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Conference Evaluation
Special Education Webinar
Center Renewal
Online Education Abstracts
Equine Tips
Staff Spotlight
Congratulations to EAAT Horse
2018 Awards Program
Reminder About Foundation Directory Online
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Horse Stars Hall of Fame Nominations Open
Workshops and Certifications
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November 21, 2017 

An Outstanding PATH Intl. Conference!
We hope that you had a great time at this year's Conference and Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX! Look for an article in the next issue of PATH Intl. Strides for a conference wrap-up article. 

In the continuous effort to improve the international conference, we value your feedback and suggestions. Please take a minute to answer a few questions about this year's conference.

If you didn't have a chance to leave feedback for the educational sessions in the mobile app, please visit this link.  
Save the Date: Special Education Webinar Series Continues
Save the Date
Monday, December 11th
1:30 p.m. Mountain Time

In early 2017, PATH Intl. launched an outreach campaign for special education teachers to heighten awareness of EAAT and the crucial role PATH Intl. Member Centers and Professionals play in the industry. Through education, the objective is to facilitate connections between special education teachers and their local PATH Intl. Centers and Professionals to have them consider EAAT a viable activity for their students.

The second webinar in a FREE three-part special education series will be live on December 11, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time. The second webinar focuses on connecting with special education teachers and school lessons and  is presented by PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and University of Oklahoma Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment doctoral scholar Andrea Suk, MSEd. 

Registration details coming soon.

Click here for part one, "EAAT and IEPs -- Opening the Gate to Collaboration."
Center Renewal
The deadline to renew center membership is December 31, 2017. The center renewal booklet and all items (including the invoice on pg. 2 of the booklet) must be completed and returned along with payment to the PATH Intl. office or completed online at After January 15, 2018, a $60 late fee will be assessed

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to his or her personal account in order to renew online.

If you need to update the primary contact for your center, please send in a center change notification form or a premier accredited center change notification form.

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 now complete the center renewal booklet online and mail or use an electronic check for center membership dues.

For more information about renewing your center membership, please visit our FAQ page or the Center Renewal page

Call for Online Education Abstracts
PATH Intl. education is designed to be accessible for networking opportunities, quality education and industry advancement. As the association expands access to education, it looks to connect with professionals interested in sharing their expertise to benefit the industry. If you are an individual or group that has knowledge and experience that would be of interest and relevant to an audience of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) professionals through online venues such as webinars and virtual conferences, PATH Intl. invites you to submit an abstract. Your involvement is an opportunity to share what is new, cutting edge or important to a global audience of EAAT professionals. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and expertise, complete the online education abstract submission form.
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Common Lameness Conditions Affecting Performance of PATH Intl. Program Horses 
By Ashley Phelps, DVM

Lameness is the one of most common reasons for reduced performance in horses. It is not a disease itself, but a clinical sign that can be a result of many conditions. Diagnosis of the problem or problems can be challenging to veterinarians and frustrating to owners. Lameness is most often associated with pain, and therefore must be addressed by your veterinarian. 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.
PATH Intl. Staff Spotlight
The PATH Intl. office has seen a few changes, and so in this and future eNews, we will introduce you to the new people (or in some cases, new positions with familiar faces as people have been promoted from within) with whom members will be working. 
Rachel Moore, PATH Intl. Education Coordinator, Certified Registered Instructor, ESMHL, Driving Level I
two horses_ Red and Rapasue
Rachel declined to have her photo taken, but she did agree to a picture of her horses.
Rachel Moore has a Master of Science degree in teaching in education. She earned her degree in New York State in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountain. 

Rachel earned her PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding's Approved Training Course in Old Lyme, CT, and later earned her PATH Intl. Driving Instructor Certification, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and Mentor. She previously worked as a riding instructor and volunteer coordinator at an amazing PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities, in Winfield, IL. 

Rachel is the PATH Intl. Education Coordinator, helping to broaden member access to new learning opportunities that are focused on topics important to certified instructors and industry professionals, no matter their experience level. She is excited to work with the education team to apply her knowledge and experience to help enrich the current PATH Intl. educational offerings. Prior to being the education coordinator, Rachel was the PATH Intl. Member Services Representative for Instructors.
Congratulations to EAAT Horse at Bridle Paths
The Washington International Horse Show named Admiral, an equine with Bridle Paths in Leesburg, VA, as the winner of the Fifth Annual WIHS Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service, presented by EQUUS Foundation, The Stephens Family and the American Horse Council.

The award recognizes a horse, individual, or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger, a special horse who has touched the lives of many in his life of service with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon. Click here to read the full press release.
New 2018 PATH Intl. Awards Program - Nominations Now Open
As part of the strategic plan and as a result of member input, staff has been reviewing the PATH Intl. Awards Program. We understand that having enough time is a resource many member centers do not have, and we have heard it is one reason centers do not always submit award nominations.

