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September 2020 - Roll Out the Red Carpet for the 2020 PATH Intl. Veterinarian Award Winners

Denver – The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.) takes great pride in the exceptional veterinarians who serve at PATH Intl. Member Centers and the quality of life for the equines that partner with humans in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the 2020 PATH Intl. Veterinarian Award in its 11 regions and the national award winner, sponsored by American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan).

In previous years, PATH Intl. has celebrated the region winners at regional conferences and the national winners at the PATH Intl. Conference awards luncheon. Although this year the national conference and most of the regional conferences were postponed, the winners of these awards deserve recognition of their achievements. PATH Intl. and American Regent Animal Health offer their congratulations and accolades to these winners. In acknowledgement, American Regent Animal Health is providing five boxes of Adequan® i.m. to each regional recipient and 20 boxes of Adequan® i.m. to the national recipient.

(PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers are shown in italics.)

2020 PATH Intl. Regional Winners

Region 1 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Robert Baratt, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

Region 1 includes the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; and the Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec

Region 2 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Elden Klayman, Chariot Riders, Manchester, NJ

Region 2 includes the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC; and Scandinavia, Europe, Middle East

Region 3 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. John Sangenario, EQUI-KIDS, Virginia Beach, VA

Region 3 includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

Region 4 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Sasha Hill, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, Chagrin Falls, OH

Region 4 includes the following states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio; and the Canadian Province of Ontario

Region 5 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Scott Swerdlin, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, Loxahatchee, FL

Region 5 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Tennessee and Africa

Region 6 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Margaret Fauver, HorseSense, La Crosse, WI

Region 6 includes the following states: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan 

Region 7 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Ashley Wegmann, New Kingdom Trailriders, Sherrard, IL

Region 7 includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska 

Region 8 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Kenton Arnold, Equest, Dallas, TX

Region 8 includes the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas; and Mexico, Central America and South America

Region 9 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Cierra Dedeker, Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program, Caldwell, ID

Region 9 includes the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia

Region 10 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Jody Morris, StableStrides, Elbert, CO

Region 10 includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Region 11 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Kelly Zeytoonian, BOK Ranch, Woodside, CA

Region 11 includes the following states: California, Hawaii and Nevada; and Asia and Pacific

And the National Winner of the 2020 PATH Intl. Veterinarian of the Year is Ashley Wegmann.

Ashley Wegmann, who is described as hard-working and compassionate in all she does, takes time out of her busy schedule to volunteer her time to care for the horses at New Kingdom Trailriders in Sherrard, IL. She is currently a veterinarian at DeWitt Veterinary Clinic where she cares for animals of all shapes and sizes.

Congratulations to the 2020 PATH Intl. Veterinarian of the Year Award Winners!

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About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International® (PATH Intl.®) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 881 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults, including 6,200 veterans, may find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, groundwork and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,500 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

About American Regent Animal Health:

American Regent Animal Health, a division of American Regent, Inc., is committed to advancing animal health with proven FDA-approved products like Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). The company’s portfolio is anchored by the only FDA-approved polysulfated glycosaminoglycan products for horses and dogs, which have been relied on for nearly three decades by veterinarians. American Regent, Inc., a Daiichi Sankyo Group Company, manufactures and distributes human and veterinary pharmaceutical products and is committed to providing the ever-changing U.S. healthcare marketplace with a growing and diversified portfolio. For more information on American Regent Animal Health, visit ARAnimalHealth.com or call 800-458-0163.

 

 

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September 2020 - Roll Out the Red Carpet for the 2020 PATH Intl. Award Winners

Denver – The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.) takes great pride in the exceptional equines, credentialed professionals, volunteers and veterinarians who serve at PATH Intl. Member Centers and the quality of equestrians whose lives—and horsemanship—have been enriched through equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the 2020 PATH Intl. Adult, Youth and PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian Award winners and the region award winners (equines, credentialed professionals, volunteers and veterinarians).

