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Region Conference Updates
Disaster Aid
Guess the Luncheon Speaker
Early Registration for Conference
NARHA Scholarship Application
New Book
Impending Tax Changes
Purina Horse Owner Workshops
Monty Roberts Back in US
The NARHAbar Program
Workshops and Certifications
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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.
Congratulations to CIRT Executive Director  
We at NARHA congratulate Judith Kruse, executive director of Central Illinois Riding Therapy, who was recently featured by Hediger & Meyers in The Marketeer, Central Illinois' business-to-business journal. Judith began as a volunteer with CIRT and has held numerous state and national positions with NARHA. Congratulations, Judith, on this recognition!
May 4, 2010
Disaster Relief for NARHA Centers  
NARHA has a disaster relief fund to assist NARHA centers with an immediate need in funding expenses not normally covered by operating insurance after natural or man-made catastrophic disasters. This includes disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, fires and drought.
You can find the Disaster Relief Fund guidelines and application on NARHA's homepage.
Join NARHA's Click4Cash  
click4cash logoWe are having a lot of fun and generating public interest for the EAAT industry through NARHA's partnership with Equestrian Collections. Nearly 100 NARHA centers are enjoying receiving their proceeds checks in the mail for the purchases their communities have made through their websites. To keep the fun rolling, Equestrian Collections will give one lucky center a $100 gift certificate for joining the NO COST program. They will announce the recipient in the June 2nd edition of NARHA News. Click here and follow the steps to join. 
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. 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.
Contest: Guess the National Conference Luncheon Speaker!  
silhouette of keynote speakerThank you to all who have participated so far in our "Guess the National Conference Luncheon Speaker" contest. We've had some great guesses, but no one has guessed correctly yet. We will be giving you hints in NARHA News over the next several weeks or until someone guesses correctly. The first person to correctly guess who our luncheon speaker is will win a $25 gift certificate to Equestrian Collections. Email your guesses to Cher Smith.
This issue's hint: While he is best known for movies and television (and one character in particular), he was also a boxer and boxed with the Coast Guard's team, posting 201 wins out of 217 matches.
Deadlines Approaching for NARHA National Conference  
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  • Nominations for NARHA's 2010 Awards Program are due by May 14, 2010. Click here to download the 2010 criteria and nomination forms.
Please send all nominations to NARHA, Attn: Tara McChesney, PO Box 33150, Denver, CO 80233 or email them to
  • There is still time to register early for the 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting and save! Click here to register
Click here to check out the conference web page and check back often to view conference updates as they're unveiled.

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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.
Attention NARHA Instructors: Continuing Education Credit Through CHA Conference  
Get continuing education credit hours October 21-24 at the CHA International Conference at The Oaks Equestrian Center in Lake City, FL. Visit the CHA website to view the current flyer, tentative schedule of speakers and sessions and registration form. Cost is only $350 for the entire conference, not including lodging. This is the CHA member rate but is extended to all NARHA members as well.
EAAT Community Loses a Friend  
The American Hippotherapy Association asked NARHA to inform its members of the death of Barbara Heine, physical therapist, on March 30, 2010. Barb had been diagnosed with mantle cell cancer in August 2009 and has been battling the disease since that time.
Heine also served as education chair for AHA and for three years as AHA's President. She developed a manual for Australian therapists on hippotherapy and is credited with training, establishing and credentialing Australian hippotherapy programs.
Heine was one of the founding members of the American Hippotherapy Certification Board. In honor of her superior and vast equine skills, AHA had established the Barb Heine Horse of the Year award.
For the hippotherapy and the EAAT community, the loss of Barb will be a void impossible to fill. Our condolences to her family.
New Book Offers Parents a Guide to Riding Lessons  
book coverIn October, Storey Publishing released its latest equine volume, A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive with a Horse Loving Kid by Elise Gaston Chand. The book starts with the basics, giving parents a solid foundation of horse knowledge. Of particular interest to NARHA members is chapter four on finding a therapeutic riding center for children with special needs and the section about NARHA. An expansive list of resources concludes the guide, giving parents a realistic way to nurture their children's dreams of horseback riding.
A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons retails for $14.95 and can be ordered from most major bookstores or ordered online.
Impending Tax Changes Will Affect Nonprofits  
On May 16, 2010, the IRS will begin revoking tax-exempt status from nonprofits that failed to file three consecutive annual returns (Form 990-N, 990-EZ, 990, or 990-PF).
GuideStar, the leading source of nonprofit information and the source of Charity Check, which verifies charitable status, estimates that 350,000 to 400,000 nonprofits are in danger of losing their exemptions. A large number of these organizations are smaller nonprofits that previously were not required to file an annual return because their gross revenues were $25,000 or less. These nonprofits now must file Form 990-N, which the IRS created in response to the Pension Protection Act.
Purina Horse Owner Workshops Near You  
Is there an upcoming Purina Mills Horse Owner Workshop or Horse Health Fair in your area? What hot new Purina Mills product is being featured at your dealer? Is there a coupon? Don't miss out. Visit the Purina website and click on the map for updates on events and promotions in your area. Click here for a coupon worth $10 off the workshop for you and a friend.
Monty Roberts Back in US for Several Teachable Moments  
Monty Roberts, who revolutionized the way many horses are trained today worldwide, has announced several upcoming clinics in California. On May 24-26, Roberts will teach a three-day clinic, "Riding with Respect," striving for performance from your horse through non-violent training. August 16-20, Roberts will teach and demonstrate such training challenges as bucking, bolting and biting.
Email or call (805) 688-3483 or visit for information or to register.
The NARHAbar Program: Delicious Chocolate Bars to Raise Money for Your Center  
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!
Afraid 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.
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
May 7-9
Sagebrush Equine Training Center in Hailey, Idaho
NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
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 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
Please 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.
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