In This Issue
Standards Manual
2018 Conference
Frankie Lovato Article
Australian Report on ASD Services
VA Grant
Equine Tips
Conference Handouts
Virtual Conference
Center Renewal
2018 Awards Program
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
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December 19, 2017 

Happy Holidays From PATH Intl.
Standard Budget_ Region 6_ 2013 equine of the year PATH Intl. wishes everyone happy holidays! 

This will be the last PATH Intl. eNews for the year; hard to believe that the next one will be in January 2018! 

The PATH Intl. office will be closed Friday, December 22, and Monday, December 25. 
2018 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation
Effective January 2, 2018, PATH Intl. will be releasing the most up-to-date edition of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation, which will completely replace the previous year's manual. Changes are noted on the first page of the standards manual. 

The Field Test Standards (FTS) from the 2016 edition were voted on electronically in 2017 and FTS 1 through 4 passed and are incorporated into the 2018 edition. Other edits were made for consistency, renumbering and better understanding of content. As of January 2, 2018, all PATH Intl. candidates for certification and/or accreditation will be required to comply with the most up-to-date edition and changes. Please note there may be a delay in applications being updated and reflecting the new edition. 

Members will be able to download the manual for free off the PATH Intl. website when it is available. Copies will be available in the online store.
2018 Conference - Stay Tuned
In the association's efforts to reduce costs for the annual conference, PATH Intl. has  tried contracting with different kinds of facilities in which to hold the conference in 2018. At this point, efforts have not been successful and have set us back on our timeline for procuring a location for the conference. We are continuing our efforts and hope to announce a location and dates in January. We appreciate your patience as we explore ways to continue the PATH Intl. tradition of high-level education at the annual conference.
Retired Jockey and PATH Intl. Donor in Feature Article 
Jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. Longtime PATH Intl. supporter Frankie Lovato (pictured right) was featured in The Spectrum article "The Life and Times of 'Frankie' Lovato, Jr." by Pete Monaco. PATH Intl. members will know Frankie as the donor of the Equicizer, a perennial favorite at PATH Intl. Conference silent auctions. What they might not know is that Frankie is a retired jockey. Click here to read his story.
Australian Government Report on ASD Services
Melissa Musson, a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, shared with PATH Intl. the Australia government response to develop a comprehensive autism state plan, with an initial investment of $22 million for immediate actions to support individuals on the autism spectrum in Victoria. This plan will include expanding inclusive sport and recreation opportunities, including horseback riding. Click here to read the report "Partliamentary Inquiry Into Services for People With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)." Melissa is an active member of AMAZE (formerly Autism Victoria), part of the advisory that helped shape the recommendations in the inquiry. Congratulations, Melissa, on the results of your efforts!
Deadline Approaching for Applications for PATH Intl. Veterans Reimbursements Through VA Grant
PATH Intl. has received a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces for the fourth consecutive year.

For the period of February 1 - August 30, 2018, PATH Intl. will provide reimbursements for direct participation in equine-assisted activities and therapies at PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers. Applications will be accepted through January 3, 2018. Click here for information.
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
2017 has been an exciting year in equine-assisted activities and therapies and for the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee. Committee members enjoyed connecting with members through PATH Intl. Community Connections, in-person conferences and social media. As we bid farewell to 2017, committee members share a heartfelt thank you for sharing your experiences, educational needs and questions focused on programing and equine management considerations. To highlight the committee's dedication and passion to promoting equine care, wellness and longevity in the past year, we would like to share the most viewed equine tip of the year from May 2, 2017! Click here to read "Free Range Stabling for Your Horses" by PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member Trish Broersma.

As the committee looks ahead to welcome 2018, you can expect to dive into new topics to promote optimum health and wellness of our equine partners and interact with the committee on new platforms. Keep an eye on your PATH Intl. broadcasts to learn about new resources available to members. We can hardly wait!
2017 Conference Handouts
Handouts from the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting are now available online, including the list of possible CE and DE continuing education units. Click here for the list.
2018 PATH Intl. Virtual Conference Call for Abstracts
PATH Intl. Virtual Conference blue-and-green with location button Now is your opportunity to be part of the second annual PATH Intl. Virtual Conference, April 24-25, 2018. 

PATH Intl. is actively soliciting abstracts on important research, best practices, trends and developments that are of significance to association members and industry professionals. 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.* With a limited time commitment, you can provide others with the opportunity to lead their field. Submit your abstract today!

*It is not appropriate nor permitted for presentations to focus on selling or promoting materials or products. This includes but is not limited to therapeutic methodologies, products useful in EAAT programs, software or internet applications.

Please allow six weeks for the abstract review process. Notifications will be sent via electronic mail.

Please submit your abstract by Jan. 18th, 2018!
Center Renewal
The deadline to renew center membership is December 31, 2017. 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 After January 15, 2018, a $60 late fee will be assessed

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 may now 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

Reminder: New 2018 PATH Intl. Awards Program - Nominations Now Open
The deadline to submit nominations for PATH Intl. awards is earlier than in past years. Nominations for all equestrians, credentialed professionals, volunteers, veterinarians and equines must be submitted by FEBRUARY 19, 2018 . This is to ensure that regional winners are notified in time for the 2018 region conferences. Click here  to read about the changes and to begin the process.
Call for Abstracts for 2018 Regional Conferences
Calls for abstracts for the 2018 PATH Intl. Regional Conferences are now open. Click on the region name for the abstract form.

Region 1
June 2-3, 2018
Sharon, VT
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
Submission Deadline February 12, 2018

* Region 4 
April 19-22, 2018
Martinsville, IN
Bradford Woods/Agape
Submission Deadline Dec. 28, 2017

* Region 11
May 18-20, 2018
Shadow Hills, CA
Submission Deadline Jan. 19, 2018
April 14-15, 2018
Binghamton, NY
Submission Deadline Dec. 22, 2017

* Region 10
May 18-20, 2018
New Mexico Therapeutic Riding Center
Sante Fe, NM
Submission Deadline Jan. 19, 2018
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. 5-7, 2018

Aug. 13-15, 2018
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding *Advanced Prep Only*
Healing Strides of VA *Certification Only*
Old Lyme, CT

Boones Mill, VA

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Jan. 25-28, 2018
Mar. 15-18, 2018
Apr. 3-6, 2018

Apr. 7-10, 2018
Apr. 12-15, 2018
May 24-27, 2018
Jul. 11-14, 2018
Aug. 21-24, 2018
Nov. 16-19, 2018
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Pegasus Farm
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Johns Island, SC
Hartville, OH
Toano, VA

Old Lyme, CT
Redmond, WA
Elbert, CO
Cleburne, TX
Loveland, CO
Old Lyme, CT

Feb. 24-25, 2018
Inspire Equine Therapy Program *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Clearwater, FL

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