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Online Education
International Conference in Orlando Webinar
Virtual Conference
Brand Communication
Equine Tips
Membership Benefits Survey
Credentialing Council Election
Improving Technology
Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
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PATH Intl. Online Education Calendar 
These courses may be used for instructor CEUs. Click on the date to register. Remember to log in to receive the member discount.

PATH Intl. Online Mentor Training Course

PATH Intl. Autism Spectrum Disorder & EAAT Online Course

Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Online Course

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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September 4, 2018 

Early Registration Deadline Tomorrow!
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The deadline for the early bird registration for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by title sponsor Purina, October 25-27, 2018, in Orlando, FL, is tomorrow! Save $100 by registering by September 5. After September 5, the price goes to $515.

Click here to register online. Click here for the registration booklet with information on the sessions, the welcome and general session, the fun in the sun exhibitor party, and the awards luncheon speaker, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor Mitchell Reno. All this and CEUs! 

Conference Highlight
Terry Chase on horse
Taking the Reins on Spinal Cord Injury: Complications, Precautions and Safety
Terry Chase, ND, MA, RN, CEIP-ED
Gain an in-depth discussion about complications associated with spinal cord injury (SCI): autonomic dysreflexia, skin sores, osteoporosis and heterotopic ossification. Current PATH Intl. Precautions and Contraindications will be discussed. Specific mounting and safety issues will be illustrated through pictures and participant discussion. Attendees are encouraged to share experiences of working with clients with SCI and approaches that have been developed from the experience of being a provider. Resources will be provided for continued learning and professional development.

Terry Chase, ND, MA, RN, CEIP-ED, is assistant professor, Nursing-Mental Health at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO. As patient and family education program coordinator at Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO, for 18 years, Dr. Chase created the innovative, "Working with Horses Educational Experience" for SCI and TBI in-patients. She is a self-motivated, highly educated individual living fully with spinal cord injury for 30 years, active in all things outdoors: kayaking, cross-country skiing, handcycling and, whenever possible, riding horses.

Location - Book Your Room Now!
We are currently at 98% of our room block. Don't delay. Book as soon as possible.
Rosen Centre
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Rate:  $139 single/double
Click here to reserve your room

Interested in Exhibiting?
In recent conference surveys, when asked what respondents wanted to see at the conference, a frequent answer was "More exhibitors!" This is your opportunity to get your center, program, product or service in front of the professionals and decision-makers in equine-assisted activities and therapies.  Click here for information. Contact Cher Smith if you are ready to have some fun!
FREE Webinar
Center administrators and anyone interested in running a successful and sustainable center should plan to attend. Thanks to the PATH Intl. agreement with center member benefit provider, the 30 minute webinar is free!
The Critical Differences Between Horse Business Models and Horse Business Plans for Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) Programs

Topic: Horse Business Models vs. Horse Business Plans
Date: September 18th 2018
Time: 5:30 pm Pacific, 7:30 Central, 8:30 Eastern
Duration: 30 minutes tells us they get a lot of calls from horse professionals who want help writing or executing their business plan. There are also a lot of horse professionals who feel guilty because they are operating without a business plan. Here is the most important thing they want you to know right now. You can't fix your business plan until you fix your business model. If your business model is broken, no amount of planning or executing of plans will work. Moreover, no amount of marketing will work, because either your marketing will fail to attract new customers or the customers you do attract won't make your business profitable. In fact, growing an unsuccessful business will often INCREASE your losses not decrease them.

If you want a successful EAAT Center, do not miss this webinar! Here is what you'll learn and why it's important:
  • Find out what makes different horse business models successful and how to improve yours.
  • Learn how to use a business model canvas to find and fix weak links and to maximize your unique competitive advantage.
  • When and how to change your business model. Horse professionals' careers and resources are not stagnant. The key to successfully navigating change is to proactively adjust your business model.
Register here.
2019 Region Conferences Call for Abstracts                             

Share something new, cutting edge and important with your peers.