Every year industry judges select the PATH Intl. award recipients from a large number of outstanding nominees. PATH Intl. thanks the judges who made the difficult decisions and selected the award winners. PATH Intl. also thanks the individuals and centers who nominated the humans and equines demonstrating excellence in their field, and we offer congratulations to everyone who was nominated.

In previous years, PATH Intl. has celebrated the region winners at regional conferences and the national winners at the PATH Intl. Conference awards luncheon. Although this year the national conference and most of the regional conferences were postponed, the winners of these awards deserve recognition of their achievements. PATH Intl. offers its congratulations and accolades to these winners.

2020 PATH Intl. Equestrian Winners
Adult Equestrian of the Year: Justin Groza, Region 9, Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, Bend, OR

Youth Equestrian of the Year: Violeta Rolfe, Region 11, Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, Orinda, CA

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian Award: Jonathan Brown, Region 10, StableStrides, Elbert, CO

2020 PATH Intl. Regional Winners

Region 1
Equine of the Year: Dixie, High Horses Therapeutic Riding, Sharon, VT

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Lauren Fitzgerald, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Robert Baratt, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth "Liz" Lefrancois, Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Bristol, CT

Region 1 includes the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; and the Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec

Region 2
Equine of the Year, Belle, Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC), Hackettstown, NJ

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Marya Pecukonis, LeCheval Stable, Inc., Glenwood, MD

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Elden Klayman, Chariot Riders, Manchester, NJ

Volunteer of the Year, Rosemary Gatchell, Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program, Port Deposit, MC

Region 2 includes the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania and Washington, DC; and Scandinavia, Europe, Middle East

Region 3
Equine of the Year, Gnomeo (Kiss Me Quick), Loudon Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Leesburg, VA

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Eva Finnan, Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center, Aiken, SC

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. John Sangenario, EQUI-KIDS, Virginia Beach, VA

Volunteer of the Year, Chuck Hill, Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center, High Point, NC

Region 3 includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

Region 4
Equine of the Year, Astrid (Mercedes), Central Kentucky Riding For Hope, Lexington, KY

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Jessica Moorhouse, Potter's Ranch, Union, KY

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Sasha Hill, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, Chagrin Falls, OH

Volunteer of the Year, Wendy Pearson, Potter's Ranch, Union, KY

Region 4 includes the following states: Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, Ohio; and the Canadian Province of Ontario

Region 5
Equine of the Year, Devon, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Boca Raton, FL

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Jan McElroy, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR), Lenoir City, TN

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Scott Swerdin, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, Loxahatchee, FL

Volunteer of the Year, Lee & Ginny Schroeder, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, Naples, FL

Region 5 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Africa

Region 6
Equine of the Year, Here's My Mercedes (Mercedes), Three Gaits, Inc., Oregon, WI

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Sandra Faust, Three Gaits, Inc., Oregon, WI

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Margaret Fauver, HorseSense, La Crosse, WI

Volunteer of the Year, Linda Knutson, River Valley Riders, Woodbury, MN

Region 6 includes the following states: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Region 7
Equine of the Year, Get A Grip (Grip), Horses of Hope Riding Center, Inc., Baxter Springs, KS

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Terese Klinger, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, Harvard, IL

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Ashley Wegmann, New Kingdom Trailriders, Sherrard, IL

Volunteer of the Year, Pete Steiger, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, Harvard, IL

Region 7 includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

Region 8
Equine of the Year, Jessie Enchanted Proof (Jessie), Compadres Therapy, Inc., El Paso, TX

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Shayna Bolton, SIRE, Inc., Houston, TX

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Kenton Arnold, Equest, Dallas, TX

Volunteer of the Year, Cathy Wirz, Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Valley View, TX

Region 8 includes the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas; and Mexico, Central America and South America

Region 9
Equine of the Year, Henry T. Fjord (Henry), NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, Bellingham, WA

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Katie Rohwer, Animals as Natural Therapy, Bellingham, WA

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Cierra Dedeker, Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program, Caldwell, ID

Volunteer of the Year, Donna Young, Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, Bend, OR

Region 9 includes the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia

Region 10
Equine of the Year, Varsity of Lexlin (Varsity), Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Liz de Kock, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Jody Morris, StableStrides, Elbert, CO

