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Bimeda on Facebook
Share Your Story
Scholarships for Therapeutic Horsemanship
Scholarship Recipients
Equine Welfare Webinar
Bayer Webinar Online
Conference Highlights
SmartPak Horse of the Month
Equine Tips
Paul Spiers Donations
EQUUS Foundation Champions
Workshops and Certifications
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PATH Intl. Sponsors
If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, please contact Megan Ferry


Title Sponsor - $20,000+ 



Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+  

English Riding Supply
Equine Network/AIM   


Gold Sponsors - $10,000+ 

Bayer HealthCare Animal Health

Kentucky Performance Products



Silver - $7,500+   




Bronze - $5,000+   


Equus Foundation 

Smark Pak


Pewter - $2,500+   





Triple Crown Nutrition 


Thank You for Your Facebook Participation
Thank you to everyone who "liked" Bimeda over the last couple weeks. PATH Intl. received $500 from this campaign. We can't "like" you enough!

If you haven't yet visited the PATH Intl. Facebook page, join the more than 7,000 friends and like us!
Share Your Story

Do you have a great story? How did PATH Intl. and therapeutic horsemanship change your life? Share your stories with us by emailing them to Megan Ferry. You never know, you may see your story in print! Thank you.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Scholarships

If your center serves the children of military families, PATH Intl. recently learned of the Air Warrior Courage Foundation and its therapeutic horsemanship scholarships for such children. For more information, please visit the foundation's website.  

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications  

  September 2, 2014  

Congratulations to Scholarship Recipients!
PATH Intl. works diligently to obtain funding sources to ensure the maximum opportunity to underwrite registration scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. Donors and sponsors give generously to make these opportunities available to the greatest number of people.

Congratulations to the following, who are the recipients of the PATH Intl. Conference Scholarships! Thank you to all of those who took a good deal of time to apply and weren't selected. Please apply again next year for the 2015 conference. There is no limit to how many years you may apply!
Thank you to our donors and sponsors who make these scholarships possible. (If you would like information about donating to scholarships, contact Megan Ferry.)
General Scholarship
Suzanne Hodges, Big Bear City, CA
Anvia Hampton, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Gretchen Davis, Escondido, CA
Jayne Bradford, Hammond, WI
Deborah Manasco, Deatsville, AL
Cindy Salyer, Reno, NV
Nickole Aubuchon, Elbert, CO
Erin Downey, Anchorage, AK
Susan Miller, Bradford, VT
Natalie Conca, Ashburn, VA
Alexandra Whittey, Fort Collins, CO
Sarah Lishen, Royal Palm Beach, FL
Kelly Sheehan, Slippery Rock, PA
Marjorie Kittredge Scholarship in Mental Health and Learning
Rachel Freedman, Somerville, MA 
Equine Welfare Webinar
A presentation of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee webinar on equine welfare best practices will be September 23, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar is free. Click here to sign up.

The presenter is Cathy Languerand. Cathy is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, a CHA Master Level Instructor, a Reach Out to Horses Certified Instructor, a United States Pony Club Instructor, Reiki Master, and is the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair. 
Bayer Webinar Now Online
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bayer Healthcare Animal Health webinar on EPM. It was a tremendous success, and we look forward to doing more webinars in the future. For those who couldn't attend, the webinar is on the My PATH Intl. Membership page. You must be logged in to view it. 
2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Highlights
Bid on an Equicizer for Your Center! 
We are pleased to announce that Equicizer has renewed their pewter-level sponsorship of the PATH Intl. Conference and will once again donate a Classic Equicizer to be auctioned prior to the annual banquet. This is an excellent opportunity to get one for your center, so come prepared to bid. Thank you, Equicizer!

