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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.
Did you know that as a committee member, you will
be able to connect easily with other committee
members, post notes and read minutes directly
online? 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).
NARHA Selects DonorPro as Its Fundraising Software
NARHA is pleased to announce that it has selected
, TowerCare Technologies web-based
nonprofit constituent management and fundraising
software, to manage its constituents and all of the
organizations that interact with NARHA. NARHA's use
of DonorPro builds on the relationship that was
established in August 2009 when TowerCare and NARHA
entered an agreement to offer purchasing discounts
of DonorPro to NARHA member centers. Several NARHA
member centers already use DonorPro.
"I heard from many of our member centers how using
DonorPro truly made an impact on their organizations,
from helping to raise more money to increasing
productivity," said NARHA CEO Kay Green.
"We have been working closely with NARHA members who
are seeing great results with DonorPro, including
increased funding from individual donors and corporate
sponsors," said TowerCare Technologies President Donna
Myers. "And now, we look forward to working closely
with the staff at NARHA to help them support the
missions of their member centers."
Tribute to Marjorie Vietor Kittredge
is sad to announce that Marjorie Vietor Kittredge,
86, of Boxford, Massachusetts, died peacefully on
June 23rd at her daughter's home in Vermont.
Believing in the power of the horse to change
lives, in 1964, with three horses and five
emotionally challenged/learning disabled students,
Marj partnered with The Gifford School for
Emotionally Disturbed Children to begin what is now
Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc.
Marj increased the number of classes
and expanded not only her own program but
therapeutic riding generally, being one of the
founders of NARHA.
Services were held at the Cochran Chapel in Andover
Massachusetts at 1 p.m. on July 6, 2010.
Scholarship Fund Renamed for Wife of Past NARHA President
Mullins, wife of past NARHA president Pat Mullins, passed away
June 28 in Norfolk, VA. She is survived by four children, six
grandchildren and husband Pat.
Memorial services will be July 8 at 7 p.m. in Annandale United
Methodist Church, Annandale, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be
made to the Pat and Jackie Mullins Scholarship Fund
administered by NARHA. The fund provides educational
scholarships for NARHA instructors who provide services for
mentally, cognitively and physically challenged children,
youth and adults as well as injured veterans. Checks should be
made payable to:
Attn: The Pat and Jackie Mullins Scholarship Fund
PO Box 33150
Denver, CO 80233
Look for Registration Booklet in Strides Magazine
you have not already, NARHA members will receive their copies of
the summer NARHA's STRIDES magazine in the mail very
shortly. You won't want to miss the insert of the
registration booklet for the 2010 NARHA National Conference and
Annual Meeting. It will have detailed information about
the conference, including session descriptions, a tentative
schedule and, of course, a hard copy registration form for those
who do not wish to register online.
We think you will be delighted when you see the session
line-up. It is exceptional and fresh, and there is soemthing
for every interest. NARHA and the host committee are very
proud to present this event in our beautiful hometown. See
We noticed a pricing inconsistency in the registration
booklet for the mentor training, which could cause some
confusion. In light of this, we are honoring the lower
registration fee of $175 for members and $225 for
non-members for mentor training registration.
We are pleased to share a schedule update that will allow
members to complete two requirements needed to become a
NARHA Evaluator at this year's national conference. You will
now be able to attend both the Mentor Training and the
Evaluator Training in one location, so please note the
following schedule change:
Monday, November 1, noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 2, 7 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, November 2, 12:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 3, 7 to 11 a.m.
Click here to register
to check out the conference web page and
check back often to view conference updates as they're
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,
United Airlines the Official Airline of NARHA's Conference
help with arranging travel to Denver, consider calling
United Airlines to get a quote for your airfare.
Denver is a United hub, and United Airlines is the
official airline of NARHA's 2010 National Conference and
Annual Meeting. United will give NARHA members a 5%
reduction in airfare. NARHA members will earn Mileage
Plus miles and will be entitled to special discounts (up
to 20%) on car rentals with Hertz when their reservation
is made in conjunction with their airline tickets.
Code 585WX when getting your quote. This is the special
NARHA discount code.
reservations by phone, call
Be sure to mention that you would like the NARHA
discount fare when getting your quote.
NARHA Standards for Certification and Accreditation
The 2010 edition of the NARHA Standards for Certification
and Accreditation is up on the NARHA website. You can access
it through the
PEOPLE Magazine Names NARHA Instructor as One of
Its "All Stars" Among Us
and Major League Baseball®
recently partnered to name 30 individuals (one from
each MLB team's city) as "All Stars" Among Us. Sharon
Mason, the founder and head instructor of the NARHA
center Equine Dreams, was one of three nominated by
the Chicago Cubs and was voted in by her "fans." You
can go to
on Chicago Cubs to see how she has made an incredible
contribution to her community. Then watch when all the
"All Stars" are honored by PEOPLE Magazine
and Major League Baseball® at the 2010 MLB® All- Star
Game on July 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time live on FOX.
NARHA Member Receives Research Publicity!
Check out some more positive publicity! Texas
Christian University has spotlighted Susan Rugari in
an article about research she is conducting on how
therapists are including equines in their work.
Click here to read the article
and watch the
video. Susan serves on NARHA's Health & Education
committee. She has been largely responsible for
organizing the research track for NARHA's 2010
National Conference and Annual Meeting.
Congratulations, Susan -- and thanks for being one of
Angel Foundation Places Three Horses
American Gypsy Horse Angel Foundation works in partnership
with the American Gypsy Horse Breed Association to place Gypsy
horses into EAAT centers. The Angel Foundation received 41
applications for the Spring 2010 Gypsy Angel awards. Centers
of all sizes from all over the U.S., offering a wide range of
equine programs to their clients, applied.
Because they received so many highly qualified applicants,
the Angel Foundation made the decision to place THREE
Gypsy Angels this Spring!
The foundation, which only awards horses to NARHA
centers, awarded Gypsy Angels to J.F. Shea Therapeutic
Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA; Hearts & Horses
Therapeutic Riding Center in Loveland, CO; and National
Ability Center in Park City, UT.
Please join us in congratulating these three centers, and
best wishes to your new team members!
Thanks to You, WE DID IT!
of you, Purina is donating an additional $10,000 to NARHA!
Our wonderful friends at Purina are hosting an online contest to
pick two "blog-o-spondents" to report live from the FEI World
Equestrian Games in Lexington. Voters could vote for their
favorite -- and for every five votes that Purina received, they
would donate $1 to NARHA, up to $10,000. And thanks to you, that
goal was reached long before the deadline!
Purina is a Platinum level sponsor of the 2010 NARHA National
Conference and Annual Meeting in Denver November 3-6.
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
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
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, ME
Mentor Training Workshop
July 29-30 -- PENDING
Runnin WJ Ranch in Texaricana, TX
July 31-Aug 1
Therapeutic Riding at Centenary in Hackettstown, NJ
November 1-2 -- DATE CHANGE
NARHA National Pre-Conference event in Denver, CO
Please note that the Mentor Training
Workshops, July 29-30 at the Runnin' WJ Ranch in Texarcana,
TX, and August 5-6 at Special Equestrians in Indian Springs,
AL, have been canceled.
November 2-3 -- DATE CHANGE
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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