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Quality Assurance Call for Volunteers
Center Membership Benefit Change
Volunteer Committee Recruitment
Call for Abstracts: Online Education
Equine Tips
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Horse Stars Hall of Fame Nominations Open
Workshops and Certifications
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October 17, 2017 

Quality Assurance - Call for Volunteers for Quality Assurance Task Force
In alignment with the PATH Intl. strategic plan, the Board of Trustees has chartered a special task force to address quality assurance issues. This task force will work closely with staff to research and develop a sustainable quality assurance program for the organization. The program will address professional ethics, professional discipline, conflicts of interest and brand protection. We are looking for PATH Intl. members who have experience in quality assurance, professional conduct, assessment and implementation of best practices who are able to commit to monthly conference calls for one year. 
If you are interested, please send an email of your interest and qualifications to Carrie Garnett by 10/23/2017.  
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.

Watch your eNews for an exciting new benefit to be announced soon.
2018 PATH Intl. Volunteer Committee Recruitment
Openings available starting January 1, 2018
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
  • 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 Online Education
PATH Intl. is reaching out to members who have previously submitted their ideas for innovative and enriching educational abstracts for PATH Intl. conferences. As PATH Intl. expands access to education, the association is looking 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 of interest and relevance to an audience of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) professionals, you are invited to submit an abstract for online education. Your involvement is an opportunity to share what is new, cutting edge or important to a global audience of EAAT professionals!

Click here for the abstract submission form, and complete the required fields. A member of the PATH Intl. Education Department will be in touch shortly after submission. Fill out the abstract form by December 1st to share your industry expertise!
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Professional Implications for Working With Horses as Sentient Beings
By Trish Broersma, member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Ten years ago, I was introduced to working at liberty in a large area (not a round pen) with my horses for building a better relationship with them. I had no idea of the fascinating territory that I would soon enter. I was taking a break from full time work at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center and had a frisky, challenging mare that I'd recently purchased as an endurance horse. I had time available for such endeavors for the first time in years. Soon after that I acquired a two-year old gelding for a lesson horse. My 22-year-old retired horse made up my threesome. As I explored the remarkable benefits of liberty work for all of these horses, I began to seriously consider what it means to honor horses' sentience (the capacity to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively, a concept central to the philosophy of animal rights because sentience is necessary for the ability to suffer, and thus is held to confer certain rights). I had been exploring this concept along with others as we developed the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop. Being an advocate for the horse was a key concept that I was familiar with, but working with them as sentient beings took things to a new level.   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.
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 14-16, 2018
Binghamton, NY
Binghamton University
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
Greta, 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 Riding Club
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 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 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) inducts the six "Horses of Honor" selected by USEF annually.

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
Oct. 30, 2017 Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Certification Only* Augusta, MI

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Oct. 26-29, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
Jan. 25-28, 2018
Apr. 3-6, 2018
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
Loveland, CO
Guyton, GA
Old Lyme, CT
Johns Island, SC
Toano, VA

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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