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Online Education
Virtual Conference
International Conference in Orlando
Call for Abstracts
James Brady Nominations
March Lecture Series
Equine Tip
Center Membership Renewal
Driving Certification Update
Registration Open Regional Conferences
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
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PATH Intl. Online Education Calendar 
These courses 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

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Title Sponsor: Purina, the official feed of PATH Intl.

March 20, 2018 

Registration Open for PATH Intl. Virtual Conference
Gain All Your Disability Education Hours in Two Days!

virtual conference logo Join peers from around the world and earn 12 continuing education credits, six of which will focus on disability education, all from the comfort of your own home! Registration is open for the second annual Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Virtual Conference, April 24-25, 2018Click here  to register.
PATH Intl. Member Discount Rate: $249
Standard Rate: $309
PATH Intl. Member Center Group Rate: $495 (CEUs will be granted for up to three people)
Virtual Conference Highlights
PATH Intl. is thrilled to connect members with these professionals to learn more about diverse topics that will support program participants. 
Learn from experts in various fields in sessions, such as Executive Functioning Challenges in Individuals With ASD, presented by Dr. Elizabeth Coan, Neuroscience Department, Children's Hospital, Colorado; Working Successfully With People With Dementia, presented by Debi Buzanowski-Stowell, Eddy Alzheimer's Services, New York; and Gender Awareness in Therapeutic Horsemanship, presented by Abby Simon, clinical social worker for the TRUE Center for Gender Diversity, Colorado. Each session has Q&A time built in to maximize learning. 
For information on these first-rate sessions and speakers  review the agenda . You won't want to miss this April event!
Are you interested in exhibiting in the virtual exhibit hall? Contact Elias Holdman to find out how to be part of this exciting event!

We look forward to your participation in the PATH Intl. Virtual Conference! Questions? Contact Elias Holdman, Education Representative.
We're Going to Orlando -- Book Your Room Now!
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Save the Date!
Save the date for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by title sponsor Purina, October 25-27, 2018, in Orlando, FL! Each year the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting provides the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry valuable and comprehensive education and networking opportunities. Plan to attend!

Watch your email for a full list of 2018's conference highlights, including expanded networking opportunities. 

  • The preconference day will be on Thursday rather than Wednesday and will be more in-depth, including an option for hands-on arena sessions.
  • Enjoy expanded networking opportunities, including the return of the region networking breakfast.
  • Network with exhibitors!
  • The room rate at the Rosen Centre is an exceptional deal at $139/night.
  • The registration price will remain low. Keep watching for details!
Conference Dates
October 25-27, 2018. Preconference workshops, opening general session and exhibitor party will be on Thursday, October 25; education sessions will be on Friday and Saturday, October 26-27. Registration will open in July. 

Conference Location - Book Your Room Now!
Rosen Centre
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Rate:  $139 single/double
Click here to reserve your room
Note: Consider joining Rosen Centre's iPrefer program to receive free Internet, a room upgrade, and priority early check-in/late check-out with every stay.
Share Your Expertise in Orlando
Share knowledge, potential, innovation and leadership at the national level.  The PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting is the largest annual gathering of individuals involved in equine-assisted activities and therapies. The association is actively soliciting abstracts on important research, best practices, trends and developments that are of significance to EAAT professionals and PATH Intl. Members around the world. Abstracts will be handled electronically only and must be received in the PATH Intl. office by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time, April 2, 2018.
Resources to help you get started:
Call for Abstracts Information
Poster Guidelines
James Brady Professional Achievement Award
Nominations are now open for the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award. The deadline to submit is June 29, 2018. Click here for more information and criteria. 
Exhibit at the PATH Intl. Conference
Do you have a product or service you'd like to get in front of the PATH Intl. Membership? Exhibiting at the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting is a great way to do that! Contact Cher Smith to get started. Discount pricing for members.
PATH Intl. Education Opportunities - March Lecture Series
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Enhance your EAAT program with this month's live lecture supporting program evaluation. PATH Intl. Certified Professionals will receive one CEU for this lecture.

