In This Issue
From Your Region Rep
History and Facts
Region 9 Conference
News From Centers and Members
Final Note
Quick Links
Contacts:Region Rep and State Chairs 
Stay Connected 

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From Your Region Rep    
Dear PATH Intl. Region 9 Members,
Welcome to the first quarterly Region 9 Newsletter! With Spring officially here, we feel a new and contagious sense of vitality and energy in the Western and Northwestern region of our country. Our horses and volunteers are feeling it, too! Our riders are excited to be able to get outside in the fresh air. There is lots of action taking place in our region that is truly exciting and invigorating. I have quite a bit of news to cover in this first edition, so please follow along on the first quarter of our 2016 journey.
The quarterly region newsletters are designed to report information pertinent to our region, and to draw us all together. Each of the 11 Regions of PATH Intl. will have their own newsletter. We're all "winging it" this first time around, so expect it to get more sophisticated as the year progresses. Newsletters will come out in January, April, July and October.

I will have to rely on you, the membership, to get me information to include in it, so please send me anything you like, and let me know if there are things not included that you would like to see. What you won't see are PATH Intl. Workshops and Certification Events. These events are already announced on the events calendar on the PATH Intl. website (see the link under Quick Links). Additionally, Help Wanted Ads should be placed on the Region 9 Facebook Page (PATH Intl. Region 9), STRIDES magazine or PATH Intl. website. 
First, some history and facts:   
PATH Intl. Region 9 encompasses Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
PATH Intl. is made up of 11 regions. Each region has a Region Leadership Team (RLT) that is part of the Membership Oversight Committee (MOC) of PATH Intl. Our job is to be the voice of the membership, out in the field. It's a volunteer job that I and all of our State Chairs are honored to have, and we take the responsibility very seriously. We're here to represent you, to answer any questions you may have, and to report your concerns. And we want to hear from YOU!
Our Region 9 Leadership Team consists of:
Region Representative: Annie Mabry (907) 440-4666
Alaska State Chair: Open   Please contact the Region Rep until the position is filled.
British Columbia/Alberta, State/Provincial Chair: Karen Tanchak 
Idaho State Chair: Lindsey Jameson   
Montana State Chair: Maggee Harrison
Oregon State Chair: Polly Cohen  
Washington State Chair: Kelly Chaplin  
In addition, Lindsey Jameson is also our Region Conference Chair, and Maggee Harrison is our Region Treasurer.
So now, some news...   
2016 Region 9 Conference
This year's conference will be held in Ellensburg, Washington,
June 3-5th. It is graciously being hosted by Spirit TRC and Evelyn Jones. We have a fantastic conference planned with some very talented presenters and many opportunities for instructor CE hours. We have just proofed the final schedule and registration should be open as you receive this. Our team has once again done our best to keep this conference affordable for our membership. Watch the Region 9 Facebook page for highlights.

Three scholarships are available for the conference registration fee. We have extended the deadline to April 15th. You can find the application on the Region 9 page of the Path Intl website. Scholarships are for 1st time attendees, and can be sent to Polly Cohen .

As always, we will have a great Silent auction, and would appreciate donations, which are tax deductible. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated as well.
Pre-Conference Mentoring Workshop
As requested by many of our members, we will be offering a Mentoring Workshop on June 2, 3rd, prior to the start of the conference. Faculty will be Joelle Devlin and Jenny Nell. Please email Lindsey Jameson or call (310) 729-7301for information or to register.
Drum Roll Please..........
It's time to nominate your favorite Equine, Volunteer, Professional, Veterinarian or Rider for the PATH Intl. Annual Awards! You still have plenty of time to get your nominations submitted, and the forms this year are easier than ever to fill out. The Region 9 Leadership Team has voted to gift the Volunteer of the Year from our region with a one year membership to PATH Intl.

Last year's winners were:
Volunteer of the Year: Lori Shepp, Redmond, WA.
Equine: Zorro, Little Bit TRC, Redmond, WA
Veterinarian: Dr. Ron Friedman, Forward Stride, Beaverton, OR

Let's get busy and have nominations for all catagories this year and show our pride by recognizing the talent in our region. Volunteers are also needed to judge, so please contact Jaime Covington if you are interested. It's a fun job that doesn't take much time, and you will be judging nominations from another region.
Region News from Centers and Members   
Rebecca Widmer, ED for Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska reports that EATA has just received a generous grant from Lithia Hyundai of Anchorage and they are looking forward to having them volunteer with them this summer.
Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding, a Path Premier Accredited Cetner in Salmon, Idaho just celebrated their Hoofbeats of Honor program in 2015 and was recently awarded a 2016 Path Equine Services for Heroes grant.

WTRRA will be hosting a variety of workshops in 2016:
Use of Equines in Addiction Therapy April 15-16
AHA The Horse Connection June 1-2
AHA Level I Hippotherapy workshop June 3-6
Eagle Mount Bozeman's Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is busy training 13 Special Olympic Athletes in preparation for the Area Games in April and the State Games in May.   Eagle Mount is in it's 2nd session of 2016. Maggee Harrison reports that Montana PATH Intl. members continue to take advantage of opportunities to personally and professionally grow so they can offer their participants the best EAAT experience possible. Many of them are planning on attending the Region IX Conference and several are enrolled in the Mentor Workshop.
Forward Stride, a Premier Accredited Center in Beaverton, Oregon reports that their 2016 Cowgirl Ball was a huge success, with this year's event breaking attendance records and funds raised. The venue was packed to capacity and guests had the opportunity to socialize, dance, bid and ride a mechanical bull.

The success of the Cowgirl Ball comes at a particularly good time as they begin planning for their 2017 move to a new facility in Beaverton, giving them the opportunity to upgrade their programs and expand delivery of their mission. Thanks to a generous Forward Stride Benefactor, they are finalizing a property agreement that includes a pathway to ownership while also beginning the planning of a custom facility designed to support and expand their equine programs.
Little Bit TRC in Redmond, WA is simply delighted with their new Executive Director, Jeff Nomura! They are having a blast teaching him all about horses, but as an already confirmed cat lover, he is thoroughly enjoying their two barn cats, Dakota and Oscar Pedro. Little Bit has a very exciting Spring session starting in April where they will be piloting two new unmounted programs: The Horse Course, a weekly one hour unmounted lesson focusing on all aspect of working with horses on the ground, and Barn Management, a monthly 3 hour lesson focusing on all aspects of running a stable.

The Pegasus Project, located in Yakima, is excited to announce that our carriage driving program has officially begun! Our driving instructor, Teresa Bron, has been a competitive carriage driver in combined driving events throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada for over 10 years, along with her husband Will. She is currently a Level 2 in the Carriage Association of America Driving Proficiency Program and also a PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor Level II. We are excited to welcome Teresa to our team along with our brand new driving program. We recently purchased a beautiful wheelchair accessible carriage that should arrive in June. Our riders and staff are thrilled with this new opportunity and are looking forward to the drive ahead. We welcome anyone interested in watching the carriage driving program in action to please contact Pegasus and head on down to the Tumbleweed Ranch! 
Finally ... 
Our region is busy! Please send any news about your center, successes, activities to either myself or your State Chair and let us all celebrate with you!

I would also like to welcome two new Executive Directors to our Region 9 Family: 
Executive Director Jason Burdge, MNA, of Forward Stride
Executive Director Jeff Nomura of Little Bit TRC

You're in for an awesome ride!
I look forward to seeing new friends and old at our Region 9 Conference. Until then, happy Spring!

With Warmest Regards,
Annie Mabry
PATH Intl. Region 9 Rep 

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