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Online Course
Award Nominations
Call for Abstracts
Riders Assistance Fund
Horses That Heal Documentary
Equine Tips
Region Conferences
Center Membership Renewal
America's Horse Cares Grant
Music Survey
PAC in the News
Workshops and Certifications
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February 16, 2016  

New PATH Intl. Online Course: Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT  
PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the launch of its next online course: Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT.  This 3-week PATH Intl. education course aims to provide focused education on conditions related to spinal cord injuries (SCI) and paralysis, and to discuss best practices for providing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to individuals with physical and/or emotional challenges related to living with SCI and paralysis.

This course will offer instructors an understanding of SCI conditions and how to apply this knowledge to the development of safe and effective EAAT lesson plans. Course curriculum will focus on integrating new ideas for offering a participant-centered approach to planning and facilitating EAAT.

PATH Intl. would like to thank the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for underwriting the content development of this new online course.

The first section of the PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT online course will begin March 1, 2016, and run each month during 2016.

Click here for course syllabus, pricing and registration information
Nominate Your Horses and Humans for the 2016 PATH Intl. Recognition Awards  
Do you have an exceptional equestrian at your PATH Intl. Member Center that you would like nationally recognized? Do you admire a particular credentialed professional? Does a special horse, mule or mini with a priceless attitude call your center home? Does a volunteer or veterinarian go beyond what you expect at your PATH Intl. Center? Recognize these individuals and equines for their extraordinary accomplishments by taking a few minutes to nominate them.

Nominations for awards to be announced at this year's conference are due no later than May 20, 2016, 11:59 p.m. MDT, but it is not too soon to start filling out your nomination forms to avoid a last minute rush!

The nomination forms make the nomination process easier than ever. All forms can now be filled out online directly; no need to worry about having the right PDF software or email program. Simply fill out the online form and your response is automatically submitted!

Click here for more information on award nomination submission and for the links to the fillable forms.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 103.
2016 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts  
The 2016 PATH Intl. Conference is November 2-5, 2016, in Williamsburg, VA. At this time PATH Intl. is conducting a call for abstracts. You are invited to submit an abstract highlighting your organization's innovations or personal research and how they may benefit the equine-assisted activities and therapies field.

Abstract submission will be handled electronically only.

Click here to download abstract information

The conference will also include a poster session. Presenters may submit an abstract for the poster session by following the same directions as for the traditional classroom presentation. Click here to download additional information on poster sessions.

Click here to begin the abstract submission process.

Abstracts must be submitted to PATH Intl. by March 14, 2016. No submissions will be accepted after March 14.  
Riders Assistance Fund Scholarship to a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center: DEADLINE FEBRUARY 25, 2016 
PATH Intl. is pleased to grant one Riders Assistance Fund Scholarship to a child equestrian at one PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in 2016. The application can be found under "My Center Membership" (you must be logged in). All applications are due by February 25, 2016. Each center may nominate only one child.

Questions? Please contact Cher Smith or call her at (303) 452-1212, ext. 123. 
Horses That Heal Documentary Available in March  
Horses That Heal Horses That Heal will be available for purchase on iTunes and DVD in March 2016. Visit the RIDE TV Shop to purchase your DVD copy of the film next month. Click here to learn more about Horses That Heal and receive updates by joining RIDE Nation. Stay tuned on RIDE Nation, Facebook (Horses That Heal) and Twitter (@HTHDocumentary) for announcements about upcoming public screenings and learn how you can host a screening in your community! Watch the trailer for Horses That Heal here.
Equine Tips
horse hooves Best Foot Forward: Tips for Winter Hoof Care
By Christina Russell, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member   

Last week marked the first big snowstorm of the season in the Northeast, which brought some states serious snow accumulation while other areas maintained record high temperatures for this time of year. Horse owners are familiar with the challenges that snow, ice and freezing temperatures bring but erratic weather patterns with temperatures shifting from warm to freezing can be equally difficult to manage.

