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Celebrating PATH Intl. Members
Call for Abstracts
2019 Regional Award Winners
PATH Intl. Virtual Conference
Appaloosa Research
Baseline Definition Resource Guide Update
Adaptive Sports Grant
EquestrianProfessional Webinar
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

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March 5, 2019 

TIME TO CELEBRATE! PATH Intl. Member of the Month
Congratulations to Chelsea Packard, the first PATH Intl. Member of the month for March! 
Chelsea Packard Chelsea is with Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Loxahatchee, FL. She joined PATH Intl. in 2012 after completing an internship at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Lexington, KY. She was a social work major and wanted to combine a love of horses and helping people. She saw joining PATH Intl. and becoming a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor as the first step toward a wonderful opportunity to use her skills and work her dream.

Chelsea's favorite thing about belonging to the EAAT community? "I have loved the networking opportunities and resources that connect individuals from across the country who are using the same modality--horses--to impact the lives of others in life changing ways." Click here to read more about Chelsea.
Share Your Knowledge at the PATH Intl. Conference and Be Part of the 50th Year Celebration!
Call for Abstracts
A broad spectrum of session content is needed each year to offer a rich and rewarding experience for all attendees. At this time PATH Intl. is conducting a call for abstracts. You are invited to submit an abstract highlighting your organization's innovations or personal research and how they may benefit the equine-assisted activities and therapies field.

Abstract submissions will only be accepted electronically. Click here to download abstract information.

The conference will also include a poster session. Presenters may submit an abstract for the poster session by following the same directions as for the traditional classroom presentation.  

Click here to begin the abstract submission process.

Abstracts must be submitted to PATH Intl. by April 2, 2019. No submissions will be accepted after April 2.

Watch the video for abstract writing tips from Dr. Terry Chase of the PATH Intl. Health and Education Advisory.

Abstract Writing Tutorial with Terry Chase

Congratulations to the 2019 PATH Intl. Award Winners!
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A big congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Every year, PATH Intl. has the great honor of recognizing the outstanding humans and equines in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). Nominated by PATH Intl. Centers and Members, the very best equestrians, credentialed professionals, veterinarians, volunteers and equines serving at PATH Intl. Member Centers are chosen by expert industry judges. It is a difficult decision to choose from the many excellent nominations, and we thank the judges for their time. Thank you to all the nominators for their dedication in recognizing the achievements of those in EAAT.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 PATH Intl. regional award winners. Click here to see the list.

Regional award winners will be recognized at their region's conference. International and equestrian winners will be announced at the 2019 PATH Intl. Awards Luncheon, November 10, in Denver, CO.
Virtual Conference Registration Opens This Week
VC PROMO 2019
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. Registration will open this week!

Cost
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
Julie Goodnight, "Teaching First Canter" -- This session will address the important skills prerequisite of learning to canter and a progression of skills to teach at the canter. Pros and cons of various methods to teach first canter will be looked at as well as the most common mistakes riders make.
Christie Kappert, "The Right Horse Initiative" -- The Right Horse Initiative, a partner of PATH Intl., is a collective of equine industry and welfare professionals working to improve the lives of horses in transition. Learn what this means for PATH Intl. members, current pilot programs and the potential for adoptable horses to fit into EAAT programing.
Do You Have a Great Appaloosa at Your Center?
An article is being prepared for the Appaloosa Journal highlighting Appaloosas who are doing great things at PATH Intl. Member Centers. If you would like your favorite App to get the recognition he or she deserves, please email Anne Craig ASAP.
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.
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.
Free Webinar Through EquestrianProfessional.com
Center Members! It's time for the next administration webinar with EquestrianProfessional.com. We'll be taking a close look at how to create a business website that works for you. 

EAAT Horse Business Websites That Work
Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. Pacific - 7:30 p.m. Central - 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Place: Simulcast - attend via your phone or computer
Speaker: Elisabeth McMillan

Summary:
One of the toughest things about running a successful EAAT program is keeping up with all the business tasks you should do - like marketing and business management while doing all the things you have to do - like taking care of your horses, clients and volunteers. 

Over the years of working with horse professionals to improve their businesses, the key places we like to start is with implementing automation and systems that consistently leverage time, energy and money. One area that delivers results quickly is a strategically designed website that is set up to work - not just in terms of being effective but like how an extra employee (or two) would work. We've found that when horse business owners have hard working websites, their businesses run both more effectively and with less effort.

During our upcoming webinar "EAAT Horse Business Websites That Work" we'll show you several tricks and tips to turn your website into a "work horse" for your business.

Register here

PS. If you would like to submit your website for review (or to be used as an example) during our webinar, please include your website address in the form field on the registration page.
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 opens March 8
Region 5     August 2-4, 2019, Ocala, FL
Region 6     March 8-10, 2019, Fargo, ND, online registration is open through February 22
Region 7     February 22-24, 2019, St. Louis, MO, online registration is open through February 8
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 2020

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. 13-18, 2019
Mar. 18-21, 2019
Apr. 11-14, 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
Healing with Horses Ranch
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Calvin Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Equest
StableStrides
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.
Manor, TX
Bend, OR
Redmond, WA
Hampton, GA
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX
Elbert, CO
Cridersville, OH
Cleburne, TX
Bucyrus, KS
Fairmont, WV

Hockley, TX
Santa Barbara, CA
Guyton, GA
Loveland, CO

Driving  
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

Mentor  
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

ATC  
Jan. 9-April 2019
Jan. 18-Mar. 11
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Equest
Old Lyme, CT
Dallas, TX

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