Evaluation: Doing the Right Things Right presented by Dr. Gillian Squirrell on Thursday, March 22, 2018, 1- 2 p.m. Eastern Time

Standard price: $40
PATH Intl. Member Discount Price: $20
Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Saddle Fit and Getting Ready for Spring! Quick Review of the Nine Points of Saddle Fit
Guest post by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE
If you or your horse have been somewhat inactive over the winter months, you will need to ensure that the saddle is fitted properly to allow him comfort and freedom to muscle up again when you begin to ride. As we head into spring, it's time to put our thoughts into ensuring that all of our tack and equipment will work. While it can take four weeks for a muscle to build up with consistent training, it takes only one week for the muscle to regain its original shape (which is negative development). Thus, even if you have taken just a few weeks off from riding, you will find that your saddle may not fit the way it did and the way it should. Read More
Final Reminder -- Center Membership Renewal
FINAL REMINDER! Deadline to renew center memberships is March 31, 2018. After the 31st, center memberships will be expired, and any center wishing to keep their membership active will need to re-join, losing their original join date. Click here to begin.
Reminder: Driving Certification Program Update
Effective January 1, 2018, the Driving Certification Subcommittee and Certification Oversight Committee have approved separation of the driving workshop and certification. All driving certification candidates will now be required to have a minimum of 60 days between completion of the driving workshop and certification. The reasons for this decision are rooted in supporting preparation and success of candidates. Due to the nature of therapeutic driving activities, an enormous amount of information must be delivered in the workshop. There continues to be an increase in candidates with minimal experience instructing individuals with disabilities applying to the certification program and the workshop provides critical information that they have had little or no introduction to. Without adequate time to process and apply the concepts taught in the workshop, candidates have struggled to meet the criteria for certification. This has led to increased instances of resubmission and, as a result, increased expense for candidates. In an effort to support the success of candidates with various backgrounds and reduce financial impact to candidates, the updated program design includes built-in time for candidates to practice application of workshop concepts.

Refer to the updated driving level I certification booklet for information regarding certification program requirements. Please contact Bret Maceyak, Credentialing Supervisor, with any questions about the updated process. 
Registration Open for 2018 Regional Conferences
Registration is now open. Questions? Contact the region conference coordinator.

Region 4
April 19-22, 2018
Martinsville, IN
Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc.
Registration closes April 5, 2018
Region 10
May 18-20, 2018
Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding
Registration closes May 4, 2018

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. Questions? Contact the region conference coordinator.

Region 11
July 27-29, 2018
Shadow Hills Riding Club
Shadow Hills, CA
Submission Deadline April 13, 2018

Region 5
August 3-5, 2018
College of Central Florida
Ocala, FL
Submission Deadline April 13, 2018
August 3-5, 2018
Redlands Community College
Redlands, OK
Submission Deadline April 13, 2018

September 22-23, 2018
Southern Tier Independence Center
Binghamton, NY
Submission Deadline June 1, 2018
The EQUUS Foundation Champions Program
Turn your passion into action! Become an EQUUS Foundation Champion. 

CHAMPIONS is the EQUUS Foundation's incentive-based equine service volunteer program sponsored by Ariat International to recognize and reward individuals and organizations on the Equine Welfare Network.

It's easy to become a CHAMPION; an individual must log a minimum of 24 volunteer hours from January 1st to December 31st. Champions have a chance to win Ariat products, scholarships, and a grant for their favorite charity. Visit for information.
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
May 7-8, 2018
Jul. 20-22, 2018

Jul. 21, 2018
Aug. 13-15, 2018
ManeGait *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
ManeGait "Certification Only*
Healing Strides of VA *Certification Only*
McKinney, TX
Lenoir City, TN

McKinney, TX
Boones Mill, VA

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
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. 15-18, 2018
Aug. 21-24, 2018
Aug. 26-29, 2018
Sep. 20-23, 2018
Oct. 11-14, 2018
Nov. 16-19, 2018
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
Eagle Mount - Bozeman
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Hartville, OH
Toano, VA

Old Lyme, CT
Redmond, WA
Elbert, CO
Cleburne, TX
Bozeman, MT
Loveland, CO
Santa Barbara, CA
Guyton, CA
Naples, FL
Old Lyme, CT

Interactive Vaulting
Jun. 10-13, 2018
Jul. 28-31, 2018
Oct. 19-21, 2018
Reins of Life, Inc.
Saddle Up!
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Michigan City, IN
Franklin, TN
Loveland, CO

May 31-Jun. 1, 2018

Jun. 2-3, 2018

Jun. 23-24, 2018

DreamPower Horsemanship *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
DreamPower Horsemanship *Certification*
Inspire Equine Therapy Program *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Gilroy, CA

Gilroy, CA

Clearwater, FL

Jul. 18-19, 2018
Ivey Ranch Park Association
Oceanside, CA

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