PATH Intl. History
A visionary future begins with an innovative past.
Walk the “path” with us from PATH Intl.’s beginnings in a Virginia tavern to becoming a global leader in equine-assisted services.
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association was founded at a meeting at the Red Fox Tavern, Middleburg, VA
Center accreditation process was developed.
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association becomes one of the first groups in the world to offer a full-fledged program to certify instructors in “riding for the handicapped” 1980 The first seminars, a forerunner of today’s international conference, was a 4-day event, with 115 members attending.
The first seminars, a forerunner of today’s international conference, was a 4-day event, with 115 members attending.
Guidelines for vaulting and driving were established.
James Brady endorsed North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, and the James Brady Professional Achievement Award became an annual award.
The Regional Representatives program was instituted and includes 11 regions.
A new logo was unveiled.
Registered level of instructor certification was added, making three levels available: registered, certified and master.
First issue of PATH, Intl. Strides was published.
Premier Accredited Center program established.
- First Premier Accredited Center outside of North America: Fundacio Terapia a Cavall in Barcelona, Spain.
- Horses for Heroes (later to be renamed PATH International Equine Services for Heroes®) task force assembled.
- First international workshop and certification held in South Korea.
- First Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning workshops offered
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association offers mentor training.
PATH Intl. Society of Visionaries and Legacy donor program established.
- Name changed from North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
- PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification created 2013 Equine-Assisted Learning guidelines developed.
PATH Intl. Board of Trustees greenlights the process for pursuing National Commission for Certifying Association accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification 2017 First PATH Intl. virtual conference.
In response to the membership's desire to professionalize PATH Intl. credentials, the PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) certification is developed in accordance with third-party accreditation standards to replace the registered therapeutic riding instructor certification.
Launch of first independently accredited certification in equine-assisted services, the PATH Intl.
Publication of the consensus document, Optimal Terminology For Services That Incorporate Horses To Benefit People: A Consensus Document.