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Scholarship Winners
Vote Now!
Strategic Plan and Integration Update
Conference Session Highlight
Registration Booklet in Strides Magazine
Award Winners
Silent Auction
Region Baskets
Workshops and Certifications
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NARHA Conference Scholarship Winners  
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
Full Scholarship:
Bryan Lake
Terry Jean Yonker
Liz Dulski
Kathy Darnell
Jaimi Stokes
Stefanie Lenz
Mary Nespor
Mercedes Arambula Ibańez
Elizabeth Muzzy
Mary Ann Dabek
Trish Lemke
Liz Jackson 
Partial Scholarship:
Lynn Daniels
Molly Bernt
Melissa Jacobe
Linda Lake
Dani Koski
Britany Johnstone
Jordan Patterson
Chelsea Sustar
Marcy Schaffer-Egot
Louise Foy
Andrea Dahl
Sherry Hall
Shanna Scott
VOTE NOW for NARHA Board and Region Reps!  
It 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 31.
August 17, 2010
Strategic Plan and NARHA/EFMHA Integration Update  
In 2009 NARHA/EFMHA decided to fully integrate into one association representing all of our members and disciplines, including: riding, interactive vaulting, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, driving and equine-facilitated learning; basically, meeting our mission to promote excellence in equine-assisted activities. Now that we are committed to one association, we need one name. Professional research is underway to help us identify the best name options for the association.
World Café-style discussions were held at each region conference in 2010 to create a dialogue about the association's future name, generate input from our members and other stakeholders and stimulate innovative thinking about our name. The first World Café was held at the 2009 National Conference, and approximately 1,300 individuals to date have taken part in the discussion either in person or online.
The association is interested in getting comments and insight from each member and stakeholder. Therefore, we are presenting electronically the four questions that were posed in person. If you were unable to attend any of the conferences or have already participated but thought later of a point you'd like to make, please take part by clicking here to give us your valuable feedback. 
Thank you in advance for engaging in this important process. We will keep you posted!
One of the prime objectives of the integration steering committee was to place strong equine facilitated psychotherapy/equine facilitated learning representation on each volunteer committee and task force. The list below highlights the volunteer leaders who have taken an active role in this exciting process.
NARHA Board of Directors: Jody Enget, Joe Callan
NARHA Board Governance Committee: Miyako Kinoshita
NARHA Board Finance Committee: Suzen Dyslin
Program & Standards Oversight Committee: Kristin Mason
Accreditation Committee: (TBD, candidate identified)
Certification Oversight Committee: Ann Alden
Equine Specialist Certification Subcommittee: Memree Stuart
NARHA Horses for Heroes: Mandy Hogan
Education Oversight Committee: Boo Martin (representing Equine Welfare)
Health & Education Advisory: Susan Rugari
Education Business Model Task Force: Leif Hallberg
Education Business Publications Task Force: Susanne Haseman
Equine Welfare Task Force: Kristin Mason
Faculty Development Work Group: (TBD, candidate identified)
Membership Oversight Committee: Leif Hallberg
Center Advancement Committee: (TBD, candidate identified)
Institutional Membership Task Force: Martha McNeil
Private Practitioner Task Force: Beth Duff (EFMHA transferred task force)
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to ensure the integration progresses appropriately!
NARHA National Conference Session Highlight  
2010 conference logoThis year's workshops and sessions at the 2010 NARHA National Conference (presented by Purina) promise to be outstanding. Here is this edition's session highlight:
Designing Themed Obstacle Courses, Bonnie L. DePue
In this session in the Practical Application track, you will learn how to create an extraordinary themed course for fun or competition with minimal work and no design experience. Find out how to get horses ready, present each element within lessons and make the transition to the show grounds.
For all the scheduled sessions, visit the NARHA website.
The Registration Booklet Is Online  
If you happened to miss the 2010 NARHA National Conference & Annual Meeting Registration Booklet in the summer issue of NARHA STRIDES, you can still see the registration book online. This interactive booklet allows you to flip through the pages to see what is offered. It even allows you to zoom in on specific sessions or click through to websites mentioned in the booklet. See you in November! 
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
2010 NARHA National and Regional Award Winners  
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. The outstanding caliber of the entries made judging a difficult task. Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to nominate a human or an equine. National winners for Horse of the Year, Instructor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the national conference awards banquet.
2010 NARHA National Winners
Adult Equestrian of the Year:
Reino Taveras, Region 1, Horse Power, Inc., Temple, NH
Independent Adult Equestrian of the Year: Sean McGinnis, Region 3, Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Clifton, VA 
Horses for Heroes of the Year: Gregory Rodriguez, Region 7, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, Harvard, IL
Youth Equestrian of the Year: Sam Bemis, Region 11, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Petaluma, CA 
Child Equestrian of the Year: Evan Dustan, Region 6, Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc., Racine, WI

