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CFC Campaign
Planned Giving Society
Giving Tuesday
Center Renewal Due
Wounded Warrior Project
New Master Instructor
Book on EAP
New PACs
Doctoral Student Looking for Committee Member
Scholarship Opportunities
Workshops and Certifications
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CFC Campaign
Are you a member of the military or a civilian working for the U.S. federal government? Do you have friends or family who are employed by the U.S. government? If so, you can support PATH Intl. through the Combined Federal Campaign this fall. The PATH Intl. CFC# is 23051. Thank you for your service to our country!
PATH Intl. Planned Giving Society Needs a Name

PATH Intl. is creating a planned giving society, and we need a name. This group includes those who have included PATH Intl. in their will, IRA, life insurance or other long-term plans. If you have an idea for a name for this group, please send it to Megan Ferry. The winner will receive a PATH Intl. logo vest!


If you have questions about including PATH Intl. in your will, please email Megan or call her at (303) 452-1212, ext. 107. Thank you in advance for your creativity! 
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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications  

    December 3, 2013 

Campaign on "Giving Tuesday" Benefits PATH Intl.
screen cap giving library The Giving Library, an online video archive that connects donors to nonprofits, is kicking off a $100,000 "Share to Give" campaign on Giving Tuesday, the national day of giving, which is TODAY, December 3.

Visitors to the Giving Library website are able to view videos for hundreds of charitable organizations across the United States. By signing up for a free "library card," viewers can show their support for PATH Intl. by sharing our video on Facebook or Twitter. The Giving Library will then donate $5 to PATH Intl.

This is a way for you to support PATH Intl. without spending any money this holiday season. All you have to do is share the PATH Intl. Giving Library video on Facebook or Twitter, and the Giving Library will donate $5 to us. It's that simple!
PATH Intl. Center Renewal Due December 31st

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 is available. Online registration makes it especially easy to renew your registration 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 their 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.

Click here to download the center renewal booklet.

New this year, centers that prefer to pay by check may now complete the Center Renewal booklet online and mail a check for center membership dues.

For more information about renewing your center membership, please visit our FAQ page.  

Wounded Warrior Project Partnership Provides Scholarships to PACs
PATH International Equine Services for Heroes is partnering with Wounded Warrior Project to provide equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for WWP Alumni. WWP has made a significant gift to PATH International for the purpose of awarding scholarships for EAAT to WWP Alumni who have expressed an interest in therapeutic horsemanship. The scholarships are available for WWP Alumni to ride at PATH International Premier Accredited Centers across the country. Click here for more information or contact Rachel Johnston with questions. 
Meet Kelly Rodgers, PATH Intl. Master Instructor
Kelly-Rodgers PATH Intl. is pleased to present Kelly Rodgers, our newest PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor. PATH Intl. Master Instructor Certification is the highest certification level an instructor can achieve through PATH Intl. Through dedication, hard work and extensive knowledge, Kelly has now joined ranks with this elite group of only 31 instructors. PATH Intl. Master Instructors are looked on as role models in the industry. They embody the spirit of PATH Intl., elevating the dignity, knowledge and professionalism of the entire therapeutic horsemanship team.

Kelly has clearly demonstrated that she has a strong a background in horsemanship and teaching as well as a thorough knowledge of a variety of physical, cognitive, intellectual and emotional disabilities and their relationship to therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapies.

Kelly has been the Program Director at Maryland Therapeutic Riding, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, since 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies with a concentration in Equine Business Management from Centenary College of New Jersey. During her time at Centenary, she volunteered in the TRAC program (Therapeutic Riding at Centenary) and also completed the PATH Intl. Approved Training Course under the direction of Octavia Brown. She is a PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Associate Site Visitor, Instructor Mentor, Apprentice Evaluator, Maryland State Chair and a Special Olympics coach.  Kelly loves the collaborative nature of PATH Intl. and looks forward to connecting with many others to continue promoting excellence in EAAT.

Kelly, on behalf of PATH Intl. and the master panelists, we applaud you on your remarkable achievement! Thank you for perpetuating the future excellence and quality assurance of EAAT and PATH Intl.

Click here for information on the PATH Intl. Master Instructor Certification
Book on Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Now Available

book cover More Than a Mirror by Shannon Knapp is now available for purchase. More Than a Mirror offers a thorough examination of theory and practice of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) as a therapeutic intervention. Leading practitioner Shannon Knapp, M.A., of Horse Sense of the Carolinas, integrates emotional/social intelligence, neuroscience and learning theory as well as a step-by-step examination of EAP as practiced today.  


