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Your New Database
Region Conference Updates
Tribute to Marjorie Kittredge
Pat & Jackie Mullins Scholarship Fund
Registration Booklet in Strides Magazine
United Airlines
NARHA Standards Manual
Sharon Mason, an "All Star" Among Us
Positive Industry Publicity
Angel Foundation Grants
Vote for Correspondent
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. 

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 DonorPro, 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."
July 7, 2010
Tribute to Marjorie Vietor Kittredge  
Marj KittredgeNARHA 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  
Pat & Jackie MullinsJackie 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
Mullins wedding photo
Look for Registration Booklet in Strides Magazine  
2010 conference logoIf 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 you there!
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:
Mentor Training:
Monday, November 1, noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 2, 7 a.m. to noon
Evaluator Training:
Tuesday, November 2, 12:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 3, 7 to 11 a.m.
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


United Airlines the Official Airline of NARHA's Conference  
United Airlines logoFor help with arranging travel to Denver, consider calling or emailing 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.

Use Tour Code 585WX when getting your quote. This is the special NARHA discount code.

To make reservations by phone, call (800) 521-4041. 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 Members Only page.
PEOPLE Magazine Names NARHA Instructor as One of Its "All Stars" Among Us  
PEOPLE Magazine 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 and click 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. Congratulations, Sharon!
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 NARHA's volunteers!
Angel Foundation Places Three Horses  
Angel Foundation logoThe 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! 
For more information, please contact
Thanks to You, WE DID IT!  
Purina logoBecause 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! 
Please continue to vote and to support our great friends at Purina. 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.
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 Stephanie 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 Level Certifications
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 -- 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.
Evaluator Training
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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