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Meal Tickets and Name Badges
Need a Roommate at Conference?
Countdown to Conference!
Overflow Hotels
Conference Updates
IT Letter Procedure
Pepsi Refresh Grants
Recruiting New Subcommittee Members
Correction to Strides Article
Email Addresses for Region Reps
Workshops and Certifications
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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 check in at the hotel. This policy will ensure that everyone who registered gets the full benefit of the conference. So please don't forget them!
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
October 19, 2010
Countdown to Conference!  
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Believe it or not, there are only two weeks until the 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting, sponsored by Purina. We have scheduled world-class speakers to present some very exciting sessions and workshops, as well as fun events, and we know you'll find each one stimulating, informative and enjoyable. Make sure to attend the Apres Ski Lodge on Wednesday night with an ice cream social, sponsored by EFMHA, and visit the great exhibits while vying for fun prizes. And you won't want to miss the Getting to Know You Reception on Thursday night, sponsored by Fortis.

Didn't get registered early? No problem. You can still register at the door. Onsite registration will then be $675.

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
Overflow Hotels  
The Grand Hyatt Hotel is sold out on several nights! Below are hotels that are in walking distance of the conference. We currently are negotiating a special NARHA rate at the Hyatt Regency, but at the time of this email, it is not yet confirmed.
  • Denver Marriott City Center: 1701 California Street; Denver, CO 80202; (303) 297-1300
  • Comfort Inn Downtown: 401 17th Street; Denver CO 80202; (303) 297-0774
  • Hyatt Regency: 650 15th Street; Denver; CO 80202; (303) 436-1234
  • Hilton Garden Inn: 1400 Welton Street; Denver CO 80202; (303) 603-8000
  • Sheraton Denver: 1550 Court Place; Denver CO 80202; (303) 893-333
  • Crown Plaza: 1450 Glenarm Place; Denver CO 80202; (877) 270-1393
Conference Updates  
All Conference Attendees, please note the following updated presenters:
  • EFMHA Pre-Conference Workshop: Mari Louhi-Lehit will not be able to appear in person. She will presenting her session remotely via skype.   
  • "Planning a Successful Silent Auction" Thursday Session C, Administrative Track: Sara Qua will be presenting in place of Nichole Sargent. 
  • "Leveraging the Latest Technology for EAAT" Thursday, Session D, Administrative Track: Denise Cooke will be presenting in place of Himanshu Jain.  
  • "HR Management Best Practices" Friday, Administrative Workshop: Janice Anderson and Amanda Nelson will be presenting in place of Rhonda Messal and Andy Pliner. 
  • Horse Expo Update: Tina Bennett will be presenting in place of Susan Grant.
NARHA and the Power of the Horse at the World Equestrian Games  
WEG 2010NARHA booth at WEG 2010The healing power of the horse was front and center during two demonstrations by NARHA and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, October 2 and 3, in Lexington, KY. These demonstrations, which took place in the John Deere Reining Arena, enabled thousands of equine enthusiasts to see how horses improve the lives every day of individuals with special needs.

CKRH groupParticipants and attendees of the World Equestrian Games also watched a number of athletes who were graduates of therapeutic riding programs participate in the Para Dressage competition of the WEG
"We are proud to be able to represent just a few of the accomplishments thousands in this industry see every day," said CKRH Program Director Denise Spittler. CKRH is a NARHA Premier Accredited Center.
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!
Therapeutic Riding Centers Seek Pepsi Refresh Grant  
We are happy to announce that there are a number of Therapeutic Riding centers in the running for a Pepsi Refresh Grant this month. These grants are from $5,000 to $250,000. We know that every bit counts for our community, so help them win their grant by voting at Just search "therapeutic riding" and check the box "ideas in the running" for the list of centers. Good luck to you all!
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.
Correction to NARHA Strides Article  
The NARHA's Strides editors would like to apologize for two errors in the "Silver Saddles" article in the fall issue of NARHA's Strides. Tamara Homnick's name was misspelled, and and she was also the article's sole author; Kim Henning was not her co-author. Tamara Homnick is the program director for the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta, MI, which runs this wonderful program for seniors.
Special Email Addresses for Region Representatives  
NARHA would like to remind everyone that region representatives have special email addresses. Visit the Locate My Region page to find the email address of your region rep.
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.
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
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

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

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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