In This Issue
Online Education
Education Opportunities
2018 Awards Program
Virtual Conference
Equine Tips
2018 Conference
Center Renewal
New Member Benefit
Standards Manual
Share Your Stories
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Registration Open Region Conference
Workshops and Certifications
Quick Links
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PATH Intl. Online Education Calendar 
PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the 2018 winter and spring dates for the association's online courses. These may be used for instructor CEUs. Click on the date to register. Remember to log in to receive the member discount.

PATH Intl. Online Mentor Training Course

PATH Intl. Autism Spectrum Disorder & EAAT Online Course

Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Online Course

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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January 16, 2018 

PATH Intl. Education Opportunities
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Start the New Year With New Education
How many senior horses do you have in your life? This is your opportunity to learn and ask question about the science of supporting senior and special needs horses with a leader in the field!

Join us for a live lecture: 
Herd Health: Improving Nutrition and Feeding of
Aging and Special Needs Horses

Thursday, January 25, 2018
2 - 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Karen Lassell, Equine Manager and supervisor of educational programing at William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY, will offer the first presentation in a Winter Equine Lecture Series focused on the science and best practices of feeding aging and special needs equines. This live, one hour lecture will offer you nutritional knowledge and tips to help your horses thrive.

Member pricing is $20 and will provide one continuing education credit!

Learn more and register today! Only 100 spaces available for this LIVE event!

A New Educational Resource to Support EAAT Participants Living With Eating Disorders
Working With Participants Living With Eating
Disorders in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy
and Equine-Assisted Learning

2-hour live course
February 12, 2018
1 - 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Join PATH Intl. and Veronica Lac, PhD, LPC and founder and executive director of the HERD Institute, for an exciting new educational opportunity sure to have a positive impact on your programing.  "Working With Participants Living With Eating Disorders in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Learning" is a LIVE, two-hour online course that will offer a relational approach to working with the entrenched behaviors of this population and provides an understanding of how to partner with equines in clinical EFP, educational EAL and recreational EAA settings.

Member pricing is $55 and provides two disability education credits!

Learn more and register early! Only 100 spaces are available for this unique course!
Reminder: New 2018 PATH Intl. Awards Program - Nominations Now Open
Hank the horse eating grass with man standing beside him Hank, the 2017 PATH Intl. Equine of the Year from BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, a premier accredited center in Harvard, IL, wants to remind everyone that nominations for the 2018 awards are due.

Nominations for all equestrians, credentialed professionals, volunteers, veterinarians and equines must be submitted by FEBRUARY 19, 2018 . This is to ensure that regional winners are notified in time for the 2018 region conferences. Click here  to read about the changes and to begin the process.
Deadline Approaching! 2018 PATH Intl. Virtual Conference Call for Abstracts
PATH Intl. Virtual Conference blue-and-green with location buttonThe deadline is approaching to submit an abstract for the second annual PATH Intl. Virtual Conference, April 24-25, 2018. 

PATH Intl. is actively soliciting abstracts on important research, best practices, trends and developments that are of significance to association members and industry professionals. The association is especially interested in receiving abstracts from presenters with information focused on the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies, innovative programing, research or other related specialties. With a limited time commitment, you can provide others with the opportunity to lead their field. Submit your abstract today!

Please submit your abstract by Jan. 18th, 2018!
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Equine Advocate Skills
By Molly Sweeney, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member
Any program that is equine assisted or facilitated requires specialized skills and resources to promote the optimal well-being of the horses. Optimal well-being promotes the fullest engagement of the horse, and that in turn produces the best results in the participants. A horse who is honored and respected, and who is in balance physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally and energetically can handle the pressure of working with participants with special needs. To maintain that balance, the horse needs consistent, on-going, holistic care outside of the working sessions.  Read more

