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From the Region 1 Leadership Team
Happy New Year! The new Region 1 Leadership Team is looking forward to working with you for the next two years: 

Region 1 Representative: Kristen McGraw,  

Maine State Chair: Sarah Bronson, 

New Hampshire State Chair: Lorna Young, 

Vermont State Chair/Communication: Sue Miller, 

Massachusetts State Chair: Sarah Norris, 

Connecticut State Chair: Jeanna Pellino, 

Rhode Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec State/Province Chair: Stephanie Trafka, 

Treasurer: Karen Kersting, 

We all look forward to representing the membership of this great region! Please join me wishing Region 1 Representative, Leanne Hatch, Rhode Island State Chair Liz Santilli, Conn. State Chair Marie Aparo, and Maine State Chair Mario Pascarelli all the best and many thanks for their service to the membership of Region 1! 

The Region 1 News is sent out to all PATH Intl. Region 1 members on a quarterly basis. It is a great way to share what is going on at your center--accomplishments, special events, trainings, recognitions, program news, etc. No solicitation for donations or employment please. Send news that you would like to have included in the Region 1 News to your State Chair by the following dates for 2018: March 16, June 15, Sept 14, and Dec 21. 

The Region 1 Conference will be held June 2 & 3 and hosted by High Horses in Sharon, Vermont. NESAR (New England Special Resources, Inc) will also be sponsoring a pre-conference to benefit the Region 1 scholarship fund on June 2. More information to follow on both the pre-conference and conference. Please consider submitting an abstract and presenting at those year's conference. Abstracts are due no later than February 12, 2018. A huge thanks to this year's Region 1 Conference Task Force-Sue Miller, Nicole Jorgensen, Sarah Norris, and Sarah Bronson.
Maine State News
Riding to the Top News:
Driving is now two years old at Riding to the Top in Windham. We have come a long way in recruiting volunteers, selling old equipment, acquiring new equipment, and integrating new driving horses into the program. We are very fortunate to have enthusiastic, selfless, and fun-loving volunteers who never say no to a request. We have offered the driving program to clients who cannot ride due to weight issues or simply don't want to ride, veterans, and to our volunteers (which helps with training these volunteers for the special needs of driving). It has been a wonderful journey interacting with all these folks. We are fortunate to have Mario Pascarelli as our PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor.
Other programs that are going strong at RTT include our Equine and Environmental Experiential Learning program for school groups.  This program has been successful at integrating equine assisted learning (including ground work, mounted work and carriage driving) with an environmental education component where students spend time outdoors on our trails learning about the environment and the plants and animals that live in our fields and woods.  Students have thrived learning experientially at the farm and teachers have commented on the positive impact of our services on their students.  Currently we are working with two schools from the Portland school system--Bayside Learning Community and King Middle School.
Best wishes to all of our colleagues in the EAAT industry as we head into a new year!
Vermont State News
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program News:
High Horses has a lot to be thankful for as our Capital Campaign grows and we celebrated our first year at our new permanent facility in Sharon,  Vermont. Being able to enlarge our offerings from Monday - Friday we have been able to expand our ridership by 30%!

High Horses is excited to be hosting the Region One Conference June 2  & 3 of 2018. We have been spreading the word and believe there will be some incredible speakers with much knowledge to share. You won't want to miss it! If you'd like to submit an abstract, they can be submitted until February 12 , 2018. Click here for the link.

High Horses hosted another successful Wassail Parade in Woodstock, Vermont on December 9th. The parade has become a wonderful holiday tradition as the streets of Woodstock get packed with people to enjoy the pageantry of the horses in costume with a theme of Currier and Ives Victorian dress. Though many of the participants dress in holiday cheer the parade brings many smiles to all that see it. For some beautiful pictures check these links:

High Horses will be hosting some great clinics this year so far, we have a fabulous clinic with Sharon Wilsie & Heidi Potter teaming together for Creating Harmony with Horse Speak. The clinic will be a 3-day offering April 21-23, 2018. There is an early bird discount for full participation. Follow this link for further information and registration information:

Then in August we will have Heidi Potter back to do a 2-day clinic on Centered Riding. Those dates are August 25-26, 2018. More information to follow soon.
New Hampshire State News 
UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center News:

UpReach Volunteer Coordinator and PATH Certified Riding Instructor, Liz Devine, was awarded the Judith Lonergan Rookie Award at the New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA) annual meeting on October 26, 2017. This award is given to recognize, honor, and support the outstanding accomplishments of volunteer administrators new to the profession.

