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Region 5 Conference
Seeking Mississippi State Chair
Nominations for MOC Representative
Quick Links
Contacts:Region Rep and State Chairs 
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Regional Conference Recap
165 people attended the Region 5 Conference in August held at Chastain Horse Park! Members received a great weekend of education and had a chance to network with other professionals. Special guests, PATH Intl BOT President Elect Ross Braun and Jeff Kelling, Credentialing and Education Director, were on hand to talk with members and educate them in what's going on at PATH Intl. I am very proud of the work put in by Co-chairs Peggi Noon and Kelcy Rainer and all their volunteers. A special "thank you" also goes out to Chastain Horse Park for hosting!
Congratulations to PATH Intl. Region 5 Award Winners!
Equine of the Year
Tessie, Colby's Army (Nashville, TN)
Volunteer of the Year
Robert Light, Colby's Army (Nashville, TN)
Credentialed Professional of the Year
Melissa Yarbrough, Inspire Equine Therapy Program (Clearwater, FL)
Veterinarian of the Year
Cody Wohlman, Chastain Horse Park (Atlanta, GA)
Facebook Contest Winner
The winner of the July Region 5 Facebook page is Leslie Jacobs with her post about teen camp with 39 "likes"! Congratulations Leslie and thank you to everyone that entered.

Stay tuned as we will hold another contest in January and this will be about creative fundraising!
Treasurer Needed
Current Treasurer Amelia Emmert will be stepping down in January. The Region Leadership Team is looking for a cheerful person who is good with numbers who wouldn't mind volunteering their time to help! The treasurer helps with the budget as well as approves allocation expense which helps keep reps, chairs and members accountable for spending. Contact Audrey Adamson at to know more!
Africa News 
Hello to all Africa PATH Intl. members and centers. My name is Cara Elmira and I am so excited to be serving you as your Area Chair. I am based in South Africa and am the founder and facilitator at Equi-Formed Therapy. Horses and people are a great passion of mine and being able to bring the two together in order to create healing and empowerment has been a dream come true.

From 8 years old, horses have formed a huge part of my life. I have completed my Bachelor Honors Degree in Psychology and am a PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. I was lucky enough to attend workshops and gain valuable experience in the USA, which I was able to bring back to South Africa. I hope to assist the growth of EAAT in Africa and look forward to staying connected with you as well as other state and region members abroad. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You can contact Cara at or 2-783-601-9272.
Florida News 
Sadly, we must announce the retirement for Kim Miniarch, the chair for South Florida. We thank her for her many years of services and all that she has done for EAAT.

A replacement has been nominated for South Florida Rep but the Region Leadership Team is also looking for a representative for Northern FL. If anyone is interested in being a state rep for FL please contact Audrey at for more information.
Georgia News 
New Hope Therapeutic Riding Program at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA will be offering a FREE Special Needs Inclusion training at New Hope on Saturday, October 14 at their church. The purpose of this training is to familiarize those who have contact with children, students and adults who have special needs with ways we can support them. This training is open to churches, businesses and community members. The Southside Support Network for Special Needs Families is putting it on along with several partners from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

There will be a lot of very informative sessions, including: Intro to Autism & Behaviors, Intro to Epilepsy and Seizure Plans, Preventing Childhood Sexual Abuse and Mental Health Basics. The link to register is below and a flyer with more information is attached. The only cost if you would like to participate in the CPR/First Aid Training. That cost is $25. Other than that, the seminars, breakfast and Chick-fil-A lunch are FREE! BUT YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions: Lauren Eden, Minister to Preschoolers,, 770-461-4337 x 836. Lauren is New Hope's contact person for Southside Support Network for Special Needs Families.
Mississippi News 
Thank you to Valerie Steele who has stepped up as Mississippi State Chair!

Valerie Steele lives just outside Jackson, Mississippi and has spent most of her career in banking and finance. Valerie's pride and joy are her two children that are ten years apart. She homeschooled both of her children and her oldest is now in the Air National Guard and the youngest has just entered the sixth grade. While homeschooling,Valerie tutored and built up a statewide homeschool organization.

Upon her son's graduation from high school, Valerie headed back to school herself and has earned an MPPA, during this time, she collided with the world of horses and therapy. She was fortunate to have a mentor (thank you Joy!) at the Red Barn in Alabama that has been instrumental in collaborating and sharing their success at their center.

Valerie has a lifelong love affair with horses, enjoys business and has a heart for helping and now gets to share that by building a PATH Facility in Mississippi. This endeavor has turned her life upside down by starting this from the ground up and building what is sure to be a blessing for generations to come. 

You can contact Valerie at 601-407-8653 or

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