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Celebrating PATH Intl. Members
Online Education Call for Abstracts
Online Education Call for Abstracts
Seeking Board of Trustees Members
Last Opportunity Until April
2019 Award Nominations Open
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February 5, 2019 

TIME TO CELEBRATE! PATH Intl. Member of the Month
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Thank you to everyone who responded to our member of the month request. There was such a nice response, there will likely be two members each month! Watch for issues of the eNews to learn a little about your PATH Intl. colleagues and comrades. Isn't it great to be part of such a strong and loving community? 

Landa on equine Trooper
Landa with Trooper in the July 4 parade. Trooper is a retired Coast Guard beach patrol horse and was donated to One Step Closer by Lt. Jerry Wombacher.
The first PATH Intl. member of the month is Landa Keirstead from California! Landa is the founder and program director of One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Morgan Hill, California. Landa is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Mentor who left the medical field after 30 years to become an instructor in 2006 because she wanted to become a PATH Intl. Instructor and she "loved this organization!"

Landa shared that her favorite thing about belonging to the EAAT community is helping others. Her first career? A registered dental assistant who learned about EAAT from a friend. When asked to tell us something about herself that most people don't know, she said, "I am a twin!" Her favorite EAAT horse was Reba who was the center's first therapeutic riding horse and had been rescued from auction as a pregnant mare. She recalls the center's first participant Gabe as a favorite participant. "Gabe has Down syndrome, a love for the horses and a great sense of humor."

PATH Intl. asked her to share a life lesson she had to learn the hard way and Landa replied, "My life lesson involved a moment when my attention and focus were not there and subsequently I was injured by one of my favorite horses." This is a situation many of us can relate to. When asked for a piece of advice she'd like to share with fellow PATH Intl. members, Landa answered, "Our passion for helping people with horses is a special gift. It isn't easy sometimes but it means so much to individuals who may not have other opportunities." If she could have her wildest dream fulfilled it would be to have a covered arena they could use year round so they wouldn't have to cancel lessons due to weather, etc. We asked her to complete the following sentence: When I wear my PATH Intl. logo (or otherwise display my affiliation), I feel: "Very proud to be part of one of the best EAAT organizations helping people today."  

PATH Intl. is proud to have you as a member, Landa. Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place. Congratulations!
A Year-Long Celebration!
You have already seen some of the golden anniversary happenings, including the article above, as we celebrate PATH Intl. and our members. The winter issue of Strides is in the mail and is sure to ignite memories and raise excitement for the future. Help us continue to celebrate all year long by joining the PATH Intl. 50th Anniversary Facebook Group. This is THE place to post your pictures, old and new. Share your best memories. Tell us about your first participant or your favorite horse. Tell us why you are proud to be a PATH Intl. member. Centers, invite your participants to join and post stories about their favorite instructors and volunteers.

We have lots of prizes to give away for pictures, posts and answers to trivia. In fact, let's kick it off with a bit of trivia. A winner will be drawn at random from the correct answers. Question: What are the dates of the PATH Intl. 50th Anniversary Virtual Conference? (Need a hint? See the article below then go post your answer.)

Our celebrations will culminate at the 2019 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held in the city of the association's headquarters--Denver, Colorado--from November 8-10, at the Westin Westminster. 
The Date Is Set!
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. Watch for registration details soon!

Early Bird Member Price - $169
Early Bird Standard (non-member) Price - $219
Early Bird Center Rate (CEUs are good for three people) - $338
Adaptive Sports Grant to Obtain Instructor Certification
PATH Intl. has continued its partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant to provide scholarship funding for up to three veterans to obtain their PATH Intl. instructor certification. Accepted applicants can choose from therapeutic riding instructor, equine specialist in mental health and learning, therapeutic driving instructor or interactive vaulting instructor. Applicants must be honorably discharged veterans and/or armed service members (VSM) and have the ability to complete certification by July 2019. PATH Intl. membership and PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® participation preferred. Apply before February 10. Questions? Contact Kristin Jacobsen
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 opens February 15
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
Region 10   May 3-5, 2019, Elbert, CO
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
Region 9 Submission Deadline 2/15/19
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. 13-16, 2019
May 6-9, 2019
May 16-19, 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
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
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
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX
Elbert, CO
Cleburne, TX
Bucyrus, KS
Hockley, TX
Santa Barbara, CA
Guton, GA
Loveland, CO

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

Feb. 22-23, 2019
Mar. 16-17, 2019
Sep. 6-7, 2019
The Equestrian Therapy Program
Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC)
SUNY Cobleskill Equine Center
Cridersville, OH
Long Valley, NJ
Cobleskill, NY

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

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