Check out this new opportunity to connect with the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee! Follow this link to engage in a discussion with members of this committee and other PATH Intl. members regarding this eNews Tip.
2018 PATH Intl. Conference - Stay Tuned
In the association's efforts to reduce costs for the annual conference, PATH Intl. has  tried contracting with different kinds of facilities in which to hold the conference in 2018. At this point, efforts have not been successful and have set us back on our timeline for procuring a location for the conference. We are continuing our efforts and hope to announce a location and dates soon. We appreciate your patience as we explore ways to continue the PATH Intl. tradition of high-level education at the annual conference.
Center Renewal Late Fee Assessed after January 15
The deadline to renew center membership was December 31, 2017. The center renewal booklet and all items (including the invoice on pg. 2 of the booklet) must be completed and returned along with payment and a $60 late fee to the PATH Intl. office or completed online at

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

Exciting New Benefit for PATH Intl. Center Members
EquestrianProfessional logo PATH Intl. is invested in delivering benefits of value to its individual and center members. The association is very excited to announce a new center member benefit that directly delivers on the strategic plan goal of every PATH Intl. Center Member having access to the tools, education and resources available to be a sustainable business. Effective later in January PATH Intl. Center Members will have FREE access to the wealth of tools on!  

Normally $229 per year, has given PATH Intl. a bulk rate so that it is able to offer the site free to its members. The website provides business education and career support to equine industry professionals. Members will have access to important resources including custom horse business calculators, monthly webinars and past webinar replays, downloadable forms, how-to guides and the site's extensive horse business article index. These tools have been specifically designed to help professionals streamline complex decisions and get better outcomes for their businesses. 

PATH Intl. Center member representatives will be able to log in to the website through the My Center Membership page on the PATH Intl. website. Watch for an email soon with instructions!
2018 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation
PATH Intl. has released the 2018 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation, which  replaces the previous year's manual. Changes are noted on the first page of the standards manual in the outline of changes. 

All PATH Intl. candidates for certification and/or accreditation will be required to comply with the most up-to-date edition and changes. Please note there may be a delay in applications being updated and reflecting the new edition. 

Members may download the manual for free from the PATH Intl. website. Printed copies will be available in the online store.
Share Your Stories for Publication in Book on Trauma
Raechel Winklestine and Shawna Michelle Leela would like to invite you to share your stories of survival and healing from trauma with us. We want to hear from women of all ages and walks of life to gather a collection of stories to inspire others on this journey. We are looking for women who have made significant gains in their healing and are walking in ownership of their healing as we want to celebrate all we have lived and learned and to encourage others on their journey  as well.

Submissions should be 500 to 800 words in length and should include a photo, artwork, technique or something that was significant for you in the healing process. You are welcome to pass this information on to others whom you feel would have a story of healing the world would be inspired by.

Acceptance of submissions closes March 26th and are accepted only by email:
Call for Abstracts for 2018 Regional Conferences
Calls for abstracts for the 2018 PATH Intl. Regional Conferences are now open. Click on the region name for the abstract form.

Region 1
June 2-3, 2018
Sharon, VT
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
Submission Deadline February 12, 2018

* Region 11
May 18-20, 2018
Shadow Hills Riding Club
Shadow Hills, CA
Submission Deadline Jan. 19, 2018
May 18-20, 2018
New Mexico Therapeutic Riding Center
Sante Fe, NM
Submission Deadline Jan. 19, 2018

August 3-5, 2018
Ocala, FL
Submission Deadline April 13, 2018

August 3-5, 2018
Redlands Community College
Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program
Redlands, OK

Registration Open for 2018 Regional Conferences
Registration is now open. 

Region 6
March 9-12th 2018
Waverly, MN
Freedom Farm
Region 7
March 16-18th 2018
Gretna, NE
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy HETRA
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. 5-7, 2018

Aug. 13-15, 2018
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding *Advanced Prep Only*
Healing Strides of VA *Certification Only*
Old Lyme, CT

Boones Mill, VA

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Jan. 25-28, 2018
Mar. 15-18, 2018
Apr. 3-6, 2018

Apr. 7-10, 2018
Apr. 12-15, 2018
May 24-27, 2018
Jul. 11-14, 2018
Aug. 21-24, 2018
Nov. 16-19, 2018
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Pegasus Farm
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Johns Island, SC
Hartville, OH
Toano, VA

Old Lyme, CT
Redmond, WA
Elbert, CO
Cleburne, TX
Loveland, CO
Old Lyme, CT

Feb. 24-25, 2018
Inspire Equine Therapy Program *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Clearwater, FL

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