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From the Region Rep 
I hope that your New Year has gotten off on the right hoof! I am so excited to share with you the accomplishments of your area centers as well as keep you updated on all the important information from PATH! Keep reading for information about the Trek to Accreditation, Changes the Registered Instructor Criteria and the accomplishment of Region 5 centers!

Trek to Accrediting the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification 
Make sure to stay up to date with all the news regarding accreditation at Don't miss the latest on PATH Intl. Credentialing Council Development Workgroup tasks and deliverables.
Registered Instructor Criteria Additions
The PATH Intl. Riding Certification Subcommittee and Certification Oversight have approved the following additions to the registered instructor criteria to ensure preparedness of registered instructors. The following criteria additions will be implemented January 1, 2017:
RT. 1.5 Know and practice emergency procedures, to include:
1) know and demonstrate an emergency dismount
2) know how to respond to an incident

RT. 3.2 Develop a lesson plan which includes:
1) a riding skill
2) a measurable objective related to the stated riding skill

RT. 3.3 Incorporate lesson activities suitable to the objective in the lesson plan

Competency of RT. 1.5 will be verified by the PATH Intl. Certified Riding Professional supervising the candidate's teaching hours and the following statement on the "Documentation of Group Teaching Hours" form must be completed by the supervising instructor:
I, ________________________, (PATH Intl. Certified Riding Professional's Printed Name) verify that ________________________ (Candidate's Printed Name)
has practiced emergency response procedures, including demonstration of an emergency dismount.

All candidates who submit an instructor application and begin teaching hours after January 1, 2017, will be required to submit the updated "Documentation of Group Teaching Hours" form with the above statement.

Competency of RT. 3.2 and RT. 3.3 will be assessed by trained PATH Intl. Evaluators as part of the teaching component of certification.

Advanced and master instructor candidates are expected to demonstrate mastery of the registered instructor criteria and, therefore, will also be evaluated on aptitude of these additional criteria.
Alabama News 
CEUpalooza atThe Red Barn, March 10-11, 9:00 - 5:30 each day 
Topics include:
How the Rider's Body Impacts the Horse
Intellectual Disabilities
Rare Genetic Disorders
From ED to Student
Equine Liability
Use the Horse as Reinforcement for ABA Therapy
Trick Riding Demo
Impact of Leader on the Horse
Working with Volunteers

Cost is $50 per person, with lunch included.
North Florida News 
On January 27. Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, FL was the host site for the Challenged Equestrian Show hosted by Stirrups and Strides of Citra. Despite the cold and rainy weather, more than 70 athletes from five different programs showed in different events from showmanship, western and English equitation and trails. This was a very successful show for all involved.
Georgia News 
Chastain Horse Park, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, seeks an individual with PATH Intl. certification, strong communication and organizational skills to support the EAAT Program. They are a  year round facility located in Metropolitan Atlanta looking for a motivated and passionate instructor to join their dynamic team as they grow; great potential for upward mobility in the organization. Please submit your resume to
Puerto Rico News 
In December 2016, Equinoterapia Puerto Rico received a $5,000 donation from Claro, the biggest telephone and cellular company in PR.  This donation will be used to buy a new portable ramp and other equipment, but it will be reflected on direct services to people with different disabilities. 

EPRI was also chosen for a federal grant for the Equine Services for Vets Program.. It will run for one year with one group every 12 weeks. This facilities complies with ADA law.

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