Click here (or on the image) for information on how to order.  


"This book is a wonderful example of the power and spirit of collaboration."

- Leif Hallberg, Author of Walking the Way of the Horse
New PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers
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Congratulations to the following centers that became accredited or reaccredited in
October 2013!

Newly accredited centers  

Triple Play Farm in Davidson, NC  

Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding in Norwich, OH  

Kemmerer Village in Assumption, IL  

Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center in Oregon City, OR  

Nickers N' Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center in Acme, PA  

Charity Hill Ranch in Rapid City, MI  


Reaccredited centers  

Dream Riders in Lexington, SC  

Special Equestrians, Inc. in Indian Springs, AL  

Therapeutic Riding of Tryon at FENCE in Tryon, NC  

ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program in Waterloo, IA  

Freedom Farm in Waverly, MN  

Lenawee Therapeutic Riding in Tecumseh, MI  

Graz'n Acres Therapeutic Riding Center in Sedley, VA  

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Johns Island, SC

Doctoral Student Seeks Dissertation Committee Member
Rebecca Wara-Goss, a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology student at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA, is preparing her dissertation research to investigate the effectiveness of equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) treatment for combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is in the process of interviewing a potential dissertation committee member who would serve as her topic expert. She is seeking someone who has clinical or professional experience working with combat veterans, and/or in equine-related work with combat veterans, and may have experience serving on doctoral committees. Her school's requirements for the committee member are to have an advanced degree such as PhD, PsyD, or MD, and to have published their work/areas of interest in academic journals and professional forums. The school will give a modest compensation to the new committee member. Please email Rebecca if you are interested in assisting with her doctoral research, and/or have additional questions or comments. Thank you for your time. 
Two Scholarship Opportunities for PATH Intl. Instructor Candidates
The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce the PATH Intl. Champion of Equine Service Certification Scholarship to financially assist prospective instructors who achieve champion status to obtain a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification. The EQUUS Foundation will award one scholarship to cover the registration fee up to $1,000 for the recipient to attend a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Workshop. 
For more information about the champions program, the PATH Intl. Scholarship and how PATH Intl. members can achieve champion status by volunteering, visit the EQUUS website.

logo PATH Intl. will continue an innovative partnership with the American Paint Horse Foundation designed to help train therapeutic riding instructors. This alliance, which was founded in 2013, provides scholarship assistance to potential PATH Intl. instructors. While open to anyone with skills in equine management, horsemanship, instruction, teaching methods and disabilities, preference for scholarships will be given again to medical professionals.

The average cost to participate in a PATH Intl. certification workshop and test, which takes place over three days, is $800. The American Paint Horse Foundation seeks to assist individuals interested in certification through the awarding of one-time, $800 scholarships.


Learn more about how the foundation benefits the lives of American Paint Horses and their enthusiasts at apply for an American Paint Horse Foundation PATH Intl. scholarship, email Jan Anderson or call her at (817) 222-6414. Applications should be postmarked by March 1, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 15, 2014.

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. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
January 21-24, 2014
Equest in Wylie, TX


February 7-10, 2014
Marion Therapeutic Riding Academy in Ocala, FL


February 20-23, 2014
Therapeutic Horsemanship in Wentzville, MO

April 3-6, 2014
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center in Williamsburg, VA

May 15-18, 2014
Aspire TRP in Waterloo, IA

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification  
January 10-12, 2014 (workshop only)
Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program in Solvang, CA


March 14-17, 2014
Hands And Hearts For Horses in Thomasville, GA

April 12-15, 2014
St. Andrews Ride Like a Knight in Laurinburg, NC

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
December 13-15, 2013
Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, OH

February 25-26, 2014
Good Hope Equestrian Training Center in Miami, FL

April 28-30, 2014
Ivey Ranch Park Association in Oceanside, CA

May 28-30, 2014
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT

PATH Intl. Mentor Training
December 7-8, 2013
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Brewster, NY

April 10-11, 2013
Free SPIRIT Riders, Inc., in Fond Du Lac, WI

May 17-18, 2014
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO


PATH Intl. Approved Training Course
January - May (exact dates pending; check online calendar)
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT


May 28-July 20, 2014
Equest in Wylie, TX


August 27-November (check calendar for end date)
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2013 and 2014 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 

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