Volunteer of the Year, Carol McKennan, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

Region 10 includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Region 11
Equine of the Year, Rootin' Tootin' Ridge D'Lite (Ridge), Happy Trails Riding Academy, Visalia, CA

Credentialed Professional of the Year, Amanda Prestyly Belka, Renaissance Healing and Learning Center, Cotali, CA

Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Kelly Zeytoonian, BOK Ranch, Woodside, CA

Volunteer of the Year, Jennifer Wineman, Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, Orinda, CA

Region 11 includes the following states: California, Hawaii and Nevada; and Asia and Pacific

2020 PATH Intl. National Winners

Credentialed Professional of the Year (sponsored by Markel Insurance): Marya Pecukonis, Region 2, Le Cheval Stable, Glenwood, MD

Equine of the Year (sponsored by Purina and EQUUS Foundation): Gnomeo (Kiss Me Quick), Region 3, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Leesburg, VA

Veterinarian of the Year (sponsored by American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan)): Ashley Wegmann, Region 7, New Kingdom Trailriders, Sherrard, IL

Volunteer of the Year: Carol McKennan, Region 10, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

Congratulations to all the 2020 PATH Intl. Award Winners!

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About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International® (PATH Intl.®) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 881 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults, including 6,200 veterans, may find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, groundwork and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,500 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

Five Tips to Make The Most of Your Annual Planning Process (aka “The Budget”) 

I recently attended a PATH Intl. “Survive and Thrive” presentation. One of the interesting facts presented at the beginning of the workshop was that more than 50% of member centers have budgets less than $140,000 per year, and have been members, on average, for 15 years. At that level of funding, with many years of experience, it may seem like a formal budget process is an unnecessary waste of precious time. After all, you know what it costs to run your facility, and how many services you provide. Why is it necessary to spend the time and effort to write that down – you already know. 

As one who has managed budgets for more than 40 years, from as small as a few thousand dollars to as large as more than one hundred million, I am convinced the only way an organization can stay on track and meet their mission and goals is to stay focused. A good planning process (of which a budget is a big part) can be invaluable toward that end. Every organization experiences the occasional crisis, and when that happens having a written roadmap that identifies your priorities will give you the ability to make proactive decisions based on priorities rather than just a reactive response to the most current crisis. 

We all strive to make our dollars go as far as they possibly can. Here are a few more ideas that might help you get just a little more “bang for the buck” and make all that time you spend developing a formal plan and budget worth the effort. 

1. Identify priorities and set goals before you start your budget process 

It’s important to know exactly where you want to go before you start trying to identify the associated costs, or estimate potential revenues. If you don’t know where you’re going “any old road will get you there.” Ideally you’ll have a set of short term goals – things you want to accomplish over the next 12 to 18 months, and a set of long term goals – things to accomplish over the next three to five years. It really is important to write these down, and to update the list on a regular basis. More on that later……….. 

Most smaller organizations build a budget one year at a time. Once you’ve identified your short term goals, itemize the resources needed to accomplish each item in the time frame established. Associate an estimated cost with each resource, and group into the categories you’ll need to track for financial and legal reporting. Basically you’ve just built the expense side of a budget that’s needed to do everything you want to do in the coming year. Note that continuing operations needs to be included as a goal. Expanding operations should be considered as a separate goal, with separate identifiable costs. Set this part aside for now. 

Next objectively identify and reasonably estimate your various sources of revenue. Do not let the expenses drive your revenue estimates – be realistic. The reason to identify the goals and necessary expenses first is to avoid letting limited resources arbitrarily set your goals for you. Alternatively, you do not want to let the need for resources cause you to overestimate the revenue side of the budget. It is the nature of nonprofit organizations to rely heavily on donations for operational needs. Many things can impact the level of giving in any given period of time. Plan for what you can reasonably expect to happen, but know what you will do if it doesn’t. If you have established a clear set of operational priorities back at Step 1 – you’ll know exactly what your lowest priorities are if you have to adjust midyear. 

