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PATH Intl. Region Conferences
2016 CEUs
Field Test Standards Voting
Center Renewal
Region Newsletters
Online Courses Available
Interactive Vaulting Certification Updates
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March 7, 2017 

Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Chance_ 2017 region 3 equine of the year Managing Gastric Health for the Horses in Your Care 
By Jessica Normand, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Gastric ulcers are an extremely common phenomenon in horses, for a variety of reasons. This serious health problem occurs in about 60% of performance horses and more than 90% of race horses. Ulcers can form in the stomach in as few as five days. Equine-assisted activities and therapies horses are exposed to many of the same risk factors as riding and racing horses, and they have additional mental, emotional and physical stress to contend with as well.  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!
PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting
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Abstract Submission
Abstracts for the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference in San Antonio, TX, must be submitted to PATH Intl. by March 10, 2017. No submissions will be accepted after March 10.

Abstract submission will be handled electronically only:

Click here to download abstract information.

Click here to begin the abstract submission process. 

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

Simply fill out the online form and your response is automatically submitted!

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.

Do you have a product, business or service you want to get in front of hundreds of people in the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) field? Be an exhibitor at the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, November 8-11, in San Antonio, TX! The association's conference is the largest event in EAAT, and this is a prime time to reach this niche market in one event. Click here for information and to take advantage of early sign-up discounts.
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Registration is open for the following region conferences:

Region 1
April 21-23, 2017
Portland and Windham, ME
Hosted by: NESAR/Region I and
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Region 2
March 31 - April 1, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel Monroe/South Brunswick
Monroe, NJ
Hosted by: HRH of New Jersey (Health and Recreation through Horses)

Region 6
March 9-12, 2017
River Falls, WI
Hosted by: University of Wisconsin-River Falls,
Animal Science Dept
Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs, Inc.

Region 7
March 30 - April 2, 2017
Poplar Grove, IL
Hosted by: BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center

Exhibiting at Region 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.
CEUs From 2016 PATH Intl. Conference
Wondering which sessions at the 2016 PATH Intl. Conference in Williamsburg apply to which continuing education categories? Refer to this sheet for quick reference. If you have questions, please email Bret Maceyak.
Community Connections Corner
Community Connections banner This Month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Community where a member asks:

I am a registered instructor and certified ESMHL working at a premier accredited center in Acme, PA. I have a master's in clinical mental health counseling and am working toward my LPC hours on a part-time basis. We are looking to get an EFP program off the ground at our center. I am seeking guidance on how to begin this process. In addition, I am specifically seeking a mentor or even a licensed supervisor who could provide guidance on clinical activities, whether it is in person or electronic. 

If you have any advice to help this member, please click here to log into PATH Intl. Community Connections and join the discussion.
Center Renewal - Final Deadline
The deadline to renew your center membership was December 31, 2016. The final deadline is March 31, 2017; if you do not renew, your membership will lapse and you will need to re-join if you want to continue your membership. Renew as soon as possible in order to avoid a lapse in your membership. You must include a $60 late fee with your renewal. 

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.

Of course, if you prefer to send in a hard copy renewal, that is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice, and mail it in.

Centers that prefer to pay by check may complete the center renewal booklet online and mail or use an electronic check for center membership dues.

Questions? Email Karen Province.
From the MOC
You may have received a region newsletter from PATH Intl. and we would love to have our membership participate. Please submit your center, instructor or client/participant news through your region rep via email by March 31, 2017, to have a chance to be featured in the upcoming Region Quarterly Newsletter.
Online Courses Available
Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® 
This course will offer instructors an understanding of basic military culture, terminology and common reasons that veterans and service members seek out EAAT. Learners will develop mindful communication skills, center policies and processes for participant assessment, planning and identifying precautions and contraindications.
The next sections of the Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® online course will begin April 1, May 1 and June 1. In addition, this course is eligible for six hours of disability education and six hours of continuing education hours on your annual certification compliance. This is 12 hours total of continuing education hours.

Click here for information and registration.

PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & EAAT
This course will offer instructors an understanding of SCI conditions and how to apply this knowledge to the development of safe and effective EAAT lesson plans. Course curriculum will focus on integrating new ideas for offering a participant-centered approach to planning and facilitating EAAT.

The next section of the PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT online course will begin April 1 and June 1. In addition, this course is eligible for six hours of disability education and six hours of continuing education hours on your annual certification compliance. This is 12 hours total of continuing education hours.

Click here for information and registration.
Interactive Vaulting Certification Program Updates
As part of the 2016 goals of the PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Certification Subcommittee, a new interactive vaulting instructor online exam has been launched for 2017. Mirroring PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor Certification procedures, the interactive vaulting exam will be closed book, timed and proctored. Candidates MUST complete the exam prior to attending an on-site certification in 2017 and forward. The exam includes topics covered in the on-site PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting workshop, so candidates are advised to take the exam AFTER completing an on-site workshop to ensure success.

Also for 2017, the PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Certification Subcommittee and Certification Oversight Committee have increased the time allowed for candidate teaching demonstrations at certification. In order to allow candidates to more comprehensively demonstrate their interactive vaulting teaching skills, the demonstration duration has been increased from 20 to 30 minutes.
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
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.
Tobaccoville, NC
Bucyrus, KS

Augusta, MI
Stoughton, WI
Michigan City, IN

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

Nov. 3-6, 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)
Touchstone Farm
Bend, OR
Chatsworth, CA 
Toano, VA

Redmond, WA
Hampton, GA
Franklin Furnace, OH

Milford, PA
Cleburne, TX
Gretna, NE

Temple, NH

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. 9-10, 2017
Mar. 24-25, 2017
April 2-3, 2017
April 10-11, 2017
May 15-16, 2017
May 19-20, 2017 
June 14-15, 2017
Three Gaits, Inc. - Region 6 Conference
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
Stoughton, WI
Goffstown, NH
Oceanside, CA
Hampton, GA
Boones Mill, VA
Old Lyme, CT 
Union, KY

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