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Awards Program Nominations Due
Breyer Donation Recipient
Documentary on Hippotherapy
Early Registration for Conference
Awards Program Nominations Due
Region Conference Updates
NARHA/EFMHA Integration Update
The NARHAbar Program
Click4Cash Program
GAIT Techniques Taught to Students
Equine Industry Survey Results
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NARHA 2010 National Conference Scholarship Application  
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.
NARHA Selected as Breyer Donation Recipient  
NARHA has been selected as one of the BreyerFest Beneficiaries for 2010. BreyerFest is an annual three-day model horse collector's festival and horse fair held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. This year, the event is July 23-25 and will be the 60th anniversary celebration.
Every year, specific beneficiaries are selected as recipients of donations raised through BreyerFest activities, including raffles and auctions. In the last 20 years, Breyer has contributed more than $850,000 to various causes.
Your participation in BreyerFest could help raise money for NARHA. For information about BreyerFest, including registration and scheduling, visit Breyer's website.
New Documentary on Hippotherapy  
A new documentary on hippotherapy was reviewed in Social Work Today. "More Than Horseplay" by Veronica Sive and Sarah Barton explores the intersection of therapy and social science research, while offering a joyous look at the experiences of three children with cerebral palsy as they grow in self-confidence and physical capability through participation in hippotherapy.
Read a review of "More Than Horseplay" in the most recent edition of Social Work Today.  
For information on ordering this film, email Anthony Sweeney at Icarus Films or call him at 800-876-1710. Mention NARHA News and receive a 20 percent discount.
April 6, 2010
CEO Search Update  
Since the resignation of our CEO in January, NARHA's copilots have been managing our path very capably. At the request of the NARHA Board, Vice President and past Finance Committee Chair Kay Green resigned from the Board to become our interim CEO. Along with a dedicated, talented staff, it's been business as usual.
But alas, Kay calls Texas home, and she insisted that interim means interim.
So the search committee immediately went to work. After careful analysis of our in-house success rate at hiring and retaining an executive, the search committee began researching professional executive placement firms. After rounds of interviews and reference checks, the field of firms was narrowed until the committee was able to recommend and approve MJM Global Services, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado, and represented by Jim Harlan.
Jim brings over 25 years experience in finding and successfully placing top level executives in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, technology, telecommunications and non-profit associations-some of them national equine membership associations. We liked Jim for his credentials, for his familiar local pool of cultivated potential candidates, because he is an equestrian himself and because he already knew NARHA and believed in our mission.
We also liked Jim because he started even before the ink was dry.  He knows NARHA's vision for the future and is committed to finding the best candidates who qualify to succeed in this mission. Jim is now beginning his exhaustive process, loaded on the front end with research and discovery that will deliver skills, characteristics and qualities that define our new CEO. This animates the CEO job description and gives the board a better feel for the person needed to do the job. It is our goal to interview a group of qualified candidates by May.

Any questions on the search process can be directed to the search committee, care of Teresa Morris.

The NARHA CEO Search Committee
Patti Coyle              David Foley    Jody Enget
Carolyn Malcheski   Chris Sitz       Jimm Williams       Teresa Morris
Limited Time Offer for Early Conference Registration  
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Register early for the 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting and save! Participants who register at this limited time offer rate will not yet be able to select their sessions. However, they will receive significant savings on this year's excellent conference. In July, an early bird registration price will be announced as always, and sessions will also be available at that time. 
This is a way for NARHA for say thank you to the individuals who trust that NARHA will continue to provide an exceptional level of educational content.
Click here to register.
Click here for hotel reservations.
Click here to check out the conference web page and check back often to view conference updates as they're unveiled.

Sponsored by: Purina Mills, Markel Insurance Company, American Quarter Horse Association, Triple Crown Nutrition

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.
Region Conference Updates
The 2010 Region 5 Conference in Indian Springs, Alabama, will be August 6-8. The spring issue of NARHA's Strides Magazine ran an incorrect date.
The 2010 Region 9 Conference has been moved to July 9-11, 2010. The conference will remain at Pegasus Project Therapeutic Riding Center (4680 Highway 12, Yakima, WA 98908). Please look for online registration to open back up in the next few days, once all of the speaker details are confirmed.
The 2010 Region 11 Conference is June 26-28, 2010 at Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Petaluma, California. Look for more details to come soon. Click here for a listing of nearby hotels.
NARHA/EFMHA Integration Update  
The membership has begun to communicate its first-round of feedback regarding the NARHA/EFMHA integration through their attendance at world-café-style discussions at the national and region conferences. In November 2009 the first conversation was held at the national conference in Ft. Worth. Despite the 6:30 a.m. start time, the room was packed! Each of the region conferences has or will also host a similar discussion. An electronic version will be made available for members unable to be a physical part of the conversations. These initial conversations are critical to establishing the consensus of why individuals and centers are members of NARHA, what the EAAT industry means to the professionals in the field, and when/if it's determined a new name shall be identified for NARHA, what that new name should portray. Many thanks to all who have or will participate!
When the integration steering committee first laid out its plan for exploring the name change idea, the world café format was the method chosen for the first step. The conversations at this stage are not intended to be a vote as to whether or not the name should change. They are meant to gather feedback regarding the inclusivity and broad scope of our association. Much data gathering is essential before a change could ever be executed. The integration steering committee will be asking for the member's valued input ever step of the way. Stay tuned!
The NARHAbar Program: Delicious Chcocolate Bars to Raise Money for Your Center  
NARHAbarAfraid to take on one more thing but looking for a quick revenue boost? The NARHAbar Program is simple and actively engages your center's families in your success. It's easy because pride in participation is the key! Your best ambassadors are your riders, so let them help you put the fun back into fundraising.
The NARHA staff can attest to the delicious quality of this chocolate. It comes in a variety of flavors and is packaged beautifully. We love this chocolate!

Read more about the NARHAbar program.

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!
GAIT Techniques Taught to South Korean Veterinary Students  
Martha Dubensky, GAIT volunteers and South Korean students
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G.A.I.T. (Genuine Alternative In Therapy), a NARHA Premier Accredited Center, was recently featured in the story "A GAIT to the east opened" by Marilyn Rosenthal in the Pike County Courier. Several veterinary medicine students from Gyeongsang National University in South Korea had visited Martha Dubensky's center in Milford, Pennsylvania, as part of their "Animal Assisted Therapy" program at the Veterinary Medical School in Busan.
According to Rosenthal's story, the veterinary program hopes to teach others in South Korea about the practical use and importance of hippotherapy and are using the infrastructure of organizations like G.A.I.T. to help them start a similar project in Korea.
Equine Industry Survey Results Released to Public  
A total of 11,171 people who own, lease, or manage horses completed the American Horse Publications' Horse Industry Survey designed to gauge participation trends in the U.S. horse industry. This was the largest survey of hands-on owners and managers of horses in the United States ever conducted.
There were five main sections of the survey: demographics, horse ownership, horsekeeping costs, issues facing the equine industry, and horse health care.
"This survey shows some good news: Even during current times with a struggling economy, a majority of respondents expect to be able to continue participating in the equine industry at the same level that they are now; some even expect to increase their levels of participation over the next few years," said Dr. C. Jill Stowe, an assistant professor of agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky. "Moreover, many horse handlers will make sacrifices in other areas of their lives to continue their involvement in the equine industry. ... Respondents are also clear that the welfare of the horse is of the utmost importance as individuals and policy makers make decisions regarding the future of the equine industry."
Click here for results of the survey.
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