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Virtual Conference
Annual Report
Conference Information
Equine Tips
Newly Certified Professionals
New Online Courses
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Field Test Standards Electronic Voting
Workshops and Certifications
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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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March 21, 2017 

Register for the PATH Intl. Virtual Conference
virtual conference logo Plan to attend the first ever Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Virtual Conference! To be held online May 17th and 18th, 2017, this online experience is intended to make professional education more accessible for members. Click here to register.

The Virtual Conference will consist of 10 hour-long educational sessions delivered over two days by a variety of expert speakers. For more information on these first-rate sessions and speakers review the agenda. A total of 12 CEUs is available.

Member rate: $249
Nonmember rate: $309
Center group rate: $495

We look forward to your participation in the inaugural PATH Intl. Virtual Conference! Click here if you have any questions or contact Ashley Inghram, PATH Intl. Education and Membership Representative.
Annual Report
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The PATH Intl. Annual Report is a comprehensive report on PATH Intl. activities and finances throughout the year. The PATH Intl. Annual Report for the fiscal year 2015-16 is now available on the website

The PATH Intl. Staff and Board of Trustees continue to work on your behalf to further professionalize the industry and bring meaningful benefits to members.
PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting
Scholarships Now Open
It is the desire of PATH Intl. to provide the maximum opportunity to offer registration scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, and the association works diligently to obtain funding sources for such scholarships.

PATH Intl. is pleased to once again offer the 2017 conference scholarship and the 2017 Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship. Applications are due by email to Karen Province no later than June 16, 2017. Applicants will be notified by email byJuly 28, 2017.

Everyone is encouraged to apply! Click below to download the applications or find them on the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference page.

2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting General Scholarship

2017 Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship

Nominations for awards to be announced at this year's conference are due no later than May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m. MDT. 

Click here for information and for the links to the fillable forms.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 103.

Call for Judges
Are you interested in being part of this inspiring process? Any member may apply to be part of the judging process for the PATH Intl. annual awards.

The judging process requires a commitment of approximately 10 to 15 hours between June 5 and June 30. The PATH Intl. staff provides clear guidelines and forms on how the nominations are to be evaluated, and the staff also compiles the results and notifies the award recipients. You are asked to carefully read and review 2-3 short essays (200 words or less) per nomination and make objective judgments given the guidelines, and score each one from 1-10 on the form that will be provided.

The scoring results are submitted electronically so it is necessary for judges to have access to a computer and the internet.

The PATH Intl. staff will consider all individuals who submit their names for consideration. Individuals will be considered on a first come, first served basis based on distribution across the various PATH Intl. regions.

If you are interested in serving as a judge, please submit the following to Karen Province by May 31: name, membership number, region and email address, and please confirm that you do have access to a computer and internet June 5-30 2017.
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
The Great Egg Hunt 
By Christina Horn, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

The inconsistent weather patterns here in the Northeast have undoubtedly made equine management more challenging, and as March roars in like a lion we are hopeful it will roll out like a lamb. Despite the fluctuating temperatures there is no doubt that spring must be right around the corner. The higher temperatures this time of year will bring can drastically increase parasite populations, as the warm and damp weather is ideal for egg production. Now is the time to solidify the plan of attack on the parasites that can invade your equines' intestinal system.  Read more .

The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee is committed to refining and deepening our perspective of equine well-being to include the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our wonderful four-legged partners. Join us on this journey. Please add your thoughts on the PATH Intl. Community Connections page. It is our desire that these tips start a further discussion on Community Connections. Any thoughts? We appreciate hearing from you!
Notice to Newly Certified Professionals
Congratulations on your new certification! All PATH Intl. Certified Professionals are required to submit a compliance form with 20 hours of CEUs along with their membership renewal each year on their membership expiration date. Newly certified professionals are welcome to use the workshop attended for certification to fulfill all CEU requirements at the time of first renewal. Questions about acceptable CEUs, please visit the CEU guidelines page

If you are newly certified, and also hold another certification with PATH Intl., please include the core required hours for your other certifications along with your workshop.

For any questions about CEUs or your membership renewal, please contact Kim Sperry.
Current and Upcoming Online Education Opportunities
PATH Intl. is committed to providing quality education to its members. We are excited to announce the launch of four new online courses produced by PATH Intl. coming this spring! Click here for the full list of online course offerings available for spring 2017.

Participants with autism spectrum disorder (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. 

The numbers of seniors and participants with forms of dementia are on the rise at PATH Intl. Member Centers. This course has been developed to guide EAAT centers through considerations of developing a program to serve this specialized population.

Over 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.

Developed for PATH Intl. Certified Professionals who are currently providing equine-assisted activities and therapies for veterans and armed services members. As many instructors and centers are providing services for veterans and military personnel, this workshop will give current instructors an opportunity to advance their skills beyond their current certification level.
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Registration is open for the following regional conferences:
April 21-23, 2017
Portland and Windham, ME
Hosted by: NESAR/Region I and Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Region 9 (registration opens 3/24)
June 2-4, 2017
Rathdrum, ID
Hosted by Running W Therapeutic Riding Center

May 5-7, 2017
Fort Collins, CO
Hosted by: Front Range Exceptional Equestrians

Submit your abstracts :
Region 11 - Deadline April 2
Region 5 - Deadline April 7

Thank you
Thank you for attending the Region 6 conference. Please take the time to give us your feedback.

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.
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. The electronic vote will take place in July (dates to be determined). Click here 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
Apr. 8-10, 2017
Apr. 27-29, 2017

May 22-24, 2017
June 4, 2017
June 6-8, 2017
Sep. 12-15, 2017
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
*Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Three Gaits, Inc. *Certification Only*
Reins of Life, Inc.
We Can Ride, Inc.
Tobaccoville, NC
Bucyrus, KS

Augusta, MI
Stoughton, WI
Michigan City, IN
Minnetonka, MN

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Mar. 22-25, 2017
Mar. 23-26, 2017
April 5-8, 2017 

April 12-15, 2017
April 20-23, 2017
May 1-4, 2017

June 15-18, 2017
July 8-11, 2017
July 27-30, 2017

Aug. 10-13, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship 
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program
OUS Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)
Equine Assisted Therapy of NJ
Touchstone Farm
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Bend, OR
Chatsworth, CA 
Toano, VA

Redmond, WA
Hampton, GA
Franklin Furnace, OH

Milford, PA
Cleburne, TX
Gretna, NE

Mannington, NJ
Temple, NH
Old Lyme, CT

June 3-4, 2017

Oct. 10-14, 2017
DreamPower Horsemanship *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Touchstone Farm - Home of Horse Power
San Martin, CA

Temple, NH

Interactive Vaulting
July 6-9, 2017
Oct. 8-11, 2017
Forward Stride
Ivey Ranch Park
Beaverton, OR
Oceanside, CA

Mentor Training 
Mar. 24-25, 2017
April 2-3, 2017
April 10-11, 2017
May 15-16, 2017
May 19-20, 2017 
June 14-15, 2017
Sep. 16-17, 2017
UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Ivey Ranch Park
Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program
Healing Strides of VA
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Potter's Ranch
We Can Ride, Inc.
Goffstown, NH
Oceanside, CA
Hampton, GA
Boones Mill, VA
Old Lyme, CT 
Union, KY
Minnetonka, MN

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