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Region 9 Conference
2018 Conference
Voting for Region Reps
Standards Voting
PATH Intl. Conference
Alaska News
British Columbia and Alberta News
Idaho News
Washington News
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From Your Region Rep 
Hello, Region 9!  Summer has finally arrived here in the Northwest and West, and programs are in full swing throughout our region. It was so great seeing old friends and making new ones at our Region 9 conference last month.  What a great way to get re energized, with so many new and exciting information that was shared.  
It's so heartwarming to see that two Gypsy Vanner horses were won by two programs in our Region.  Northwest TRC in Bellingham, WA and Rising Stars in Twin Falls, Idaho were both in the top 20 with so many friends and supporters voting for them.  I can't wait to see the horses they choose!  Congratulations for two deserving PATH centers on a contest well played!
Please remember to vote this month on the Standards and for your 2018 Region 9 Rep.  Have a great summer!
Region 9 Conference 
June 2-4, Running W Ranch, Rathdrum, Idaho

A grand time was had by all who attended the Region 9 Conference at the beautiful  Running W Ranch in Rathdrum, Idaho. The facility was amazing and our hosts, Cyndie and Don Wiltsie, out did themselves with their warm and gracious hospitality. We were blessed with a wide range of talented presenters, and our key note speaker/songstress, Lacey Heward, inspired us with her stories and songs of courage, survival and hope. We were also blessed with outstanding weather! 

We were so pleased to have PATH CEO, Kathy Alm, join us for the weekend. Kathy started her EAAT career in Region 9, and is one of our own. Her willingness to pitch in with another 2 workshops, with a smile on her face, when one of our presenters was unable to make it is just more proof of what an inspirational and great leader we have for our organization. 

Thank you again to everyone including our awesome Region Leadership Team,  who attended to and arranged everything behind the scenes and kept the weekend  rolling along like a top. I am blessed to work with such an amazing team of women!
2018 Region 9 Conference 
In lieu of one Region Conference in 2018, Region 9 has opted to try a different  direction for one year. Instead of one Region conference, each state will be holding a State Meeting or Mini Conference at different times during the Spring and  Summer. Some will be a one day affair, and some may be 1 ½ days. Registration costs will be much lower and in many cases it won't be necessary to get hotel rooms. 

This concept was suggested to the Region Reps last year by the PATH office, and  Region 9 has opted to give it a try. One of the reasons is that our region is so vast in  its area that it's financially difficult for many members to attend, as well as the time involved for travel. Most of us have to include at least one extra day for travel to get there on time. Some dates and locations have already been set - others will follow shortly as arrangements are finalized. You will still be able to get CE and DE hours  for your instructor compliance requirements. The new PATH Intl. Virtual Conference that made its debut last May was a huge success, and the "look" of the PATH Int'l 
Conference in 2018 will also be quite different, so we felt that this was a good year  to give the idea of state meetings a try, as there will be many venues for members to accrue their necessary CE hours.

You're also not restricted to just your home state! Crossing borders is encouraged and welcomed, and those of you who have been wanting to come to a conference in Alaska, now' s your chance!
Voting for Odd Numbered Region Reps  
Very shortly PATH Intl. will be sending out a ballot to vote for new Region Reps for odd numbered regions. I have sent in a nomination for Maggee Harrison, our Montana  State Chair, but there is also room on the ballot for other nominations. The position is for a two-year term, with a renewable option in 2020 for another two-year term. It's been a very rewarding position for me, and I'm optimistic for the future of Region 9 and for PATH Intl. Please remember to cast your votes!
PATH Intl. Standards Voting  
Instructions for online voting for PATH Intl. Standards has just gone out in an email from Cher Smith/ PATH Intl. Please remember to vote! This is a privilege that all PATH Intl. members are entitled to, and shouldn't be taken lightly. A video is also available to look at before making your deciding vote, if desired.
PATH Intl. Conference - San Antonio, Texas, November 8-11, 2017  
Yee haw, Ya'll!! (My husband is from Texas and talks like this. Not!) 