UpReach Volunteer and Board Vice President, Tom Wilczek, was awarded the Spirit of NH Volunteer Service Award on November 7. This award honors volunteers and supporters of volunteer programs who go above and beyond the call to serve. Tom supports several UpReach programs, keeps the horses in shape with hill walks, and directed the renovation of the new HOPE Building.

In November, UpReach became a referral source for ACERT, the Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team. ACERT is a response team consisting of a police officer, crisis services advocate, and community health worker, that deploys to serve children who have been exposed to violence. It also follows up with families after a traumatic experience. Children ages 7-12 that are referred to UpReach through ACERT, have the opportunity to participate in a 7-week psycho-educational curriculum co-facilitated by a licensed mental health professional and ESMHL free of charge thanks to a grant received from a local community organization. After each session, the group is provided a warm meal by a local school or community organization.

Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) is used to evaluate outcomes for all therapeutic riding and driving participants at UpReach. Anyone interested in learning more about GAS, its application, and how to effectively serve as a rater is welcome to attend a presentation at UpReach on January 27 from 10am-11:30pm or January 29 from 6-7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact the office at 603-497-2343 if you are interested in attending either presentation. 

Calendar of events: Contact Kristen McGraw at 603-497-2343 or for additional information or to register

Youth Mental Health First Aid--February 21

Tack Sale & Equine Extravaganza--March 24, 2018

Fundamentals of the EAGALA Model--April 25-29, 2018

JAYC Curriculum Training--May 18 & 19, 2018

AHA Level II--June 23-26, 2018
Massachusetts State News

Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program News:
Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program recently added a second "Healing through Horsemanship" 10-week program for veterans after receiving a generous $15,000 donation made in memory of Paul DeMatteo by his family. Also thanks to the generous donation, Wild Hearts purchased a much needed new 60 foot round pen. Construction will be complete in time for our Spring "Healing through Horsemanship" program beginning on May 4th, 2018. 

Wild Hearts Executive Director, Julie Lovely was recently featured in an article published in Babson Magazine entitled "After the Tour of Duty," about Babson alumni who help support veterans through their entrepreneurial endeavors. To read the article click here:
State News:
The Massachusetts State meeting will be Jan. 21, 2018 from 10-3pm at Rein in a Dream at the Perkins School 868 Main St. Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523.  Please RSVP to me at The cost to attend is $10 to cover the cost of lunch.
Connecticut State News

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT, has a number of workshops offered. Please click here to read full descriptions and to find registration information.

Winter Lecture Series (qualifies for PATH Intl. CEUs)

Autism & Sensory Processing Workshop
February 10, registration deadline January 25, 2018
PATH Intl. Approved CEUs: 7 DE

Non-Profit Business, Development & Administrative Workshop
February 14-15, registration deadline February 1, 2018
PATH Intl. Approved CEUs: 12 CE

Beyond ESMHL
February 17-18, registration deadline January 24, 2018
PATH Intl. Approved CEUs: 2 ESMHL CR; 6 DE; 8 CE

The ABC's of Participant Behavior and Behavior Management Techniques in the TR and EAAT Setting
March 3 (also offered on June 23)
Registration deadline: February 1 (for the March workshop); May 25 (for the June workshop)
PATH Intl. Approved CEUs: 7 DE

Therapy Horse Workshop
March 13; registration deadline February 19, 2018
PATH Intl. Approved CEUs: 7 CE

Volunteer Management
March 29-30 (day one is suitable for all nonprofits, not just TR centers)
PATH Intl. Approved CEUs: Day one: 7 CE; Day two: 7 Riding CR

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