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Conference Information
Member Research
Master Certification
Evaluator Update Webinar
Community Connections
New Centers
Equine Tips
Centers in the News
Center Membership Renewal
Workshops and Certifications
Quick Links


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If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2013 PATH Intl. Conference & Annual Meeting, please contact

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Exhibit in Orlando!
Perhaps you have a book, jewelry or other product you'd like to sell to your fellow therapeutic horsemanship professionals. Or maybe you have educational offerings to advertise to PATH Intl. members. Perhaps you're a CPA or lawyer and could provide behind-the-scenes knowledge to other PATH Intl. members. If so, plan to exhibit at the 2013 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting November 6-9, 2013, in Orlando, FL!
Reserve by May 15 to receive a $100 discount. All PATH Intl. members get a $50 discount on exhibiting anytime.

Click here for details. Questions? Contact

Megan Ferry or call her at (303) 452-1212, ext. 107.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

    March 19, 2013 

2013 PATH Intl. Conference Information

conference logo Hotel Information

The 2013 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting page has detailed information on the great Orlando, FL, location and links to possible fun-in-the-sun activities in the area. Information about the conference site and hotel, the Caribe Royale, has been updated.  


To reserve your room, call (888) 258-7501 and reference PATH Intl. or reserve your room online.


Call for Papers 

Deadline: March 29, 2013, 11:59 p.m., MDT.  

Click here for information and guidelines.

Click here for the abstract submission form.


Award Nominations 

PATH Intl. Gathering Information on Member Research

One of the major areas of growth within the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry is research in all areas of equine/human activity. Numerous PATH Intl. members and centers are driving this activity. At this time, the association would like to gather information on who is doing research, topics of research, plans for publication, academic partners, etc. The purpose of this request is to facilitate discussion among PATH Intl. members, to keep them informed of the exciting work being done by association members, to create a PATH Intl. Community Connection group for researchers, to create a research page on the PATH Intl. website to offer opportunities for interaction and discussion and to support and promote the work of PATH Intl. members.


We invite PATH Intl. members and centers who have completed, are currently conducting or planning to conduct research projects that have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to send any information they are willing to share publicly to Jeff Kelling, PATH Intl. Programs and Education Manager.
PATH Intl. Master Certification Process Updated

Demonstrate to employers and participants' families that you have the ability to step into any instruction situation in the field of EAAT and manage effectively. Apply for your PATH Intl. Master Certification!  


A volunteer team of advanced and master instructors have recently updated and completed the Master Certification Application booklet. Some of the revisions include an updated process map to clearly lead candidates through the certification activities and deadlines, an updated timeline for the 2013 certification, samples of case study submissions and a timeline for communication with the examining panel.


PATH Intl. Master Instructors have a strong background in horsemanship, teaching and a thorough knowledge of a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and their relationship to therapeutic riding and other EAAT. They are also qualified to train other therapeutic riding instructors to the advanced level. PATH Intl. Master Instructor Certification is designed for all instructors who wish to be recognized at the highest level of their profession.  


To learn of prerequisites, qualifications and fees for master instructor certification, click here.


For the 2013 cycle only, an Intent to Apply form and application fee are due April 1st. The remaining deadline dates depicted in the flow chart will remain in effect. For the 2014 cycle, the Intent to Apply deadline will return to February 15.


If you have any questions, please contact Denise Fager.
Mandatory Evaluator Update Webinar

March 26 at 4 p.m. PST  

April 17 at 4 p.m. PST


Attention PATH Intl. Evaluators:


Sandy Webster, PATH Intl. Master Instructor and Lead Evaluator, will be giving an evaluator update webinar for those evaluators who missed the last one. There is no cost! In this mandatory webinar, Sandy will be presenting the new riding/teaching forms with instruction on how to use them. These will be the only live webinar offerings, so please plan on attending one or the other. 


Please email Corey Campbell to sign up. If you have questions regarding the evaluator update, contact Denise Fager

Community Connections: Your Resource to Ask the Experts

If you have questions about what to expect on an accreditation site visit, are unsure how to interpret a specific standard or want to find out how your center can comply with the standards, ask the experts! The PATH Intl. Accreditation Subcommittee and your fellow PATH Intl. Members are on Community Connections to answer your questions. Log in to PATH Intl. Community Connections, join the Standards & Accreditation community and receive expert advice.

Welcome to the Newest PATH Intl. Center


PATH Intl. welcomes the following center, which joined in February 2013:


Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies - Vestal, NY


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Hoof Problems in the EAAT Horse - Thrush
By Marcie Ehrman, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

Most of us have probably heard the old horseman's saying, "no hoof, no horse." Almost every aspect of your equine partner's life will affect his feet, from his conformation to his feed to the surfaces he rests, plays and works on, and, conversely, the condition and health of his feet will affect every aspect of his life. There are numerous problems that can affect your horse's hooves, and this article will list some of the more common ones, and focus on thrush. Future articles will discuss other frequently encountered hoof problems. Read more.

The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee encourages positive and engaging educational exploration from our readers; we'd love to hear your feedback! Let us know if you have any questions about our tip or have a suggestion about specific topics you would like covered in the future. Email Kristin Mason, EWC chair. Thank you!


