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NARHA/EFMHA Integration
New Committee, Task Force Chairs and Liaisons
Renew Your Center Membership
Instructor Report
NPR Story
The Next Gypsy Angel
New Certification
Host a NARHA Event
Workshops and Certifications
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NARHA/EFMHA Integration  
For information about the NARHA / EFMHA integration, please click here.

happy new year bannerJanuary 4, 2011

New Committee Chair Correction  
Correction: Kristin McGraw is chair of the Driving Certification Sub-committee, not Corie Brooks as was stated in the last issue of NARHA News.  
The changes to the leadership of NARHA's committees and task forces are listed below. 

Programs & Standards Oversight Committee - Teresa Morris is the new chair
Accreditation Subcommittee - Nicole Pepper is the staff liaison effective January 1
Riding Certification Subcommittee - Marsha Anderson is the incoming chair effective January 1
Driving Certification Subcommittee - Kristin McGraw is the incoming chair effective January 1
EFL (Equine-Facilitated Learning) Standards Development Task Force - Michael Kaufmann is the appointed chair
Equine Specialist Certification Subcommittee - Mandy Hogan is the incoming co-chair effective January 1
Health & Education Advisory - Carrie Garnett is the staff liaison effective January 1
Equine Welfare Task Force - Kristin Mason is the new chair
Faculty Development Work Group - Carrie Garnett is the staff liaison effective January 1
National Conference Host Task Force - Kim Henning is the chair for the 2011 national conference host committee
Education Publications
Business Model Task Force
- Teresa Morris is the new chair
Membership Oversight Committee - Dani Bohm is the incoming chair effective January 1
Members can view NARHA's committees, task forces and work groups, the chairs, members and staff liaisons through their personal accounts via the NARHA website. Log in, click "My Account" and then select "Committees Leadership" from the left-hand menu.
Renew Your Center Membership Online  
As a reminder, center renewals were due December 31. A $50 late fee will be assessed to centers that renew after January 15, 2011. The 90-day membership renewal grace period began on January 1, 2011.
Reminder: Send in Your Instructor Report
If you are renewing your center membership online, be sure to send in your instructor report. The membership department has received many online renewals but only a handful of instructor reports. Your center will be considered non-compliant if the instructor report is not received in the NARHA office by January 15.
Chastain Park Mentioned on NPR in Story About Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy  
NPR recently aired a story on the use of cognitive rehabilitation therapy for veterans and soldiers with traumatic brain injury. Click here to read or listen to the story. Equines and equine therapy can be a helpful part of cognitive rehabilitation therapy, and Chastain Horse Park, a NARHA Premier Accredited Center in Atlanta, GA, was mentioned in the story.

While doctors and studies -- as well as testimonies from the soldiers themselves -- have shown that the therapy helps, the Pentagon's primary health plan will not cover the treatment. This story is part of a three-part series on NPR's investigation into Tricare, the Pentagon's health plan for soldiers and seriously wounded veterans.
Applications Open for the Next Gypsy Angel  
Angel Foundation logoThe American Gypsy Horse Angel Foundation
has announced the opening of applications for the next Gypsy Angel, Applications will be accepted January 1 through February 15, 2011.

Applications are open to any and all applicants, for all types of therapeutic programs.

The American Gypsy Horse Angel Foundation works in partnership with the American Gypsy Horse Breed Association to place Gypsy horses into EAAT centers. Last spring, the Angel Foundation received 41 applications for the award. Because they received so many highly qualified applicants, the Angel Foundation made the decision to place THREE Gypsy Angels!

The foundation, which only awards horses to NARHA centers, awarded Gypsy Angels to J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA; Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center in Loveland, CO; and National Ability Center in Park City, UT.
Please e-mail  for more information and to download the Gypsy Angel application form.
NARHA Announces New Certification
It is with great enthusiasm that the NARHA Equine Specialist Certification Subcommittee and the NARHA staff announce the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification. Equine-Facilitated Learning and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy are rapidly growing fields, and this certification is meant to improve the experience for all involved. A lot of hard work has been done by the Equine Specialist Certification Subcommittee to respond to the need of the growing mental health field within NARHA.

The Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification certifies an individual as the horse handler in any un-mounted mental health or learning session. If the session is mounted, a NARHA certified instructor will continue to supervise the activity. 

Please visit the NARHA website for a copy of the certification booklet and complete details on the requirements of the certification.

The pilot for the first horsemanship skills test will be held in Florida in February in conjunction with the NARHA Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning workshop, both of which are required to gain certification. If you are interested in attending the pilot, please contact the NARHA office or click here to download the application.
Many of our NARHA members are already preparing for the new certification and have long awaited its release. A big thank you to all for your patience and excitement!

Contact Tara McChesney, (800) 369-RIDE (7433), ext. 114, with questions regarding the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification or the workshop.
Host a NARHA Event in 2011
Equine Specialist Workshops: Please join us in celebrating the release of the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification. NARHA would like to accommodate individuals eager to be certified by holding more workshops and practical horsemanship skills tests. Please help us get workshops scheduled for 2011! Workshops will now be offered with the new Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning practical horsemanship skills test if the host site chooses. Host sites can also host the practical horsemanship skills test without a workshop if they wish. This skills test is a requirement for certification.

If anyone is interested in hosting at their NARHA Premier Accredited center or for more information, contact Tara McChesney, (800) 369-7433, ext. 114.

Intent to Host: Click here to download the intent to host forms for all NARHA events. NARHA hopes that 2011 will be full of exciting events! Please read through the intent to host packets for details concerning hosting an event. We would love to add more driving workshops, vaulting workshops and certifications to the 2011 calendar!

Contact Kelly Sullivan, (800) 369-RIDE (7433), ext. 104 with any questions regarding the 2011 workshops or hosting process. Thank you!
Workshops and Certifications  
Unless otherwise noted, contact Kelly Sullivan at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104 or Tara McChesney at ext. 114 for further information. All dates are subject to change.

NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
June 1-3
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center Inc in Old Lyme, Connecticut

July 15-16
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, Texas
NARHA Driving Workshops and Certifications
Workshop is held the first 3 days, certification is held the last 2 days
April 26-29
Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Longview, Texas
Demo Only Workshop
June 20-22
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Ctr in Harvard, Illinois

NARHA Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days and certification is held on the last day
Currently we do not have any workshops or certifications scheduled for 2011. Please contact the NARHA office if you are interested in hosting.

Mentor Training Workshop
March 26-27
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville, Maryland

Equine Specialist Workshop and Practical Skills Test
Pilot event
February 18-21
Bakas Equestrian Center "Horses for Handicapped" in Tampa, Florida

We plan to host more Equine Specialist workshops and practical skills tests after the pilot. At this time there is a potential to have events in CO, MA, TX, TN and NH. Dates and more information will be released after the pilot event.
Please visit the NARHA calendar for a list of 2011 Registered on-site workshops and certifications (they are a light teal green color). Please note the list is not complete. There will be more Registered OSWC events added.
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