Polish up your cowboy boots and practice that Texas drawl, and hoof it down to  San Antonio for the 2017 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in the famed River Walk District of San Antonio. We've heard that conference costs this year will be at least $100 less than previous conferences. I, for one, am going to visit the Alamo, something that my husband has been promising to take me to since we were married 40 years ago. (I still haven't seen it! ) As always, PATH Intl. promises a wealth of informative and educational classes as well as unlimited opportunities for networking and catching up with old friends. Registration information will be in your July issue of the Strides magazine.
Alaska News  - Carrie Drury, Alaska Chair
Information will be out shortly in regards to location and dates for the 2018 PATH Alaska State Conference. Details just need to be considered and worked out. 

EATA and Stride are well into their summer sessions- both now have indoor arenas to hold off the rain. 

Alaska State Chair, Carrie Drury, met last Spring with leaders from EATA, Stride and Benefe, all PATH Intl. Centers, to discuss and brainstorm ways of mentoring more individuals to become PATH Intl. professionals to benefit all PATH Intl. programs and their clients in our remote state. This creative teamwork makes my heart soar! Good work, ladies!
British Columbia and Alberta News  - Karen Tanchak, State/Provincial Chair
British Columbia/ Alberta State Meeting 

Held: Saturday, June 3, 2017 
Members were welcomed. Hosted by Karen Tanchak, BC/Alberta Chair 

BC attendance (3) was down compared to 11 members in 2016. 
Some ideas of why: 
  • Low Canadian dollar value makes travel expensive 
  • Issues with weather and flooding in the area had people staying at home 
Possibility of holding a successful state Meeting/Educational Event in 2018 
  • Small number of members spread widely throughout province 
  • No contact from Alberta members 
  • Some difficulties reaching out to all members 
  • Still some problems with obtaining an accurate list of members from the Path Int'l member data base. 
  • Should we join Washington State 
  • Alaska contingent have invited us to participate 
Options to a BC/Alberta meeting
  • Use the opportunity to promote PATH Intl. Hold an Open House at one of the facilities in 'Lower Mainland' and invite other professionals that are involved with EAAT. 
  • Brainstorm with other professionals to better serve the clientele and identify service offerings. 
  • Join with the BC Therapeutic Riding Association that is re-organizing and build on the advocacy of the industry. 
Action item
Karen will work with PATH Intl office to obtain an accurate list of members. 
Will communicate with the members and ask what they would want in a State/Provincial meeting.
Idaho News  - Lindsey Jameson, Idaho Chair
Idaho will be holding their 2018 State meeting at Swiftsure Ranch, the last weekend  in April. Details to be worked out and updates will be sent to members this Fall. Ideas for session topics were discussed and ranged from mental health to Veterans. 

Ride For Joy 
Ride for Joy held a hugely successful week long, Ruck Up and Rebuild Veterans Camp on May 23rd. They would like to thank every RFJ donor, volunteer, family and friend, as well as the Ja Wedum Foundation, Idaho Division of Veterans Services and Caldwell Night Rodeo for making this week possible. 

Swiftsure Ranch 
Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center is excited to unveil a new logo and tagline that directly reflects its mission of providing equine-assisted activities and  therapies that encourage the physical, mental and emotional well being of children and adults with disabilities and unique challenges.  Jeffra Syms, President of the Board of Directors, explains, "The project consisted of four components: the structuring of the organization's messaging, the logo redesign, the creation of a new tagline "

