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Online Courses Available
Registered Instructor Criteria Additions
Center Renewal
Journalist Looking to Interview
Workshops and Certifications
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January 17, 2017 

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.

Other Online Education Opportunities
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 February 1st and 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 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.
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.
Center Renewal 
The deadline to renew your center membership was December 31, 2016. The Center Renewal Booklet and all items (including the invoice on pg. 2 of the booklet) must be completed and returned along with payment to the PATH Intl. office or completed online at by January 17 or will be assessed a $60 late fee

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.
Journalist Looking to Interview Participant and Instructor
Barbara Twardowski is a journalist writing a feature story for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's national magazine, Quest, on how hippotherapy and recreational horse riding can benefit people who have a neuromuscular disease (one of the 40 diseases that MDA supports She would like to interview a participant (parents if the client is a child) about what this activity has meant to them. The participant must have one of 40 diseases from the list. Barbara would also like to interview the instructor. The article will include a link to your organization so readers can locate a center in their area. 

Please email Barbara or call (985) 624-3697 home, (985) 789-0140 cell.
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.  

Advanced Instructor
Feb. 16-18, 2017

April 8-10, 2017
May 22-24, 2017
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Advanced Prep Workshop ONLY*
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Augusta, MI

Tobaccoville, NC
Augusta, MI

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
Oct. 8-11, 2017 Ivey Ranch Park Oceanside, CA

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

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