Join us in the online PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Community!

Participate in lively, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial discussions in the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Community. No matter your specific interest (EFP, therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, carriage driving, interactive vaulting, etc.), they ALL involve partnering with equines. Exchange ideas, ask questions, offer comments and suggestions, and "pick the brains" of some of our industry's most experienced and qualified people. Access the forum through the PATH Intl. website by clicking on the Community Connections button in the left menu. If you have any questions about joining the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Community, please email Moderator Patty D'Andrea

Good Things Happening at PATH Intl. Centers!

Pony Power Therapies on CNN PATH Intl. Center Highlighted on CNN Heroes Story 

Congratulations to Pony Power Therapies, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Mahwah, NJ, which was highlighted on CNN last week as part of a Heroes story. Pony Power Therapies partner with CNN Hero Danielle Gletow, the founder of One Simple Wish to improve the lives of children in foster care, some of which have the added burden of children with disabilities. (Click here for the story and video.) "There is no end to the work that can be done with these amazing animals," said Dana Spett, the executive director of Pony Power Therapies. "Hopefully this will help educate the public further on the benefits of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities. What a great industry we have and thank you [PATH Intl.] for keeping the standards so high."    


Guest Blogger on Autism Speaks Discusses Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Alicia Kershaw, founder and executive director of GallopNYC in Brooklyn, NY, was a guest on the Autism Speaks blog on March 8. Alicia wrote about the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship for those on the autism spectrum. As Alicia reports, "'I didn't know my child could DO that!' is the most frequent comment we hear from parents and teachers watching our riders. It's one of the many ways we know that Therapeutic Horsemanship really works."


PATH Intl. Center Honored as Non-Profit Business of the Year

The Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., in Cold Spring, NY, will be honored on March 21, 2013, at the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner as Non-Profit Business of the Year for "demonstrating outstanding contributions to the community." Congratulations, TEC!  


News Station Features PATH Intl. Center in a Remarkable EAAT Story    

The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA, was featured on the NBC4 News, with a story about a girl with cerebral palsy and her progress--including first steps--because of therapeutic horsemanship at the Shea Center.
Maddie Fragner's parents turned to a therapeutic riding center in San Juan Capistrano in a desperate attempt to treat the little girl's cerebral palsy. Click here to watch the report.   

PATH Intl. Center Membership Renewals Due by March 31

Center membership renewals are due by March 31, 2013. After that, memberships will expire and you will lose your original join date; if you want to continue being a PATH Intl. member after the expiration date, you will need to re-join.

As a reminder, center renewals were due December 31, 2012. Centers renewing between now and March 31, 2013 must include a $50 late fee with their center renewal. The 90-day membership renewal grace period began on January 1, 2013. If you have already renewed your center membership, thank you.

Premier Accredited Centers: please note the Accreditation Reinstatement Policy for PACs
who do not renew prior to March 31, 2013.

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to their personal account in order to renew online.

A hard copy renewal is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice from the PATH Intl. website, and mail it in.

Click here to download the center renewal booklet.

Centers that prefer to pay by check may now complete the center renewal booklet online and mail a check for center membership dues.

Click here for instructions on renewing your center membership online.


Reminder: Send in Your Instructor Report

If you are renewing your center membership online, be sure to send in your instructor report. The membership department has received many online renewals but only a handful of instructor reports. Your center will be considered non-compliant if the instructor report is not received.   

Recruiting New Members Equals Opportunity for Prizes!

We at Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) know our current members are the best possible source for new members who could benefit from all PATH Intl. has to offer.

With our special Member-Get-A-Member drive, we've made referring colleagues to PATH Intl. easier than ever! Forward an application to them or direct them to the PATH Intl. store to join online. Ask your friend to enter your name as his/her "referred by." Then tell another friend... and another... and another to win prizes.

Last year, Pebbles Turbeville of Region 3 was the 1st prize winner and won the pick-a-trip weekend package. Horses Help of Region 10 won a $100 gift card, and Amanda Costa of Region 5 won the drawing for a free conference registration.  


This year, the grand prize is a two-night stay at one of four exciting locations! Click here for full details and prizes.

Thank you for your efforts for all members recruited by June 30, 2013!
PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Denise Fager 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 its contact information under Find a Center on the PATH Intl. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
April 20-23, 2013
Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program in Hampton, GA

May 21-24, 2013
R.O.C.K., Ride on Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX

September 11-15, 2013
Special People United to Ride (SPUR) in Lincroft, NJ

September 26-29
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center in Burnsville, NC

September 27-30, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH

October 23-26, 2013
Hearts and Horses, Inc., in Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the first 2-1/2 days, certification held the last 2-1/2 days. Specific schedule sent by host site.
June 29-July 3, 2013
BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre in Poplar Grove, IL

October 15-19, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
May 28-30, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT

October 18-20, 2013
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event      

April 20-23, 2013
Hands and Hearts for Horses in Thomasville, GA 


PATH Intl. Mentor Training
May 18-19, 2013
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville, MD

June 13-14, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT

June 28-29, 2013
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center in Williamsburg, VA
Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2013 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 

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