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CEC Convention
Trek to Accreditation
Virtual Conference
Conference Information
Equine Tips
Community Connections Corner
Online Education
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Champions Program
Workshops and Certifications
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May 2, 2017 

PATH Intl. Exhibits at Special Educators' Convention
Convention attendees enjoy
learning about PATH Intl.
As part of an ongoing outreach campaign to special education teachers, PATH Intl. exhibited at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, a gathering of more than 6,000 special educators and hundreds of exhibitors in Boston, April 19-22. Among the attendees there was a definite buzz about the lives being changed and enriched by therapeutic horsemanship, and as a first-time exhibitor, PATH Intl. was very warmly received. Many teachers relayed their familiarity with EAAT due to students being participants or visible centers in their communities. Yet others spoke of a relationship their school district has with a center. The most frequent conversation was around locating a center in their home area and learning how to connect administrators and families with PATH Intl. Member Centers and Certified Professionals. Still others had not heard of EAAT nor PATH Intl. There were even a handful of PATH Intl. members and instructors among the attendees.

It is important that these knowledgeable educators understand the significance of PATH Intl. credentials as they might suggest EAAT as an option for students. To that end, a fact sheet for special educators was produced and 750 were given out, so at least that many conversations were held! Additionally hundreds of article reprints from PATH Intl. Strides magazine were distributed and approximately 100 individuals opted in to receive the PATH Intl. eNews. While disseminating information, it was also a good opportunity for gathering input from attendees as the next phase of the campaign includes creating tools for centers to employ for outreach to their schools/districts.
Accrediting the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification
Feel as if your inbox is missing something, just can't put your finger on it? Well, some may have noticed they haven't recently received a  Trek to Accrediting the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor eNews . The association has committed to keeping members up to date on all the milestones throughout the process. At the same time when there's nothing of vital interest to communicate, we won't flood your inbox. As of now, the credentialing council development workgroup is still full steam ahead in its discovery and work phase. As the results of its efforts become available, they will be communicated to the membership. 

In the meantime, PATH Intl. Regional Conference attendees will have the opportunity to watch a presentation on how to create a fair, unbiased assessment that is appropriate to the type of knowledge and skills being assessed, including definitions of testing types. For those unable to attend, the presentation will also be available as a recorded webinar soon and will be announced in a future  eNews .
Only Two Weeks Away! Register for the PATH Intl. Virtual Conference
virtual conference logoThe first ever Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Virtual Conference is only two weeks away! Don't miss this education-rich event. Being held 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, including Michael Kaufmann on program sustainability, Dr. Sandra Friedman on autism spectrum disorder and Dr. Aubrey Fine on the human animal bond, A total of 12 CEUs is available. View the breakdown of CEUs as well as the full list of speakers.

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.

Want to exhibit virtually? Contact Ashley or Cher Smith.
PATH Intl. Award Nominations Deadline Coming Soon!
The PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by Title Sponsor Purina, is November 8-11, 2017, in San Antonio, TX. Look for an announcement soon about registration pricing.

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 nomination is automatically submitted!
Click here for information and for the links to the fillable forms. Sample forms are also available on the page to help you determine what information to supply.  Questions? Email Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 103.
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Free Range Stabling for Your Horses
By Trish Broersma, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member
Years ago when I directed a therapeutic riding program, we stabled our horses in a familiar setting. Our eight program horses had roomy stalls in a beautiful facility with a moderate-sized run attached to each stall. They each were turned out for 2 hours a day in small pastures, either individually with other horses over the fence, or in small, compatible groups. 
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.
Community Connections Corner 
Community Connections banner This month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Community where a member asks:

I have not been able to find many good free or inexpensive resources for specific activities for veterans programs. Has anyone else found any?

If you have any advice to help this member, please click here to log in to Community Connections and join the discussion.
Online Education Opportunities for CEUs
PATH Intl. is launching four new online courses this spring in addition to the excellent line-up of available courses. Don't miss conference session recordings such as "Addressing PTSD in Military Veterans Using Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy" or webinars such as "Cerebral Palsy: The Basics." Expand your knowledge and skills base with courses such as "The PATH Intl. Autism Spectrum Disorder and EAAT" online course. Click here for the full list of online courses, conference session recordings and webinars.
I love the online courses! They are a great way to continue your education, develop your career and meet professionals from the EAAT industry all from the comfort of your own home. It is a great, affordable way to learn and make contacts in the industry.
An attendee in the  PATH Intl. 
Spinal Cord Injury,  Paralysis and EAAT online course
PATH Intl. Region Conferences
Tell us what you think:

You can still register onsite for the PATH Intl. Region 10 Conference coming up this weekend:
May 5-7, 2017
Fort Collins, CO
Hosted by: Front Range Exceptional Equestrians

Registration is open for the following regional conferences:
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 include 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

Sep. 12-15, 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*
We Can Ride, Inc.
Augusta, MI
Stoughton, WI
Thomasville, GA

Boones Mill, VA

Minnetonka, MN

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
May 1-4, 2017

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
OUS Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship
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.
Franklin Furnace, OH

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

Mentor Training 
May 15-16, 2017
June 14-15, 2017
Sep. 16-17, 2017
Healing Strides of VA
Potter's Ranch
We Can Ride, Inc.
Boones Mill, VA
Union, KY
Minnetonka, MN

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