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Board of Trustees
EQUUS Foundation Honors EAAT Horse
Champions Program
Virtual Conference
Equine Tips
Conference Information
Online Education
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Field Test Standards Electronic Voting
RDA Conference
APHF Scholarships
Workshops and Certifications
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April 18, 2017 

PATH Intl. Board of Trustees
PATH Intl. President Julie Broadway recently received the resignation of Richard Loomis from the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees. "We will miss his contributions, but sometimes life sends us in different directions," Broadway stated.

The bylaws offer the board chair the option to appoint someone to fill a vacancy, and after consulting the governance committee chairs and reviewing potential applicants, Broadway asked the board of trustees to support the appointment of Kim (Henning) Berggren, which they unanimously approved. Kim is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and education director at Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Augusta, MI. She is also an instructor evaluator, accreditation site visitor, past region 4 representative, past membership oversight committee chair, and current governance committee member. In her spare time, Kim has also worked in South Korea developing centers and instructors. "Kim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge," stated Broadway. "Please join me in welcoming Kim to the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees."

For information on the board of trustees, click here
EQUUS Foundation Honors EAAT Horses
Twin Pond Camotion _Max_
In the last eNews, we reported that Dancer, the 2016 PATH Intl. Equine of the Year from JoyRide Center, Inc., in Magnolia, TX. What we didn't realize at the time was that another PATH Intl. center's equine was also being inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame on May 21, 2017, in New York. 

Twin Pond Camotion (aka "Max") was an EAAT horse working with veterans at the Horses Helping Heroes Project, a PATH Intl. Member Center in Smithfield, VA. It was the veterans who wrote about Max that contributed to his being chosen for this honor.

In addition to joining the Horse Star Hall of Fame, he is also the subject of a chapter in a book entitled "Vets and their Pets" being released in late summer or early fall. The forward to this book was written by Barbara Bush.

Max's impact on the veterans who worked with him contributed to Horses Helping Heroes Project receiving the Spirit of Hope Award at a ceremony at the Pentagon last September. The award was presented by the Deputy Secretary of Defense. You can read more about this award and Max on the "About Us" page of the center's website.

Click here to read the press release from the EQUUS Foundation. 

The EQUUS Foundation is a PATH Intl. Bronze Sponsor. Also known as Horse Charities of America, it is the only national charity in the United States solely dedicated to horse welfare and fostering the horse-human bond. We thank the EQUUS Foundation for its sponsorship of PATH Intl. and its recognition of the part equine-assisted activities and therapies play in the lives of so many equines who partner with those individuals with special needs.
EQUUS Foundation Champions Program
PATH Intl. Bronze Sponsor EQUUS Foundation wants to make volunteers champions. Sponsored by Ariat International, the EQUUS Foundation Champions program is an incentive-based equine service program to stimulate and reward volunteerism on behalf of horses. Individuals achieving Champion status become eligible to receive Champion benefits include the opportunity for scholarship to further their academic and riding education. Click here for information on the grant, the awards, past winners and for the application.
Register for the PATH Intl. Virtual Conference
virtual conference logo Plan to attend the first ever Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Virtual Conference! To be held online May 17th and 18th, 2017, this online experience is intended to make professional education more accessible for members. Click here to register.

The Virtual Conference will consist of 10 hour-long educational sessions delivered over two days by a variety of expert speakers. For more information on these first-rate sessions and speakers review the agenda. A total of 12 CEUs is available.

Member rate: $249
Nonmember rate: $309
Center group rate: $495

We look forward to your participation in the inaugural PATH Intl. Virtual Conference! Click here if you have any questions or contact Ashley Inghram, PATH Intl. Education and Membership Representative.

Want to exhibit virtually? Contact Ashley or Cher Smith.
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Equine Welfare and Decisions About Mounting and Dismounting
By Bonnie Cunningham, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member
As a physical therapist, I consider the transitioning of my patient on (mounting) and off (dismounting) the horse as part of my treatment session. Decisions about mounting are based on my patient's abilities and my therapy goals....these factors are geared toward the humans involved in the hippotherapy session, but the decision about the type of mount and dismount and where they occur is also very much an equine welfare issue. Considerations about the well-being of the horse always plays a prominent part in my mounting and dismounting decisions. 
Read more

Check out this new opportunity to connect with the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee!  Follow this link to engage in a discussion with members of this committee and other PATH Intl. members regarding this eNews Tip.
PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting
Git your boots on and join us in San Antonio, TX, November 8-11, for the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. For scholarship, awards and hotel information, visit the website

About San Antonio - some interesting tidbits about the second most populous city in Texas

Amazon named San Antonio the "Most Romantic City in the U.S." based on the number of purchases of romance books, movies, and... other products.

At 750 feet, San Antonio's Tower of the Americas is taller than the famous Seattle Space Needle, making it the perfect place to get a panoramic view of the city.

