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Need a Roommate at Conference?
Need a Roommate at Conference?
Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended
Meal Tickets and Name Badges
Conference Session Highlight
NARHA's Disaster Relief Fund
IT Letter Procedure
Recruiting New Subcommittee Members
Need a Roommate at Conference?
Workshops and Certifications
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Need a Roommate for the Conference?  
There has recently been a large addition to the rooming list for the conference. If you are interested in sharing a room with someone, please check the roommate list
Continuous Chest Compression CPR  
All of us hope that we will never have to use it, but knowing the new guidelines for CPR can save someone's life. Watch this video to get tips on the procedure and to see it demonstrated. 
October 5, 2010
Register Now for the 2010 NARHA National Conference  
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The early bird registration for the 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by Purina, has closed, but that doesn't mean you can't still register! From October 1-18, members will be able to register for $600 and non-members for $660. After October 18, you will only be able to register at the door. Onsite registration will then be $675.

Workshops and sessions are filling up fast. Register now so you can get in on the sessions you most want to hear.


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, Equine Network, Fortis Fine All Company, AAEP Foundation, WESA, Craig Hospital, Show-me Animal Products


Meal Tickets and Name Badge Required  
Remember: This year, you will need to show your name badge to get into sessions and to get on the bus for the horse expo. You will also need meal tickets for every meal. These will be in your registration packet when you register at the hotel. This policy will ensure that everyone who registered gets the full benefit of the conference. So please don't forget them!
NARHA National Conference Session Highlight  
This year's workshops and sessions at the 2010 NARHA National Conference, presented by Purina, promise to be outstanding.
child looking at a horseSusan Rugari, an assistant professor at Texas Christian University's Harris College of Nursing & Health Science, presents "The Process of EFP and EAP: An Ethnographic Pilot Study." By describing and recording patterns, processes, behaviors and interactions among the therapist, horse, horse professional and client team during EFP/EAP sessions, this workshop looks at how to research the intervention's perceived emotional, communicative and relational benefits.

Elizabeth Adams, the program director at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., a NARHA Premier Center in Brewster, NY, will give practical knowledge and tools to participants on "Starting an Interactive Valuting Program." Topics include how to select participants, select and train horses, and promote the idea to staff, board members and parents.  

Come join us in November! For all the scheduled sessions, see the online registration book.
NARHA's Disaster Relief Fund  

With all of the flooding and fires going on around the country right now, we wanted to remind you that NARHA has a disaster relief fund to assist NARHA centers with an immediate need in funding expenses not normally covered by operating insurance after natural or man-made catastrophic disasters. This includes disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, fires and drought.  

Find the Disaster Relief Fund guidelines and application here.

An Important Message to All Riding Certification Candidates and Host Sites  
Congratulations to NARHA's riding certification candidates on your accomplishments thus far. NARHA certification takes work and determination to achieve and we commend you for making this goal a priority and working hard to achieve it.
NARHA is implementing a new procedure, effective November 1, 2010, that addresses the situations in which a candidate planning to attend a certification does not have an Instructor in Training (IT) letter in hand at the time of the certification.
NARHA has long had a procedure that required all certification candidates to have an IT letter and produce it for the center hosting the certification test 32 days in advance of the certification they plan to attend. The NARHA office does not rush an IT letter to any candidate nor can we email an IT letter directly to a center. Should a candidate sign up for a certification without the requirements in hand, he/she risks not completing the requirements, thus being unable to test and the possibility of losing the certification fee. Please remember to confirm the host site's refund policy in case you do not receive your IT letter in time for the certification.
If any candidate chooses to test without an IT letter the candidates and host sites should be aware of the following processing fees that will be assessed effective November 1, 2010, by the NARHA office prior to his/her certification being issued.
1. If the candidate does not have an IT letter by the time the candidate presents him/herself for certification testing and the evaluator allows the candidate to test because they have reviewed the candidate's paperwork and feel the candidate has completed the required materials and can move forward, the candidate will be invoiced an additional processing fee of $150 to be paid to the NARHA office prior to his/her certification results being released.

2. A fee will also be assessed to the host site of $75 per candidate who tested without an IT letter.
Ultimately, it is every candidate's responsibility to ensure all requirements have been met by the appropriate deadlines and that his/her IT letter is in hand in order to test for certification. All candidates who have signed up to test for certification are emailed about 30 days prior to their selected certification by the NARHA office with an update on their status as it relates to their IT letter. If the candidate is missing an item and does not have an IT letter in hand, he/she is notified.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (800) 369-7433.  Kelly Sullivan (ext. 104) or Tara McChesney (ext. 114) are happy to assist you in your certification process.
Good luck in achieving NARHA certification!


NARHA Is Looking for Additional Members to Subcommittees  
Three NARHA subcommittees are seeking enthusiastic new members to join the committees. To download a full description and information on how to apply, click on the links below.
Join one of these committees and help make a difference in your membership organization!
Small Business Stimulus Bill Benefits Horse Industry  
The American Horse Council reported that President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 into law recently. The bill is intended to help small businesses and to create new jobs. The bill continues the bigger write-off for horses and other property purchased and placed in service by a horse business that was originally included in earlier stimulus bills. Read the full press release here to find out if you qualify for any of the incentives. 
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 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
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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