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Member of the Month
Cash Drawing at Conference!
Pack an Extra Bag
Conference Needs
Instructor Education Guide
Direct Service Scholarships
University of Kentucky Health Survey
PATH Intl. CTRI Webpage
Graduate Student Survey
Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
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October 15, 2019 

Celebrating 50 Years! Member of the Month: Rachel Royston
blue and green 50th anniversary logo
Meet Linda Wanamaker, October's second PATH Intl. Member of the Month! Linda is with Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center in Vineyards, Massachusetts! Linda first joined in 2013 to do what she loves--helping people. Her favorite thing about belonging to the EAAT community is, "the connection to a community I'm proud to serve." Linda's first career was as a riding instructor, so she has known about EAAT for 30 years and has spoke Linda Wanamaker with horse n at Lesley University in Cambridge about alternative therapies of healing with equines.

The story of her favorite horse is so heartwarming! She tells us, "Noble has been a therapeutic horse for half his life. He's now 30. When the center tried to retire him he broke out of his new home and walked nine miles in the night back to his therapeutic center! Ahhhhh, Noble! An equally endearing story of a favorite participant also warms the heart, but of course it does. "Stella at 5 years old was too afraid to even get out of the car. Six months later she trotted independently and was 3rd in a class of 10!"  Read more
Cash Drawing at Conference! PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Appreciation and Center Member Cash Drawings
A generous, anonymous donor who deeply believes in PATH Intl., the value of PATH Intl. Center Accreditation and the significance of the association's anniversary has made a significant and fun donation to this year's international conference! At the direction of the donor and to thank PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center (PAC) representatives in attendance, all PAC representatives are encouraged to enter a drawing for $1,000 cash! One center will be randomly selected from entries and the cash recipient will be announced at the awards luncheon on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Entry forms will be at the silent auction check-in table in the exhibit hall from 12 noon to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019. Forms will be counted to ensure only one entry per center in attendance is allowed. All entries must be received by 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019.

Your center not a PAC (yet)?
Thanks to the same generous donor, PATH Intl. Center Members are also eligible to enter a separate drawing for $500 cash! If the selected center chooses to apply for PATH Intl. Accreditation in the following 12 months, a second $500 will be contributed to their accreditation application/process fees! One center will be randomly selected from entries and the winner will be announced at the awards luncheon on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Entry forms will be at the silent auction check in table in the exhibit hall from 12 noon to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019. Forms will be counted to ensure only one entry per center in attendance is allowed. All entries must be received by 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019.
Conference Attendees: Pack an Extra Bag!
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of PATH Intl., the association received a substantial in-kind donation from JT International/ Tough One. Thanks to this donation there will be all sorts of fun giveaways at the conference. From registration bags to door prizes and favors, attendees will be loaded up with great items including tack, grooming products and other gift items. Registrants might want to pack an empty bag just for all their goodies!
Conference Needs
Volunteers Needed!
The PATH Intl. Conference is celebrating 50 years and we are in need of volunteers at the conference. Volunteers do a wide range of things, from helping with silent auction to being a room monitor, bag stuffer or helping with registration. Contact Michael Mersman if interested!

Center Videos - Deadline October 22!
One of the most fun things at conference are the center videos shown throughout the event. Submit your fun videos (not promotional videos, please) that highlight your center, your professionals and your participants. Need an example?

We will highlight the videos at the conference and also on the PATH Intl. Facebook page and YouTube channel. Submit videos to Cher Smith,, by October 22.
PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification Program Update
As announced on June 22, 2019, the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification program will be phased out at the end of 2020. Instructor candidates pursuing PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification should closely review the updated application booklet to gain an understanding of the new timeline to apply and complete certification testing. All Registered Instructor Certification Applications must be received by PATH Intl. NO LATER than October 31, 2019. Instructors who achieve PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification may complete the PATH Intl. CTRI credential transition process by December 31, 2020 to maintain active PATH Intl. therapeutic riding instructor certification into 2021.
In the Store Now: PATH Intl. Instructor Education Guide©
Cover of the PATH Intl. Instructor Education Guide
"Now this is a great resource," said one purchaser. 

Response to the newly released and much anticipated PATH Intl. Instructor Education Guide© has been so favorable. Get yours now!

The guide is a handbook for novice and experienced therapeutic horsemanship professionals. This comprehensive, 200 page, full-color book created by a team of industry experts is filled cover to cover with important industry considerations. Included are chapters on: the equine partner, tack and equipment, participants, teaching in a therapeutic setting, behavior and emotional regulation, volunteers, entering the ring, considerations for instructors, instructor development and a glossary. Click here to learn more.

