In This Issue
Online Education
Online Education Call for Abstracts
Colorado Gives Day
Thank You
Member Benefits Survey Winners
Center Renewal
PATH Intl. Conference
NSBA Announces Coaches Summit
Improving Technology for Members
2019 Award Nominations Open
Volunteer Opportunities
Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
Quick Links
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PATH Intl. Online Education Calendar 
These courses may be used for instructor CEUs. Click on the date to register. Remember to log in to receive the member discount.

PATH Intl. Online Mentor Training Course

PATH Intl. Autism Spectrum Disorder & EAAT Online Course

Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Online Course

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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December 18, 2018 

Be Innovative, Be Inspirational, Be a Leader: 2019 PATH Intl. Online Education Call for Abstracts Is Open
Blue and green Virtual Conference logo with 2019 location button Now is your opportunity to be part of the PATH Intl. online learning community and the third annual PATH Intl. Virtual Conference!

PATH Intl. is actively soliciting abstracts on important research, best practices, trends and developments of significance to association members and industry professionals for diverse online offerings in 2019. The association is especially interested in receiving abstracts from presenters with information focused on the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies, innovative programing, research or other related specialties. All topics and specialties are welcome! Want to get involved but not sure if you specialize in an area of educational need? Take a peek at what is in the works, submit an abstract and reach out to Rachel Moore if you have any questions!

  • Volunteer education
  • Developing and sustaining a hippotherapy program in center services
  • Unmounted programs across the ages
  • Working with nonverbal program participants
  • Special considerations for participants living with Down syndrome
  • Lesson Planning for adults
  • Creative marketing and branding support for EAAT programs
With a limited time commitment, you can provide others with the opportunity to lead their field.

Submit your abstract by January 28, 2019.
PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund
Thanks to the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund, member centers facing dire needs due to natural disasters were able to move one step closer to recovery in this past year.

PATH Intl. relies on donations to the disaster relief fund to help member centers rebuild what may have been lost to wild fires, flooding, hurricanes and other natural or manmade disasters. Granting centers funds helps move them one step closer to surviving, rebuilding and thriving, continuing to provide health, recreation and well-being to their communities through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

But we need your help. The devastation to PATH Intl. centers in the last year has been fierce and, as a result, the disaster relief fund is seriously low. If you have ever watched the news and thought, "How can I help," the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund is how and now is the time. Your timely donation will ensure centers that are hurting can get the help they need. Click here to learn more about the disaster relief fund.

Thank you for your generosity, and happy holidays!
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Last Minute Shoppers
Now until December 28, 2018, Lands' End is offering free logo embroidery and free standard shipping on all orders from the PATH Intl. Pro Shop over $50 using promotion code: EFLFSMT1. Cannot be used on previous orders. Click here to shop!
2018 Member Benefits Survey Education Winners
Congratulations to Walk On in Barrington IL, and Debbie Saliling for winning free education just for completing the PATH Intl. member benefits survey.

The membership of PATH Intl. spoke, and PATH Intl. staff listened. We are busy reviewing the results and implementing programs that meet YOUR needs. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey. Keep on speaking, members, so staff can keep on listening!
Center Renewal
The deadline to renew your center membership is December 31, 2018. The center renewal booklet and all items (including the invoice on pg. 2 of the booklet) must be completed and returned along with payment to the PATH Intl. office or completed online at by January 15 or the center will be assessed a $60 late fee. 

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to his or her personal account in order to renew online.

If you need to update the primary contact for your center, please send in a center change notification form or a premier accredited center change notification form.

Of course, if you prefer to send in a hard copy renewal, that is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice, and mail it in.

Centers that prefer to pay by check rather than credit card may complete the center renewal booklet online and mail or use an electronic check for center membership dues.

For more information about renewing your center membership, please visit our FAQ page or the center renewal page.
PATH Intl. Conference
Karina_ Sara_ Cher_ Jeff in front of horse picture at the Westin Westminster
A few PATH Intl. staff members checking out the hotel for the conference
The 2019 PATH Intl. Conference will be in Denver, November 8-10, at The Westin Westminster. Marking the 50th anniversary of PATH Intl., this conference will feature some fun events and memorable moments. Planning is underway, so make plans to be there. Call for abstracts and exhibitor information coming soon!
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Sponsored by Adequan, the official equine welfare partner of PATH Intl.
New year, new home! The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Equine Tips will be moving to the PATH Intl. Education eNews on January 30, 2019. The committee strives to identify and connect PATH Intl. members with resources that promote equine care, wellness and longevity in this unique industry. The committee is eager to continue their efforts to expand a professional's network of resources and provide members with information to evaluate and implement humane standards of care in the new year. We will see you in education eNews the last Wednesday of every month!

