In This Issue
Patrick Mullins
Conference Keynote Speaker
Scholarship Judges
Equine Tips
Virtual Conference
Community Connections Corner
Online Education
Field Test Standards Electronic Voting
Notice About Phishing
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Champions Program
The Jockey Club T.I.P.
Workshops and Certifications
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June 6, 2017 

A loss for PATH Intl. and EAAT
Pat Mullins
Patrick Mullins
It is with great sadness that we share with you that Pat Mullins passed away on May 28th after a car accident. Mr. Mullins was known to many PATH Intl. Members as the warm welcoming smile with the white hair and southern accent in the Markel Insurance hospitality suite at the international conferences. He was a lot more than that. A tireless proponent of EAAT, Pat was the driving impetus decades ago behind insurance underwriters considering writing policies that covered EAAT. 

Pat served on the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees from 2000-2006 and held the president title from 2003-2005. In 2008, PATH Intl. awarded Pat the James Brady Professional Achievement Award for his contributions to EAAT and PATH Intl. After the passing of Pat's wife Jackie in 2010, he established the PATH Intl. Pat and Jackie Mullins International Conference Scholarship Fund. This generous endeavor reflected his ongoing commitment to providing quality education for PATH Intl. members. 

Services for the remembrance and celebration of Pat's life will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21st, at McLean Bible Church, in the Smith Center, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182. Reception to follow outside the Smith Center.

Pat's express wishes were to have a service that was a celebration and that attendees would try to laugh and tell some funny stories. Per his request, in lieu of flowers, contributions to the PATH Intl. Pat & Jackie Mullins International Conference Scholarship Fund will be greatly appreciated. Contributions can be accepted at: PATH Intl, P.O. Box 33150, Denver, CO 80233.

Pat is mourned and missed by so many. Please join us in remembering this special man, celebrating how many lives he touched and the impact he had on the EAAT field.
Past Award Winner Announced as Conference Keynote Speaker
Cara Yar Khan
What would you do if your life as you know it, your future hopes and dreams were shattered by a devastating diagnosis? How would you choose to live in the face of adversity?

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce that Cara Yar Khan, the "rebel with a cause," will speak at the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting keynote lunch on Friday, November 10. Join us as she shares her story, where passion finds purpose in the most unlikely of places.

Cara, a proud Canadian and an exceptional speaker, has spent most of the past 17 years fundraising for the humanitarian agencies of the United Nations, especially UNICEF. At the age of 30, she was diagnosed with a rare muscle wasting condition; but she uses this struggle as a source of strength. In 2014 Cara began to ride at Chastain Horse Park, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Atlanta, GA. PATH Intl. recognized her as the 2015 Adult Equestrian of the Year. 
Call for Scholarship Judges
Conference logo PATH Intl. is looking for a panel of volunteers to help judge the scholarship applications for the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. Judges will be asked to read and score short essay answers from the applicants. Requirements are: have a valid email address, internet access and be available between June 30 and July 14 to complete the scoring. 

To sign up or for more information please contact Karen Province.

Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Heat Stress, Electrolytes and Salt
By Molly Sweeney, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

Did you know that horses feel heat much worse than we do? According to Michael Lindinger, PhD, MSc, an animal and exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, a horse's temperature can raise to dangerous levels three to ten times faster than in humans. A simple Heat Index to measure heat stress is to simply add the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit to the percentage of humidity and subtract the wind speed.  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.
PATH Intl. Virtual Conference: A Successful Launch
virtual conference logo
It's official. The first ever PATH Intl. Virtual Conference is in the books. A big thank you to everyone who participated, making this conference a tremendous success. More than 200 people participated, including several non-members, and 24 centers. 
Melissa Abbey said, "Here's my seat for the first ever PATH Intl. Virtual Conference!" Perfect seat!
A popular feature was the ability to chat with other session attendees and the presenter. One attendee said, "It was far more interactive than I expected. The initial greetings from all across the country were wonderful!"
"Absolutely beneficial in so many ways. The information 
was so helpful, and the convenience of being able to 
do it from wherever is invaluable."

The virtual conference consisted of 10 total hour-long educational sessions delivered over two days by a variety of expert speakers. The sessions were recorded and will be available for purchase individually soon. Watch for details.
"I am not able to attend national conferences very often
or at all so this was a great resource and help in
allowing me to get some CEUs. The networking
was also amazing."
Community Connections Corner
Community Connections banner This Month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Instructor Community where a member asks:

Has anyone ever priced their riding lessons similar to a co-op, where lesson costs go down if you volunteer?

If you have any advice to help this member, please click here to log into Community Connections and join the discussion.
Online Education Opportunities for CEUs
PATH Intl. is launching two new online courses this spring in addition to the excellent line-up of available courses. 