The 2019 Region Conferences are right around the corner! The Call for Abstracts for Regions 3, 6, & 7 are officially open - see the links below to submit your abstract. Watch your email for more details, and for upcoming links for other regions. Share your knowledge, it helps make these conferences great! View 2019 Region Conference dates here. Questions? Contact Marsha Anderson.

Submit your abstract for each region by clicking the link(s) below:
Submission Deadline 11/24/18
Region 6  
Submission Deadline 11/1/18
Submission Deadline 10/20/18
The PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Virtual Conference
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"Wonderful opportunity to connect with dedicated and talented professionals across the country delivering care to our deserving veterans!"
- PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Virtual Conference attendee

Thank you all for making the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Virtual Conference a roaring success!

With 225 attendees, we extend our deepest gratitude for making this event our biggest and best yet. The feedback we've already received has been positive and wonderful. We thank all of you who participated, and we would also like to take the opportunity to extend a huge thanks to all our presenters!

Julianne Mills, Julia Ray and Bre Podgorski
Michael "MJ" Higgins
Tara Mahoney and Gerry Duncan
Mike Welch
George Paffendorf
Meggan Hill-McQueeney
Anita Shkedi
Heidi Kraft and Psycharmor
Sarah Jenkins
Leif Halberg
Sarah Armentrout and Carlisle Academy
Michele Kane and Michelle Weed
Jessica Normand
The PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Committee

Each professional shared their knowledge and passion in unique and wonderful presentations. Without their time and efforts we would not have been able to make this event possible. Thank you one and all!

Didn't get a chance to see the conference but want to be in the know? Recordings of all sessions will be available mid to late September as an included bonus to all our attendees and available individually to all industry professionals this fall.
The PATH Intl. Brand Communication and Graphic Guidelines
cover of the PATH Intl. Brand Communication and Graphics Guidelines
PATH Intl. wants to maximize the benefits derived for its members by proper use of the PATH Intl. name and logo. To that end a brand communication and graphics guidelines document has been created and can be found here. There are some slight variations to familiar logos alleviating the confusion about which one to use. There are new logos for center members, premier accredited centers and one for certified professionals to use. Specific usage guidelines for each logo are in the brand guide, which along with access to the logos was emailed previously to those groups with download instructions. The logos may now be accessed by logging in to your member account and going to either the My Center Membership or My PATH Intl. Membership areas of the website. 

It is the goal of the association for its centers to be the beneficiaries of the trust, honor and history the brand and logo represent, and PATH Intl. looks forward to partnering with members to promote the brand together so everyone benefits from its integrity. It starts at the grassroots level and works its way all the way to Congress and everywhere in between.

Please review the guide and familiarize the policies surrounding your specific logo. We hope you will enjoy and use the new logos and the guidelines in good health! If you have comments or questions, please direct them to Thank you!
Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Brought to you by Adequan, the official equine welfare partner of PATH Intl.
Saddle Fit and Technology: How Technological Advances Are Changing the Way Saddles Are Fitted 
A guest post by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE
It's often been said that saddle fit is not rocket science. That may be true, but it is actually a combination of art and science - especially if it's done correctly. Many tools have been developed over the years to assist in the diagnosis of saddle fit. However, as 'sexy' as they are, they are just that - tools - providing information that exemplifies the situation at a given moment. Unless you have someone that actually knows what to do with this information to provide you a solution to your issue, it's pretty much without value. Many people can tell you what's visually wrong with your saddle but there are very few who can analyse the data to actually tell you why you are having the issue you are. Read more.

The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee encourages positive and engaging educational exploration from our readers - we'd love to hear your feedback! Please let us know if you have any questions about our tip or have a suggestion about specific topics you would be interested in learning more about in the future. Email Dr. Ashley Phelps, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee chair. Thank you!

Please join us on Community Connections!
We invite you to participate in lively, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial discussions on the online PATH Intl. Equine Welfare community group. No matter your specific interests (EFP, therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, carriage driving, interactive vaulting, etc.), they ALL involve partnering with equines. This is the resource for all PATH Intl. members to exchange ideas, ask questions, offer comments and suggestions, and benefit from some of our industry's most experienced and qualified people. Click here to access the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Community group.
Share Your Feedback on Membership Benefits; Get a Chance to Win Free Education
We want to hear from you about current and future membership benefits. For completing the survey you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free education opportunity.

