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Region Conference Updates
Nevada Joe
New Website and Database
Registration Booklet in Strides Magazine
United Airlines
NARHA Standards Manual
1st Annual All Veterans Horseshow
International Hippotherapeutic Conference
The NARHAbar Program
Workshops and Certifications
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Region Conference Updates
The 2010 Region 8 conference has extended registration through Thursday, July 22nd. The conference is July 30-August 1 in Texarkana, TX. Click here to register.
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.
Wild Mustang Nevada Joe Does It Again  
Nevada Joe, a wild mustang and the official horse ambassador for NARHA, served as the mount for all students to ride and complete shooting patterns at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) Nationals and WAHL "Dare to Dream" shootout. CSMA's cowboys and cowgirls from across the country partner with riders from Heart's Desire, a NARHA Premier Accredited Center in Senatobia, MS. The next CMSA and Wahl "Dare to Dream Shootout" will be at the World Finals In Amarillo, TX, in October.
Nevada Joe is on the road every month, serving as NARHA's ambassador, while Diane and Ernie Purcelli, NARHA Certified Registered Level Instructors, educate the public about NARHA and EAAT.
CMSA recently featured this event in the June/July 2010 issue of its magazine CMSA Rundown. Read the article here. Visit for Nevada Joe's story and schedule.
July 20, 2010
Act Now and Make Your Vote Count !  
ballot boxIt doesn't matter whether you're a red or a blue. NARHA needs the votes of its members! Please vote for the 2011 NARHA Board as well as the Membership Oversight Committee Representatives for Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
The deadline for voting is August 1.
Welcome to NARHA's New Website and Database  
By now you have no doubt seen and interacted with NARHA's new website and database at We love our new design and hope you do too! There were a few glitches when we launched, and everyone in the NARHA office is working hard to make sure you can log in, update your information, renew your membership and find all the information you need. If you encountered any obstacles, thank you for your patience. 
Here are some of the great comments we've received about the website:
"The new center and member directories are amazing."
"The new website is SLAMMING! Great job!"
"Nice work on the new website!"
"Great job on the new website. It's beautiful."
"I am enjoying exploring your new site. Keep up the awesome work!"
"I can't log in, help!"

If you are experiencing any trouble with the website or database, please visit the contact page to let us know. Thanks to all of the individuals, committee members and task force who helped build the site. Remember, it's a work in progress, and we're open to feedback!

Look for Registration Booklet in Strides Magazine  
Don't miss the insert of the registration booklet for the 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting in the summer issue of NARHA's Strides. It has 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.  
You will be delighted when you see the session line-up! It is exceptional and fresh, and there is something for every interest. NARHA and the host committee are very proud to present this event in our beautiful hometown. See you there!
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


Conference Schedule Updates  
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.
Members will be able 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.
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. Or you can purchase a hard copy or DVD by visiting the NARHA store and searching for "standards."
1st Annual All Veterans Horseshow a Success  
Horses for Heroes logoMarge Gunnar of BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in Illinois recently reported about the 1st Annual All Veterans Horseshow on June 21. "It was an astonishing success," Marge said. "All four of the VA Hospitals that participate with us were represented. Over 150 spectators watched 36 Veterans compete in 12 classes. As one might expect, the fiercely competitive nature of these veterans was very evident."
Officers and other dignitaries from various Veteran support organizations, including the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, were present. They were all extremely impressed, and several promised increased levels of support.
"As the enrollment in our Veterans program continues to grow, we expect the 2nd Annual All Veterans Horseshow to be even larger," Marge said.
If your center would like information on NARHA's Horses For Heroes program, visit or contact Mary Jo Beckman at
International Hippotherapeutic Conference  
The International Hippotherapeutic Conference "Horse Which Heals, Teaches and Motivates" will be November 13-14 in Krakow, Poland, and is for everyone interested in hippotherapy. The conference is organized under the Polish Hippotherapeutic Association. The conference abstracts for papers should be sent to before September 15.
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 NARHA Registered OSWC events added in 2010.
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