In This Issue
PATH Intl. Office Open During Conference
Disaster Relief Fund Distributions
VA Grant
Center Renewal
2018 Awards Program
Center Membership Benefit Change
Equine Tips
Make a Difference!
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Horse Stars Hall of Fame Nominations Open
Workshops and Certifications
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November 7, 2017 

PATH Intl. Welcomes Members to the Conference!
The PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, officially kicks off tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. with the general session "Hurdles or Opportunities? Trends, Innovations and Disruptions in the EAAT Industry." We hope everyone at the conference has a great learning experience and fun!

For members not at the conference, please know there is staff in the office who can help with your needs. 
PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund Distributions
Thanks to the generosity of members and friends of PATH Intl. and as a result of an onslaught of natural disasters, $8,000 in relief funds have been granted since August 2017.
The purpose of the fund is to assist PATH Intl. Member Centers (with an immediate need) in funding expenses after natural or manmade catastrophic disasters. Disasters within the scope of the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund are those natural occurrences (e.g., hurricane, earthquake, tornado, flood, fire, drought) or negligent, intentional or criminal acts of man that cause catastrophic loss having a direct and substantial adverse financial impact on a PATH Intl. Member Center in good standing.
Please consider donating to the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund or click here to learn more.
PATH Intl. Once Again Recipient of VA Grant
PATH Intl. is honored to announce that once again the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as part of its Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces, has granted PATH Intl. the amount of $375,000, an increase of $100,000 over last year. The grant cycle will be from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. $8 million in total was granted to 96 national, regional and community-based organizations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

These funds, which the VA has designated for use by PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers, will be used for the reimbursement of direct services provided to veterans through EAAT, awards for supplies related to centers' veterans programing, training and technical assistance, which has funded the creation of online and in-person veteran specific training for PATH Intl. Instructors, as well as many other opportunities that support outreach to veterans nationwide. The application and processes for premier accredited centers are currently being updated and streamlined. Watch for an announcement about how to apply in November.

Since the first funds received from the Department of Veteran's Affairs grant, PATH Intl. has been able to expand education to 338 PATH Intl. Certified Instructors who successfully completed the online PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Course. Additionally, 75 PATH Intl. Certified Instructors have attended veteran-specific in-person intensive trainings in person, helping to spread education and awareness to serve veterans in all corners of the U.S. 

This treasured partnership between PATH Intl. and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is in its fourth year. To date $926,275 from the VA has come to the association, and nearly 700 unique veterans have been served as a result. That fact alone is truly something worth celebrating!
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

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.
Center Membership Benefit Change
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.

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Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Evaluating Horse Temperament/Personality 
By Molly Sweeney, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee member

With 25 year's experience evaluating horses for EAAT programs, I have learned there are other factors to consider besides age, size, breed, conformation, gait, weight-carrying ability, soundness and manners. One of the most elusive and yet most important factors to take into account is a horse's innate temperament/personality, because it affects mental and psychological responses. 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.
Make a Difference!
2018 PATH Intl. Volunteer Committee Recruitment - Openings Available Starting January 1, 2018
Volunteers make a difference--to organizations, to communities, to the world. You can make a difference.

Are you interested in sharing your skills to make a difference in the PATH Intl. community? We are now accepting volunteer applications for openings on several PATH Intl. volunteer committees. Each opening is looking for uniquely qualified individuals to fulfill committee duties and 2018 goals. 

Below are the current PATH Intl. committees seeking qualified volunteers:
  • Accreditation subcommittee
  • Driving certification subcommittee
  • Equine specialist in mental health and learning (ESMHL) certification subcommittee
  • PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® (ES4H) committee
  • Equine welfare committee
  • Health and education advisory
  • Programs and standards oversight committee
  • Riding certification subcommittee
  • Standards task force
  • Vaulting certification subcommittee
Requirements : Each committee is seeking specific experience and educational requirements. If you would like more information, or are interested in applying for a volunteer position, please submit the committee/task force sign-up form  along with a personal resume and cover letter to by Friday, November 17, 2017. 
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, 2017
Great and Small Therapeutic Riding
Healing Strides of VA
Boyds, MD
Boones Mill, VA

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Nov. 17-20, 2017
Jan. 25-28, 2018
Mar. 15-18, 2018
Apr. 3-6, 2018

May 24-27, 2018
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Pegasus Farm
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Old Lyme, CT
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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