PATH Intl. prides itself on offering an extensive and inclusive list of benefits to its members. The time has come again for us to take a look at our current benefits and to see what members would like in the future. We can't do this without member's feedback. Please take a moment to complete the survey. Your input will allow PATH Intl. to have a better understanding of where to spend time and resources to better serve members. We know your time is valuable; you can be sure the time you spend taking this survey will be put to good use.  

As a thank you for your time and input you'll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win your choice of a webinar or conference recording, a virtual conference recording or a virtual conference bundle.

Click here for the individual member benefits survey

Click here for the center member benefits survey
The 2019 Credentialing Council Election Is Underway!
Your engagement in the election process is instrumental in accomplishing the strategic goals of the association. It takes only two minutes for you to play a key role in the PATH Intl. pursuit of excellence in credentialing. Click here to participate in the 2nd annual election for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Credentialing Council.
The candidates for PATH Intl. Credentialing Council voting representatives are:
  • Marci Bender: PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor - Master level
  • Tasha Federinko: PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor - Advanced level
  • Patricia McCowan: Representative at Large
  • John Murdoch: PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor - Level I
Cast your vote electronically. The election will remain open until 10 p.m. Mountain Time on September 12, 2018. The election results will be announced following notification of the candidates and no later than September 17, 2018.
Always Improving Technology for Members
PATH Intl. is developing a new database to enhance the member's user experience. The PATH Intl. website links directly to a customer relationship management (CRM) system, which is the technology used to manage member relationships and interactions. Currently this database is where members manage their contact information, make purchases from the store and the tool that links those records to online directories seen on the website such as find a center and the member directory.

The new system which is slated to launch fall 2018 will offer a friendlier user interface, and downloadable purchases will be super easy to access. The member's profile page will even be customizable. Center member online renewal will also be streamlined and easier to complete.

More details will come as the launch date gets closer. Watch for more information soon!
Registration for 2018 Regional Conferences & Dates for 2019
Questions? Contact Marsha Anderson, the PATH Intl. region conference coordinator.

Region 2
September 22-23, 2018
Binghamton, NY
Southern Tier Independence Center
Registration closes Sep. 7, 2018

Save the Dates for the 2019 Regional Conferences
Region 1 - April 27-28, 2019, Amherst, MA
Region 3 - March 29-31, 2019, Daniels, WV
Region 4 - May 16-18, 2019, Augusta, MI
Region 5 - August 2-4, 2019, Ocala, FL
Region 6 - March 8-10, 2019, Fargo, ND
Region 7 - February 22-24, 2019, St. Louis, MO
Region 8 - August 2-4, 2019, TBD, Louisiana
Region 9 - May 31 - June 2, 2019, Redmond, WA
Region 10 - May 3-5, 2019, Elbert, CO

Watch your email and the PATH Intl. Region Conferences page for updates.
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. 12-14, 2018

Oct. 18-20, 2018
Dec. 4-6, 2018
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Saddle Up! *Certification Only*
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association *Advanced Prep Workshop Only*
Lenoir City, TN

Franklin, TN
Ocala, FL

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Sep. 20-23, 2018
Oct. 4-7, 2018
Oct. 11-14, 2018
Nov. 7-10, 2018
Nov. 16-19, 2018
Dec. 7-10, 2018

Mar. 18-21, 2019
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
Loudoun Therapeutic Riding
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
Guyton, GA
Temple, NH
Naples, FL
Leesburg, VA
Old Lyme, CT
Lenoir City, TN

Bend, OR

Interactive Vaulting
Oct. 19-21, 2018
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Loveland, CO

Oct. 9-13, 2018
Oct. 19-20, 2018
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm
Pegasus Project Therapeutic Riding Center *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Temple, NH
Yakima, WA

Sep. 14-15, 2018
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Gretna, NE

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