Now compare revenues to expenses. If the gap between the resources available and the resources needed happens to be positive that is an amazing opportunity for investment in your organization. Time to review that priority list for the next items to be accomplished. More often, though, the gap reveals that there will not likely be enough revenue to do everything we’d like to do. This is also time to review the priority list to decide what can be deferred, adjusting costs downward until you’ve balanced the bottom line. This is also a good time to mention that nonprofit does not mean “no profit”. Keeping expenses less than revenues is one way to generate funds needed for such things as capital improvements or emergency funds. 

2. Review your budget vs actual regularly – not obsessively 

Whether you contract your accounting activities to an outside entity or do it all yourself, it’s important to routinely review your budget versus actual statements. This is a lot like dieting advice, you shouldn’t step on the scale every day, but you’ve got to do it often enough to know that you’re still on track. Accurate, timely information allows you to make better decisions, whether that’s cutting back in some areas, or additional investment in others. Budget variances are normal, none of us can predict the coming year perfectly, so there will always be variances. Understanding those variances, and knowing when to make corrections to our behavior is the important part. 

3. Before you jump on that “amazing good deal”, review your priorities. 

Everybody loves a good deal, it’s super hard to pass up a real bargain. Especially if you’re on a tight budget and you’ve stumbled across something you normally could never afford. Don’t let your emotions overpower your planning senses. Is this amazing bargain part of your priority list? Does it contribute to the immediate goals you’ve set? If it’s a significant contributor to a longer term goal, what will you have to give up or defer in order to make this a priority now? It’s important to take a step back, and make your decision based on the goals you’ve already set. All that time and effort you’ve invested at Step 1 above will help to keep you on target now. If it’s just not the right time for you to invest in this particular bargain, do a friend a favor and let them know about it. 

4. Get a second opinion (or third, or fourth…………) 

This is where a diverse board, or even just a diverse group of friends and associates, can be an invaluable asset. If you are struggling to figure out what the next best step will be for your program, conflicted over whether to invest in more programming or simply expanding current services, or just uncomfortable whether your estimates are reasonable and goals are achievable – use your lifeline!! Call a friend! Getting more opinions can shed light in areas you haven’t thought of, and expand the creative thinking process. You may not be crazy about all the ideas that come rolling in, however it not only gives you new ideas it also creates opportunities for engagement and support. 

5. Don’t forget to celebrate success 

Last but not least, don’t forget to celebrate the goals you’ve accomplished. It’s easy for those in a leadership role to feel as if all the weight of the world is on their shoulders and theirs alone. There will always be another problem to solve, another goal to achieve. Remember that none of us do this by ourselves. Celebrate successes, even the small ones! We do this in our classes all the time – don’t neglect doing this for your staff and yourself.

 

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August 2016
And the Winner Is ... PATH Intl. Announces 2016 Award Winners

Denver – PATH Intl. takes great pride in the exceptional equines, certified professionals, volunteers and veterinarians who serve at PATH Intl. Member Centers and the quality of equestrians whose lives—and horsemanship—have been enriched through equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). PATH Intl. is pleased to announce that the region award winners (equines, certified professionals, volunteers and veterinarians) have been posted on the PATH Intl. Conference website along with the 2016 PATH Intl. Paul Spiers Independent Adult, Youth and PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian Award winners.

All award winners will be recognized, and the 2016 PATH Intl. equine, certified professional, veterinarian and volunteer of the year and the James Brady Professional Achievement award recipient will be announced at the 2016 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Awards Banquet in Williamsburg, VA, Friday, November 4.

Every year it becomes more difficult for industry judges to select the PATH Intl. award recipients because of the large number of outstanding nominees. PATH Intl. thanks the judges who selected our award winners and offers congratulations to everyone who was nominated.

(PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers are shown in red.)