Because all of our equines, volunteers, veterinarians and credentialed professionals are deserving of recognition, the nomination forms have been streamlined into a short form so member centers can nominate in less time. We piloted this new nomination form with the veterinarian award in 2017 and had an increase in nominations of 238%. 

Also recognizing that travel to the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting may pose financial worries and family and friends are not always there to share in the excitement, the regional awards will be presented at the regional conferences. This may be more convenient and less expensive for the award winners, their families and friends to attend. International winners in all categories, including the equestrian winners, will continue to be honored at the international conference.

Below is a summary of the changes for 2018:
  • The awards nomination form for the equines, volunteers and veterinarians has been abbreviated and retains previous criteria. From the forms meeting all of the criteria, the regional winner in each category will be selected in a random drawing.
  • The awards nomination form for the credentialed professional has been abbreviated and retains previous criteria such as being a member in good standing, minimum length of certification/service, contribution to program and adhering to PATH Intl. Standards/code of ethics and ranking of attributes.
    • The regional winner will be based on the highest score.
    • In the event of a tie for regional winner, the winner will be selected by random from those tied with the highest score.
  • The regional winners will be asked to submit reference forms for consideration in selection of the international winner.
The deadline to submit is earlier than in past years. Nominations must be submitted by FEBRUARY 19, 2018. This is to ensure that regional winners are notified in time for the 2018 region conferences. Click here to begin the process.
Reminder: Foundation Directory Online Available Only Through November 25
PATH Intl. works diligently to find benefits that members will find valuable. From discounts on education material and conference registrations to access to industry partner discounts, PATH Intl. Member Centers receive valuable benefits through their membership. Click here for a list of benefits.

Since 2008 PATH Intl. has been able to offer the Foundation Directory Online-Professional Edition to its member centers through a program from the Foundation Center. This program allowed PATH Intl. to have one license that then was accessible by all member centers. The association learned late this summer that this single sign-on program is being discontinued by the Foundation Center, and the association will no longer be able to provide this benefit in its current form as the cost to continue would be well over one million dollars. 
Member centers will have full access to the Foundation Directory Online until November 25, 2017 so there is still time to research grantmakers and compile a list. Starting December 1, PATH Intl. has been extended a 20% discount to the Foundation Directory Online-Professional Edition for its member centers. To get started, log in and go to My Center Membership.

Watch your eNews for an exciting new benefit to be announced soon.
Call for Abstracts for 2018 Regional Conferences
Calls for abstracts for the 2018 PATH Intl. Regional Conferences are now open. Click on the region name for the abstract form.

April 14-15, 2018
Binghamton, NY
Submission Deadline Dec. 22, 2017

* Region 4
April 19-22, 2018
Martinsville, IN
Bradford Woods/Agape
Submission Deadline Dec. 28, 2017

* Region 6
March 9-12, 2018
Waverly, MN
Freedom Farm
Submission Deadline Nov. 17, 2017

* Region 7
March 15-18, 2018
Gretna, NE
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy HETRA
Submission Deadline Nov. 24, 2017

* Region 10
May 18-20, 2018
New Mexico Therapeutic Riding Center
Sante Fe, NM
Submission Deadline Jan. 19, 2018

* Region 11
May 18-20, 2018
Shadow Hills, CA
Submission Deadline Jan. 19, 2018
Nominate an Extraordinary Horse to the Horse Stars Hall of Fame
The Horse Stars Hall of Fame was established by the EQUUS Foundation and the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) in 2013 to celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and the magical bond between horses and people. Nominations are now open through December 15, 2017.

The EQUUS Foundation inducts horses that have had a life-changing impact in public service or on the public's perception of horses; have excelled or are excelling in the area of equine-assisted activities and therapies, and/or have excelled or are excelling in their competitive or public service career after overcoming significant hardship. The USEF annual selects and inducts the six "Horses of Honor."

Click here  to submit a nomination.
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
Dec. 1-3, 2017

Aug. 13-15, 2018
Great and Small Therapeutic Riding *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Healing Strides of VA *Certification Only*
Boyds, MD

Boones Mill, VA

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Jan. 25-28, 2018
Mar. 15-18, 2018
Apr. 3-6, 2018

May 24-27, 2018
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Pegasus Farm
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Johns Island, SC
Hartville, OH
Toano, VA

Elbert, CO

Dec. 2-3, 2017
Feb. 24-25, 2018
EQUEST *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Inspire Equine Therapy Program *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Dallas, TX
Clearwater, FL

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