In This Issue
Corporate Member
Jockey Club Winner
Conference Highlights
Exhibit at the Conference
Finding a Roommate
Scholarship Winners
Welcome New Centers
Coordinator Position Open
Driving Committee
Faculty Development
Community Connections Resources
Workshops and Certifications
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PATH Intl. Sponsors
If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference & Annual Meeting, please contact

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Title Sponsor



Platinum Sponsor
Tekna Saddles 


Gold Sponsors

Bayer Healthcare Animal Health

Equine Network/AIM



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American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)  




Triple Crown Nutrition 



American Hippotherapy
Freedom Rider 
Horses and Humans
   Research Foundation 
Horse Sense of the
JJ Cano Fine Art  
Natural Lifemanship 
Ohio University Southern 
SureHands Lift & Care
Markel, Gold Level Sponsor
Thank you to Markel Insurance for renewing as a Gold Level Sponsor of PATH Intl! Learn about available insurance options from Debi DeTurk Peloso at the PATH Intl. Conference.    
Become a Corporate Member
Are you interested in getting your business in front of PATH Intl. members, but not sure you can commit to being a sponsor? Join PATH Intl. as a Corporate Member! More details can be found on the Corporate Member page or contact

Megan Ream Ferry with questions.   

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

    August 21, 2012

The Jockey Club T.I.P. Program Announces Winner
Aspen in a TR lesson Congratulations to Rainier Therapeutic Riding Center's horse Maud Star, aka Aspen, who was named The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Thoroughbred of the Year Award recipient. The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work.

Aspen is a therapeutic riding horse at the Rainier Therapeutic Riding center in Yelm, WA, which provides therapeutic horsemanship to wounded, active-duty and veteran members of the military. Aspen, who had raced 32 times and won nearly $10,000 in his four-year racing career, is the oldest horse in the program and has helped more than 26 riders overcome the wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, anxiety disorders and other physical injuries.

"Aspen is a program favorite who stands quietly for riders as they overcome their fears and anxieties of working with a large horse for the first time," says Elisia Mutter, executive director. "His quiet insistence that his handlers ask him for things correctly helps these amazing people once again have the confidence to be a leader."

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. Information about T.I.P. is available on its website or on Facebook.
PATH Intl. Conference Highlights
2012conflogo The PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting has a long-standing reputation of providing the very best educational content for attendees. This year, we are pleased to announce two new tracks that offer exceptional learning experiences. The Equine Health and Well-Being Track focuses on our equine partners. Sessions include improving horse-human communication, tips and techniques for facilitating your equines' education, training exercises beneficial to therapeutic horses and parasite control. The Innovate Track shifts our thinking out of the box. Sessions include a look at the future of the industry from a millennial perspective and facility design with Todd Gralla, whose company Populous helped design the 2012 London Olympics equestrian stadium.

With the presentations, the banquet, the Horse Expo, the silent auction, and the fun to be had at the closing reception, you won't want to miss a minute of the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, October 31-November 3. Look for the registration booklet included with the Summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides. Click here to register online or click here to download the registration booklet.
Exhibit at the PATH Intl. Conference

Do you write books, consult or provide another skill that would be of interest to your fellow members? Consider reserving an exhibitor booth at the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, October 31-November 3, in Bellevue, WA.    


Exhibiting at the PATH Intl. Conference will get your business in front of nearly 1,000 professionals in the therapeutic horsemanship industry! Click here to learn more about the opportunities available to PATH Intl. Members receive a $50 discount any time.


Numerous individuals have sold out of their books, games or other materials by taking advantage of the opportunity to get in front of fellow members. Let this be your year!
Finding a Roommate for the PATH Intl. Conference

If you are looking for a roommate for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, PATH Intl. maintains an unmoderated list of those who are seeking rooms and those who are seeking roommates. Click here to see the list. You must be logged in.  


If you would like your name put on the list, email your information to Cher Smith. Also, don't forget to check with your friends and colleagues on PATH Intl. Community Connections as another avenue to find roommates.

Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to our 2012 PATH Intl. conference registration scholarship winners! Thank you to everyone who submitted applications. 


winners responses

General Scholarship:

Claire Adamson 

Brittany Aspen 
Charlotte Bass 
Holly Byers 
Patty D'Andrea 
Christine Davis 
Pam Dance 
Susan E. Grant 
Tammy Harty 
Jeffrey Kyle Hensley 
Natalie Langston
Peggy Lore 
Cherie Page 
Virginia Mae
Mary Riffon 
Jodi Teal 
Amanda Weaver 
Michelle Weed

Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship:  

Elisia Fernandez Mutter 

Welcome New Centers!

PATH Intl. welcomes these centers that joined PATH Intl. in July 20012. Welcome! If you want information on center membership, contact Karen Province.

This Old Horse, Inc., Hastings, MN
EquiVenture Therapeutic Riding Inc., Kokomo, IN
Challenges Met Equine Therapy LLC, Fort Payne, AL
CS Ranch, Marland, OK
New Canaan Mounted Troop Therapeutic Riding Program, New Canaan, CT
Take The Reins, Thompsons Station, TN
The Legacy Complex, Abilene, TX
Heaven's Gates Inc, Seville, OH
Hopes, Dreams and Horses, Inc, Jupiter, FL
Verde View Equestrian Center Inc, Harpursville, NY
PHI 4, Armstrong, MO
Coordinator Position Open in the PATH Intl. Office
PATH Intl. is seeking a Credentialing Programs Coordinator, a full-time position in the Denver, CO, office. Experience in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies is a plus. For a complete job description, click here. Please submit your resume and application to the attention of Jeff Kelling.
PATH Intl. Subcommittee Seeks Additional Members
The PATH Intl. Driving Certification Subcommittee seeks enthusiastic new members to join the committee. Applicants should have a strong interest in therapeutic riding and driving and a desire to continue the development and improvement of the PATH Intl. Driving Instructor Certification process.

Click here to download the volunteer application. Send the completed application and your resume to Denise Fager
PATH Intl. Faculty Development Task Force Looks for Additional Member
The Path Intl. Faculty Development Task Force is looking for a new member. The mission of the task force is to develop criteria for new and continuing faculty trainers, to review processes and procedures and to recruit and train faculty for PATH Intl. credentialing and educational programs. Background in education or training is helpful, along with the ability to attend a morning conference call once a month.

To apply please fill out the volunteer application and submit it with a resume to Jeff Kelling
Exciting Update to Community Connections: Resources
There has been a great new update to PATH Intl. Community Connections! All PATH Intl. members can now upload items to the Resources page. This is a great way to share valuable resources such as job descriptions, volunteer manuals, lesson plans, etc. Each week the site will feature a resource as the Upload of the Week. Share your resources, and yours may be featured on the site!

Last week's featured upload included multiple documents from the 2012 PATH Intl. Region 5 Conference in Tampa, FL. You can locate and download these documents in the Resources section of the Region 5 Community, or you can click on the Resources button on the main black navigation bar.

If you have any questions about uploading resources, please contact Rachel Davis on Community Connections.  
PATH Intl. Free Webinars on Equine Care
The next Best Practices for Equine Care webinar is August 27. Attendance is limited to 25 per session so please register now through the PATH Intl. online store.

Additional dates are September 16 and October 19. 
PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Denise Fager 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 its contact information under Find a Center on the PATH Intl. home page or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
August 27-30, 2012
National Ability Center in Park City, UT

September 14-16, 2012
Sunnyside Equestrian Center in Lincroft, NJ

October 17-20, 2012
Hearts & Horses, Inc. in Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the first 2-1/2 days, certification held the last 2-1/2 days. Specific schedule sent by host site.

September 25-29, 2012
Horse Power @ Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH
The event will start the evening of the 25th and end the evening of the 29th; contact host site for detailed schedule.

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
September 10-12, 2012
BraveHearts in Harvard, IL

October 14-15, 2012
EQUEST in Wylie, TX

October 22-23, 2012
Ride On in Chatsworth, CA

November 16-18, 2012
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Annapolis, MD

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
October 21-24, 2012
Hearts & Horses in Loveland, CO    


PATH Intl. Mentor Training
August 25-26, 2012
Equul Access, Inc., in Hutchinson, MN

October 15-16, 2012
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ

October 30-31, 2012
PATH Intl. Conference in Bellevue, WA

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2012 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 

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