Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship -- September 15, 2020
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Why I Belong
Black background, red heart, words I heart membership in white with logo on the heart
Celebrate your membership! We asked members at region conferences and elsewhere to share why they belong to PATH Intl. 
 
"I belong to PATH Intl. because I love to teach and laugh with the riders, and I believe in the PATH Intl. mission. I'm proud to say I'm a PATH Intl. Instructor."
Beth Brock
 
Thank you, Beth! We are proud to
call you a PATH Intl. Instructor
Any Members Working With Homeschool Organizations or Virtual Learners?
PATH Intl. is exploring ideas to help connect interested centers with their local home-schooled students and virtual learners during the pandemic. To that end, we wish to form a work group of members who have experience making this type of connection that might include incorporating able-bodied riding or groundwork as an additional revenue stream for centers. If interested in being a member of this short-term workgroup, please email Kaye Marks
It's Not Too Late to Register for the September Program Webinar Series!
The second program webinar in the September PATH Intl. Webinar Series starts TOMORROW on September 16, 4 p.m. MT. The second webinar is "Exploring Sensory Processing: Let's Dive In!" with Susan Rehr.

Miss the first one? No problem! All webinars are being recorded and are included in the registration price.

Check out these exceptional Program Series sessions!

9/9/2020 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time Conditioning the Therapeutic Horse for Longevity and Success! with Christine Skelly
9/16/2020 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time Exploring Sensory Processing: Let’s Dive In! with Susan Rehr
9/25/2020 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time Turn That Frown Upside Down: A Rhythmic Approach to Calming the Body, with Robert Jeffers
9/30/2020 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time Emotional Self-Awareness: Utilization to Impact Health Care Communication, with Jayne Beebe
Week of 10/5-10/9 date and time TBD Creative Programming (exact title TBD), with Joy Miller, Brian Miller and Jessica Freund

Click here to read webinar descriptions and presenter bios.
Pricing
Member discount price: $149
Standard (non-member) price: $199
Higher Education Member Student and Faculty price: $129
CEUs
September program track

3 CE, 2 CR All, 1 CR Riding
Additional Opportunity to Participate in Breakout Room for Webinar "Having Difficult Conversations: Initiating, Redirecting and Engaging"
PATH Intl. is pleased to offer an additional opportunity for members to participate in virtual breakout room discussions this Friday, September 18, 8:30-9:30am MT on “Having Difficult Conversations: Initiating, Redirecting and Engaging.” Breakout rooms will be organized by size of the center with which participants are affiliated. To participate, please sign up here. The first 100 members to sign up will receive their meeting access information within 24 hours of completing the online registration form. To fully benefit from the discussions, be sure to review the August 25th webinar recording and PowerPoint presentation before joining on Friday.

The breakout rooms will be facilitated by:

Kim Berggren – PATH Intl. Advanced TRI with CTRI™ certification, ESMHL, TRI Faculty/Evaluator and Site Visitor. Lead Instructor. Education coordinator, PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center (PAC) Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta, MI

Maggee Harrison – PATH Intl. CTRI™, ESMHL and Site Visitor. Adaptive horsemanship program director/ center rep., PATH Intl. PAC Eagle Mount, Bozeman, MT

Sara Jones – PATH Intl. Advanced TRI with CTRI™ certification. Chief operating officer, PATH Intl. PAC Ride On LA, Los Angeles, CA

Megan Morrissey, LCSW, LAC – PATH Intl. CTRI™. Miracles Therapeutic Riding Center, Lafayette, CO  

Aviva Vincent, PhD, LMSW – PATH Intl. CTRI™ and ESMHL. Director of program quality at PATH Intl. PAC Fieldstone Farm, Chagrin Falls, OH

For more information, please contact Bret Maceyak.
PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Survey
Help the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee identify topics of interest on which you would like the committee to focus. Click here for the survey or scan the QR code with your smartphone.
Make Your Voice Heard -- Vote Now
Please Vote for the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees, the Region Representatives and field test standard FTS1
 
Your vote is valuable to the future of your association. Please vote for the 2020 PATH Intl. Board of Trustees, the Membership Outreach Committee Representatives for Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, and field test standard FTS1.

There are two ways to vote:
1. Click here to go to the ballot. The ballot consists of nominees as recommended by the nominating committee of PATH Intl. and the PATH Intl. membership and contains short biographies of the candidates. Please cast your vote for board of trustees members and only ONE vote for your region. (In some cases, there may be only one nominee. We still need your vote, or there is an option to write in a nominee.)

OR

2. Call the PATH Intl. office at (800) 369-7433, and we will mail or fax you a ballot.

Voting will be open through September 30, 2020.

Thank you for the continued support of your association.
ICYMI: Congratulations to the PATH Intl. Award Winners
Two weeks ago, PATH Intl. announced its national award winners: Credentialed Professional, Equine, Veterinarian and Volunteer of the year as well as equestrian winners in the adult, youth and PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® categories. We're sad we can't honor these winners in person this year, but we are grateful we have such amazing people working on behalf of our centers, participants and the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies. Click here to read the announcement. Click here for the regional award winners.

Congratulations to all the award winners, and thank you to everyone who nominated the very best our industry offers.
Order Your PATH Intl. CTRI® Study Guide From the PATH Intl. Store
Certification as a therapeutic riding instructor is important to you. This invaluable tool can help you achieve your goal of becoming a PATH Intl. CTRI® or for preparing your mentoring candidates.