Saddle Fit and Rider Balance
By Jochen Schleese, MDS, CSFT, CSE
©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life ® All Rights Reserved

The question has been asked whether there are additional saddle fitting considerations when working with an unbalanced rider. I think the answer to this is rather an obvious one - any time a rider is unbalanced it absolutely either a) affects the fit of the saddle or b) is actually caused by the fit of the saddle. Read more
Always Improving Technology for PATH Intl. Members
PATH Intl. is developing a new database to enhance the members' user experience. The PATH Intl. website links directly to a customer relationship management (CRM) system, which is the technology used to manage member relationships and interactions. Currently this database is where members manage their contact information, make purchases from the store and the tool that links those records to online directories seen on the website such as find a center and the member directory.

The new system, which is slated to launch early 2019, will offer a friendlier user interface, ability to submit instructor compliance online and the ability to submit all center renewal requirements online in one setting. The member's profile page will even be customizable!

Click here for a sneak peek at the future member experience. Watch for more information soon!
2019 Award Nominations Now Open -- Deadline Jan. 28, 2019
If you know of an outstanding equestrian, credentialed professional, volunteer, veterinarian or equine please nominate them for a PATH Intl. Award. 
Regional award winners for credentialed professionals, volunteers, veterinarians and equines will be recognized at their region's conference and will go through a secondary nomination process to determine an international winner for 2019. 

Winners of the child/youth, adult/independent adult and the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® equestrian awards will be recognized at the 2019 PATH Intl. Conference in Denver, CO, along with the  credentialed professional, volunteer, veterinarian and equine international winners.  

Visit the awards page for more details, instructions and the forms for each category, including the James Brady Professional Achievement Award. Questions? Please contact Missy Jean Dedrick.
Calling All Members for Volunteer Committee Opportunities
As a PATH Intl. member benefit, members are encouraged to volunteer for a position on PATH Intl. committees or task forces. This allows members to have a voice in the association and in EAAT. Below is a list of committees and task forces currently looking for qualified applicants for 2019. Visit the volunteer webpage to access charters, the application link and other information related to each position. Deadline: January 1, midnight
If you're interested in volunteering but not sure which committee is a good fit, please complete the application and staff can help determine your best fit. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact member programs coordinator Missy Jean Dedrick.

Committees and task forces currently accepting applications:
  • Accreditation Subcommittee
  • PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Committee
  • Riding Certification Subcommittee
  • Therapeutic Driving Certification Subcommittee
  • Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Subcommittee
  • Interactive Vaulting Certification Subcommittee
  • Standards Review Task Force
  • International Conference Host Task Force
  • Health and Education Advisory
2019 Regional Conference Dates, Registration and Call for Abstracts
Questions? Contact Marsha Anderson, PATH Intl. region conference coordinator. Watch the eNews and region conference page for registration information as they open.

Region 1     April 27-28, 2019, Amherst, MA
Region 3     March 29-31, 2019, Daniels, WV, registration opens in January
Region 4     May 16-18, 2019, Augusta, MI
Region 5     August 2-4, 2019, Ocala, FL
Region 6     March 8-10, 2019, Fargo, ND, registration opens December 28, 2018
Region 7     February 22-24, 2019, St. Louis, MO, registration is open
Region 8     August 2-4, 2019, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
Region 9     May 31 - June 2, 2019, Redmond, WA
Region 10   May 3-5, 2019, Elbert, CO

Call for Abstracts
Share something new, cutting edge and important with your peers.  The 2019 PATH Intl. Regional Conferences are right around the corner. See the links below to submit an abstract to the regions currently accepting them. Watch your email for more details and for upcoming links for other regions. Share your knowledge; it helps make these conferences great!
Submit your abstract for each region by clicking the link(s) below:
Region 4 Submission Deadline 1/11/19
Region 9 Submission Deadline 2/15/19

Region 10 Submission Deadline 1/25/19
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
Feb. 4-6, 2019 High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
*Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Old Lyme, CT

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Mar. 18-21, 2019
Apr. 13-16, 2019
May 6-9, 2019
May 16-19, 2019
Oct. 23-26, 2019
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Bend, OR
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX
Elbert, CO
Loveland, CO

Interactive Vaulting  
Feb. 1-3, 2019
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Johns Island, SC

Mar. 30-31, 2019

May 15-16, 2019
UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Goffstown, NH

Augusta, MI

Mar. 16-17, 2019 Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC) Long Valley, NJ

Jan. 9-April 2019
Jan. 18-Mar. 11
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX

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