In This Issue
Online Education
New Member Benefit
Standards Manual
Committee Updates
VA Grant
Virtual Conference
Center Renewal
2018 Awards Program
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Registration Open Region Conference
Workshops and Certifications
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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

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January 2, 2018

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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
Effective today, January 2, 2018, PATH Intl. is releasing 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. 

As of January 2, 2018, 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.
Committee Updates and Highlights
Many individuals volunteer to offer their talents to further the mission of PATH Intl. Some are involved in committees or task forces over several years; others volunteer for a project that may take days or weeks. All are of value to the success of the association. Toward the ongoing goal of helping centers and individuals understand the great value of their PATH Intl. membership, the association would like to periodically highlight what a committee or task force has done that directly benefits our centers, professionals and the EAAT industry. Today's highlight is your region leadership team. 

The Membership Oversight Committee (MOC) and the Region Leadership Teams (RLT)
Members of the the PATH Intl. Member Oversight Committee and the region leadership teams volunteer their time, talents and experience to serve as your local PATH Intl. boots on the ground. Read more
Deadline Approaching for Applications for PATH Intl. Veterans Reimbursements Through VA Grant
PATH Intl. has received a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces for the fourth consecutive year.

For the period of February 1 - August 30, 2018, PATH Intl. will provide reimbursements for direct participation in equine-assisted activities and therapies at PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers. Applications will be accepted through January 3, 2018. Click here for information.
2018 PATH Intl. Virtual Conference Call for Abstracts
PATH Intl. Virtual Conference blue-and-green with location button Now is your opportunity to be part of 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!

*It is not appropriate nor permitted for presentations to focus on selling or promoting materials or products. This includes but is not limited to therapeutic methodologies, products useful in EAAT programs, software or internet applications.

Please allow six weeks for the abstract review process. Notifications will be sent via electronic mail.

Please submit your abstract by Jan. 18th, 2018!
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 to the PATH Intl. office or completed online at After January 15, 2018, a $60 late fee will be assessed

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

Reminder: New 2018 PATH Intl. Awards Program - Nominations Now Open
The deadline to submit nominations for PATH Intl. awards is earlier than in past years. 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.
Op-ed Piece on New Tax Laws and Charitable Giving
The LA Times ran an interesting op-ed piece written by Bryan McQueeney, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of RIDE ON LA, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Chatsworth, CA. His opinion raises questions about the new tax laws and the possible impact on charitable giving. Click here.
Texas A&M Team Awarded HHRF Research Grant Funding
Horses and Humans Research Fund has awarded $10,000 to Texas A&M University to complete their research project "Tracking Kinematic and Kinetic Data during Horse Riding for Optimizing Therapeutic Outcomes."
This study will investigate the impact the movement of a horse has on the rider by measuring both horse and rider simultaneously. This innovative project relies on new, technologically advanced sensors, to be placed on both rider and horse, to collect data on the movements experienced by the rider while on the dynamic surface of the horse. Click here to learn more.
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, CA
Submission Deadline Jan. 19, 2018
May 18-20, 2018
New Mexico Therapeutic Riding Center
Sante Fe, NM
Submission Deadline Jan. 19, 2018
Registration Open for 2018 Regional Conferences
Registration is now open. 

Region 6
March 9-12th 2018
Waverly, MN
Freedom Farm
Region 7 -- opening January 4
March 16-18th 2018
Greta, 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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