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Online Education
Celebrating PATH Intl. Members
Baseline Definition Resource Guide Update
Adaptive Sports Grant
EquestrianProfessional Webinar
PATH Intl. Virtual Conference
Improving Technology for PATH Intl. Members
PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Exam Piloting Begins
EQUUS Foundation Grant Cycle
Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
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PATH Intl. Online Education Calendar 
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PATH Intl. Online Mentor Training Course

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February 19, 2019 

TIME TO CELEBRATE! PATH Intl. Member of the Month
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Thank you to everyone who responded to our members of the month request. In the office the PATH Intl. staff has so much fun getting to know members and we hope you will enjoy it just as much throughout this anniversary year!
 
Maggee Harrison with four participants Our second featured member is Maggee Harrison from Montana! Maggee is the therapeutic horsemanship program director at PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Eagle Mount in beautiful Bozeman. Maggee is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She first joined in 2003 because she was already a volunteer and wanted to be active in the EAAT community. Her favorite thing about our community she states is networking with fellow professionals to benefit the people we serve. 

Can anyone guess Maggee's first career? It was large animal reproduction and physiology and she actually first learned about EAAT at the animal science meetings in North Carolina in 1981. When asked to tell us something about herself that most people don't know, she said, "I grew up in Woodstock, Connecticut. I am an open book - so there is very little I am unwilling to share!"
 
EAAT lesson One of her favorite EAAT horses was her Irish Hunter, Golly Gee. "He was a forward moving cross country beast but the best 'babysitter' and protector a rider could ever have!" When reflecting on her participants she relayed that "Every one of them brings such special gifts to my life. If I had to choose one special rider in this moment I would have to say Heidi. She is challenged by seizures and was just diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is gifted with a natural seat and an amazing love of life despite her disability. There is no one I know who can take a helmet off and gracefully dismount in a blink of an eye like Heidi! She keeps us on our toes and we love her!"

PATH Intl. asked Maggee to share a life lesson she had to learn the hard way. She replied, "Never judge a book by its cover!" And a piece of advice she'd like to share with fellow PATH Intl. members is, "Get involved - let your voice be heard - and commit to making our association work for our members." Her wildest dream fulfilled for the next 50 years of PATH Intl. and EAAT would be, "That we continue to reach out to our members to get volunteers at their centers signed up - there is room in the tent for a lot more people. We need their input and support to make sure our industry continues to provide the people we serve with the very best service EAAT professionals can offer."
 
We asked her to complete the following sentence: When I wear my PATH Intl. logo (or otherwise display my affiliation), I feel: "Proud."  Well Maggee, PATH Intl. is proud to have you as a member! Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place! Congratulations!
Baseline Definition Resource Guide (Terminology) Initiative Update
As many of you know, PATH Intl. is leading an initiative with the goal of term definition consensus among the major stakeholders in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT).
 
Next month, a survey will be distributed to you, various EAAT stakeholders and interested individuals to understand how terms and definitions are understood and being used in the field. This data will be analyzed and used as a framework for discussion at a baseline definition summit to be held in July, 2019.
 
We are pleased to announce the participants in that summit, representing a wide range of perspectives from the EAAT field. The participants are:
 
Dr. Alyssa Adams - Operations manager, National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events, Veterans Administration
Kathy Alm - CEO, PATH Intl.; former PATH Intl. center executive director
Debbie Anderson - Equine-assisted learning and therapy; PATH Intl. center administrator
Joann Benjamin - Physical therapist; hippotherapy clinical specialist, American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.
Dr. Octavia Brown - PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor; professor of equine studies, Centenary University
Nina Ekholm Fry - Mental health professional; equine-assisted psychotherapy and counseling, University of Denver, Institute for Human-Animal Connection; HETI; CBEIP; ISES; American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.
Michele Kane - MA Clinical Mental Health; veteran; PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Miyako Kinoshita - EFMHA; equine-assisted learning; PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Martin C. Pearce - PR/marketing/communications; parent of a participant
Lynn Klimas Petr - PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor; PATH Intl. center founder and administrator
Lissa Pohl - University of Kentucky, Community and Leadership Development; Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A) Master Trainer
Laurie Schick - Physical therapist; hippotherapy clinical specialist, American Hippotherapy Association; 3rd party billing
Lynn Thomas - LCSW; mental health professional; founder and CEO, Eagala
Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; professor of equine sciences and occupational therapy, director of research, Temple Grandin Equine Center, Colorado State University
Ken Minkoff and Chris Cline, facilitators, Zia Partners
www.ziapartners.com

