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Early Bird Registration Ending Soon!
Opening General Session
Equine Tips
Special Educators Outreach Update
Alm to Speak at Symposium
Workshops and Certifications
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September 19, 2017 

Counting Down the Early Bird Registration: PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Information
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The deadline for early bird registration is only a few days away! After Friday, September 22, the member rate goes up $100 to $550. Don't miss out on the lowest rate in a decade.  Come support PATH Intl. members in the great state of Texas post-Hurricane Harvey. Our proud Texas and region 8 members are looking forward to hosting the PATH Intl. membership and being among the encouragement and camaraderie of their colleagues. 

Join us in San Antonio, Texas, November 8-11, 2017, for the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by title sponsor Purina. San Antonio is approximately two hours west of Houston, not close enough to have sustained damage from Hurricane Harvey. So be assured that the conference is going on as planned, and we are thrilled with the  excellent education sessions selected by the PATH Intl. Health and Education Advisory and the host committee in Texas. (See below for more details on the general session kicking off the conference on Wednesday afternoon.) 

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Click here to register online. Or click here to download the registration book. Then complete the form and fax, email or mail it in.

Hotel Information - Reserve Now!
While PATH Intl. has reserved a room block at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk, many hotel rooms in the San Antonio area are being booked in advance for conferences that are now relocating from Houston to San Antonio in addition to the people working cleanup. Because of that, we may not be able to get overflow rooms at the discount rate if we sell out. Please reserve your room as soon as possible.  Click here to book now or call (888) 421-1442 and identify yourself as being with PATH Intl. to secure the discounted hotel rate. Click here for general conference information. Also consider booking a flight and reserving a rental car as soon as possible to account for possible fuel cost increases.

Transportation to Horse Expo
There is plenty of complimentary parking at the Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center, the site of the 2017 PATH Intl. Horse Expo. It is just under an hour away from the hotel. We encourage attendees when possible to drive themselves to the horse expo. Please note on your registration form whether you will need transportation.
Opening General Session: Hurdles or Opportunities? Trends, Innovations and Disruptions in the EAAT Industry
Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

When was the last time you bought an 8-track tape? Used a rotary dial phone? Have you thought about the disruptions to the taxi industry with the advent of rideshare services?

Change is inevitable. What isn't predictable is the response by people, organizations, businesses and industries to these changes. Some can't overcome the hurdles that change presents. For forward-thinkers, though, change is an opportunity for growth, development and, ultimately, sustainability.

Kick off the conference week with a stimulating panel discussion with audience participation on the potential disruptions in EAAT and how that impacts present business models. For instance, how will new technology affect how certified professionals measure outcomes? What is the future of collecting and storing data, including biological feedback? What are future social media trends? How will PATH Intl. be a part of advancements in the medical industry? These are just a few of the topics that may be discussed during this opening session.

Julie Broadway, CAE, President, PATH Intl. Board of Trustees; President, American Horse Council
Dana Butler-Moburg, Executive Director, J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Craig HuffhinesExecutive Vice President and CEO, American Quarter Horse Association
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Nutrition Guidelines for Senior Horses
By Jessica Normand, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and improved management practices, horses are living longer than ever. As care givers, this means we need to become more knowledgeable about how to best feed the aging horse. Read more

Full Day of Preconference Equine-Centered Workshops
PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Co-Chairs Marcie Ehrman and Jo Anne Miller, along with most of the committee members, are proud to be presenting the Equine Welfare Preconference Workshop on Wednesday, November 8, which will be a full day of interactive presentations on many aspects of the welfare of horses in the EAAT industry. Click here to read more about the preconference workshop.

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.
Update on Special Educators Outreach Campaign
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.

Following are some highlights of the campaign, including a new online education opportunity the association is excited to announce!

A FREE webinar will be held October 16, 2017 at 12 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time for anyone in EAAT interested in learning how to connect their center or services with schools.

"EAAT and IEPs -- Opening the Gate to Collaboration" is part of a FREE 
three-part series presented by PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and University of Oklahoma
Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment doctoral scholar Andrea Suk, M.S.Ed.

Andrea Suk
Andrea obtained her bachelor's degree as a learning behavior specialist from Bradley University. She has taught in both Illinois and Arizona as a high school special education teacher where she also quickly developed the role of preparing students for careers after graduation. Upon completing her master's degree in transition through the University of Kansas, she became a transition specialist in Texas. During this time, Andrea completed more than 150 transition plans for students in both high school and middle school settings. Andrea has received distinct recognition for her leadership as the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering mentor group for high school students) mentor of the year in Phoenix, the Walmart Teacher of the Year (Glendale, AZ), and is a Target Grant Field Trip recipient.

Topics covered will include trends, goals, policies and terminology to help facilitate the connection to local schools and special educators. To register for the webinar, click here! The webinar will also be recorded and available in the store for purchase after October, 18. 2017.

The next two webinars in the series, also presented by Ms. Suk, will include ideas for connecting with special education students and connecting with special education teachers. Dates to be announced soon.

A "
Tips for Connecting with Your Local Special Education Community " fact sheet is now available for PATH Intl. members with input from a workgroup made up of PATH Intl. members who are also special educators.

PATH Intl. exhibited at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention, a gathering of more than 6,000 special education teachers in Boston, 5/19-22.

A fact sheet for special educators was produced with input from a workgroup made up of PATH Intl. members who are also special educators. Please feel free to download and print copies for distribution in your community.
Kathy Alm to Speak at AAI Symposium
PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm will speak on "Equine Assisted Interventions: State of Art" at the 5th symposium of Stichting Bio Kinderrevalidatie in association with Federatie Paardrijden Gehandicapten (FPG, transl. federation of horse-riding for people with disabilities). The symposium focuses on recent theoretical and practical developments in animal-assisted intervention. The symposium is November 16, 2017, in the Netherlands.  Click here for information. PATH Intl. is proud to be collaborating with so many AAI organizations. As Kathy has said, we are stronger when we work together.
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. 15-16, 2017
Oct. 30-31, 2017
EQUEST *Certification Only*
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Certification Only*
Dallas, TX
Augusta, MI

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Oct. 26-29, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
Jan. 25-28, 2018
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Touchstone Farm
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Loveland, CO
Guyton, GA
Temple, NH
Old Lyme, CT
Johns Island, SC

Oct. 10-14, 2017
Dec. 2-3, 2017
Feb. 24-25, 2018
Touchstone Farm - Home of Horse Power
EQUEST *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Inspire Equine Therapy Program *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Temple, NH
Dallas, TX
Clearwater, FL

Interactive Vaulting
Oct. 8-11, 2017 Ivey Ranch Park Oceanside, CA

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