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Networking Day at Ride On -- January 22
The Region 11 Newsletter mistakenly listed the wrong date for the  4th Annual Networking Day at Ride On. The correct Networking Day is Sunday January 22.
New Region 11 Rep Alicia Roe  
As the new incoming Region Representative I have been focused on getting together the new Region Team Leadership (RLT). I have made lots of phone calls with PATH Intl. Centers and visited a few centers in Southern California. In January the committee will begin having conference calls to start planning the Region 11 Conference in Reno, NV. 

The new team will begin brainstorming on outreach opportunities for 2017.
Spirit Therapies reports that the program is growing with two new staff members this year. A veteran wrote about Spirit Therapies in his book Brain Pain, which launched veterans day. They had an open house Dec 11th for new clients and old ones and a Christmas party for board members on Dec 12 with dinner and great planning for next year. They are working on an indoor arena and hope to have it up and running for winter session. Trot for Spirit 5k and 1 mile walk is the next fundraiser on Feb 18, 2017.
Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center is thriving and we are having a lot of fun in the process! Currently, we have 7 wonderful horses who are taking great care of our riders as they learn new skills. Our most recent event was the "Turkey Trot" which is an annual tradition hosted by the ranch owner, Carol Funk. Riders who have mastered the trot, have the opportunity to race (i.e. trot around the arena as fast as their leaders can go). Each contestant has three chances to trot their fastest time around the arena. It's a favorite event among many of our students who begin asking about it in September - for some it was the first time, for others it was their fifth time! The Turkey Trot is a great pre-thanksgiving workout for our volunteers and a huge thrill for our riders.

Ride On was designated a USEF Para Center of Excellence, looking forward to blending our current PATH Intl. programs with para elements. We are doing our 4th Annual Networking Day for all interested in Region 11 on Sunday January 22 at our ranch in Chatsworth. Will have our therapists presenting for disability continuing ed, instructor panel and track, admin/veteran panel, EAP connections

REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is located in Fallbrook, CA, on a 10 acre ranch where, it is said that "when you cross the bridge, you are on REINS ground for life." REINS owns the property outright, where it also offers a boarding facility, Fallbrook Equestrian Center, for privately owned horses. REINS accumulates much of its funding through private and corporate donors, but they also hold a few fundraisers throughout the year, which include the Annual Country Hoedown on October 14th, the Spring Hop on April 8th, and the REINS of Life Golf Tournament June 26th.  The REINS Tack Shack offers gently used tack and horse supplies at a fraction of the price, of which all proceeds go toward the general cost of running REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. REINS has 26 paid staff, who include 17 registered instructors, and nine administrative staff. With an average of 120 volunteers a week, and 21 EAAT horses, REINS is able to accommodate 200 riders a week. After achieving the goal of building and paying off the newest addition of a hydraulic lift and new horse barn, REINS is facing our next biggest goal of building an endowment to ensure the sustainability of REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. Pave the Way to the Future, REINS is here to stay!

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