The new PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor Study Guide® is a comprehensive book created by a team of industry experts and is filled cover to cover with important tips and tools to help you prepare you for the CTRI test and your journey as an instructor. Included are chapters on: equine management; participant and volunteer management; lesson management; risk management; riding theory; taking the CTRI exam; and a glossary.

Everyone endeavoring to be certified by PATH Intl. will want a copy of this resource in their physical or digital libraries. Click here for a look at sample pages. The guide is available in print and digital download format, and as always, PATH Intl. Members receive a significant discount. Both formats are available through the PATH Intl. online store.
Soft-cover print: $149 member discount price
$199 nonmember price
$135 higher ed member
Electronic download: $129 member
discount price
$179 nonmember price
$115 higher ed member
PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® PAC Opportunities
WWP Scholarship
The 2019-20 Wounded Warrior Project Grant year is drawing to a close this month. October 1st will begin a new funding year, and a bit of paperwork to keep everything running smoothly. Whether you are already participating or are new to the program, please complete this application to participate in the 2020-21 PATH Intl./WWP Scholarship. Read more

We will be notified of the status of our VA Adaptive Sports Grant application by September 30, 2020. We have received this award six years in a row, and eagerly anticipate acceptance again.

VA Direct Service
Although we do not have final confirmation on the specifics of PATH International’s award through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant for the 2020-21 grant cycle, we are committed to make this funding available to our centers as soon as possible. To that end, we are excited to open the application early this year to allow us to extend the reimbursement period for our centers. The VA Direct Service Application is OPEN NOW through October 9th. Read more
VA Equipment Grant
Although we do not have final confirmation on the specifics of PATH International’s award through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant for the 2020-21 grant cycle, we are committed to make this funding available to our centers as soon as possible. To that end, we are excited to open the application early this year to allow us to extend the reimbursement period for our centers. The VA Equipment Grant Application is OPEN NOW through October 16th. Read more

Questions?
Please reach out to Danielle Crooks, Programs Coordinator.
The AHC Conference and National Issues Forum
The 2020 American Horse Council Conference and National Issues Forum is October 26-28, 2020. They are offering AHC members a deep discount off the paid speaker's portion of the conference. Monday and Tuesday’s AHC committee meetings are being offered for free, however you must register in order to receive the webinar access code. Click here for information and to sign up.
Regional Conferences
Questions about regional conferences? Contact Marsha Anderson, PATH Intl. region conference coordinator. Watch the eNews and regional conference page for registration information as it becomes available. 

Region 1 April 24-25, 2021, Newport, NH
Region 2 March 26-28, 2021, North East, MD
Region 3 State meetings in 2021. Next region conference is March 18-20, 2022, South Carolina
Region 4 June 4-6, 2021, Michigan City, IN
Region 5 July 23-25, 2021, Lenoir City, TN
Region 6 March 12-14, 2021, Virtual! Submit abstracts, deadline Nov. 6
Region 7 State Meetings in 2021
Region 8 July 30-August 1, 2021, Texarkana, TX
Region 9 May 21-23, 2021, Bellevue, ID
Region 10 February 12-14, 2021, Cave Creek, AZ, Submit abstracts, deadline Oct. 16
Region 11 April 9-11, 2021, Fallbrook, CA
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. Locate contact information under Find a Center or on the PATH Intl. events calendar. For a full list of events, including host site details, visit the PATH Intl. events calendar.  

OSWC
September 23-26, 2020, New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding, Bowling Green, KY
September 24-27, 2020, NC Therapeutic Riding Center, Mebane, NC
October 7-10, 2020, Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Valley View, TX
October 14-17, 2020, Ivey Ranch Park, Oceanside, CA
October 14-17, 2020, Heart of Texas Therapeutic Riding Center, West, TX
October 22-25, 2020, Shangri La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Lenoir City, TN
October 29-November 1, 2020, Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, Inc., Miami, FL
November 4-7, 2020, Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta, MI
November 4-7, 2020, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Leesburg, VA
November 16-19, 2020, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT
December 2-5, 2020, Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship, Richmond, TX
December 3-5, 2020, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc.*Workshop Only*, Brewster, NY
December 4-5, 2020, Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Certification Only*, Augusta, MI
January 27-30, 2021, The Red Barn, Leeds, AL
March 10-13, 2021, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, McKinney, TX

Advanced
January 4-6, 2021, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*, Naples, FL

ESMHL
October 1-4, 2020, GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center, Milford, PA
October 14-17, 2020, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO
October 15-18, 2020, On Eagles' Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship, Fairmont, WV
November 6-9, 2020, Wings of Hope Equitherapy, Cleburne, TX
November 16-19, 2020, Horses with HEART, Inc., Chino Valley, AZ
November 20-23, 2020, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. , Old Lyme, CT

Driving
March 8-9, 2021, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship *Driving Demo Workshop Only *, McKinney, TX
June 28-30, 2021, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship *Certification Only *, McKinney, TX

Vaulting
February 11-14, 2021, Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Johns Island, SC

ATC
August 14-October 9, 2020, Equest, Dallas, TX
September 15-November 30, 2020, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Gold Sponsors $10,000+

Silver Sponsors $7,500
American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan®, the official equine welfare partner of PATH Intl.

Bronze Sponsors $5,000+

Pewter Sponsors $2,500