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Certification Dept. Updates
Center Memberships Due
Hosting NARHA Workshops and Certifications
Standards Modification
Awards Program Nominations Due
2010 NARHA National Conference
Instructor Candidate Reminder
Reminder of Region Nominations
Electronic Communities Survey
NARHA Parents Needed for Survey
Workshops and Certifications
Region Conference Dates
On-site Workshops and Certifications
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Certification Updates  
NARHA On-site Workshop and Certification (OSWC) Update
  • Expanded schedule
    (2 1/2 days)
  • Enriched content 
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Current OSWC and Workshops: Click here  

Click here for the NARHA Calendar of Workshops, Certifications, Conferences and more! 

Center Memberships Due  
If you have not yet done so, don't forget to renew online or download the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice from the NARHA website to complete and mail. 

Click here for more information.

Hosting NARHA Workshops and Onsite Certifications  
Click here to download the intent to host forms for all NARHA workshops and onsite certification events. NARHA hopes 2010 will be full of exciting events. Please read through the intent to host packets for details concerning the new hosting format.
Also posted is the new 2010 registered workshop and certification intent to host form, which details NARHA's new 2 day registered on-site workshop. (Click here for details.) Please consider hosting this new, expanded workshop this year. The NARHA office encourages centers to submit intent to host forms as soon as possible in order that we may add the event to the NARHA calendar. 
Email Tara McChesney at or call (800) 369-RIDE (7433), ext. 114 with questions regarding the 2010 on-site instructor workshop.
NARHA Standards  
A modification to the 2009 NARHA Standards for Certification and Accreditation
A12 and A14 was recently added to the members only page of the website. Click here for the new information.
March 16, 2010
NARHA 2010 Awards Program  
Nominations Due by May 14, 2010
Every year riders, instructors, volunteers and equines invest time and energy to continue developing the EAAT industry. So many people and equines spend hours in the sun and cold weather, in dusty barns and arenas to participate in this wonderful industry. The dedication of all these individuals and equines is outstanding, and NARHA takes this opportunity to honor those people with our 2010 awards program.

Click here to download the 2010 criteria and nomination forms for our Volunteer, Equine, Instructor, Equestrian, Sis Gould, Veteran or James Brady Professional Achievement awards to help us honor all those dedicated to this amazing industry.

Some guidelines for 2010 have changed, so please read all criteria for each award carefully and submit a complete application for the award of your choice. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Award nominations are due by May 14, 2010. Please have them postmarked by this date or submitted via email by May 14, 2010.
Please send all nominations to NARHA, Attn: Tara McChesney, PO Box 33150, Denver, CO 80233 or email them to
Late nominations will not be accepted.
NARHA 2010 National Conference Scholarship Application  
Applications Due by June 28, 2010
NARHA continues to work diligently to grow the number of sponsors underwriting scholarships for NARHA's National Conference and Annual Meeting. As leaders in the EAAT industry, we are committed to providing our members educational opportunities for professional growth and center sustainability.
Click here to download the scholarship application. Applications are due by June 28. Submit completed applications via email to, via fax to (303) 252-4610, or via mail to NARHA, P.O. Box 33150, Denver, CO 80233, attn: Sandy Artichoker.
2010 NARHA National Conference Presentation Abstracts Due  
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March 31 is the deadline for prospective presenters to submit abstracts for their proposed presentations at the 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 3-6.
In honor of NARHA's 41 years of service, the theme for the 2010 conference in Denver is Standards, Solutions, Sustainability.
For information on NARHA's Call for Papers and on crafting an abstract for submission, visit the 2010 conference page on the NARHA website,,  and use the "National Conference Call for Presentation Abstracts" and "Abstract Submission" links. Abstracts may be submitted electronically or as MS Word attachments to emails.
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to check out the conference web page and check back often to view conference updates as they're unveiled.


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Instructor Candidate Reminder
Reminder to all NARHA instructor candidates: if you began the instructor process by sending your instructor application to the NARHA office prior to January 1, 2010, you will complete your instructor process under the same guidelines you started with. Therefore, you will not complete the additional requirements detailed in the 2010 registered booklet.
If you sent your application to the NARHA office after January 1, 2010, you will complete all requirements outlined in the 2010 Registered Booklet. Candidates attending the on-site instructor workshop in 2010 will be attending a 2 day workshop. Candidates testing in 2010 will need to review the criteria located in the registered booklet, beginning on page 16. This criteria describes the skills you should possess as a NARHA instructor and detail what you will demonstrate during your practical riding and teaching exam at the on-site certification.

An updated Registered Booklet for 2010 is online for your review. Please click here

All candidates can attend the workshop and certification together where they are offered. The Riding Certification Subcommittee continues to recommend attending them separately so candidates have the opportunity to practice new skills after the workshop, prior to attending certification.

Please note your workshop is good for two years from the time you take it, even if you took the workshop prior to 2010. Your 25 hours of practice instructor teaching are also good for two years.

Please email Tara McChesney at or call (800) 369-RIDE (7433) with any questions you may have regarding the 2010 on-site instructor workshop and certification process. Thank you!

