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HHRF Interviews Kathy Alm
Award and Scholarship Winners
Registration Open!
Community Connections Corner
Equine Tips
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Center Featured on PBS
Workshops and Certifications
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August 1, 2017 

HHRF Interview With Kathy Alm
HHRF logo PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm was recently interviewed by Horses & Humans Research Foundation about research in equine-assisted activities and therapies. Click here to read the interview.
PATH Intl. Award and Scholarship Winners
Congratulations with balloons A big congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
Award Winners  
Every year, PATH Intl. has the great honor of recognizing the outstanding humans and equines in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). Nominated by PATH Intl. Centers and Members, the very best equestrians, credentialed professionals, veterinarians, volunteers and equines serving at PATH Intl. Member Centers are chosen by expert industry judges. It is a difficult decision to choose from the many excellent nominations, and we thank the judges for their time. Thank you to all the nominators for their dedication in recognizing the achievements of those in EAAT. This year, more than 220 humans and equines were nominated, demonstrating once again the high quality of service PATH Intl. Member Centers offer.

We are pleased to announce the 2017 PATH Intl. regional and equestrian award winners. Click here to see the list.

All award winners will be recognized and the national winners announced at the 2017 PATH Intl. Awards Luncheon, November 10, in San Antonio, TX.
Scholarship Recipients
PATH Intl. works diligently to obtain funding sources to ensure the maximum opportunity to underwrite registration scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. Donors and sponsors give generously to make these opportunities available to the greatest number of people.
Thank you to our donors and sponsors who make these scholarships possible. A special thank you goes to the family of the recently deceased Pat Mullins, a long-time supporter and past president of PATH Intl. His family requested that donations be made in his honor to the PATH Intl. Pat and Jackie Mullins International Conference Scholarship Fund. Since his passing the association has received more than $5,000 to help continue his legacy. This generosity has enabled the association to grant more scholarships this year than was anticipated. Click here to donate now. 
Congratulations to the following, who are the recipients of the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference Scholarships! Thank you to all who took time to apply. 
2017 PATH Intl. Pat and Jackie Mullins International Conference and Annual Meeting Scholarship Recipients:
Elaine Cosby, Region 5, Isabela, Puerto Rico
Emily Mahoney, Region 2, Auburn, NY
Krystin Brown, Region 8, Temple, TX
Jessica Christen, Region 10, Fort Collins, CO
Kelly Bays, Region 8, Lorena, TX
Cecelia Conway, Region 6, Janesville, WI
Tayor Sandoval, Region 8, Paris, TX
Katherine Intano, Region 2, North East, MD
Ashley Armijo, Region 10, Edgewood, NM
Rachel Schafer, Region 6, Sioux Falls, SD

2017 EFP/EAL PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Scholarship in memory of Marjorie V. Kittredge recipients:
Sarah Ryan, Region 2, Albany, NY
Diana Jones, Region 3, Roanoke, VA
Katherine Murrell, Region 2, Brooklyn, NY
Foster Your Education While Having a Great Time With Your Colleagues at the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting
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Grab your cowboy boots and join us for the excellent education sessions and networking at the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting , November 8-11, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas! This conference, presented by title sponsor Purina, is the premier event in equine-assisted activities and therapies, and we are excited about the excellent educational sessions the conference offers (50 sessions divided into five tracks). 
According to data gathered from more than 8,000 members and 877 member centers, many PATH Intl. members have not been able to attend the annual conference; it just hasn't been affordable for many. We listened, streamlining many activities and implementing several changes to reduce costs. We are thrilled to announce that the conference registration fee of $450 is the lowest it has been in a decade!
reg book cover The registration book, along with the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides, is in the mail and has all of the session details and information on other activities, such as the opening general session Wednesday evening and the keynote speaker Cara E. Yar Khan, the 2015 PATH Intl. Adult Equestrian award recipient and UNICEF Resource Mobilization Specialist, who will speak at the awards luncheon on Friday. You may also use the included registration form to register by hard copy, if you choose not to register online. Simply complete the form in the registration book and fax, email or mail it in. Click here to download the registration book.
Highlight of Changes
  • Opening welcome and general session "Turning Hurdles Into Opportunities" - Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 p.m.
  • Region networking moved to breakfast on Thursday, November 9, 7:45 a.m.
  • Annual awards moved from banquet to lunch on Friday, November 10, 11:30 a.m.
  • Pre-registration for sessions is not necessary this year. Attendees should plan to arrive early to sessions to secure a seat.
Early bird registration is now open . Register before September 15 and save $100 off the member fee ($135 off the member onsite fee). Click here to register online.
Click here to book now at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk or call (888) 421-1442 and identify yourself as being with PATH Intl. to secure the discounted hotel rate. Click here for conference information.
Need a Roommate?
If you are interested in sharing a room at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk for the conference, email Cher Smith with your contact information to put your name on the list. You can access the list on the Members Only page of the PATH Intl. website (you will need to be signed in). NOTE: PATH Intl. will not match up conference attendees but only supply the information.  
Community Connections Corner
Community Connections banner This month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Instructor Community where a member asks:

