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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!


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 or call 800-458-0163.




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