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Your New Database
Region Conference Updates
CE Credit for NARHA Instructors
NARHA Driving Certification Subcommittee
Kay Green Named NARHA CEO
CAC Survey
Express Your World View
CAC Seeks Additional Members
Early Registration for Conference
Scholarship Application
Vote for Correspondent
NSBA Invitation
RWJF Call for Applications
The NARHAbar Program
Workshops and Certifications
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Things You Should Know About Your New Database  
We're excited about the launch of our new website and database, scheduled for July. Are you ready to hear about the next feature? With our new database you will be able to easily renew your membership online. The process is automated, so when you renew, you don't have to wait for it to be processed. You are immediately renewed. Now that's exciting!
Don't forget to set up your unique email address and send it to
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 is June 26-28, 2010 at Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Petaluma, California. Click here 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 CHA website for information.
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 Certification process.  

Click here for a full description of the Driving Certification Subcommittee purpose and responsibilities.
June 15, 2010
NARHA Names Kay Green as Next CEO  
Kay Green
With great pleasure, NARHA is pleased to announce Kay Green as its next Chief Executive Officer. Kay has served as NARHA's interim CEO since January 2010.
Kay comes to NARHA with over 30 years in fund raising development and strategic planning with colleges, universities, hospitals, medical and trade associations and religious groups. In 1989, she became a fund raising consultant, opening a regional office in Dallas for a national fund raising firm. She has five years experience in the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry as an executive director of Equest, a NARHA Premiere Accredited Center in Wylie, Texas. She served for six years on the NARHA Board of Trustees.
Kay's experience, coupled with her immense passion and enthusiasm, will serve NARHA well. Kay, who currently lives in Dallas, will be moving to Denver and will start her full-time, permanent position on July 1.
Center Advancement Committee Survey  
checkmarkThe NARHA Center Advancement Committee (CAC) is seeking your feedback. In an effort to better serve you, the members of NARHA, we are asking you to complete this short survey, which will help us better understand how NARHA can support you. Whether that is through new resources, more training or mentoring, we are working to help you have the best center you desire. Your feedback is vital to help us be a committee that provides the best resources possible for NARHA members.
To participate in the survey, please go to our "Members Only" section and click on the survey link.
Calling All Members With a World View!  
Since 1969, NARHA has provided resources for equine assisted activities and therapies programs, developing and promoting the voluntary standards that guide the industry. Each year dozens of new centers initiate programs, and more than 42,000 individuals with and without special needs are served annually. With more and more requests and questions about NARHA's standards and credentialing programs coming from countries outside the United States, the NARHA Board of Trustees has asked that a task force be formed to develop a plan for addressing international growth.
The purpose of the international task force is to develop a strategy and identify specific tactics and resources required to support the tactics for sustainable and financially sound growth and development in countries outside the United States. The task force will consider opportunities to build strategic alliances in the industry, to enhance membership value and benefits and to increase communications and awareness. 
The association is recruiting members to serve on the international task force. If you are interested in NARHA's future internationally, have experience in some capacity beyond U.S. borders and are not currently serving on an existing NARHA committee or task force, click here to indicate your interest in participating on this task force. Send the application and all materials to Sandy Artichoker at All applications will be considered.
Center Advancement Committee Seeks Additional Members  
The Center Advancement Committee's mission is to strengthen and support the administrative function of NARHA operating centers that provide equine assisted activities to ensure sustainability and program excellence. The potential committee member should have a minimum of five years in non-profit leadership, currently serve in a director level position at his or her NARHA center and not currently serve on another NARHA committee or task force. The committee has diverse representation from small to large centers both in terms of budget and participants. Members also represent various parts of the country.
It is the goal of the CAC to provide a variety of educational and mentoring tools to centers in order to promote viability of organizations in the NARHA community. Current tasks include:  
  • Reviewing and coordinating presenters for the Admin Tracks at the annual NARHA National Conference
  • Writing or soliciting articles for the quarterly NARHA Admin Voice
  • Actively presenting and participating in planning of regional conferences.  
  • Creating/compiling a supplemental CD to include with the NARHA publication "How to Start A Center," which provides additional information/templates relating to administrative functions/best practices. 
  • Exploring an "administrative mentoring program" for NARHA centers.  
Click here for further information or to apply. Send the application and all materials to Sandy Artichoker at All applications will be considered.
Special Limited Registration Deadline Approaching  
2010 conference logoThe special limited registration fee of $450 is winding down. Remember to register for this special rate by the end of June. Regular early registration begins July 5.

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

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, Adequan, Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), EquuSpeak LLC, American Paint Horse Association (APHA), Farnam, Platinum Performance
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.
Vote for Your Favorite "Live From Lexington" Correspondent  
Purina logoOur friends at Purina have been hosting an online contest to pick two "blog-o-spondents" to report live from the FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington. They have picked the finalists, and now you can vote for your favorite! You may vote once a day through July 12. Why should you vote? Because for every five votes that Purina receives, they will donate $1 to NARHA. For more information or to vote daily, visit

Purina is a Platinum level sponsor of the 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting in Denver November 3-6.
NSBA Invites Riders With Disabilities to World Championship Show  
The National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) would like to invite riders with disabilities to participate in the 2010 NSBA World Championship Show, August 18-22 in Tulsa, OK. The show will offer the following classes: 
Hunter Under Saddle - Walk Trot - Independent Rider
Western Pleasure - Walk Trot - Supported Rider
Western Pleasure - Walk Trot - Independent Rider
Trail - Walk Trot - Supported Rider
Trail - Walk Trot - Independent Rider 
Last year, three independent and two supported riders won World Championship titles. Email Rebecca Volkert at or call her at 847-623-6722 for information. Visit the NSBA website or download a flyer for information on the show.
RWJF Health & Society Scholars Releases Call for Applications  
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars is calling for applications to its "Building Human Capital" program. The application deadline is October 1, 2010. RWJF invests in preparing health professionals for leadership; enhancing the skills and careers of frontline health workers; training scholars to conduct health policy research; and encouraging youth to pursue health careers. The program provides two years of support to postdoctoral scholars at all stages of their careers.
Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to:
  1. investigate the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health; and
  2. develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge, interventions and policies that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.
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.
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.
NARHA Advanced prep courses
July 17-19
Forward Stride in Beaverton, OR
NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
August 30-31
Forward Stride in Beaverton, OR
September 5-6
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Woodinville, WA
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
August 26-29
Riding to the Top in Windham, ME
Mentor Training Workshop
July 29-30
Runnin WJ Ranch in Texaricana, TX
July 31-Aug 1
Therapeutic Riding at Centenary in Hackettstown, NJ
August 6-8
With Region 5 conference by Special Equestrians, Inc., in Indian Springs, AL
Evaluator Training
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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