Click here to read their bios.
 
Thank you to the initial workgroup comprised of Joann Benjamin, Michele Kane, Lynn Thomas and Dr. Wendy Wood for helping to lead this important initiative. And thank you to the Bob Woodruff Foundation for making this project possible.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Alm.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant Equipment Purchasing Grant
Need new equipment to support your PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® veterans program? PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers are eligible to apply for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant equipment purchasing grant.

PATH Intl. is excited to announce this opportunity funded by the VA Adaptive Sports Grant. This grant will be available to eligible PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers that are looking to purchase equipment for their veterans and/or armed service members (VSM) programing. The funding is intended to subsidize equipment and/or supplies such as special ramps, wheelchair lifts, saddles, carriages, etc. It does not cover the cost of equines, and all equipment applications must be intended to support veterans at your program.

You can apply for the grant here. Applications close April 19, 2019. Questions or concerns can be addressed to Kristin Jacobsen.
Free Webinar Through EquestrianProfessional.com
Center Members! It's time for the next administration webinar with EquestrianProfessional.com. We'll be taking a close look at how to create a business website that works for you. 

EAAT Horse Business Websites That Work
Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. Pacific - 7:30 p.m. Central - 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Place: Simulcast - attend via your phone or computer
Speaker: Elisabeth McMillan

Summary:
One of the toughest things about running a successful EAAT program is keeping up with all the business tasks you should do - like marketing and business management while doing all the things you have to do - like taking care of your horses, clients and volunteers. 

Over the years of working with horse professionals to improve their businesses, the key places we like to start is with implementing automation and systems that consistently leverage time, energy and money. One area that delivers results quickly is a strategically designed website that is set up to work - not just in terms of being effective but like how an extra employee (or two) would work. We've found that when horse business owners have hard working websites, their businesses run both more effectively and with less effort.

During our upcoming webinar "EAAT Horse Business Websites That Work" we'll show you several tricks and tips to turn your website into a "work horse" for your business.

Register here

PS. If you would like to submit your website for review (or to be used as an example) during our webinar, please include your website address in the form field on the registration page.
The Date Is Set!
VC PROMO 2019
The PATH Intl. Virtual Conference will be April 23-24, 2019. Whether you are new to PATH Intl. or consider yourself a seasoned professional, the 2019 virtual conference will engage, energize and offer practical skills and guidance to support the rigorous requirements of being an EAAT professional. Registration details coming soon!

Cost
Early Bird Member Price - $169
Early Bird Standard (non-member) Price - $219
Early Bird Center Rate (CEUs are good for three people) - $338
Coming Soon! Always Improving Technology for PATH Intl. Members
PATH Intl. is developing a new database to enhance the members' user experience. The PATH Intl. website links directly to a customer relationship management (CRM) system, which is the technology used to manage member relationships and interactions. Currently this database is where members manage their contact information, make purchases from the store and the tool that links those records to online directories seen on the website such as find a center and the member directory.

The new system, which is slated to launch in the next few months, will offer a friendlier user interface, ability to submit instructor compliance online and the ability to submit all center renewal requirements online in one setting. The member's profile page will even be customizable!

Click here for a sneak peek at the future member experience. Watch for more information soon!

PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Exam Piloting Begins
As one of the final steps in validating the design of the PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) certification exam, Professional Testing Inc. will be conducting randomized trials of the certification exam questions. The purpose of the trial exams is to confirm that the exam questions perform to expectations and to determine an appropriate cut score (passing score). For security of the exam questions, the trial exams will be offered in written pen and pencil format, administered by a Professional Testing Inc. consultant. Participation will count for 2.5 Riding CR or 2.5 CE continuing education credits. The initial trial* open to PATH Intl. members (certified or not) will be offered at th e PATH Intl. Region 3 conference, March 29th, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Please contact Bret Maceyak directly to sign up for this trial.

*Dependent on amount and quality of the data/feedback captured, additional trials may be arranged.

Not sure what the PATH Intl. CTRI certification exam is? Learn more here.
2019 EQUUS Foundation Grant Cycle Open
PATH Intl. member centers are among the equine charities eligible to receive EQUUS Foundation Transparency Awards. The purpose of the Transparency Awards is to encourage equine organizations to be transparent and accountable to the public through the disclosure of their equine care and use practices and to reward equine organizations that are operating at the highest standards for horse care and use. 

Transparency Awards range from $500 to $5,000 and are used to underwrite the costs associated with the care of horses, such as veterinary, dental and farrier care, horse feed, supplements, bedding, horse gear, equipment and supplies as well as alternative treatments and interventions. The funding cycle for 2019 grants is open now. Read more here.
2019 Regional Conference Dates, Registration and Call for Abstracts
Questions? Contact Marsha Anderson, PATH Intl. region conference coordinator. Watch the eNews and region conference page for registration information as they open.

Region 1     April 27-28, 2019, Amherst, MA, registration is open
Region 3     March 29-31, 2019, Daniels, WV, registration is open
Region 4     May 16-18, 2019, Augusta, MI, registration opens March 8
Region 5     August 2-4, 2019, Ocala, FL
Region 6     March 8-10, 2019, Fargo, ND, online registration is open through February 22
Region 7     February 22-24, 2019, St. Louis, MO, online registration is open through February 8
Region 8     August 2-4, 2019, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
Region 9     May 31 - June 2, 2019, Redmond, WA, registration opens April 11
Region 10   May 3-5, 2019, Elbert, CO, registration opens February 22
Region 11   April 2020

Call for Abstracts
Share something new, cutting edge and important with your peers.  The 2019 PATH Intl. Regional Conferences are right around the corner. See the links below to submit an abstract to the regions currently accepting them. Watch your email for more details and for upcoming links for other regions. Share your knowledge; it helps make these conferences great!
 
Submit your abstract for each region by clicking the link(s) below:

Region 5 Submission Deadline 3/29/19

Region 8 Submission Deadline 3/29/19
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  
Mar. 13-18, 2019
Mar. 18-21, 2019
Apr. 11-14, 2019
Apr. 11-14, 2019
Apr. 13-16, 2019
May 6-9, 2019
May 16-19, 2019
May 22-25, 2019
June 2-5, 2019
June 13-16, 2019
Aug. 7-10, 2019
Aug. 26-29, 2019
Sep. 19-22, 2019
Oct. 23-26, 2019
Healing with Horses Ranch
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Calvin Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Equest
StableStrides
The Equestrian Therapy Program
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, Inc.
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Manor, TX
Bend, OR
Redmond, WA
Hampton, GA
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX
Elbert, CO
Cridersville, OH
Cleburne, TX
Bucyrus, KS
Hockley, TX
Santa Barbara, CA
Guyton, GA
Loveland, CO

Driving  
Mar. 30-31, 2019

May 15-16, 2019

May 30-31, 2019

June 1-2, 2019
UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
DreamPower Horsemanship *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
DreamPower Horsemanship "Certification*
Goffstown, NH

Augusta, MI

Gilroy, CA

Gilroy, CA

Mentor  
Mar. 16-17, 2019
Sep. 6-7, 2019
Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC)
SUNY Cobleskill Equine Center
Long Valley, NJ
Cobleskill, NY

ATC  
Jan. 9-April 2019
Jan. 18-Mar. 11
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Equest
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX

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