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Overflow Hotels
Conference Updates
Meal Tickets
Article on Hippotherapy
EAAT in the News
IT Letter Procedure
Recruiting New Subcommittee Members
Email Addresses for Region Reps
Workshops and Certifications
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November 2, 2010
Overflow Hotels  
The Grand Hyatt Hotel is sold out on several nights! We have negotiated a special NARHA rate at the Hyatt Regency of $165 per night for a limited number of rooms. Simply tell them you are with NARHA when you call.

Hyatt Regency: 650 15th Street; Denver; CO 80202; (303) 436-1234

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.
  • Meal Tickets and Name Badges
    Remember: This year, you will need to show your name badge to get into any 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!
    Article on Hippotherapy Featured in Newspaper  

    Forward Stride, a NARHA Premier Accredited Center in Beaverton, Oregon, was featured on October 20, in  a special to The Oregonian. You can read the article here. As Bill Mitchell, executive director of Forward Stride, notes, "This kind of publicity can only help in getting the word out on the benefits of hippotherapy and increasing the likelihood of insurance coverage."

    More EAAT in the News  
    Equine-assisted activities and therapies continue to get attention in the media. On October 22, KTVU Oakland aired a segment on its 5 o'clock news about equine-assisted activities and therapies. View the video here
    Northshore Life Magazine published an article on Dr. Paul Spiers, past president of NARHA. Read the article 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's new procedure is now in effect. This procedure 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.
    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
    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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