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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).
The 2010 Region 11 Conference
June 26-28, 2010 at Giant Steps Therapeutic
Equestrian Center in Petaluma, California.
for a listing of nearby hotels.
Continuing Education Credit Through CHA Conference
Earn continuing education credit hours October 21-24 at the
CHA International Conference at The Oaks Equestrian Center
in Lake City, FL. Visit the
Things You Should Know About Your New Database
We're excited about the launch of our new website
and database, scheduled for July. There are so many
cool features that we wanted to take some time in
the upcoming weeks just to tell you about them. Did
you know that with our new database you will be able
to manage your own contact information? And, if you
are the primary contact or ED of a center, you'll be
able to manage your center's contact information.
Whether it's updating an email address or changing
your phone number, you'll be able to do it yourself.
Now that's exciting!
Don't forget to set up your unique email address
and send it to
Instructor Compliance FAQs
Just a reminder that the 10 Most Frequently Asked
Questions About Instructor Compliance is on the
website on the compliance page.
Read them here
Equine Welfare Tips
Horse handlers of every aspect have a responsibility
to understand the horse and the horse's language.
Often times when a horse presents a specific
behavior, the human either misses the subtle signs
that proceeded the behavior, don't understand the
behavior and therefore punish it, or just dismiss it
and keep doing what they are doing. These situations
often lead the horse and us into unsafe situations
that get worse over time.
Heidi Potter, a member of the NARHA Equine Welfare
Task Force, shares her expertise in this short
article on equine welfare.
Read the full article
Urgent Credit Card Compliance Standards
After July 1, no entity will be allowed
to accept cards as a form of payment unless it is using
equipment and/or software that has been certified as
compliant by the card industry and has adopted the minimum
required security practices. If your center takes credit
cards in any form (online, card swipe, phone settlement),
you will need to know about and comply with the PCI DSS
(Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards).
Complying with these standards is urgent, as failure to
comply could mean fines as well as the loss of your
ability to process credit card transactions.
PCI DSS is the set of minimum standard practices about to
be mandated for all entities that accept credit or debit
cards as a form of payment. For information on PCI and
contact your merchant service provider.
Early Registration Deadline Approaching
is only $450 if you register before the end of June. After that,
the regular early bird rate will apply. This year's
education session tracks are filled with some of the most
sophisticated sessions ever! Tracks will be: Research, Practical
Applications, Integrative Programming and two Administrative
tracks. All of this in beautiful Denver. Click
here to register.
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, Adequan,
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), EquuSpeak LLC
NARHA 2010 National Conference Scholarship Application
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
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 Volunteer Creates Video for Scholarship
Amy Reichenbach, a volunteer at the UNH Therapeutic Riding
Program, as well as The Bridge Center, a NARHA accredited
therapeutic horseback riding center in Massachusetts, was
recently selected from 1,700 applicants as a top ten
semi-finalist for Ford's Heart Behind the Oval Scholarship.
As a semi-finalist, she was required to create a short video
about her service work as a therapeutic riding program
Unfortunately, Amy didn't win the scholarship, but she was
glad for the experience. "Hopefully my video helped to
spread the word about the many benefits of therapeutic
riding," Amy said. "There is nothing that could ever replace
the incredible experiences I've had -- and continue to have
-- as a volunteer."
NARHA Driving Certification Subcommittee Seeks Members
The NARHA Driving Certification Subcommittee seeks enthusiastic
new members to join the committee. Applicants should have a strong
interest in therapeutic riding and driving and a desire to
continue the development and improve the NARHA Driving Instructor
Interested individuals must meet the following criteria:
- NARHA Certified Driving Instructor Level 1 or higher in good
standing, although we may consider NARHA Advanced Instructors with
a very strong background in driving
- Attend scheduled conference calls and communicate with the
committee chair and members in a timely manner
- Responsibilities and activities vary but generally require 10
hours a month. Accessibility to email is a must
- Attend the NARHA National Conference and participate in the
committee forums and Evaluator Update
- Accept the responsibility of tasks and provide valuable
information to the committee in a timely fashion
- NARHA lead or associate faculty is a plus!
The two-year term would begin January 1, 2011.
To express your interest in this exciting opportunity to serve
NARHA and the field of equine-assisted activities, please submit a
letter/email of interest and a resume to NARHA, Attn: Tara
McChesney or email
submission deadline is September 15, 2010
Please review the NARHA Driving
Certification Subcommittee Purpose and Description below
To help NARHA develop and maintain standards in driving for
individuals with special needs at NARHA Centers; to promote
instructor certification opportunities in the area of driving; to
generate interest in driving for individuals with special needs
and develop and share educational information regarding driving
for the disabled.
Responsibilities of the Subcommittee
- Work closely with the NARHA staff
- Periodically review and update materials for the Workshop and
- Offer periodic opportunities to train Evaluators for On-Site
Workshops and Certifications
- Develop and periodically review training materials for
Evaluators to carry out the work of the subcommittee
- Ensure that the Certification Oversight Committee is kept
informed of subcommittee decisions
- Provide material to Oversight Committee for the Instructor
Voice three times a year
- Consider and respond to appeals of examination results
- Consider and respond to requests for exceptions and
accommodations to the On-Site certification testing requirements
Subcommittee Membership Requirements
- Must have access to e-mail
- Must work effectively as part of a team and adhere to
- Must maintain individual NARHA membership and meet
- Ability to travel to specified meetings at NARHA's expense
- Ability to attend the annual conference at own expense
Removal from Subcommittee
Members of the Driving Instructor Certification Subcommittee can
be removed from the committee for failure to adhere to the NARHA
Evaluator/Instructor Code of Ethics in addition to inability to
meet the above requirements.
Join NARHA's Click4Cash
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
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
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
and reference CLICK4CASH in the subject line.
The NARHAbar Program: Delicious Chocolate Bars to Raise Money for
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.
NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
Forward Stride in Beaverton, OR
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville,
NARHA Driving Workshops and Certifications
Workshop is held the first 3 days, certification held
the last 2 days
There are no workshops or certifications scheduled for 2010
at this time. Watch for updates for the 2011 schedule.
NARHA Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days and certification is held
on the last day
Riding to the Top in Windham, Maine
Mentor Training Workshop
Runnin WJ Ranch in Texaricana, TX
July 31-Aug 1
Therapeutic Riding at Centenary in Hackettstown, NJ
With Region 5 conference by Special Equestrians, Inc., in
Indian Springs, AL
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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