In This Issue
Annual Meeting and Bylaws Vote
Thank You, Cara Yar Khan!
Conference Handouts
Special Education Webinar
VA Grant
Equine Tips
Center Renewal
2018 Awards Program
Foundation Directory Online Discount
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
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December 5, 2017 

2017 PATH Intl. Annual Meeting and Bylaws Vote
Great news! The bylaws vote allowing for electronic voting passed. Now every member will have the opportunity for their voice to be heard on any proposed bylaws change. 

During the discussion leading up to the vote, a member asked why the quorum was set at 30 votes. The exact language is: Section 2. Quorum--A quorum for the bylaw amendment vote shall consist of no fewer than 30 votes submitted by eligible voters.

Since total membership is more than 8,000 individuals, 30 votes seems too low. We acknowledged this, recognizing that the quorum number has likely been there since the first bylaws were approved. Therefore, the board will be looking to give this section a refresh and it will likely be voted on the next time there is a bylaws vote.

To learn more about this year's annual meeting:
Thank You to Cara Yar Khan!
PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm_ Cara E. Yar Khan_ PATH Intl. President Ross Braun
PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm, Keynote Speaker Cara E. Yar Khan, PATH Intl. President Ross Braun
A huge thank you to Cara Yar Khan for being the keynote speaker at the PATH Intl. Awards Luncheon November 10. Cara, who was the 2015 PATH Intl. Adult Equestrian, has announced a Spring 2018 launch date for her long-planned Grand Canyon Expedition. Cara, who was diagnosed with Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy in 2006, will record the expedition in the documentary "HIBM: Her Inescapable Brave Mission." 

To learn more about Cara and the work she is doing on the documentary, visit her Facebook page or her website.

The Grand Canyon expedition represents the biggest and most ambitious challenge yet faced by Cara, and we look forward to following her progress!
2017 Conference Handouts
Handouts for 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.
Register Now: Special Education Webinar Series 
Registration is open for the live webinar "Connecting With Teachers and School Lessons."
Monday, December 11th at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
Andrea Suk The second live webinar in the FREE three-part special education series will also be presented by PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and University of Oklahoma Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment doctoral scholar Andrea Suk, MSEd. It will focus on connecting with special education teachers and school lessons. Click here to register.

In early 2017, PATH Intl. launched an outreach campaign for special education teachers to heighten awareness of EAAT and the crucial role PATH Intl. Member Centers and Professionals play in the industry. Through education, the objective is to facilitate connections between special education teachers and their local PATH Intl. Centers and Professionals to have them consider EAAT a viable activity for their students.

Toward that end, PATH Intl. is offering a FREE three-part special education webinar series. Topics covered in the live October 16, 2017 webinar included trends, goals, policies and terminology to help facilitate the connection to local schools and special educators. If you were not able to attend the first presentation in the series, you can still access the material! The webinar was recorded and is available in the online store, free of charge.

Applications Being Accepted for PATH Intl. Veterans Reimbursements Through VA Grant
PATH Intl. is proud to announce that it 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 
Editor's Note: We apologize. Dr. Phelps article was incorrectly linked in the last eNews. The corrected link is below.

Common Lameness Conditions Affecting Performance of PATH Intl. Program Horses 
By Ashley Phelps, DVM

Lameness is the one of most common reasons for reduced performance in horses. It is not a disease itself, but a clinical sign that can be a result of many conditions. Diagnosis of the problem or problems can be challenging to veterinarians and frustrating to owners. Lameness is most often associated with pain, and therefore must be addressed by your veterinarian. Read more

Check out this new opportunity to connect with the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee! Follow this link to engage in a discussion with members of this committee and other PATH Intl. members regarding this eNews Tip.
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.
Foundation Directory Online Discount Offered to PATH Intl. Member Centers
Since 2008 PATH Intl. has been able to offer the Foundation Directory Online-Professional Edition to its member centers through a program from the Foundation Center. This program allowed PATH Intl. to have one license that then was accessible by all member centers. The association learned late this summer that this single sign-on program is being discontinued by the Foundation Center, and the association will no longer be able to provide this benefit in its current form as the cost to continue would be well over one million dollars. 
PATH Intl. has been extended a 20% discount to the Foundation Directory Online-Professional Edition for its member centers. To get started, log in and go to My Center Membership.
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, 218
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
Aug. 13-15, 2018 Healing Strides of VA *Certification Only* 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
May 24-27, 2018
Jul. 11-14, 2018
Nov. 16-19, 2018
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Pegasus Farm
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Johns Island, SC
Hartville, OH
Toano, VA

Old Lyme, CT
Elbert, CO
Cleburne, TX
Old Lyme, CT

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

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