2010 NARHA Regional Winners
Equine, Instructor and Volunteer of the Year
Region 1
Equine of the Year:

Duncan, Flying High Farm, Lunenburg, MA
Volunteer of the Year: Colleen Dichard, UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Goffstown, NH 
Instructor of the Year: Susan Lutz, Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., Boxford, MA  

Region 2
Equine of the Year: Bandito's Toy Boy "Toy," Heritage Christian Stables, Webster, NY
Volunteer of the Year: Michelle Baranowske, STAR Equestrian Center, Hagerstown, MD
Instructor of the Year: Nicole Whilden, Heritage Christian Stables, Webster, NY 

Region 3
Equine of the Year:
Hawk, Heroes on Horseback, Bluffton, SC
Volunteer of the Year: Carol Ten Broek, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Inc., Tryon, NC
Instructor of the Year: Tracy Vyrnes, Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, Inc., Waxhaw, NC
Region 4
Equine of the Year:
Jacquie O, Achievement Centers for Children--Camp Cheerful, Strongsville, OH
Volunteer of the Year: Beverly Thompson, The Equestrian Therapy Program, Cridersville, OH 
Instructor of the Year: Amy Newman, Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta, MI
Region 5
Equine of the Year:
Magic, Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Bradenton, FL 
Volunteer of the Year: Twilla Stringer, Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians, Pike Road, AL
Instructor of the Year: N/A
Region 6
Equine of the Year:
Amlet, Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc., Racine, WI
Volunteer of the Year: Robert (Bob) Nielsen, We Can Ride, Inc., Minnetonka, MN
Instructor of the Year: Katherine Kneesel, Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc., Racine, WI
Region 7
Equine of the Year:
Taco, Walk On, Barrington, IL
Volunteer of the Year: Nate Harms, Therapeutic Horsemanship, Wentzville, MO 
Instructor of the Year: Roxanne C. Elliott-Crandall, Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program, Richmond, IL
Region 8
Equine of the Year:
Mr. Big, Riding Unlimited, Ponder, TX 
Volunteer of the Year: Ken Seggerman, EQUEST, Wylie, TX
Instructor of the Year: Jen Donahue, EQUEST, Wylie, TX

Region 9
Equine of the Year:
Striker, Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship, Pullman, WA
Volunteer of the Year: Phil Simmons, Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center, Bellingham, WA
Instructor of the Year: N/A
Region 10
Equine of the Year:
Canyon, Horse Warriors/CIREQUUS, Jackson, WY
Volunteer of the Year: Kari Dean, Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Rio Rancho, NM
Instructor of the Year: Michelle Weed, Horses Help, Phoenix, AZ
Region 11
Equine of the Year:
Katydid, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Petaluma, CA
Volunteer of the Year: Nance Limbacher, Over The Reinbow, Inc., Martinez, CA
Instructor of the Year: Sandy Webster, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Petaluma, CA
Have Fun and Raise Money for NARHA  
image of auction gavelNARHA's silent auction is always a fun-filled and high demand event of the NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting and this year's promises to be no different. Proceeds from the silent auction help NARHA and the hosting region support safety and professionalism in the community of special people and equines who offer equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT).
NARHA is looking for those wonderful people and businesses whose generosity will make this year's silent auction a resounding success. NARHA staff and volunteers are seeking premium silent auction items. Contributions will receive attention from all of the visitors in attendance--potentially more than 800 people. No contribution is too big or to small, so if you have jewelry you don't wear or sports equipment you don't use or you're looking for a way to promote your business, donate to the silent auction.
Download the Silent Auction form here or on NARHA's website. Use this form to donate to the silent auction or to donate items for the registration bags. Or give a form to someone you know who would love to donate to the cause of improving lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
For information, questions or to make a donation, email Diane Eshelman, Sandy McMahon or Cher Smith.
Donate a Region Basket to NARHA's Silent Auction  
Photo of an empty NARHA basketThe excitement is growing for the 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting sponsored by Purina. 
Join the fun of donating a "Region Basket." Ask your region's members to add something in their suitcase that will make up a unique theme and offer fun in regional competition. Can't bring a basket from your region? We will have one waiting for you. You bring or send the fillers!
All donations will be tallied and logged in, allowing NARHA to track the region making the most donations. NARHA will recognize the most generous region with a special award for its members.
Gather your best unique donations and send them now! Click here and download and complete the donation form so that the silent auction committee will have the information they need and you will get the credit you deserve!
Art work, ski tickets, gift certificates, equipment, clothing, bed and breakfast weekends, no donation is too unique! The 2010 Silent Auction committee needs your help to make this the biggest and most profitable fundraising auction ever.
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
April 26-29, 2011
WindRidge Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Longview, TX

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
Windham, ME
December 15-19
Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida
Boca Raton, FL
Mentor Training Workshop
October 9-10
Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program
Richmond, IL
November 1-2
NARHA National Pre-Conference event
Denver, CO

Evaluator Training

November 2-3
NARHA National Pre-Conference event
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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