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Region Conferences
Call for Papers
Is Your Center Non-compliant?
XIV Congress of Therapeutic Riding
Riding Discipline Bias?
AAEP Good Works Nominations
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Workshops and Certifications
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Region Conferences  
The NARHA 2011 Region Conferences are on the NARHA website. Check the Region Conferences page for dates and registration information.

"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom."

~ Helen Thompson

February 15, 2011

Save the Date  
2011 conference logoWhile it may seem that the NARHA 2010 National Conference just finished, plans are already well underway for the NARHA 2011 National Conference and Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY. Mark your calendars now for Nov. 9-12, 2011, and plan on a week filled with learning in sessions, networking with friends and colleagues and celebrating the accomplishments of those in the equine-assisted activities and therapies field. Watch the NARHA website for updates.
Is Your Center Non-compliant?  

So, you've renewed your center membership but have received a letter from NARHA stating that your center is non-compliant. Don't panic! The most common reasons for non-compliance can be easily resolved.


Below is a list of reasons your center may have received the letter:

  • Missing complete renewal booklet
  • Missing instructor report
  • Missing membership dues
  • Accreditation fee of $100 or $150
  • $50 late fee
  • Insurance policy number is missing or has not been updated
  • Insurance policy expiration date has not been updated
  • Insurance compliance was not signed and dated
  • NARHA Center Annual Statement of Compliance was not signed and dated
  • NARHA Premier Accredited Center Annual Statement of Compliance was not signed and dated
  • No instructor or non-compliant instructor

Click here for an explanation of these issues and the steps to take to correct the issue.

XIV Congress of Therapeutic Riding  
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XIV Congress of Therapeutic Riding
Horses in Education and Therapy

Athens, Greece
April 24-27, 2012
FRDI/HETI is proud to announce the call for abstracts for the 2012 Congress. Click here to link to the Congress website and put this amazing educational opportunity on your calendar for 2012! 
Riding Discipline Bias?
Not in NARHA's Riding Certification Test
Whoa or Ho. Trot or Jog. Lope or Canter.  Hmmmmm.....

Most horses understand these voice commands as well as the rider's natural aids needed to perform them, no matter what they're called. Horses show no bias when it comes to doing their job.
The NARHA Riding Certification Subcommittee stresses that the NARHA certification program and testing also shows no bias. The subcommittee has gathered feedback from certification candidates and recognizes some clarification of the certification process, especially the riding component, may be helpful.
Read the full article here.

Click here for information on NARHA's certifications.
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.
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.
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification and 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 you are interested in hosting at a Premier Accredited facility or for more information, contact Tara McChesney at 800-369-7433 Ext 114 or Help get these workshops scheduled for 2011!
Workshops and Certifications  
Unless otherwise noted, contact Tara McChesney at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114 for further information. All dates are subject to change.

NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
April 29-May 1
Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in Harvard, IL

May 20-22
Three Gaits, INC in Oregon, WI
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

June 2-4
Hands-on Workshop Only
 Horse Power in Temple, NH

June 20-22
Demo Workshop Only
Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in Harvard, IL

November 5-9
Gayla Driving Center/U.S. Driving for the Disabled, Inc.

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

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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