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Equine Tips
PATH Intl. State Meeting
Research on Autism
Workshops and Certifications
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August 15, 2017 

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). 

There is no better or faster way to earn your continuing education units (CEU) for instructor compliance than at the annual conference. In the registration book, each session is marked with the type of CEU earned, whether general continuing education (CE), core requirement (CR) or disability education (DE). 
cover of registration book Check out a couple of the outstanding offerings for this year's conference. Heidi Derning and past PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian recipient Mary Ballengee will share lessons learned from a unique program that partnered female veterans with equines and other women mentors in  " Women-Only Veteran Program: Horses Save and Change Lives . " It counts as either general or disability education.  Naomi Heller George will discuss arena set-up so that participants continue moving as much as possible in "Arena Setup for Success!" This session may count as a general or riding core education. Click on the registration book to the right to view all the sessions and CEUs available.
Early Bird Registration and Hotel
Early bird registration is open until September 15, and at $450 is the lowest price it has been in a decade!  Register before September 15 and save $100 off the member fee ($135 off the member onsite fee). Click here to register online. Or click here to download the registration book. Then complete the form and fax, email or mail it in.
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 general conference information.

We Want Your Videos!
Gain notoriety and bragging rights by showing conference attendees the great time had by all at your center. This was a huge hit last year! The conference host committee will judge and select the top videos to show throughout the conference. We aren't looking for promotional videos, but rather the videos that highlight your center's staff, instructors, participants and equines having a great time. Click here for an example from Colby's Army, a PATH Intl. Member Center in Nashville, TN, the big winner from last year.
Email your videos to Cher Smith. For larger video files, mail a CD or flashdrive, or email Cher for Dropbox instructions. Note: We need the actual video, not a YouTube or Vimeo link. Submissions must be sent by September 15 to allow time for judging. Please include a photo/video release form with submission. And have fun!
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.  
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
The Case for Treeless Saddles
By Trish Broersma, member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

About 15 years ago I had the opportunity to help a friend condition her endurance horses. She saddled up her Arab for my first conditioning ride with her treeless saddle, and we headed out for more than two hours of trail riding, mostly at a trot on "technical" trails, meaning there were hills and hairpin turns and varied terrain. At that point, I had never ridden a horse who was physically conditioned for such rigorous work, and I surely was not conditioned for it myself, spending most of my time as director and instructor at a therapeutic riding program. That first conditioning ride was enlightening. Over the ensuing months as I conditioned her horses two or three times a week, I noticed how much I liked the treeless saddle: it was very light weight and extremely comfortable to ride for long distances (culminating in my first 50 mile endurance ride six months later). Right away, too, I noticed how I could feel every little movement of the horse under me, encouraging a great sense of oneness. 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. State Meeting
PATH Intl. SC Meeting and Education Day 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding,  Johns Island, SC

Click here for information.
Research on Autism and Equine-Assisted Interventions
The manuscript "Autism and Equine-assisted Interventions: A Systematic Mapping Review" has been published in the Journal of Autism and Development Disabilities. This research was conducted by B. Caitlin McDaniel Peters and Wendy Wood of the Temple Grandin Equine Center. Click here to view an online version of the paper.

Individuals on the autism spectrum make up the largest demographic of those receiving services at PATH Intl. Member Centers. (Click here to view the most current PATH Intl. Fact Sheet.) Continued research on the efficacy of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) is necessary and welcomed.
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
Oct. 30-31, 2017 Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Certification Only*
Augusta, MI

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Aug. 16-19, 2017
Sep. 9-12, 2017
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Oct. 26-29, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
Jan. 25-28, 2018
Eagle Mount - Bozeman
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center(1508)
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Touchstone Farm
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Bozeman, MT
Santa Barbara, CA
Loveland, CO
Guyton, GA
Temple, NH
Old Lyme, CT
Johns Island, SC

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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