In This Issue
Online Education
Celebrating PATH Intl. Members
PATH Intl. Virtual Conference
Trial Exams for CTRI
Nominations for Equestrians
Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching
Adaptive Sports Grant
Baseline Definition Resource Guide Update
Improving Technology for PATH Intl. Members
Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
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PATH Intl. Online Education Calendar 
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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

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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March 19, 2019 

TIME TO CELEBRATE! PATH Intl. Member of the Month
Congratulations to Sue Adams, the second PATH Intl. Member of the month for March! 

Sue Adams with horse

Sue Adams proudly declares she works for "Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. in New Jersey.....Yeah!!" A PATH Intl. Life Member, Sue first joined the association in 1989 and has been a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor since 1993. She also serves as faculty/evaluator for PATH Intl. instructor candidates.

Sue said her favorite thing about the EAAT community is that it's ever growing and everyone loves to network. Her first career was as an elementary school teacher, "...till kids came along!" She first learned about EAAT from a small, 2" x 3" article in a horse magazine about Sabastian Riding Associates, a PATH Intl. Center Member in Collegeville, PA. She was "bitten by the TR bug!"

Click here to read more about Sue's story. Congratulations, Sue!
Virtual Conference Registration Open!
The PATH Intl. Virtual Conference will be April 23-24, 2019. Whether you are new to PATH Intl. or consider yourself a seasoned professional, the 2019 virtual conference will engage, energize and offer practical skills and guidance to support the rigorous requirements of being an EAAT professional. Click here to register.

Cost -- the early bird rates run through March 24!
Early Bird Member Price - $169
Early Bird Standard (non-member) Price - $219
Early Bird Center Rate (CEUs are good for three people) - $338

Speaker Highlights
Dr. Haille Sheade, Overcoming Fear and Anxiety in EAAT Participants 
This course offers equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) facilitators an understanding of the role fear and anxiety play in participants' experience of EAAT. Learners will develop an understanding of the psychological and behavioral impacts of fear and anxiety, signs of fear and anxiety, common fears in EAAT, positive ways to cope with fearful behavior and calming strategies to overcome fear and anxiety.  

Jochen Schleese, The 8 Myths of Saddle Fit 
The presentation will go over the eight common saddle fit myths currently in the industry and how they affect, both positively and negatively, the overall health and well-being of the equine athlete. It also goes into detail on what constitutes a correct fit based on the anatomical requirements of both horse and rider, and the consequences normally seen when equipment is ill-fitting. The mission of Saddlefit 4 Life® has always been and continues to be to protect horse and rider from long term damage caused by ill fitting tack, through comprehensive education.

Click here to see the list of speakers and sessions.
Trial Exams for the PATH Intl. CTRI Certification
PATH Intl. is excited to announce three additional trial exams for the PATH Intl. CTRI certification. The dates and locations for these trials are:
  • State University of New York College (SUNY Cobleskill, NY): April 4, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
  • PATH Intl. Region 10 conference (Colorado Springs, Colorado): May 3, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. MT
  • PATH Intl. Region 4 conference (Augusta, Michigan): May 16, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET
The purpose of the trial exams is to confirm that the PATH Intl. CTRI certification exam questions perform to expectations and to determine an appropriate cut score (passing score) for the exam. For security of the exam questions, the trial exams will be offered in written pen and pencil format, administered by a test administrator from Professional Testing, Inc. Participation can count for 2.5 Riding CR or 2.5 CE continuing education hours. Trial exam scores will NOT be recorded nor impact any certifications held or future certification applications. The exam questions will be scored with the sole purpose of analyzing question performance across all exams completed, NOT analyzing individual tester performance.

Contact Bret Maceyak to sign up for any of these trials. (Please specify in your email which date or location you wish to sign-up for.) 

Is this the first time you are hearing about "trials"? Learn more here.
Nominations Open for the 2019 PATH Intl. Equestrian and James Brady Professional Achievement Awards
PATH Intl. loves to recognize outstanding equestrians and professionals of the EAAT world. To do this we offer a rigorous yet fun awards program. In the last eNews, we congratulated the regional award winners, who will be recognized at their region's conference. Click here to see the list.

Applications remain open for the following awards; Adult Equestrian of the Year, Youth Equestrian of the Year, PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian of the Year and the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement award. Applications are due by May 31, 2019. Click here to get started!

International and equestrian winners as well as the James Brady recipient will be announced at the 2019 PATH Intl. Awards Luncheon, November 10, in Denver, CO.
Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching
Abstract submissions will close April 2, 2019, for the 2019 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. No submissions will be accepted after April 2.

Abstract submissions will only be accepted electronically. Click here to download abstract information. Click here to begin the abstract submission process.