2016 PATH Intl. Winners

Paul Spiers Independent Adult Equestrian of the Year: Karissa Peterson, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

Youth Equestrian of the Year: Matthew Scotella, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Harvard, IL

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian Recognition Award: Paul Hoiland, Freedom Farm, Waverly, MN

2016 PATH Intl. Regional Winners

Equine, Certified Professional, Veterinarian and Volunteer of the Year

 

Region 1

Equine of the Year: Once in a Blue Moon, "Mr. Blue," Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Greenwich, CT; Darien CT; and Brewster, NY

Certified Professional of the Year: Elizabeth Fortes, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Greenwich, CT; Darien CT; and Brewster, NY

Veterinarian of the Year: NA

Volunteer of the Year: Suzanne McGraw, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Greenwich, CT; Darien CT; and Brewster, NY

Region 1 includes the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; and the Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec

 

Region 2

Equine of the Year: Hobbit, Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center, Lancaster, PA

Certified Professional of the Year: Laura Stringer, Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., Bedford, NY

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Buchholz, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Volunteer of the Year: Joan Harrington, Heritage Christian Stables, Bedford, NY Region 2 includes the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania and Washington, DC; and Scandinavia, Europe, Middle East

 

Region 3

Equine of the Year: Chance, Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Greenville, NC

Certified Professional of the Year: Sherri Moore, Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Greenville, NC

Veterinarian of the Year: NA

Volunteer of the Year: Richard Goldston, Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Greenville, NC

Region 3 includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

 

Region 4

Equine of the Year: Masterpiece "Bear," Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta, MI

Certified Professional of the Year: NA

Veterinarian of the Year: NA

Volunteer of the Year: Sarah Welday, Dreams on Horseback, New Albany, OH Region 4 includes the following states: Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, Ohio; and the Canadian Province of Ontario

 

Region 5

Equine of the Year: Indian Creed "Indian," Healing Touch Therapeutic Riding Center, St. Cloud, FL

Certified Professional of the Year: Robin Bowen, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Knoxville, TN

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Jerry H. Rudnick, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Boca Raton, FL

Volunteer of the Year: Ken Furman, Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians, Pike Road, AL

Region 5 includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee; Puerto Rico and Africa

 

Region 6

Equine of the Year: Buddy, We Can Ride, Inc., Minnetonka, MN

Certified Professional of the Year: NA

Veterinarian of the Year: NA

Volunteer of the Year: Katie Livingood, RideAbility, Pine Island, MN

Region 6 includes the following states: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan

 

Region 7

Equine of the Year: Beau, Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, Richmond, IL

Certified Professional of the Year: Jamie Stevener, Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc., Washington, MO

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Patricia Homeyer, Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc., Washington, MO

Volunteer of the Year: Sara Foszcz, Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, Richmond, IL

Region 7 includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

 

Region 8

Equine of the Year: Dancer, JoyRide Center, Inc., Magnolia, TX

Certified Professional of the Year: Patty D'Andrea, Healing With Horses Ranch, Manor, TX

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Angel Jordan, Hearts & Hooves, Inc., Sherwood, AR

Volunteer of the Year: Linda Robinson, EQUEST, Wylie, TX

Region 8 includes the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas; and Mexico, Central America and South America

 

Region 9

Equine of the Year: Pippin, Forward Stride, Beaverton, OR

Certified Professional of the Year: NA

Veterinarian of the Year: NA

Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Rohe, Forward Stride, Beaverton, OR

Region 9 includes the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia

 

Region 10

Equine of the Year: Sadie, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

Certified Professional of the Year: Christina Pescatore, Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip, Sheridan, WY

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Michael Suit, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO Volunteer of the Year: Dave Culbertson, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO Region 10 includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

 

Region 11

Equine of the Year: Excel, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Petaluma, CA Certified Professional of the Year: Mari Parino, Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, Orinda, CA

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Neal Spiro, Happy Trails Riding Academy, Tulare, CA Volunteer of the Year: Lindsay Hendricks, Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, Orinda, CA

Region 11 includes the following states: California, Hawaii and Nevada; and Asia and Pacific

Early registration for the PATH Intl. Conference, presented by title sponsor Purina, is currently offered online at pathintl.org, as well as more information about conference sessions, the Williamsburg Lodge and fun things to do in Williamsburg.

About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International® (PATH Intl.®) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 881 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults, including 6,200 veterans, may find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, groundwork and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,500 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

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