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Virtual Conference
Equine Tips
Field Test Standards Electronic Voting
Human-Animal Interaction Research Funding Opportunities
The Jockey Club T.I.P.
Online Education
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Champions Program
Workshops and Certifications
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May 16, 2017 

There Is Still Time to Register for the PATH Intl. Virtual Conference
virtual conference logoThe first ever Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Virtual Conference starts TOMORROW! Being held Wednesday and Thursday, May 17th and 18th, 2017, this online experience is intended to make professional education more accessible for members. Click here to register.

The last opportunity to register is May 17, before 9 a.m. MDT!

Join nearly 200 of your colleagues for education sessions, Q&As and scheduled breaks.  

The virtual conference will consist of 10 hour-long educational sessions delivered over two days by a variety of expert speakers. A total of 12 CEUs is available. View the breakdown of CEUs as well as the full list of speakers.

Discover how to advance your riding skills in order to help advance the skills of your participants. Look at ways to grow your center by expanding programming. Learn how to use evaluations to make your programs more effective and efficient. 

And finally ... Be one of the first to say, "I was there at the beginning!

Member rate: $249
Nonmember rate: $309
Center group rate: $495 - Centers will receive CEUs for THREE people

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.
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Managing the Easy Keeper
By Jessica Normand, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

Beau from Main Stay Recent research indicates that more than 50% of horses and ponies are overweight. Excess weight increases a horse's risk of numerous health challenges, including Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS), a condition associated with insulin dysregulation, laminitis and excess fat deposition in specific regions of the body, such as the crest of the neck. Carrying unhealthy weight also puts added strain on the horse's joints, hooves, cardiovascular health and more.  Read more

Check out this new opportunity to connect with the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee! Follow this link to engage in a discussion with members of this committee and other PATH Intl. members regarding this eNews Tip.
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. As PATH Intl. continues to grow, the association wants to take advantage of every opportunity, including social media and other electronic means, to listen to and keep in touch with our members. An electronic vote gives every member a chance to participate. Electronic voting will open July 1-14, 2017.

For information on the standards in field test, click here.

Please make sure that your email address is current with PATH Intl., and that it is not a generic address (such as director@ or info@). These email addresses are often marked as spam and are deleted from our mailing lists. Yahoo and Gmail both offer free email addresses, and sign-up is easy.
New Funding Opportunities for Human-Animal Interaction Research
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is now accepting applications for three new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for research to examine: (1) the impact of Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) on typical and atypical child development and health; (2) the evaluation of animal-assisted intervention for children and adults with disabilities or in need of rehabilitative services and; (3) the effects of animals on public health, including cost effectiveness of involving animals in reducing and preventing disease. Click here for information.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program
Applications for The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program's (T.I.P.'s) annual award for a Thoroughbred in a non-competitive career are now available online. The T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as EAAT or police work. The award includes a $5,000 grant to the nonprofit organization associated with the horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club.

If you have any questions, contact The Jockey Club.
Online Education Opportunities for CEUs
PATH Intl. is launching two new online courses this spring in addition to the excellent line-up of available courses. 

The PATH Intl. Autism Spectrum Disorder and EAAT online course - first course is June 6-27 (see store for all dates)
Participants with 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.

PATH Intl. Trauma-Informed Practices in EAAT online course - first course is May 17 (see store for all dates)
More than 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.

Click here for the full list of online courses, conference session recordings and webinars.
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Tell us what you think:

Registration is open for the following regional conferences:
Region 9 - Registration closes this Friday, May 19
June 2-4, 2017
Rathdrum, ID
Hosted by Running W Therapeutic Riding Center

June 15-18, 2017
Union, KY
Hosted by Potter's Ranch

The PATH Intl. Region 3 Conference in September is canceled and will be replaced by state meetings. Stay tuned for more information. 

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.
EQUUS Foundation Champions Program
PATH Intl. Bronze Sponsor EQUUS Foundation wants to make volunteers champions. Sponsored by Ariat International, the EQUUS Foundation Champions program is an incentive-based equine service program to stimulate and reward volunteerism on behalf of horses. Individuals achieving Champion status become eligible to receive Champion benefits including the opportunity for scholarship to further their academic and riding education. Click here for information on the grant, the awards, past winners and for the application.
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 22-23, 2017
June 4, 2017
June 28, 2017

Aug. 6-8, 2017

Aug. 27-28, 2017

Oct. 29-30, 2017
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Three Gaits, Inc. *Certification Only*
Hands and Hearts for Horses
*Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Healing Strides of VA *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship *Certification Only*
Augusta, MI
Stoughton, WI
Thomasville, GA

Boones Mill, VA

Chatsworth, CA

Chatsworth, CA

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
June 15-18, 2017
July 6-9, 2017
July 8-11, 2017
July 27-30, 2017

Aug. 10-13, 2017
Aug. 16-19, 2017
Sep. 9-12, 2017
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Oct. 26-29, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)
Equine Assisted Therapy of NJ
Eagle Mount - Bozeman
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center (1508)
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Touchstone Farm
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Milford, PA
Redmond, WA
Cleburne, TX
Gretna, NE

Mannington, NJ
Bozeman, MT
Santa Barbara, CA
Loveland, CO
Guyton, GA
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
June 6-8, 2017
July 6-9, 2017
Sep. 1-4, 2017
Oct. 8-11, 2017
Reins of Life, Inc.
Forward Stride
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
Ivey Ranch Park
Michigan City, IN
Beaverton, OR
Loxahatchee, FL
Oceanside, CA

Mentor Training 
June 14-15, 2017
Sep. 16-17, 2017
Potter's Ranch
We Can Ride, Inc.
Union, KY
Minnetonka, MN

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