Purchase the printed guide - $95; discounted member price $75
Purchase the downloadable guide  - $80; discounted member price $60
PATH Intl. PACs Direct Service Scholarships Available
PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers (PACs):
Direct Service Scholarships Available through Wounded Warrior Project®, Inc for 2019-2020.
Wounded Warrior Project®, Inc (WWP) has made a significant grant to PATH Intl. for the purpose of awarding scholarships for equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to WWP veterans.
PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers currently serving post 9-11 veteran participants are encouraged to have them register with WWP. In addition to becoming part of a network that exists to empower and honor its veterans, current Premier Accredited Center participants, after registering with WWP, may then be eligible for scholarship reimbursement.
If you have questions regarding the WWP, Inc Scholarship program or how to apply, please contact:

PATH Intl Programs Representative
(303) 452-1212, ext. 115
Ready to Transition to the CTRI Credential?
Get started on the transition process by first completing payment for the CTRI Maintenance Fee. Within 3 business days following completion of payment, you will be enrolled in the online CTRI transition test and receive your login information via email. Once you've successfully passed the test, fill out the CTRI Transition Form and email it to to finish the transition process. It's that simple! Questions? Contact Brittney Holdman.
PATH Intl. CTRI Web Page
Wondering where to view all of the information about the new PATH Intl. CTRI certification launching October 1, 2019? Visit the CTRI web page here or access it by selecting "Certifications" under the "Education" menu on the PATH Intl. homepage.
University of Kentucky Health Survey
The goal of this research is to positively impact volunteerism by defining conditions that are health protective. In order to establish a baseline understanding of work practices and potential exposures, your participation is requested. The following link is for a survey offered through December 31, 2019 on volunteer work practices and facility characteristics: Equine Assisted Activities/Therapies Volunteer Worker Survey

Because horses and volunteers are essential to all types of EAAT, it is important to characterize environmental factors that influence health in these populations. Dr. Tumlin states, "This research is the first step in developing understanding of the balance between risks and benefits of these important horse-human interactions."

Dr. Tumlin is an award recipient of funding through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health through the Pilot Research Project Training Program of the University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center Grant #T42OH008432. This grant is funding the study of volunteer workers through an innovative collaboration with Purdue University exposure health scientist, Sa Liu, PhD, MPH, and aerosol scientist Jae Park, PhD. In the first phase of this study, Dr. Tumlin is seeking feedback on volunteer work practices and facility characteristics of EAAT-specific programs. In the second phase, several centers will be recruited from the survey to participate in volunteer-specific exposure analyses.

Your participation is greatly appreciated in contributing to the health of horses and humans.
Graduate Student Survey: East Carolina University
You are being invited to participate in a research study titled "Exploring the potential inclusion of child life professionals in equine-assisted activities and therapy" being conducted by Rachel Robinson, a graduate student at East Carolina University in the Human Development and Family Science department. Click here for the survey. The goal is to survey 250 individuals through Qualtrics. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. It is hoped that this information will assist us to better understand the knowledge that equine-assisted activities and therapies personnel have about the field of child life and their attitudes toward incorporating child life specialists into the equine-assisted activities and therapies team. Your responses will be kept confidential and no data will be released or used with your identification attached. Your participation in the research is voluntary. You may choose not to answer any or all questions, and you may stop at any time. There is no penalty for not taking part in this research study. Please call Rachel Robinson at (509) 332-9201 for any research related questions or the Office of Research Integrity & Compliance (ORIC) at (252) 744-2914 for questions about your rights as a research participant.
Regional Conference Dates and Registration
Questions? Contact Marsha Anderson, PATH Intl. region conference coordinator. Watch the eNews and region conference page for registration information as it becomes available.

Region 1   April 24-25, 2020, New Hampshire.  Submit Abstract
Region 2   State meetings in 2020; March 20-22, 2020: Maryland State Meeting
Region 3   March 6-8, 2020, North Carolina. Submit Abstract 
Region 4   May 29-31, 2020, Michigan City, IN: NOTE NEW DATES!
Region 5   2020 Conference, TN TBD.
Region 6   March 13-15, 2020, Madison, WI. Submit Abstract
Region 7   January 31 - February 2, 2020, Olathe, KS. Registration opens November 22
Region 8   July 31 - August 2, 2020, Georgetown, TX 
Region 9   State Meetings in 2020
Region 10  May 15-17, 2020, Park City, UT. Submit Abstract
Region 11  April 18-19, 2020, Fallbrook, CA. Submit Abstract
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.  

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Oct. 23-26, 2019
Nov. 22-25, 2019
Jan. 23-26, 2020
Feb. 12-15, 2020

Feb. 15-18, 2020
Mar. 23-26, 2020
May 4-7, 2020
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
NC Therapeutic Riding Center
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Loveland, CO
Old Lyme, CT
Mebane, NC
Toano, VA

Old Lyme, CT
Cleburne, TX
Dallas, TX

Mar. 9-10, 2020

Mar. 28-29, 2020
Dreams On Horseback *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Blacklick, OH

Goffstown, NH

Interactive Vaulting  
Nov. 24-26, 2019
Hands & Hearts for Horses *Workshop Only*
Thomasville, GA

Sep. 10 - Nov. 30, 2019
Jan. 17 - Mar. 14, 2020
Jan. 21 - Apr. 1, 2020
Aug. 14 - Oct. 10, 2020
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding


High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

Old Lyme, CT

Dallas, TX

Old Lyme, CT

Dallas, TX

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