Montana News  - Maggee Harrison, Montana Chair
Montana State meeting - June 3, 2017
Attendees were tasked to think of community outreach opportunities in their areas of the state where we could potentially have a PATH information booth.  Maggee announced that we would not be having a regional meeting next year but would be holding as State meeting and asked for the attendees input on ideas regarding: time, place and topics/activities.
Booth possibilities:
  • Expos
  • NILS - Billings
  • MSU and UM Western - Equine Seminars/Symposiums
  • Hospitals - VA Clinics
  • Chamber of Commerce - Find out what conventions are coming to town (i.e Medical Arts, OT/PT/SLP. SpecEd Teachers
  • Farmers markets
  • Rodeos
2018 Montana State Meeting
All agreed to hold it the same weekend as the Regional meeting and want it to be a CEU driven two day event.  Therefore it will be held June 2nd and 3rd, 2018.  Cassie Ubaldo's family has a guest ranch in Alder, MT.  Cassie is a licensed counselor and holds retreats there.  They have over twenty horses.  Maggee will work with Cassie regarding feasibility, dates, costs and capacity.
Ideas for topics:
  • Mental Health First Aid - could be a preconference workshop he;d the day before.
  • Equines - where are they?  How to find them
  • Partnering with Schools
  • Trauma - Psychotherapy
  • Student Support Center=ACES Training - safety group
  • Shauna Heiser, ABA
  • Bullying - victim support
  • Thoughtful teaching - attunement
  • Intro Track for prospective and new PATH volunteers, instructors, trainers
Oregon News - Polly Cohen, Oregon Chair
Oregon State Meeting, June 3rd, 2017
Tentative date for the 2018 Oregon State Meeting:  May 2018
Location:  Healing Reins, in Bend, Oregon
Length: 1-2 days
Food:  Potluck style: Have different centers bring food/drinks to keep the cost down).
Classroom:  Mix of Classroom and hands on.
Meeting ideas:
  • Info about grant writing
  • EAL lesson ideas
  • Trauma Informed Care Training
  • Team Building-experiential
  • Networking ideas for EAL/EFP (State based or even nationally?)
  • Elevating the volunteer experience
  • Local fundraiser ideas
  • Invite non-PATH centers
  • Human/Animal bonding information
  • Sensory Processing
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Vaulting demo
Forward Stride
On Saturday, August 26th, Forward Stride will be making the biggest stride of their time.  They will be parading their herd and community to their new facility for an 8K and 1 Mile Walk/Run in their Round-Up Relay, a fundraising optional event.
What will this mean to their community?  Moving to their new facility will ensure they can continue to serve their clients and help them expand their programming so they can serve even more.  This is not just another move for Forward Stride.  This relocation will help secure a forever home for Forward Stride!  August 26th is a day worth celebrating!
Washington News - Teresa Bron, Washington Chair
Washington will hold it's 2018 State Meeting on June 3rd at Spirit TRC in Ellensburg, Washington. Our Washington State Chair, Teresa Bron, will work with Spirit director Evelyn Jones,  Annie and a committee to outline possible ideas for classes.
Spirit TRC
Spirit TRC had a busy month of May.
Cave B Winery hosted a ride to benefit the Center.  They had about 120 riders that got to taste wine along the trail. At the end of the trail ride they got a yummy lunch and prizes. It was a fun filled day.
Four Central Washington University students needed to do a class project.  They chose to do a fundraiser for Spirit TRC.  They called it "Family Fund Day the Western Way." It all started with Cowboy Church. It was a great way to start a Sunday full of fun.  People got to learn how to rope, face painting, throw rings on a cactus and watch a live demo of what we do here. They also held a Silent Auction. Everyone got to enjoy a bbq lunch.  We are so proud of these young ladies!  They raised $3,500.00!
June is continuing to be busy.

The Luke Mezich memorial Team Roping takes place on Father's Day weekend.  For the 21st year in a row, thousands of ropers and barrel racers will come together for this event.  It was started in 1996 by Steve Mezich who lost his son in a car accident.  He wanted to honor his son's legacy by putting together a team roping event.  This event over the last two decades has provided help to  hundreds of families with children that require special medical needs.  This year the event will directly benefit Spirit TRC!
Changing Rein
About 90 people attended the Seis de Mayo and Most Outrageous Sombrero Event and about 30 of those competed with sombreros!  More than half the monies raised were cash donations during the Fund-an-item portion of the auction event, with more gifts coming to Changing Rein in the month after the event from those who were unable to attend.  This successful event netted $17,800.00 for Changing Rein!

Changing Rein wants to thank all those who attended, who donated auction items, and who gave so generously during the Fund-an-Item portion of the evening, and the anonymous donor who gave $5,000 after the event!

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