At this point in the year, your horse should already be barefoot or equipped with whatever method of traction device your farrier recommends. Rim shoes, rubber popper pads and Borium are all excellent additions to a standard shoe to reduce snow build up and potential slipping. Regardless of the approach you have taken to protect your horse during the winter it is crucial to remember that this is only the first step to caring for their hooves. Read more
The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee is making a commitment to refine and deepen 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!    
State Meetings and Region Conferences Information - Earn CEUs
PATH Intl. Region 2 Conference
Hosted by Maryland Council of Equestrian Therapies and the University of Maryland, College Park
March 18-20, 2016
Click here to register online
Click here to download the registration form to register by fax or mail.

PATH Intl. Region 6 Conference 
Hosted by: North Dakota State University (NDSU) Equine Department; Riding On Angels' Wings (ROAW) - Felton, MN; Serenity Therapeutic Riding Program (STEP) - Minot, ND; Walk By Faith (WBF) - Fisher, MN
March 11-13, 2016 in Fargo, ND
Click here to register online

Earn Continuing Education Units
Available CEUs for Illinois State Meeting
Available CEUs for Region 7 Conference
Available CEUs for Region 2 Conference

Call for Abstracts Still Open
PATH Intl. Region 5 Conference
PATH Intl. Region 9 Conference    
Center Membership Renewal
The deadline to renew your center membership was December 31, 2015. Renew as soon as possible in order to avoid a lapse in your membership. You must include a $50 late fee with your renewal. 

Online center renewal for 2016 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 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.

Centers that prefer to pay by check may 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
Grant Opportunity Through America's Horse Cares Grant Program
Through America's Horse Cares Grant Program, the American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF) is accepting grant applications by organizations offering equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to those with emotional, physical and/or cognitive challenges. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016. Click here for information.  
Survey: How Music Is Used in EAAT Programs
Sarah Lynn Rossi is a music therapy intern who works in a therapeutic riding facility under the supervision of Sister Ann Frances, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and music therapist. She is investigating if and how music is being used in other equine-assisted activities and therapies programs. This brief nine-question survey will serve as a tool to further inform music therapists and PATH Intl. Certified Professionals about the use of music in EAAT. If you have questions, please email Sarah Rossi. Thank you! 
PAC Featured in Florida Newspaper
Congratulations to Hope Therapy, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Middleburg, FL, which was featured on the front page of the Jacksonville Times Union on January 11, 2016. Click here to read the story.  
Instructor Receives Grant for Center
Kari Ann Owen, a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, was awarded a Seedlings of Change mini-grant. Click here for pictures and videos of Kari Ann and her program Wildhorse in Missoula, MT. Congratulations, Kari Ann! 
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.  
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test 
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
Hockley, TX
March 16-19, 2016
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
Toano, VA
March 31 - April 3, 2016  
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Milford, PA
April 14-17, 2016 
Horses Help
Phoenix, AZ
April 14-16, 2016  
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Old Lyme, CT
April 21 - 23, 2016
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
May 16-19, 2016
Potter's Ranch
Union, KY
May 17-19, 2016 
Reins of Life
South Bend, IN
June 16-19, 2016 
Hearts & Hooves
Sherwood, AR
July 7-10, 2016 
Agape Therapeutic Riding
Cicero, IN
August 8-11, 2016 
Eagle Mount Bozeman
Bozeman, MT
August 17-20, 2016 
UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Goffstown, NH
September 22-24, 2016
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Elbert, CO
October 20-23, 2016  

 Advanced Instructor Certification 
Certification Only 
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding 
Old Lyme, CT 
May 23 - 26, 2016
Workshop Only
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Augusta, MI
June 2-4, 2016  
Workshop Only
BOK Ranch, Inc.
Woodside, CA
August 23-25, 2016 
Workshop Only 
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Loveland, CO 
September 3-5, 2016
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Augusta MI
October 7-9, 2016 

Vaulting Certification  
Equine-Assisted Therapies of SF  
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
April 7-10, 2016  
Ivey Ranch Park
Oceanside, CA
April 20-22, 2016 

Mentor Training

Free Spirit Riders, Inc.
Fond du Lac, WI
April 8-9, 2016 
Ivey Ranch Park
Oceanside, CA
April 17-18 
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Old Lyme, CT
May 6-7, 2016 
Ivey Ranch Park
Oceanside, CA
October 9-10, 2016 

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