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AAEP Good Works Nominations
Mileage Reimbursement Rate
Center Receives Grant for Driving Program
Movie Honored at Golden Globes
The Next Gypsy Angel
Host a NARHA Event
Workshops and Certifications
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January 18, 2011

Nominate an Equine Veterinarian for AAEP Good Works  
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, a 2010 NARHA coAAEP logonference 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 community.
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 AAEP's website

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 volunteering, visit 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  
Please be aware that as of January 1, 2011, the mileage reimbursement rate will be 51 cents per mile. Please pass along this information to your volunteers. Click here to download the NARHA reimbursement request form.
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  
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 equine-assisted activities and therapies 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.
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!

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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