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Many members of Region 1 are not aware that there is a nonprofit organization, New England Special Activities Resources (NESAR), which was established to provide scholarships to Region 1 members. The scholarship program focuses on individuals who might not be able to attend educational programs and certifications without financial support. 

Scholarship applications are approved by the Scholarship Committee and are capped at 50% of tuition costs or $300, whichever is less. Only tuition costs are eligible for scholarship. Housing or travel expenses are not considered.

To qualify for a NESAR scholarship, you must be a current PATH Intl. member, reside or provide equine-assisted activities in PATH Intl. Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, or Vermont), and have not received a NESAR scholarship within a 2-year calendar period. The application can be found on the Region 1 page of the PATH Intl. website or by clicking here

Please contact Kristen McGraw if you have any questions.

Region 1 Conference News
Mark your calendar and register today to attend the Region 1 Conference, June 1-3 in Thetford and Sharon, VT. The 2018 Conference Task Force is excited about the wide variety of presentations and would like to thank presenters in advance for donating your time and talent to educate attendees. We are delighted that PATH Intl. CEO, Kathy Alm, will be joining us and is not only providing a PATH Intl. update at lunch on Saturday, but is also presenting. There will be a silent auction to benefit the NESAR scholarship fund. If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction or have any questions regarding the auction, please contact Sarah Norris or Nicole Jorgensen. Please no used tack.
Maine State News

Carlisle Academy's in Lyman, ME, Head of School, Sarah Armentrout, has developed three webinars intended for coaches and athletes as a basis of Para-Equestrian Sport education, provided on behalf of the USEF/USPEA International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence. These webinars are ideal for:
* Athletes with a permanent, measurable disability considering a para-equestrian sport track.
* Veterans meeting eligibility criteria who can access VA training allowances and ongoing support within the sport pipeline.
* PATH, International Instructors seeking competitive equestrian sport options for riders/drivers with disabilities.
* Dressage and Driving Coaches who want to support para-equestrian athletes through coach education.
* Directors and Practitioners at PATH Centers, Adaptive Sport Clubs and Veterans Service organizations who want to learn more about these sports.

Each video has a power point link that is intended as a companion document for each presentation, and it contains all of the hyperlinks to the downloadable course material. This material is offered free of charge thanks to the generous funding support of the Department of Veterans Affairs through an Adaptive Sport Grant, awarded to Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, and was done in partnership with United States Equestrian Federation and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. The primary aim is to provide an introductory para-equestrian learning curriculum, while raising awareness about the Paralympic equestrian sport initiative for veterans. These webinars will be available through PATH free of charge shortly, but in the meantime they can be accessed through Carlisle's website. There are also scholarships forthcoming for PATH Intl. instructors to receive Para-Coach Training. For more information contact Sarah Armentrout.

Carlisle Academy will also be hosting a Michel Assouline Para-Dressage Symposium on May 25-26. FMI go to

Riding To The Top in Windham, ME is celebrating 25 years of providing EAAT to clients in southern, mid-coast and central Maine in 2018! In addition, 2018 marks our 10th year in our new program space and our 20th year at our property in Windham. Needless to say, we are looking forward to a great year of celebrations! In February, we hosted a Centered Riding Clinic with Sam Morrison for our instructors and schoolers. We will be hosting several other clinics during 2018 and a PATH Intl. OSWC August 17-20 with Gisela Heimsath Rhodes and Antoinette DeGruccio as PATH Faculty. For more information contact us at
New Hampshire State News 
Full Circle Farm in Newport, NH, is delighted to have achieved their non-profit status.

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Goffstown, NH, recently received $19,000 from the Norwin & Elizabeth Bean Foundation to provide a 7-week psycho-educational curriculum to children that have experienced a significant trauma and are referred through the Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team of the Manchester Police Department.

We are excited to be hosting Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions for 4 shows over Labor Day weekend. For show times and ticket information, please contact

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 to register for a 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.

* Open Barn Day for Military families-April 21
* Fundamentals of the EAGALA Model-April 25-29
* FREE Trauma Informed Care Training-May 4 from 1-3pm
* JAYC Curriculum Training-May 19 & 20
* AHA Level II-June 23-26, 2018
* Lipizzan Stallions August 31-September 3
Vermont State News
Sarah Seidman from Pease Farm Coaching Coaches in conjunction with The Vermont Horse Council
Pease Farm in Middlesex, VT hosted a Coaches the coach workshop on Feb. 18 that was partnered with the Vermont Horse Council. Sarah Seidman gave an informative workshop on how instructors can teach a better lesson. Insights into how riders learn best, teaching one skill, being safe and having fun were all covered as tips were given watching a few riders.

Saddle fitting clinic with Mikayla Dieffenbach
Saddle fitting clinic with Mikayla Dieffenbach
Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic Program in Marshfield, VT hosted a saddle fitting clinic on Feb 18. Rhythm of the Rein partnered with Strafford Saddlery & Mikayla Dieffenbach to discuss saddle fit and help those in attendance find the correct fit. A facility tour to meet the EAAT horses was also offered.

