who take comfort and forget about their pain to spend time on horseback. Click here for the video.
New Hampshire State News 
Full Circle Farm Therapeutic Horsemanship
Full Circle Farm Therapeutic Horsemanship (FCFTH) in Newport, NH, has been collaborating on special events, fund raisers, and volunteer trainings with Road To Independence, a non profit in Newport NH that works with children and adults with different abilities. We find our participants love the small donkeys and their calmness. The riders are learning to drive and lead the donkeys as well as learn about their behaviors.They are a wonderful compliment to the horses and ponies.

FCFTH became a Premier Accredited Center in August! We are a fairly new program in NE so are pretty excited about this.

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., Bits and Pieces
Congratulations to Lauren Kochakian, Assistant Program Director, for being selected as the PATH Intl. Region 1 Credentialed Professional of the Year! Lauren joined the UpReach family in 2005 and is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College, with a degree in child development. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and a Certified Therapeutic Driving Instructor Level I. Lauren is a member of the New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA), is a past president of NHAVA, and received the 2011 Judith Lonergan Volunteer Administrator Award. Lauren received the 2014 New Hampshire Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Management and has earned the credential "Certified in Volunteer Administration" by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administrator. Lauren's ability to teach to a variety of learning styles, passion, compassion, and kindness motivates all her students to reach their highest potential.

UpReach recently received a $30,000 grant from an anonymous donor to renovate a 3000 sq. foot building to be used for unmounted activities. UpReach provides equine assisted learning to school groups and organizations, contracts with mental health professionals to provide equine facilitated mental health, and continues to develop collaborations within the community interested in learning about the power of the horse. The HOPE Building hosted its first group mid-September and is excited to continue to host a wide variety of unmounted programing.

We are very excited to serve as a curriculum training site for the JAYC Foundation ( The purpose of the 8-week Just Ask Yourself to Care (JAYC) curriculum is to build empathy, positive leadership, and connection among youth and the community at large. The training and curriculum is intended for a team of facilitators that include a mental health professional and equine professional. For more information on the curriculum or training, contact Kristen McGraw at or 603-497-2343.

Calendar of events: Contact Kristen McGraw at 603-497-2343 or for additional information or to register
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid-Nov 1
  • Tack Sale & Equine Extravaganza-March 24, 2018
  • JAYC Curriculum Training-April 7 & 8, 2018
  • Fundamentals of the EAGALA Model-April 25-29, 2018
  • AHA Level II-June 23-26, 2018
Connecticut State News
News From Your Neighbors at High Hopes
holiday market banner on blue High Hopes Holiday Market
Sunday November 12, 2017
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
36 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371
Entrance is free with donation of a non-perishable food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantry - or a donation to High Hopes programs.

Over the past five years, the High Hopes Holiday Market has grown into one of Connecticut's premier Holiday Events. More than 60, thoughtfully curated vendors come together with food stalls, music, kids activities, and a whole barn-full of holiday spirit, to benefit over 1800 children, teens and adults who participate annually in High Hopes programs.
The Holiday Market Event Committee, Co-Chaired by Trustee Katherine Gibson, choose featured vendors for their diversity and originality. "The Holiday Market is a one-stop-shop for all of your holiday shopping and our range of vendors is almost as diverse as the range of programs High Hopes offers," says Gibson, reflecting on the first year that she brought the idea of a market to High Hopes, and how the event has grown since then.
"This is a one-day event, and between 11am and 4pm over 2,300 visitors come through the barn looking for holiday inspiration. Our vendors and corporate sponsors love the exposure we provide to shoppers from across Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and beyond," says Co-Chair Jeff Ridgeway. "This is an event for the whole family, and we are grateful for the continued support of our kids' activity partner Eversource Energy, who contribute to programs for youth-at-risk all-year-round at High Hopes."
You can expect all the food trucks, sweet treats, live music, lotions & potions, paintings & fine creations, whittled wooden wares, edible fare, jewels, kids' crafts, photos, charms & baubles, cozy apparel, abodes for birds, up-cycled finds, perfect presents and earthenware that you've come to love. Omar Coffee - our Refreshment partners will be making sure everyone has a warm coffee to drink.
During the market, we will also be drawing the winning ticket for our Annual Raffle, supported this year by Valenti Auto Mall. One lucky winner will drive away in a brand-new Jeep Wrangler 4x4 Sport, ready to tackle whatever a Connecticut winter can throw at them. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from High Hopes by calling Karena Garrity at 860.434.1974 x 119.

For more High Hopes news, including workshops and trainings, click here.
Maine State News
Riding To The Top had a busy summer and start to the Fall! In August, RTT hosted an PATH Intl. On Site Workshop and Certification with Gisela Heimsath Rhodes and Antoinette DeGruccio as faculty. It was a great four days of learning with candidates from New England, NY, NC and Colorado! This Fall we are looking forward to a successful Triple B (Boots, Band and BBQ) event and we will be hosting a 1/2 day Masterson Energy Work Demo and Clinic on October 19th (1-5 p.m.). 
Nine women from the PATH Intl. OSWC at Riding To The Top

We have a job opening that will be posted shortly for  Program Coordinator-35-40 hrs/week. This position includes program responsibilities including scheduling and therapeutic riding instruction, along with coordinating training and education opportunities for staff and volunteers. Must be a PATH Intl. certified instructor ideally with a minimum three years of experience. FMI contact Sarah Bronson.
Free Webinar: EAAT and IEPs - Opening the Gate to Collaboration

A FREE webinar will be held October 16, 2017 at 12 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time for anyone in EAAT interested in learning how to connect their center or services with schools. 

"EAAT and IEPs -- Opening the Gate to Collaboration" is part of a FREE three-part series presented by PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and University of Oklahoma Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment doctoral scholar Andrea Suk, M.S.Ed.
Andrea obtained her bachelor's degree as a learning behavior specialist from Bradley University. She has taught in both Illinois and Arizona as a high school special education teacher where she also quickly developed the role of preparing students for careers after graduation. Upon completing her master's degree in transition through the University of Kansas, she became a transition specialist in Texas. During this time, Andrea completed more than 150 transition plans for students in both high school and middle school settings. Andrea has received distinct recognition for her leadership as the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering mentor group for high school students) mentor of the year in Phoenix, the Walmart Teacher of the Year (Glendale, AZ), and is a Target Grant Field Trip recipient.

Topics covered will include trends, goals, policies and terminology to help facilitate the connection to local schools and special educators. To register for the webinar, click here! The webinar will also be recorded and available in the store for purchase after October, 18. 2017.

The next two webinars in the series, also presented by Ms. Suk, will include ideas for connecting with special education students and connecting with special education teachers. Dates to be announced soon.
Silent Auction and Region Baskets at PATH Intl. Conference

t's that time of year again, silent auction! One of the most fun and most looked forward to events of the conference is the silent auction. Your items help make it that way!

Donate items to the PATH Intl. Silent Auction or the registration bags.  Click here for the donation form. If you have any questions please email  Cher Smith or give the office a call at (303) 452-1212.

If you are interested in contributing to a region basket, please contact your region representative.

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