Conference Highlights 
We know how important equine care is to our PATH Intl. Member Centers. Several sessions at the horse expo on Saturday will help you keep your center horses healthy and happy. Melinda Freckleton, DVM, will present PPID: An Up-to-Date Review of Equine Cushing's Disease to help you determine which horses might be affected and what to do about it. Yoga for the Horse with Amy Sheets and Michelle La Fleur, and Lungeing the Program Horse for Fitness, Training and Teaching with Marci Bender will show attendees techniques for keeping program horses fit, strong and supple. There will be time to have fun as attendees learn to engage the imagination to accomplish lesson objectives in Implementing Creative Imagery Into the Therapeutic Riding Lesson Plan with Mindy Stanley, or participate in interactive vaulting in Come Play With Us with Sandy Webster and the Region 11 Ruff n Tumblers.
Exhibit at the Conference 

Do you have a product equine professionals would be interested in purchasing? Educational materials, books, videos and jewelry are all great possibilities for selling to the 700+ therapeutic horsemanship professionals we expect to see at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference, October 29-November 1 in San Diego. 96% of 2013 conference survey respondents said they will contact one or more exhibitors. Exhibiting pays off!

For more information, email Megan Ferry or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 107.
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Click here to register and pick your sessions. If you registered through the special promotion, you may now go in and select your sessions. Early bird registration is open through September 17.

Roommates for the Conference
If you are interested in sharing a room with someone at the conference, PATH Intl. maintains a roommate/share list on the My PATH Intl. Membership Page. While we will not match people up, we do provide contact info of people who are looking to share expenses. Contact Cher Smith to be added to this list.
SmartPak Horse of the Month
Congratulations to Money, a 25-year-old Quarter Horse at Miles of Smiles Therapeutic Riding Program in Garden City, KS. Money is the SmartPak and PATH Intl. Horse of the Month for August. Read Money's story here.

Money has his supplements simplified in SmartPaks, the daily dosed supplement feeding system. He eats SmartFlex Senior Pellets every day to support his joints. Find out about this great supplement and more at


SmartPak is looking now to choose the next Horse of the Month, which will receive $100 of SmartPak products for a month. Nominate your horse in September for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Creating a Space for Healthy Behaviors: Equine Habitat Expansion Project
By Jayna Wekenman, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Spirit and Apollo nibble on the leaves of a mesquite tree, pause, look across the wash and continue to nibble, this time on tufts of grass. Coy steps carefully, navigating rocks and hilly terrain. Chocolate Heart and Bridget take turns following one another into unfamiliar areas; for a short time, they pay more attention to their surroundings than to each other.  


The new turnout space around the barn has been completed for one week and is already enriching the horses and donkeys at Cottonwood Tucson. The space creates both opportunity and reason for the horses and donkeys to engage in equine-specific behaviors. Engaging in equine-specific behaviors is believed to support sustainable holistic wellness by off-setting physical and emotional burnout. Read more

Donations Needed to Rename Award After Paul Spiers

Paul Spiers Dr. Paul Spiers, who served as PATH Intl. Board of Trustees President from 2006 to 2008, was an accomplished rider and a polo enthusiast. After an injury in 1994 while on a hunt, Paul used a wheelchair and rehabilitated in part at Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in North Andover, MA.  


Paul, who passed away September 2013, had a great passion for PATH Intl. and championed its programs and initiatives in helping individuals to overcome challenges and gain independence. To honor Paul Spier's passion for therapeutic horsemanship, his friends are working to name the PATH Intl. Independent Adult Equestrian of the Year Award in his name in perpetuity. To date, $3,150 has been raised, and we need $5,000 by September 10 to name the award (only $1,850 to go!). Please join us and donate today

Scholarship for Prospective Instructors

Champions logo Don't wait to begin logging your volunteer hours for the 2015 PATH Intl. Champion of Equine Service Certification Scholarship, sponsored by the EQUUS Foundation. The scholarship financially assists prospective instructors who achieve champion status to obtain a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification. The EQUUS Foundation will award one scholarship to cover the registration fee up to $1,000 for the recipient to attend a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Workshop. 


For more information about the champions program, the PATH Intl. Scholarship and how PATH Intl. members can achieve champion status by volunteering, visit the EQUUS Foundation website.

PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Denise Fager 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.

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing  
September 11-14, 2014
Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program, Hampton, GA

October 9-12, 2014
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

October 16-19, 2014
National Ability Center, Park City, UT

October 22-25, 2014
Hearts and Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

November 20-23, 2014
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm, Temple, NH


PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification  
September 24-27, 2014
Hearts and Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification
May 27-29, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2014-15 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 

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