Watch the video for abstract writing tips from Dr. Terry Chase of the PATH Intl. Health and Education Advisory.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant Equipment Purchasing Grant
Need new equipment to support your PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® veterans program? PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers are eligible to apply for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant equipment purchasing grant.

PATH Intl. is excited to announce this opportunity funded by the VA Adaptive Sports Grant. This grant will be available to eligible PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers that are looking to purchase equipment for their veterans and/or armed service members (VSM) programing. The funding is intended to subsidize equipment and/or supplies such as special ramps, wheelchair lifts, saddles, carriages, etc. It does not cover the cost of equines, and all equipment applications must be intended to support veterans at your program.

You can apply for the grant here. Applications close April 19, 2019. Questions or concerns can be addressed to Kristin Jacobsen.
Baseline Definition Resource Guide (Terminology) Initiative Update
As many of you know, PATH Intl. is leading an initiative with the goal of term definition consensus among the major stakeholders in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT).
Next month, a survey will be distributed to you, various EAAT stakeholders and interested individuals to understand how terms and definitions are understood and being used in the field. This data will be analyzed and used as a framework for discussion at a baseline definition summit to be held in July 2019.
Click here to read about the participants in the summit, representing a wide range of perspectives from the EAAT field. If you have any questions, please contact  Kathy Alm.
Coming Soon! Always Improving Technology for PATH Intl. Members
PATH Intl. is developing a new database to enhance the members' user experience. The PATH Intl. website links directly to a customer relationship management (CRM) system, which is the technology used to manage member relationships and interactions. Currently this database is where members manage their contact information, make purchases from the store and the tool that links those records to online directories seen on the website such as find a center and the member directory.

The new system, which is slated to launch in the next few months, will offer a friendlier user interface, ability to submit instructor compliance online and the ability to submit all center renewal requirements online in one setting. The member's profile page will even be customizable!

Click here for a sneak peek at the future member experience. Watch for more information soon!

2019 Regional Conference Dates, Registration and Call for Abstracts
Questions? Contact Marsha Anderson, PATH Intl. region conference coordinator. Watch the eNews and region conference page for registration information as they open.

Region 1     April 27-28, 2019, Amherst, MA, registration is open
Region 3     March 29-31, 2019, Daniels, WV, registration is open
Region 4     May 16-18, 2019, Augusta, MI, registration is open
Region 5     August 2-4, 2019, Ocala, FL
Region 8     August 2-4, 2019, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
Region 9     May 31 - June 2, 2019, Redmond, WA, registration opens April 11
Region 10   May 3-5, 2019, Elbert, CO, registration is open
Region 11   April 18-19, 2020, Fallbrook, CA

Call for Abstracts
Share something new, cutting edge and important with your peers.  The 2019 PATH Intl. Regional Conferences are right around the corner. See the links below to submit an abstract to the regions currently accepting them. Watch your email for more details and for upcoming links for other regions. Share your knowledge; it helps make these conferences great!
Submit your abstract for each region by clicking the link(s) below:

Region 5 Submission Deadline 3/29/19

Region 8 Submission Deadline 3/29/19
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  
Mar. 18-21, 2019
Apr. 11-14, 2019
Apr. 13-16, 2019
May 6-9, 2019
May 16-19, 2019
May 22-25, 2019
June 2-5, 2019
June 13-16, 2019
June 27-30, 2019

Aug. 7-10, 2019
Aug. 26-29, 2019
Sep. 19-22, 2019
Oct. 23-26, 2019
Nov. 22-25, 2019
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
The Equestrian Therapy Program
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
On Eagles' Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, Inc.
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Bend, OR
Redmond, WA
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX
Elbert, CO
Cridersville, OH
Cleburne, TX
Bucyrus, KS
Fairmont, WV

Hockley, TX
Santa Barbara, CA
Guyton, GA
Loveland, CO
Old Lyme, CT

Mar. 30-31, 2019

Apr. 12-13, 2019

May 15-16, 2019

May 30-31, 2019

June 1-2, 2019
UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Horses Spirits Healing *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
DreamPower Horsemanship *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
DreamPower Horsemanship "Certification*
Goffstown, NH

Billings, MT

Augusta, MI

Gilroy, CA

Gilroy, CA

Mar. 16-17, 2019
Aug. 1-2, 2019

Sep. 6-7, 2019
Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC)
Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
SUNY Cobleskill Equine Center
Long Valley, NJ
Baton Rouge, LA

Cobleskill, NY

Jan. 9-April 2019
Jan. 18-Mar. 11
Mar. 19-21, 2019
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
St. Andrew's Ride Like a Knight
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX
Laurinburg, NC

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