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Online Education
Chat Box Feature
Instructor Featured in People Magazine
Veteran Funding Update
Certification Candidate Materials Available
Registered Riding Instructors
Appropriations Law Benefits EAT
Call for Abstracts
Instructor Education Guide
Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
Quick Links
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January 21, 2020
Piloting of New Chat Box Function on Website
Some of you might have happened upon a new feature the association is testing. It's a chat function on the home page of and it's already proving very popular! In the lower right corner of the home page you will see a chat icon indicating if a PATH Intl. representative is online live. It's a new way in addition to phone and email to get answers to your questions! When all the bugs are worked out, there will be an announcement of its official launch!
On Newstands Now! 
In the last eNews, we introduced readers to the new copper sponsor Smart Tie Products. We can now introduce you to Michelle Anderson who is our contact with Smart Tie, is a PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Anderson with her twin sister are featured in a deeply inspiring People Magazine human interest story! Click here to read more.
Veteran Funding Update
PATH Intl. is proud to award funding to our Premier Accredited Centers for service to veterans through generous grants from the Wounded Warrior Project and the VA Adaptive Sports Grant. Below are the 1st Quarter (Oct 1st - December 31st) numbers for both grants. NOTE: Wounded Warrior Project Scholarships are still open for applications!

Wounded Warrior Project, Total Grant
1st Qtr (Oct. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019
YTD Assigned (approved referrals to PACs)
     Percent of total grant
YTD Reimbursed to Centers
     Percent of total grant
Percent of assigned that has been reimbursed
Participating Premier Accredited Centers

VA Direct Service, Total Grant
Application requests received
Applications approved, phase one
Days from submission due date to award



Some grants are still available this year. Contact Danielle Crooks for more information on how to apply.
2020 Certification Candidate Materials Available
The candidate materials for the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification programs have been updated for 2020. No processes or requirements have been changed for these certification programs, but you might enjoy the new format of the certification candidate handbooks. Check them out:

Updated handbooks for other PATH Intl. certification programs are still to come. Keep an eye on the eNews to learn more!
ATTENTION: Currently Certified PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructors
In anticipation of the RTRI certification program phasing out at the end of 2020 and being replaced by the PATH Intl. CTRI certification program, remember that transition to the PATH Intl. CTRI credential must be completed no later than December 31, 2020 in order to maintain active PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification into 2021. Watch this short video tutorial to learn about the process.

Get your transition started by completing payment for the CTRI Maintenance Fee to initiate enrollment in the online test. (Please allow three business days for enrollment.) Once you've successfully passed the test, fill out the CTRI Transition Form and email it to to finish the transition process. It's that simple! Questions? Contact Brittney Holdman.
Exciting News From American Horse Council
Two items of note in the recent Washington Update from the American Horse Council will benefit equine-assisted therapies (EAT). First, Congress recommends in the appropriations law.that the Department of Veterans Affairs devote $1.5 million for EAT. Second, the new law devotes new resources to the Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Program with a $16 million appropriation, an increase from the previous $9 million.
Save Money on the Things You Buy Anway
Feedback has been terrific about the new PATH Intl. Member Perks benefit that launched in the fall. Members have reported they've enjoyed exploring the seemingly endless discounts customized to their individual communities. If you haven't explored it yourself, you definitely should! In addition to equine- and farm-related offers, you can save on everything from dining out and movie tickets to hotels and computers. With over 302,000 available discounts across 10,000 cities in the United States and Canada, you'll never be far from savings.
If you ever decide you'd rather not see messages about offers in your inbox from Abenity, you can always opt out and back in again while continuing to be enrolled in the program through PATH Intl.

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PATH Intl. Conference Call for Abstracts Open Until March 3rd
A broad spectrum of session content is needed each year to offer a rich and rewarding experience for all attendees at the PATH Intl. Conference.  At this time PATH Intl. is conducting a call for abstracts. You are invited to submit an abstract highlighting your organization's innovations or personal research and how they may benefit the equine-assisted activities and therapies field.

Abstract submission will be handled electronically only.

Click here to download abstract information.

Click here to begin the abstract submission process.

Abstracts must be submitted to PATH Intl. by March 3, 2020. No submissions will be accepted after March 3.

Baby Clydesdales Click here for the free video by Dr. Terry Chase on how to make your abstract even better.

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About the 2020 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2020
The Marriott St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 621-9600
PATH Intl. Instructor Education Guide©
cover education guide "Now this is a great resource," said one purchaser. 

The PATH Intl. Instructor Education Guide©  is a handbook for novice and experienced therapeutic horsemanship professionals.  Get yours now from the PATH Intl. store.

Purchase the printed guide - $95; discounted member price $75
Purchase the downloadable guide  - $80; discounted member price $60
Regional Conference Dates and Registration
Questions? Contact Marsha Anderson, PATH Intl. region conference coordinator. Watch the eNews and region conference page for registration information as it becomes available.

Region 1   April 24-25, 2020, New Hampshire, registration opens 2/15/2020
Region 2   State meetings in 2020; March 20-22, 2020: Maryland State Meeting open to all
Region 3   March 6-8, 2020, North Carolina, register now!
Region 4   May 29-31, 2020, Michigan City, IN. submit abstract, deadline 1/24/2020
Region 5   July 11-12, 2020, Lenoir City, TN, submit abstract, deadline 3/7/2020
Region 6   March 13-15, 2020, Madison, WI, register now!
Region 7   January 31 - February 2, 2020, Olathe, KS, online registration closed, register onsite.
Region 8   July 31 - August 2, 2020, Georgetown, TX, submit abstract, deadline 3/27/2020
Region 9   State Meetings in 2020
Region 10  May 15-17, 2020, Park City, UT, registration opens 6/6/2020
Region 11  April 18-19, 2020, Fallbrook, CA, registration opens 2/8/2020
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  
Jan. 23-26, 2020
Feb. 12-15, 2020

Feb. 15-18, 2020
Feb. 20-23, 2020
Mar. 15-18, 2020
Mar. 23-26, 2020
Apr. 14-17, 2020
May 4-7, 2020
May 20-23, 2020
Jun. 25-28, 2020

Aug. 5-8, 2020
Aug. 25-28, 2020
Oct. 1-4, 2020
NC Therapeutic Riding Center
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
SUNY Cobleskill Equine Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
On Eagles' Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
Eagle Mount Bozeman
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Mebane, NC
Toano, VA

Old Lyme, CT
Redmond, WA
Cobleskill, NY
Cleburne, TX
Milford, PA
Dallas, TX
Elbert, CO
Fairmont, WV

Hockley, TX
Bozeman, MT
Milford, PA

Mar. 9-10, 2020

Mar. 28-29, 2020

May 28-31, 2020
Dreams On Horseback *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
DreamPower Horsemanship *Driving Demo Workshop Only* plus Certification
Blacklick, OH

Goffstown, NH

Gilroy, CA

Interactive Vaulting  
Jun. 1-4, 2020

Jun. 13-15, 2020
Reins of Life, Inc. * Workshop & Certification*
DreamPower Horsemanship *Workshop Only*
Michigan City, IN

Gilroy, CA

Jan. 24-25, 2020
SUNY Cobleskill Equine Center
Cobleskill, NY

Jan. 17 - Mar. 14, 2020
Jan. 21 - Apr. 1, 2020
Aug. 14 - Oct. 10, 2020

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

Dallas, TX

Old Lyme, CT

Dallas, TX

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