We have a large warehouse that has potential to be an indoor arena for therapeutic riding - no posts/beams in the center. The floor right now is concrete. Any ideas as to the best (and most economical) type of footing to put on top of the concrete to make it safe? And how deep? Also, it currently has a dropped ceiling, but it is still quite high. How much space should there be between floor and ceiling? This is just for walk/trot - no jumping. I would like to know if others have had experience with this type of conversion and how it went?
If you have any advice to help this member, please click here to log in to Community Connections and join the discussion.
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
How Much Weight Can My Horse Carry?
By Molly Sweeney, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

I have researched this question extensively, as I believe it is intricately involved with the number of hours a horse can work without stress and the workload a horse can handle without harm. The goal is to avoid burnout, but more importantly to work with a happy horse. Read more

NOTE: We are planning an interactive presentation on this topic at the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting in San Antonio in November and look forward to sharing ideas and information with the PATH Intl. Community.
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. Region Conferences
Register Onsite for This Weekend
Region 5
August 4-6, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Chastain Horse Park
Register Onsite for This Weekend
Region 8
August 4-6, 2017
Ward, AR
Beyond Boundaries and
Cabot Middle School North,
1900 North Lincoln Street
Ward, Arkansas
PATH Intl. Member Center Featured on PBS Show
PATH Intl. Member Center GallopNYC Executive Director Alicia Kershaw and the center's new member of the board of directors, Paul Hinton, were guests on PBS's One on One with Steve Adubato. Watch the segment here
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
Aug. 6-8, 2017

Aug. 27-28, 2017

Oct. 29-30, 2017

Oct. 30-31, 2017
Healing Strides of VA *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship *Certification Only*
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Certification Only*
Boones Mill, VA

Chatsworth, CA

Chatsworth, CA

Augusta, MI

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Aug. 10-13, 2017
Aug. 16-19, 2017
Sep. 9-12, 2017
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Oct. 26-29, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
Equine Assisted Therapy of NJ
Eagle Mount - Bozeman
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center(1508)
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Touchstone Farm
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Mannington, NJ
Bozeman, MT
Santa Barbara, CA
Loveland, CO
Guyton, GA
Temple, NH
Old Lyme, CT

Oct. 10-14, 2017
Dec. 2-3, 2017
Feb. 24-25, 2018
Touchstone Farm - Home of Horse Power
EQUEST *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Inspire Equine Therapy Program *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Temple, NH
Dallas, TX
Clearwater, FL

Interactive Vaulting
Sep. 1-4, 2017
Oct. 8-11, 2017
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
Ivey Ranch Park
Loxahatchee, FL
Oceanside, CA

Mentor Training 
Sep. 16-17, 2017
We Can Ride, Inc. Minnetonka, MN

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