In This Issue
DOL Overtime Rule
CNN Heroes of the Year
Colorado Gives Day
Free Adequan
Center Renewal
NEW Online Courses Available
Community Connections Corner
Equine Tips
New Research Journal
Workshops and Certifications
Quick Links
Stay Connected 
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PATH Intl. Sponsors
If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2016 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, please contact Kaye Marks
Title Sponsor - $20,000+ 
the official feed of PATH Intl.

Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+  

Virginia Horse Industry Board
, presenting sponsor of the PATH Intl. Horse Expo

Gold Sponsor - $10,000+  
Silver - $7,500+   
Strides to Success

Bronze - $5,000+   
Pewter - $2,500+   
Copper - $1,000+
In Kind Donors and Media Partners
U.S. Department of Labor's Overtime Rule Blocked ... Now What?
Click here to learn more about who, what, when and why the overtime rule scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016, has been blocked and how it may affect your center, your employees and your bottom line.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Title Sponsor: Purina, the official feed of PATH Intl.

December 6, 2016 

PATH Intl. Member Nominated for CNN Hero of the Year
Harry Swimmer with horse
PATH Intl. Life Member and Certified Registered Instructor Harry Swimmer has been nominated for CNN Heroes. The Top 10 Heroes will be celebrated on Sunday night, December 11, 8 p.m. Eastern Time on CNN, and one will be picked as the CNN Hero of the Year.

Vote for Harry to win the top award through TODAY Tuesday, December 6. You can vote up to 10 times per day on Facebook, Twitter and the CNN website.

Facebook: Click message, type "vote" in the message box then push the scroll button to find Harry. Click Vote for Harry.

Twitter: Tweet #HeroesVote + Harry Swimmer

Website: You will be asked to log in with either an email address or Facebook. Then click Vote for Harry.
Colorado Gives Day - TODAY 
Colorado Gives Day 2016 logo Today, Tuesday, December 6, is Colorado Gives Day, an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. (You don't have to live in Colorado to donate to a Colorado nonprofit.)

Donate today to PATH Intl.  
Where do your donations go? Currently, the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund is seriously depleted because of all the good we've been able to do to help centers that have experienced damage from natural and man-made disasters, such as flooding. We could use a flood of donations to replenish the fund and help more centers! Thank you so much for your generosity!
Free Adequan to PATH Intl. Member Centers  
adequan logoA big thank you to PATH Intl. Silver Sponsor Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. the makers of Adequan (Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan) i.m.! We are excited to announce an opportunity for all PATH Intl. Member Centers to receive free Adequan i.m. for their horses. The Adequan i.m. being offered has an expiration date of February 28, 2017. This opportunity will be offered through December 16, 2016 or while supplies last.

Sue Adams from HEARTS  TRC, INC., in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, wrote, "We just got thankful!"

Click here for information. Click here to download the application form.

Questions? Email Luitpold customer service
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. 
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.
Community Connections Corner 
Community Connections banner This Month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Administrator Community where a member asks:
I recently took over volunteer management at my center. We are a large operation and have about 300 volunteers on file. Does anyone have any numbers, or any feel, for how many volunteers return after initial training? And what is behind this? Also - any numbers/feel for volunteer retention over time?  Thanks - any response is appreciated!

If you have any advice to help this member, please click here  to log into Community Connections and join the discussion.
From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Winter Health Considerations
By Christina Horn, Equine Welfare Committee Member

Here in the Northeast, darkness creeps in much earlier in the day, temperatures are steadily dropping, and we even received our first snowfall today. Winter has arrived and the change of season undoubtedly brings many challenges when caring for horses. Take a moment to be sure you are ready for the extreme weather the next several months may hold. 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 Research Journal From IAHAIO
The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) has a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal, People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice. They invite contributions for both the science and practice sections from researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines. Articles should be related to research and/or practice in the fields of animal-assisted interactions (AAI) or human-animal interactions (HAI), where the well being of both people and animals are concerned. An interdisciplinary view is favored, reflecting the philosophy of IAHAIO. Visit the website for details of the submission process.
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  
Dec. 8-11, 2016
Feb. 23-26, 2017 
Mar. 22-25, 2017
Mar. 23-26, 2017
April 5-8, 2017 

April 20-23, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding
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
Touchstone Farm
Lenoir City, TN
Old Lyme, CT 
Bend, OR
Chatsworth, CA 
Toana, VA

Milford, PA
Temple, NH

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

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

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