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Region 1 Conference
Region 1 Conference
April 21-23, 2017
Riding To The Top,  Windham, ME
Click here to register online (available through April 7)

Riding To The Top is looking forward to hosting the Region I conference in Maine, April 21-23. There's a great line up of presentations which begin on Friday, April 21st with the preconference offering of "Creating Stellar Fundraising Support From Your Board" by KC Henry. Friday evening, RTT will host a Meet and Greet reception at the farm along with the PATH Intl. Standards Hearing. Saturday's events will take place at the Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland, conveniently located right off the highway. On Sunday, we'll spend the day at the farm with plenty of interactive workshops. This promises to be a great opportunity for networking and learning and we hope that you'll join us. 

While Maine may seem like a long ways away, RTT is just 4-4 ½ hours from southern CT/RI! For a complete listing of presentations and registration information go to: http://conta.cc/2oeqJto
Maine State News
Riding To The Top
Riding To The Top is looking forward to hosting the Region I conference in Maine, April 21-23.  Other training and education opportunities that we are working on at RTT include a two day Bal-A-Vis-X workshop with Candi Cosgrove in June and a PATH Intl. OSWC August 17-20. For more information about either of these offerings, please contact Ginger Anderson, Training and Education Coordinator.

Bull Ring Belgians (Riding To The Top)
Spring is knocking at the door and winter lessons are coming to a close. Mario Pascarelli writes, "I've been privileged to spend the winter warm and dry at Riding to the Top in Windham. We've even done some sleigh riding as conditions permitted. I'm looking forward to adding the Bull Ring Belgians program to my agenda in three weeks. Equine Assisted Wellness for Veterans is a major part of the program there. Here is a testimonial from a recent veteran:
Hi, my name is Joyce and I am a Combat Veteran form Desert Storm. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and Lupus. Horse therapy at Bull Ring Belgian Farm in Denmark, Maine has completely opened up my world in a positive way. I was not sure how it would work at first, but the experienced team helped me to feel strong and confident from the beginning. They matched my personality with the horse that I would thrive and grow with. It was amazing! I learned more about myself and where I fit into life and the world that I expected. It was so beneficial, that after the sessions ended I have stayed, and continued to work with my EAAT horse. I am still growing and becoming more positive and confident to this day. I have found this therapy more interactive, life-affirming, and compact than all my years in therapy. I urge anyone that is curious and searching to call and look into this program immediately."

Horse and Rider Connection
girl with horse
This teen, who had been working at the barn for a few months, was having a bad day. This horse does not walk up to anyone even on a good day. But this day, he walked up to her on a really hard day for her and the picture is worth a thousand words.
Deb Little writes, "North Whing Farm is excited to announce that Horse and Rider Connection of Poland, Maine, will be moving their organization to North Whing Farm in Raymond! The 501(c)3 organization's move to 19 Farm Road will enable the nonprofit to expand their multiple programs for children and adults."

Horse and Rider Connection was formed in 2009 with the initial vision to help teens overcome life challenges through the healing power of horses. In all of the programs HARC offers, horses are used as a means to build trust and healthy relationships. Through their hard work on the farm, participants gain self confidence, independence, a sense of team work, compassion, self awareness, and myriad other skills needed to become productive members of society.

LaDawn Therapeutic Riding Center
Donna Lariviere writes, "I can't wait until spring happens! It is LaDawn's 15th anniversary this year. Can't imagine being part of this for that long, but there you go."
New Hampshire State News
Full Circle Farm Therapeutic Horsemanship in Newport, NH, became a PATH Intl. Member Center in July 2016 and is currently preparing for application to become accredited this late summer or fall. We have a new board of directors and are working on our nonprofit status as well.

FCFTH has one instructor and holds classes five days a week, working with about 40 children and adults from the Newport area. We are looking forward to becoming part of the EAAT PATH Intl. community.
Vermont State News 
Vermont Horse Assisted Therapy 
Greetings from Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy (VHAT) in Middlesex, Vermont. We're excited to report that our therapy programs were featured in KidsVT and VTWomen magazines in June. Two of our EAAT horses, Rumor Has It and Mr. Benjamin Moore, will meet and greet visitors to the DoGood Festival, sponsored by our biggest and best local business partner in Montpelier, National Life Insurance Company. Best of all, our eight-week after-school program, which uses therapeutic riding to build community in the autism community, was profiled in the Summer 2016 issue of PATH Intl. Strides magazine. Check us out! (submitted by Sarah Seidman, Program Director, VHAT)

Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center 
Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center is still looking for a part time instructor. SVTRC is looking for a PATH Intl. Certified Registered instructor. This instructor will conduct and oversee lessons at our center in Wilmington, VT. Duties will include planning for and conducting therapeutic riding and horsemanship lessons, equine management, communication with Executive Administrator/Instructor, as well as working with volunteers. Instructor will need to be organized and maintain accurate lesson plans, progress notes, horse use and attendance forms. This position is currently 20 hours a week, but there is tremendous potential growth to become a full-time position quickly! Since our recent move to a new location, we are drawing in new organizations and individuals to work with, and it is an exciting time to be a part of the SVTRC team! Please send resume and cover letter to our Executive Administrator, Amber Thibodeau and please contact Amber with any questions you have about this position. 

Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center is also hosting a JP North Tack Auction May 6th. Everyone is welcome! Preview begins at 5 p.m., bidding at 6 p.m. Click here about the event. If you have any requests for anything email or call 518-966-4488. The sale benefits SVTRC.

High Horses
High Horses celebrates 25 years of business this year and had another successful reaccreditation for premier accredited status with PATH Intl.

High Horses will be hosting "Horse Speak" with Sharon Wilsie. Visit www.CVDA.org for information.

Also High Horses will be hosting a PATH Intl. Vermont State clinic with Judy Cross-Strehlke, September 15 and 16, 2017. More information to follow.

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