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February 7, 2017 

PATH Intl. Award Nominations Open
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Dancer, the 2016 PATH Intl. and Region 8 Equine of the Year winner
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 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 15, 2017, 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.
PATH Intl. Instructional Videos
Do you have questions about the new CEU requirements? Or are you a new instructor completing your compliance form for the first time? Check out these informational videos by PATH Intl. Membership Representative Kim Sperry to guide you through these processes.
Receive 1 CEU on your instructor compliance form for watching both videos.

For any questions about compliance, instructor renewals or individual renewals, please contact Kim Sperry or give the office a call 303-452-1212 ext. 119.
Community Connections Corner
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This month's featured PATH Intl. Community Connections post is addressed to the Administrator Community where a member asks:

I'm working on creating short rider profiles for instructors and volunteers and wanted to see if anyone has anything already created along these lines. 

For instructors: a one pager with information from rider's file to make it easier for a sub instructor teaching a new group or just a refresher. This would have the most updated information on rider information as well as riding skills so that instructor does not have to dig through file.

For volunteers: would not have any sensitive information, but would give a description of rider as far as riding skills, mounts, dismounts, seizures, what specific support the volunteer will need to give during the lesson, etc. We try to keep volunteers as consistent as possible, but as we all know it's almost virtually impossible :)

Thanks for any input or suggestions from your experience. If possible, would love to have any documents that have been created.

If you have any advice to help this member, please click here  to log into Community Connections and join the discussion.
Website Login Problem on Google Chrome
A few people have experienced problems while attempting to log in to the PATH Intl. website on Google Chrome. Random strings of code appear near the log in box, preventing typing in the email address. This seems to be a problem with cookies and the cache. If you encounter this problem, take the steps below. 
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  • Click on More Tools. Click on Clear Browsing Data.
  • Here, you can choose what you want to clear. Clear the cookies and cached images and files.
  • Then click "Clear browsing data" at the bottom.
  • If you choose "Browsing History," it will clear everything you have just been looking at, so make sure if you want to keep your history, leave that box unchecked.
  • When you go back to the PATH Intl. page, hit "refresh."
Questions? Contact Cher Smith.
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again: The Mostly True Story of Prince 
By Jenny Nell Hartung, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Once upon a time there was a beautiful palomino pony named Prince Charming. Prince was a fancy Welsh gelding, who moved like a Dressage horse twice his size. At 13.3hh and built to easily carry a full-size human, Prince was the perfect size for almost any equine-assisted activities or therapies. He could take a long swinging stride, or a short, collected step. He could jog like a Western pleasure horse, or trot quite forward like a seasoned carriage horse. He could easily wear an adult size saddle, with his nicely sprung rib cage and moderate withers (to keep the saddle from shifting) or a small lead-line saddle for a tiny tot. Quite simply, he was perfect! Except for one minor problem; he hated having anyone close to him, assisting a rider in any way during a lesson or therapy session. 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!
Online Courses Available
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.

Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® 
This course will offer instructors an understanding of basic military culture, terminology and common reasons that veterans and service members seek out EAAT. Learners will develop mindful communication skills, center policies and processes for participant assessment, planning and identifying precautions and contraindications.
The next sections of the Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® online course will begin March 1st. In addition, this course is eligible for six hours of disability education and six hours of continuing education hours on your annual certification compliance. This is 12 hours total of continuing education hours.

Click here for information and registration.

PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & EAAT
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.

The next section of the PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT online course will begin on February 7th. In addition, this course is eligible for six hours of disability education and six hours of continuing education hours on your annual certification compliance. This is 12 hours total of continuing education hours.

Click here for information and registration.
Registered Instructor Criteria Additions
The PATH Intl. Riding Certification Subcommittee and Certification Oversight have approved the following additions to the registered instructor criteria to ensure preparedness of registered instructors. The following criteria additions will be implemented January 1, 2017:

RT. 1.5 Know and practice emergency procedures, to include:
1) know and demonstrate an emergency dismount
2) know how to respond to an incident

RT. 3.2 Develop a lesson plan which includes:
1) a riding skill
2) a measurable objective related to the stated riding skill

RT. 3.3 Incorporate lesson activities suitable to the objective in the lesson plan

Competency of RT. 1.5 will be verified by the PATH Intl. Certified Riding Professional supervising the candidate's teaching hours and the following statement on the "Documentation of Group Teaching Hours" form must be completed by the supervising instructor:
I, ________________________, (PATH Intl. Certified Riding Professional's Printed Name) verify that  ________________________ (Candidate's Printed Name)
has practiced emergency response procedures, including demonstration of an emergency dismount.

All candidates who submit an instructor application and begin teaching hours after January 1, 2017, will be required to submit the updated "Documentation of Group Teaching Hours" form with the above statement.

Competency of RT. 3.2 and RT. 3.3 will be assessed by trained PATH Intl. Evaluators as part of the teaching component of certification.

Advanced and master instructor candidates are expected to demonstrate mastery of the registered instructor criteria and, therefore, will also be evaluated on aptitude of these additional criteria.
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
June 6-8, 2017
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Advanced Prep Workshop ONLY*
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Reins of Life, Inc.
Augusta, MI

Tobaccoville, NC
Augusta, MI
Michigan City, IN

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Feb. 23-26, 2017 
Mar. 22-25, 2017
Mar. 23-26, 2017
April 5-8, 2017 

June 15-18, 2017
July 8-11, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
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
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Touchstone Farm
Old Lyme, CT 
Bend, OR
Chatsworth, CA 
Toana, VA

Milford, PA
Cleburne, TX
Temple, NH

Interactive Vaulting
July 6-9, 2017
Oct. 8-11, 2017
Forward Stride
Ivey Ranch Park
Beaverton, OR
Oceanside, CA

Mentor Training 
March 9-10, 2017
Mar. 24-25, 2017
April 2-3, 2017
May 15-16, 2017
May 19-20, 2017 
June 14-15, 2017
Three Gaits, Inc. - Region 6 Conference
UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Ivey Ranch Park
Healing Strides of VA
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Potter's Ranch
Stoughton, WI
Goffstown, NH
Oceanside, CA
Boones Mill, VA
Old Lyme, CT 
Union, KY

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