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Nominate an Equine Veterinarian for AAEP Good Works
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, a 2010
sponsor, is celebrating the "good works" of veterinarians
who are devoting time and expertise beyond the scope of
their everyday practice to help horses and the equine
Throughout 2011, the AAEP's Good Works Campaign will
spotlight AAEP-member practitioners whose volunteer
efforts are improving the health and welfare of
horses. Dr. Richard Markell, a vet with the J.F. Shea
Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County, a
NARHA Premier Accredited Center, is profiled on
The AAEP invites horse owners and organizations to
nominate veterinarians who have contributed veterinary
services or resources to benefit horses and the local
equine community. Each month, the AAEP will select a
veterinarian nominated by a horse owner or organization
for special recognition. Monthly honorees will be
considered for the 2011 Good Works Award, to be presented
during the 57th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
The deadline for horse owners and organizations to
nominate a veterinarian for January is Jan. 31.
To discover the Good Works of AAEP veterinarians, nominate
a Good Works candidate or find out how you can get started
. For more information on
nominating a veterinarian for this program, contact
Elizabeth Troutman, publications coordinator, at
The American Association of Equine Practitioners is
headquartered in Lexington, KY, which will host the 2011
NARHA National Conference November 9-12.
Mileage Reimbursement Rate
Mississippi Center Receives Grant to Start Driving Program
Congratulations to R.I.D.E.S. of Caledonia, MS, which was awarded a $5,000 grant in December from Microtek/Ecolab Foundation, a local manufacturing company that makes medical supplies. "The grant is to be used for general purposes," said Patty Hudgins, executive director. "Our long-range plan is to begin a driving program for the center. This follows on a donation by a local horseman of a trained to ride/drive miniature horse."
In addition, Hudgins said that they would allocate some of the funds to assist volunteers pursue NARHA instructor certification. "We are making 'strides' in our program as we add riders," Hudgins said. "We have added more lesson sessions as we grow. We appreciate all the information we receive from NARHA that helps us strengthen R.I.D.E.S."
Movie "Temple Grandin" Honored at Golden Globes
Claire Danes, the actress who portrayed Temple Grandin in
the HBO movie of the same name, won a Golden Globe for
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion
Picture Made for Television. Grandin was diagnosed as
autistic at a young age. As an adult, she has been an
outspoken advocate for those born on the autistic
spectrum. As a professor at Colorado State University, she
has also made many notable contributions to the ethical
treatment of livestock. Grandin was the keynote speaker at
the 2006 NARHA national conference.
Applications Open for the Next Gypsy Angel
American Gypsy Horse
has announced the
applications for the
next Gypsy Angel.
Applications will be
accepted January 1
through February 15,
open to any and all
applicants, for all
The American Gypsy
Foundation works in
partnership with the
American Gypsy Horse
Breed Association to
place Gypsy horses
into EAAT centers.
Last spring, the
applications for the
award. Because they
received so many
made the decision to
place THREE Gypsy
which only awards
horses to NARHA
Gypsy Angels to J.F.
Riding Center in San
Juan Capistrano, CA;
Hearts & Horses
Center in Loveland,
CO; and National
Ability Center in
Park City, UT.
for more information
and to download the
Host a NARHA Event in 2011
Equine Specialist Workshops: NARHA would like to
accommodate individuals eager to be certified as Equine Specialist
in Mental Health and Learning by holding more workshops and
practical horsemanship skills tests. Help us add workshops 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!
Kelly Sullivan, (800) 369-RIDE (7433), ext. 104 with any
questions regarding the 2011 workshops or hosting process. Thank
Workshops and Certifications
Unless otherwise noted, contact
at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104 or
at ext. 114 for further information. All
dates are subject to change.
NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center Inc in Old Lyme,
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
Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Longview, Texas
Demo Only Workshop
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Ctr in Harvard,
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
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville, Maryland
Equine Specialist Workshop and Practical Skills Test
Bakas Equestrian Center "Horses for Handicapped" in Tampa,
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
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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