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Thank You, Donors!
Center Renewal
Equine Tips
NEW Online Courses Available
Workshops and Certifications
Quick Links
Stay Connected 
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, presenting sponsor of the PATH Intl. Horse Expo

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December 20, 2016 

Thank You, Donors!
thank you with horse silhouetteA most heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated to PATH Intl. on Giving Tuesday and also on Colorado Gives Day. 

There is still time before the end of the year to make a gift to PATH Intl. Your donations will go to the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund to help centers with an immediate need in meeting expenses after natural or manmade catastrophic disasters. Or your gift could go to the special education teachers outreach campaign, as we promote the profession by helping to raise national awareness.

Donate today to PATH Intl.  

Thank you for your generous support of PATH Intl. and equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Center Renewal 
Thank you for your commitment to safety, ethical practices and professionalism in equine-assisted activities and therapies. To ensure that PATH Intl. continues to provide your center with premium education and to maintain uninterrupted access to the wealth of benefits available to PATH Intl. centers, please renew your center membership by December 31.

Online center renewal for 2017 is available, and it is especially easy to renew your membership before it expires. With the elimination of paper, you'll end any worry about losing your form on the desk or in the mail.

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.

On November 14, 2016, an email went out to the personal email addresses of the assigned primary contacts for PATH Intl. Centers with information about renewing center membership. If you are the primary contact of a center, and did NOT receive the email from Karen Province, please call the office or contact Karen so that we can double check our records and the email address we have on file. 
From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Partnership: Who Is Leading the Dance
By Marcie Ehrman and Jo Anne Miller, Equine Welfare Committee Members

Partnering with our equines in equine-assisted activities and therapies was a recurring theme throughout the 2016 PATH Intl. Conference last month in Williamsburg, VA. Four members of the Equine Welfare Committee participated in a full-day workshop at Community Connections to a standing room only crowd. It was a wonderfully interactive session, with members of the audience asking insightful questions, making meaningful comments and offering valuable feedback. We spoke about recognizing our equine partners as sentient beings, the Five Freedoms, retirement and end of life decisions, and exploring ways to provide an excellent quality of life during and after our equine's work. We discussed the importance of and challenges around developing guidelines for determining an acceptable weight limit and workload for each of our program equines.

One of the predominant themes of the day was the dance we engage in each time we work with our horses, as they are our partners in this profession . Read more  

The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee is committed to refining and deepening our perspective of equine well-being to include the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our wonderful four-legged partners. Join us on this journey. Please add your thoughts on the PATH Intl. Community Connections page. It is our desire that these tips start a further discussion on Community Connections. Any thoughts? We appreciate hearing from you! 

NEW Online Courses Available
NEW PATH Intl. Standards Course
PATH Intl. is committed to making education for members more accessible by continuing to build its online course library. Currently, PATH Intl. only offers the standards course in person for individuals going through the accreditation or certification process. To increase the accessibility and address the high demand for this course, a new online PATH Intl. Standards Course will launch in January 2017! This interactive, multi-module course is designed to help the learner gain a thorough understanding of the importance and application of the standards. Due to this new course being more comprehensive and appropriate for a wider audience, the online CAT Course exam will be phased out during the 2017 calendar year. As of February 1st 2017, all new certification and accreditation/reaccreditation applicants will be enrolled in the online standards course. All accreditation/reaccreditation and certification applications available on the website will be updated as of January 1, 2017 to reflect this eventual transition.

What does this mean for you?  Click here for a sampling of scenarios to illustrate how this new course and requirements might affect your situation.

Want to be among the first to take the new online course?
Priority registration will be granted for those individuals who pre-purchase the January course now. Once purchased, registrants will be automatically enrolled in the course that begins the first week of January. Confirmation emails with access information will be sent in January. 

If you have questions about the new requirements and course, please contact Sara DePape for questions related to accreditation; for questions related to certification, please contact Bret Maceyak.

PATH Intl. Mentor Training Course
This four-week mentor training course meets the requirements to become an official PATH Intl. Mentor. Quality mentorship is a key component to achieving any level or discipline of certification. This skill development program has been created in response to the need for a formalized education process to enhance the skills of those who mentor. The objective is to increase the number of qualified mentors available to instructors in training and to provide current PATH Intl. Certified Professionals with a continuing education opportunity while enhancing personal observation, evaluation and feedback skills.

Questions? Email Stefani Viktora-Anderson.

Other Online Education Opportunities
Click here for information and registration for the Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® online course, beginning January 6, February 1 and March 1.

Click here for information and registration for the PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & EAAT Online Course, beginning February 1.
SmartPak Horse of the Month
SmartPak is looking to choose the next Horse of the Month, which will receive $100 of SmartPak products for a month. Nominate your horse for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!  
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. 16-18, 2017

April 8-10, 2017
May 22-24, 2017
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Advanced Prep Workshop ONLY*
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Augusta, MI

Tobaccoville, NC
Augusta, MI

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Feb. 23-26, 2017 
Mar. 22-25, 2017
Mar. 23-26, 2017
April 5-8, 2017 

June 15-18, 2017
July 8-11, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship 
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Touchstone Farm
Old Lyme, CT 
Bend, OR
Chatsworth, CA 
Toana, VA

Milford, PA
Cleburne, TX
Temple, NH

Interactive Vaulting
Oct. 8-11, 2017 Ivey Ranch Park Oceanside, CA

Mentor Training 
Mar. 24-25, 2017
April 2-3, 2017
May 15-16, 2017
May 19-20, 2017 
June 14-15, 2017
UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Ivey Ranch Park
Healing Strides of VA
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Potter's Ranch
Goffstown, NH
Oceanside, CA
Boones Mill, VA
Old Lyme, CT 
Union, KY

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