The PATH Intl. Autism Spectrum Disorder and EAAT online course - Sign up for July, August, September or October (see store for dates)
Participants with ASD are the most common individuals receiving services at PATH Intl. Member Centers. This course contains a wealth of information about ASD and how it may impact participants involved in EAAT programs.

PATH Intl. Trauma-Informed Practices in EAAT online course - Sign up for June or July (see store for dates)
More than 450 PATH Intl. Member Centers are currently serving youth-at-risk. For instructors serving youth who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect, this course aims to describe how trauma may affect EAAT participants and guide instructors on how to develop a trauma-informed approach to EAAT.

Click here for the full list of online courses, conference session recordings and webinars.
Field Test Standards Electronic Voting
As a reminder, again this year field test standards will be voted on electronically rather than at the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. As PATH Intl. continues to grow, the association wants to take advantage of every opportunity, including social media and other electronic means, to listen to and keep in touch with our members. An electronic vote gives every member a chance to participate. Electronic voting will open July 1-14, 2017.

For information on the standards in field test, click here. Watch your email for an informational webinar coming soon.

Please make sure that your email address is current with PATH Intl., and that it is not a generic address (such as director@ or info@). These email addresses are often marked as spam and are deleted from our mailing lists. Yahoo and Gmail both offer free email addresses, and sign-up is easy.
A Notice About Phishing
Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

  • PATH Intl. does not contract with third-party companies to sell our mailing list or member data. Please disregard any such fraudulent company solicitations. 
  • PATH Intl. staff or officers will never ask you to transfer funds to a staff member, volunteer leader or member for any reason.
  • While we may ask you to log in to your profile to register for an event, update your contact or access the members only area of the website, we will not ask you to send your social security number or bank account information. If there is an issue with a credit card number that you submitted we will not ask you to send that information by email. Electronic and paper invoices will direct you to our secure PCI-compliant payment page, to the PATH Intl. 1-800 number or to our fax number.
If you have any questions about the validity of a message from PATH Intl., the staff, board, PATH Intl. volunteers, region representative, the website or the e-newsletter provider, please don't hesitate to contact the office directly.
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
June 15-18, 2017
Union, KY
Hosted by Potter's Ranch

July 28-30, 2017
Reno, NV
Center for Adaptive Riding

August 4-6, 2017
Atlanta, A
Chastain Horse Park

August 4-6, 2017
Ward, AR
Beyond Boundaries

Exhibiting at regional conferences
Do you have a product equine professionals would be interested in purchasing? Educational materials, books and videos are all great possibilities for selling to the therapeutic horsemanship professionals at the PATH Intl. region conferences. For information, email Kimberly Price or download the region exhibitor flier.
EQUUS Foundation Champions Program
PATH Intl. Bronze Sponsor EQUUS Foundation wants to make volunteers champions. Sponsored by Ariat International, the EQUUS Foundation Champions program is an incentive-based equine service program to stimulate and reward volunteerism on behalf of horses. Individuals achieving Champion status become eligible to receive Champion benefits including the opportunity for scholarship to further their academic and riding education. Click here for information on the grant, the awards, past winners and for the application.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program - Applications Due 6/30/17
Applications for The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program's (T.I.P.'s) annual award for a Thoroughbred in a non-competitive career are now available online. The T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as EAAT or police work. The award includes a $5,000 grant to the nonprofit organization associated with the horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club.

If you have any questions, contact The Jockey Club.
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
June 28, 2017

Aug. 6-8, 2017

Aug. 27-28, 2017

Oct. 29-30, 2017
Hands and Hearts for Horses *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Healing Strides of VA *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship *Certification Only*
Thomasville, GA

Boones Mill, VA

Chatsworth, CA

Chatsworth, CA

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
June 15-18, 2017
July 6-9, 2017
July 8-11, 2017
July 27-30, 2017

Aug. 10-13, 2017
Aug. 16-19, 2017
Sep. 9-12, 2017
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Oct. 26-29, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)
Equine Assisted Therapy of NJ
Eagle Mount - Bozeman
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center (1508)
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Touchstone Farm
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Milford, PA
Redmond, WA
Cleburne, TX
Gretna, NE

Mannington, NJ
Bozeman, MT
Santa Barbara, CA
Loveland, CO
Guyton, GA
Temple, NH
Old Lyme, CT

July 7-8, 2017
Oct. 10-14, 2017
EQUEST  *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Touchstone Farm - Home of Horse Power
Dallas, TX
Temple, NH

Interactive Vaulting
June 6-8, 2017
July 6-9, 2017
Sep. 1-4, 2017
Oct. 8-11, 2017
Reins of Life, Inc.
Forward Stride
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
Ivey Ranch Park
Michigan City, IN
Beaverton, OR
Loxahatchee, FL
Oceanside, CA

Mentor Training 
June 14-15, 2017
Sep. 16-17, 2017
Potter's Ranch
We Can Ride, Inc.
Union, KY
Minnetonka, MN

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