High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program in Sharon, VT has been hosting a winter workshop series with speakers such as Sharon Wilsie author of Horse Speak an Equine- Human Translation Guide Conversations with Horses in Their Language. Kate Gamble, PT & owner of OpenDoor Wellness Center spoke about hippotherapy treatment sessions and how volunteers can help. Mary Gerakaris a former High Horses instructor, spoke about Autism and assisting in a therapeutic lesson.

Sharon Wilsie meets High Horses new therapy pony Pal and enjoy a bit of meaningful_ mindful_ communication
Sharon Wilsie meets High Horses new EAAT pony Pal and enjoy a bit of meaningful, mindful communication
April 21-23 2018 - Saturday, Sunday, Monday - Open Clinic - High Horses Sharon, Vermont Sharon Wilsie and Heidi Potter Combine Talents to Create a Clinic Experience Like No Other. Sharon Wilsie and Heidi Potter have partnered to offer a clinic like no other. Combined they bring over 80 years of horse experience, a passion for teaching, a sense of humor and a commitment to helping horses and their humans. Using principals derived from their training in traditional martial arts, Heidi and Sharon will set students on a journey of deeper understanding about themselves, the world around them and how it all affects their horse's behavior. This 3-day clinic is about approaching horsemanship from a patient, compassionate, heart centered place, beginning with mindfulness and self-awareness. Through interactive exercises, herd observation and hands-on application, participants will learn the fundamentals of Horse Speak. Understanding horses' incredibly subtle communication system and how to offer a meaningful and appropriate response will bring your horsemanship skills to a new level. The lessons learned will set you on a pathway of understanding and give you the tools needed to help support horses, emotionally, mentally and physically. If you are in search of a true form of Holistic Horsemanship then this clinic is for you. Join Sharon and Heidi, and experience what it is like to learn, laugh and love your way into your horse's heart. 

April 29th Joyce Kramer will be teaching a vaulting workshop and covering the compulsories. 

On May 18th from 6:30pm - 8pm, Nicole Birkholzer will speak from the horse's point of view and reminds us why we love horses so much and how we can make our relationship equally enriching for horse and human. The cost to attend is $20.00. Nicole will also hold a workshop on May 19th 9am - 4:30pm where she will cover, becoming a powerful 'horse listener', ways to deepen your bond with the horse. Cost to attend is $75.00 Full Participation or $25.00 Auditing fee.

Dr. Jerilyn Jacobs Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding in Wilmington, VT is excited to announce that Dr. Jacobs was awarded the 2017 PATH Intl. Veterinarian of the Year at the Annual Conference in Texas. Dr. Jacobs, who cares for the equine partners at Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center, is an advocate for the center, looking for ways to promote the center and its mission. She helps to keep expenses low and yet the treatment of the animals is always exemplary. When she joined the board of directors, she enrolled the center in the nonprofit discount program her clinic offers to better allocate the center's funds. She also searches for tack and equipment the center might need and donates these items to the center.

As another SVTRC board member said, "She doesn't just give of her time (though that is important) and her expertise (though that has been invaluable). She brings creativity, thoughtfulness, love of animals, and consistent good humor with people to everything she does. As anyone who has served on a perennially-underfunded nonprofit board knows, these are traits that keep us going during the rough times and remind us of the importance and joy animals give." Another said, "Through her advocacy and dedication to our program, we are able to save hundreds of dollars every year, and our equine partners can continue to perform at their best and make a difference in the lives of each of our participants."

Congratulations, Dr. Jacobs!
Massachusetts State News

Strongwater Farm in Tewksbury, MA was featured on WBZ for the month of March. WBZ features a non-profit every month, for the entire month on their radio station WBZ 1030AM.
Connecticut State News

camp care mural Camp Care in Columbia, CT had a beautiful new wall mural painted in our arena by talented local artist Ben Keller! It is such a wonderful focal wall at the end of our arena and is really enjoyed by all of our riders, staff, and volunteers!

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, in Middletown CT has been busy this winter with a new EAL program for teens in collaboration with Middletown Youth Services. The seven-week Pathways program focuses on building life-skills and confidence through fun ground activities with the horses. Parents also had an opportunity for experiential learning in a four-hour workshop called Family Corral. This workshop combines positive parenting skills for adults with compassionate horsemanship for children, creating a positive family experience for all.
Rhode Island/Connecticut State Meeting News

The CT/RI State meeting was held on Mon, March 12th from 9:30-12:30pm at High Hopes in Old Lyme, CT. The meeting began by experiencing two self-care and relaxation activities that included handouts so these activities may also be a take-away to use with participants. Attendees then shared a lively round table discussion on topics such as diversified programming, service fees, and forms for outcomes measurements. Members will be sharing some of the forms they use. The meeting concluded with a delicious pot luck lunch.

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