Members Reminder
This is a reminder to members in even-numbered regions that nominations for region representative and award nominations are due to NARHA by March 31.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
The electronic communities survey will close March 26. 
 Please give us your valuable input in regards to how an electronic community can best serve NARHA members across the U.S. and the world. To fill out the survey please click here. The survey will take approximately three minutes of your time.
Input Needed From NARHA Parents  
Are you a NARHA parent or do you know one? Samantha is asking for NARHA parents' input for her current research project to help determine whether or not equine-assisted activities have any links with aggression and social competence in children with special needs. She is asking for centers to forward the survey link to parents, and for parents to follow the link and complete the survey. For more information and access to the survey, please click here.
CLICK4CASH Program  
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Free Program Offers Centers Extra Revenue

As you've probably read, Equestrian Collections has partnered with NARHA to bring every NARHA center the ability to get CASH based on the buying power of your centers, membership, friends, family and volunteers.
NARHA recognizes that in these tough times, even the most deserving and efficient NARHA member centers need extra revenue sources. To this end, NARHA has launched the CLICK4CASH program in conjunction with Equestrian Collections.
The CLICK4CASH program is a FREE, NO COST program that can bring your center an ongoing CASH income. Your center will receive 8 percent of every order that originates from your website. This is a WIN-WIN - NO COST, and UNLIMITED potential earnings for your center.
We have created a shopping area on Equestrian Collections for EAAT-focused products, but your shoppers can shop the entire site, maximizing the potential revenue for your center.  All you have to do is get shoppers to click on your Shop & Change a Life button before they do the regular shopping they would do anyway.  
Sign up today for the CLICK4CASH program. You cannot lose with this FREE, NO COST program!  Click here and follow the steps to join. 
Once you have signed up, you will receive an email with step-by-step instructions for how to retrieve the Shop & Change a Life banner to place on your center's website.
Any questions? Please email Nina and reference CLICK4CASH in the subject line.
Participating centers report having already received their first checks from ShareASale,
some totaling nearly $200!
Workshops and Certifications  
Unless otherwise noted, contact Tara McChesney at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, or for further information. All dates are subject to change.
Equine Specialist Workshop
August 20-22
Strides to Success in Plainfield, Indiana
Advanced Prep Courses
February 17-19
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc in Old Lyme, Connecticut
May 7-9
Sagebrush Equine Training Center in Hailey, Idaho
March 22-24
Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians in Pike Road, Alabama, 36092
NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
April 19-20
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc in Old Lyme, Connecticut
September 5-6
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, Washington
NARHA Driving Workshops and Certifications
Workshop is held the first 3 days, certification held the last 2 days
June 1-5
Horsepower, Inc in Temple, New Hampshire

NARHA Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held the first 2 days, certification held the last day. Contact the host site for a schedule.
March 25-27
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding in Lenoir City, Tennessee
Workshop is held first 3 days and certification is held on the last day.
August 26-29
Riding to the Top in Windham, Maine
Mentor Training Workshop
November 2-3
NARHA National Pre-Conference event in Denver, CO
Evaluator Training
May 15-16
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc in Ocala, Florida
November 1-2
NARHA National Pre-Conference event in Denver, CO
NARHA will also hold driving evaluator training at this time
Visit the NARHA calendar for a list of 2010 Registered on-site workshops and certifications. Please note the list is not complete, there will be more Registered OSWC events added in 2010.
Don't Miss Your NARHA Region Conference
Click here to find your region. 
Region 1 April 16 - 18 High Hopes, Lyme, CT  Click here to register online
Region 2 March 26 - 28 Carmel, NY Click here to register online 
Region 3 March 19 - 21 Stonewall Jackson Resort, Roanoke, WV  Click here to register online 

Region 4 March 12 - 14 Raddison Plaza, Kalamazoo, MI  Click here to register online. 

Region 5 August 6 - 8 Indian Springs, Indian Springs, AL
Region 6  March 26 - 28 HorseSense for Special Riders, Lacrosse, WI Click here to register online 
Region 7 *April 16 - 18 Overland Park, KS Click here to register online 
*Region 7 members please be aware that the Region 7 conference dates listed in the recent issue of NARHA's Strides magazine have been changed to April 16-18th. The Region 7 conference will take place in Overland Park, KS
Region 9 May 14 - 16 The Pegasus Project, Yakima, WA
Region 10  November 3-6 (NARHA National Conference) Denver, CO
Region 11 June 26-28 Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Petaluma, CA
On-site Workshops and Certifications

Following is a list of scheduled NARHA On-site Workshops and Certifications. If you are thinking about attending, please register early as space is limited in some instances.

CTRC (Co) March 4-7
Hearts Desire (MS) March 10-13
Atlantic Riding Center for the Handicapped (NJ) March 18-21 
MANE (AL) March 20-23
Ride On (CA) March 25-28
STAR (TN) March 28
Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii (HI) March 31-April 3
CHEFF (MI) April 8-11
Heritage Christian (NY)  April 16-19
UNH Therapeutic Riding (NH) April 22-25
Calvin Center (GA) April 30-May 3
Atlantic Riding Center for the Handicapped (NJ) May 13-16
Equest (MI) May 20-23
Hearts and Horses (CO) May 26-29
Hearts Adaptive (Ca) May 28-31
Storm Harbor (PA) June 2-5
Texas Tech (TX) June 2-5
Ray Graham (IL) June 2-5
Three Gaits (WI) June 3-6
Mississippi State 4H Team (MS) June 22-25
MANE (AL) June 23-26
Riding to the Top (ME) June 25-28
Atlantic Riding Center for the Handicapped (NJ) July 8-11
Brave Hearts (IL) July 21-24
High Hopes (CT)  July 22-25
R.O.C.K. (TX) Aug 11-14
Fieldstone Farm (OH) Aug 19-22
CTRC (Co) Aug 19-22
Eagle Mount (MI) Aug 26-29
Little Bit (WA) Sept1-4
Atlantic Riding Center for the Handicapped (NJ) Oct. 7-10
High Hopes (CT)  Dec 4-7

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