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New Mexico   
Bosque Farms Rodeo Association hosted the 4th Annual Horsin Around Therapeutic Riding Center Benefit Roping (Rope so others can ride) April 16th. Saddles were awarded to the high $ winner header and heeler. Buckets were awarded to header and heeler of each roping. 

NMCTR's program director Ashley Armijo entered "On the Fly" thoroughbred into this therapeutic riding program in Fall (his journey has been challenging but rewarding at the same time). On May 12, 2016 "On the Fly" was featured in the website. Check out article "OTTB finds his calling helping people in need!" 

Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding Center promoted PATH Intl. and their center by hosting a booth at the Parents Reaching Out Conference April 21st. 

Special thanks to the National Santa Fe Forest Service for supporting the Listening Horse Riding Center 4th Annual AERC 2-day Endurance Ride held June 6-7th in the beautiful Caja Del Rio portion of the Santa Fe Forest.
Colorado summers mean that the weather is about perfect and the mountains are calling, summertime is a great time to be in Colorado! Colorado PATH Intl Centers are well underway with summer programing and fundraising. 

Join Hearts and Horses for an intimate barn concert with Juni Fisher from Nashville, TN on July 18th. A portion of the ticket sales supports Hearts and Horses Scholarship fund. 

Front Range Exceptional Equestrians has a golf tournament on August 29th with Chipping fore Charities. The tournament will be at the Fort Collins Country Club and will also have auction items.

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC) is again partnering for a research project with the Children's Hospital in Denver. The project is a ground-breaking four-year collaborative project, funded through the National Institutes of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health (NINR/NIH), to continue studying the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on school age children with autism spectrum disorders with the addition of an active control group on site at CTRC. 

CTRC is also very excited to announce that the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to CTRC's Retired Horse Sanctuary (RHS). Accredited status signifies that CTRC meets GFAS's rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and demonstrated adherence to standards.

BIG News for Colorado Members and Centers! 
Hannah LaPointe has generously offered to be the State Chair for the Colorado Front Range, and Beth Godbey will continue to take care of all points west. That means that basically everything east of I-25/Denver metro is Hannah's and all points west will remain Beth's. We feel having a State Chair that lives in your "neighborhood" will be a great way for you to have local support and contact. Hannah will be coming by to visit some of you soon! 

PATH Intl. Colorado State Meeting Summary
With 12 people attending representing 10 centers in Colorado, the Colorado state PATH Intl. meeting was held during the Region 10 conference. The meeting offered a chance for PATH Intl. members and centers to meet neighbors near and far, touch base about current PATH Intl. topics and share information across our great state. Those in attendance discussed the upcoming region conference and ways to volunteer and be involved. Members also discussed the role of Special Olympics for riders in Colorado. Information was shared about the roles of region and state reps and recruitment of new people into the positions. People shared contact information and discussed new information learned at the Region 10 conference.
From the National Ability Center
* We have launched the second year of a 3 year pilot adaptive trail riding program this summer- this program is designed to provide dude ranch style trail ride experiences for individuals, families and integrated groups up to 4 people. Participants are able to sign up for trail rides and enjoy the hundreds of acres of open space adjacent to the National Ability Center ranch. This is a great program for both locals and those visiting Park City during the summer months.

* We are excited to welcome Amanda Speer, LCSW, as a new Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator. Amanda brings a depth of experience in facilitating groups for the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute in equine work, and is also certified through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). 

* The National Ability Center offers a variety of camps that are open to both local participants and visitors to Park City. We still have some openings this summer! More information can be found on our website: 

Utah State University has officially opened their Equine-Human Sciences program! We will be offering EAAT education and events throughout the year. Fall semester undergraduate class offerings include 'Therapeutic processes in EAAT' and 'Principles of EAAT'. 

Our new community program, USU Equine Experience, kicked off with a Veterans workshop teaching EAAT centered horse training and assessment. The workshop was a huge success, and future "Team Red, White and Blue" play days are scheduled for the future. Therapeutic riding begins on June 20th with a full roster, and EAL starts mid-June with 30 people scheduled. 

This level of attendance for a program that opened it's doors two weeks ago truly shows that the need is out there. Thankfully we have had great support from other agencies during this start up. We have partnered with the USU Extension to assist with mountain trail rides, and we are working with personnel from the Center for People with Disabilities in our TR program. Spring 2017 we will be reaching out to other centers in our region to place interns, check in with us if you are looking for that energetic, excited new instructor candidate!
Help wanted: Seeking PATH Intl. Certified Instructor at Reach 4A Star-WY, 30- 40 hours per week instructor at year round program in Casper, WY! Qualifications: able to operate with minimal supervision after introductory period and possess skills to teach a wide variety of populations. Perks: flexible schedule, supportive ED and volunteers, open to new programs and ideas, heated indoor, outdoor arena, opportunity for boarding, and chance to grow horsemanship and teaching skills! Please check out the center on Facebook and contact Karol at to apply or for more information.

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