San Antonio draws in 30 million visitors per year, most coming to see the Alamo mission. And when you come to the PATH Intl. conference, you will be one in 30 million! Save the date!
Online Education Opportunities for CEUs
Conference Session Recordings  

Click here for a complete list of conference session recordings.
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
You can still register onsite for the PATH Intl. Region 1 Conference coming up this weekend:
April 21-23, 2017
Portland and Windham, ME
Hosted by: NESAR/Region I and Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Registration is open for the following regional conferences:
June 2-4, 2017
Rathdrum, ID
Hosted by Running W Therapeutic Riding Center

May 5-7, 2017
Fort Collins, CO
Hosted by: Front Range Exceptional Equestrians

June 15-18, 2017
Union, KY
Hosted by Potter's Ranch

The PATH Intl. Region 3 Conference in September is canceled and will be replaced by state meetings. Stay tuned for more information. 

Exhibiting at regional conferences
Do you have a product equine professionals would be interested in purchasing? Educational materials, books and videos are all great possibilities for selling to the therapeutic horsemanship professionals at the PATH Intl. region conferences. For information, email Kimberly Price or download the region exhibitor flier.
Field Test Standards Electronic Voting
As a reminder, again this year field test standards will be voted on electronically rather than at the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. The electronic vote will take place in July (dates to be determined). Click here for information. 
RDA International Conference
The RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) International Conference - Exploring the Power of Therapy and Competition will take place in Gloucestershire, UK July 10-13, 2017. The theme of the conference is to explore the relationship between therapeutic and competition riding. The purpose is to demonstrate and discuss some of the approaches taken in the UK and other countries to achieve this, and to consider what (if anything) can be done to help create strong athlete development pathways. PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm will be attending as a presenter. Click here for more information. 
American Paint Horse Foundation Scholarships: Scholarship Deadline May 1
Congratulations to PATH Intl. Members Emily Kalin, Susan K. Owens and Elizabeth Girard for being named the 2016 winners of American Paint Horse Foundation scholarships! Each winner receives an $800 scholarship toward completing PATH Intl. certification. Click here to read the story. 

The American Paint Horse Foundation and PATH Intl. will continue this innovative partnership designed to help train therapeutic riding instructors. This alliance, which is in its fifth year, provides scholarship assistance to potential instructors of therapeutic riding. Though the application is open to anyone with skills in equine management, horsemanship, instruction, teaching methods and disabilities, preference for scholarships will be given to medical professionals.

The APHF scholarship is open only to first-time applicants, and all applicants must be APHA members and PATH Intl. members in good standing. Additionally, candidates must meet the PATH Intl. criteria to become a Registered Level Instructor in Training and have completed at least 10 hours volunteering at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.

Applications are being sought again by the American Paint Horse Foundation. To apply for an American Paint Horse Foundation PATH Intl. scholarship, use our online application form. For more information, email Laura Jesberg or call her at (817) 222-6412, or visit the website. Applications must be postmarked by May 1.
PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Bret Maceyak at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, with questions. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can locate contact information under Find a Center on the PATH Intl. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

For a full list of events, including onsite workshops and certifications, visit the PATH Intl. events calendar.  

Advanced Instructor
Apr. 27-29, 2017

May 22-23, 2017
June 4, 2017
June 28, 2017

Aug. 6-8, 2017

Sep. 12-15, 2017
Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc. *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Three Gaits, Inc. *Certification Only*
Hands and Hearts for Horses
*Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Healing Strides of VA *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
We Can Ride, Inc.
Bucyrus, KS

Augusta, MI
Stoughton, WI
Thomasville, GA

Boones Mill, VA

Minnetonka, MN

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
April 20-23, 2017
May 1-4, 2017

June 15-18, 2017
July 6-9, 2017
July 8-11, 2017
July 27-30, 2017

Aug. 10-13, 2017
Aug. 16-19, 2017
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program
OUS Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)
Equine Assisted Therapy of NJ
Eagle Mount - Bozeman
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Touchstone Farm
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Hampton, GA
Franklin Furnace, OH

Milford, PA
Redmond, WA
Cleburne, TX
Gretna, NE

Mannington, NJ
Bozeman, MT
Loveland, CO
Temple, NH
Old Lyme, CT

June 3-4, 2017

Oct. 10-14, 2017
DreamPower Horsemanship *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Touchstone Farm - Home of Horse Power
San Martin, CA

Temple, NH

Interactive Vaulting
July 6-9, 2017
Oct. 8-11, 2017
Forward Stride
Ivey Ranch Park
Beaverton, OR
Oceanside, CA

Mentor Training 
May 15-16, 2017
May 19-20, 2017 
June 14-15, 2017
Sep. 16-17, 2017
Healing Strides of VA
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Potter's Ranch
We Can Ride, Inc.
Boones Mill, VA
Old Lyme, CT 
Union, KY
Minnetonka, MN

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