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Region Conference Updates
Get a Member Contest
Special Offer on Conference Registration
Board Nominations Needed
Region 9 Conference
Become a PAC
EFP/L Updates
NARHA on eBay
Discounted Store Items
Equine Welfare Tip
NARHA Horses for Heroes
NSBA Event
NARHA Center Receives Funding
Workshops and Certifications
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Region Conference Updates
Region 1:The "Money and Message" session has been canceled. NARHA CEO Kay Green will be offering a presentation in its place: "Strategic Planning: Explore the Components of a Good Strategic Plan That Allows the Organization to Move Forward With Clear Goals and Objectives."

The Region 10 conference in Tucson, AZ, has been canceled.
Member-Get-A-Member Drive
NARHA knows its current members are the best possible source for new members who could benefit from all NARHA has to offer. With our special Member-Get-A-Member drive, we've made referring colleagues to NARHA easier than ever! Click here to learn program details!


April 19, 2011

Limited-Time Special Offer for Conference Registration
2011 conference logoWe are very excited to be able to offer our members a limited-time special registration fee for the 2011 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting. The limited-time online registration fee is $475 for NARHA members.

You won't be able to pick sessions yet, but we know that this conference will be an extraordinary experience that will include enhanced educational content, the annual awards banquet and the horse expo, which will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. You will have the opportunity to select specific sessions once they become available.


This offer is only available via online registration. No phone or fax orders will be accepted. Official online conference registration will begin in the summer of 2011. The 2011 summer issue of NARHA's Strides magazine will also include the hard-copy registration booklet for those preferring to register via fax or mail. 

This limited-time offer cannot be combined with any other discount offers (including the discount for Premier Accredited Centers). The offer expires July 5, 2011.


Click here to take advantage of the best savings for conference registration!


Book a room at the Hyatt Regency Lexington: (859) 253-1234 or click here to reserve a room online. Use code g-NARH.     

Attention NARHA Membership! Board Nominations Needed

In an effort to provide diversity and to maximize the  effectiveness of the NARHA Board of Trustees, the Governance Committee is requesting NARHA members' help. The committee reviewed the current board matrix and came up with the areas that we need to strengthen or in which we are lacking expertise on our board. The Governance Committee is charged with providing nominations of candidates that have skill sets in the following areas:


1. Financial experience, ideally CPA's with nonprofit experience,

2. Strong connections and networking in the corporate sector,

3. Business owners or corporate executives who have an interest in the NARHA mission,

4. Strong experience in national and/or international fundraising or development work,

5. Professionals in the medical, pharmaceutical or rehabilitation industries.

Please help by submitting names of prospective board members who you believe would be an asset to NARHA. Click here for the board job description and an application. Candidates should also include their resume. Names should be submitted to the Governance Committee by May 15, 2011.


Final Days for Region 9 Early Conference Registration
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Friday, April 22, is the last day to register early for the NARHA Region 9 Conference and receive a $25 discount. The Region 9 Conference is May 20-22 in Haily, ID. After this Friday, online registration is open through May 6. Click here to register.


Check Into Becoming a NARHA Premier Accredited Center

Is your center interested in becoming a NARHA Premier Accredited center? Is your center's accreditation due for renewal? Click here to read the benefits of becoming a NARHA accredited center. Click here for the accreditation application.  


EFP/L Updates - The EFMHA Yahoo Group
Greetings EFP/L Members!

With the NARHA/EFMHA integration, the EFP/L Membership Task Force took over many initiatives that impact EFP/L members. One such example is the existing EFMHA Yahoo Group. Our task force asked for the expert advice of Brad Lewis, the "owner" of the group and one of the moderators, to help guide us in making important decisions about the Yahoo group. With the integration, the name "EFMHA" no longer exists; thus the "EFMHA" Yahoo group needs to be revisited as to its purpose, function and its name. Brad has been hard at work considering the responses from the Yahoo Group members, and he will be submitting a recommendation to the EFP/L Membership task force soon. We will let you know as soon as the task force has reviewed and voted upon the recommendations.

As our task force continues to tackle many exciting initiatives that address the needs and interests of those providing EFP/L, we want to remind you that if you have ideas, needs, concerns or comments for NARHA regarding EFP/L, please contact us directly. We can't make change without you! Contact Leif Hallberg, Chair of the EFP/L Membership Task Force.


Support NARHA on eBay
You can now support NARHA on eBay! Donate 10 to 100 percent of any item up for sale and choose NARHA as your cause.  Click here for more information.


NARHA Store Items Discounted at Equestrian Collections

Many NARHA items are being offered at closeout prices at Equestrian Collections, including Polo shirts, sweatshirts, window decals, and padfolios. Discounts of 30% are offered at the retail and wholesale level. Visit the store to see all the items!   


Equine Welfare Tip From the Equine Welfare Committee

Retraining the "Girthy" or "Cinchy" Horse  

By Heidi J. Potter, Equine Welfare Committee Member

Many of us have owned, ridden or worked around a "girthy/cinchy" horse. The behaviors can vary from an unfriendly expression to a dangerous reaction. These horses, on the whole, are often valuable in our programs. However, their behavior on the ground can make them a liability.

Horses are 100 percent honest and have very good memories. If they are reacting negatively, then the problem is real to them. It is either due to physical discomfort or the memory of such. Even when we are able to rid the horse of the cause, the memory can keep the behavior alive.

Here are some things to consider when trying to rebuild their trust and improve their behavior.
Whenever dealing with a behavior issue, first consider that it could be the result of a physical issue. Therefore, have your horse screened for back or wither pain. A veterinarian, equine chiropractor or equine massage therapist should be able to help you out. 

Secondly, have a knowledgeable person evaluate the fit of your saddle. Ill-fitting saddles are often the culprit of many behavior issues.

Once you have treated or ruled out any physical causes, you are ready to tackle the behavior. We need to use positive motivation to reprogram his mind. Reprimanding him for his behavior will not fix the problem and very well may exacerbate it. He needs to realize that good things can and will happen during the grooming/tacking up process. Here are a few things to try:

Rub your horse's "sweet" spot while you slowly begin to bring the girth/cinch up under the belly. Continue rubbing throughout the very slow and gentle process of attaching or tying to the saddle. Your rubbing touch can help lead his mind to that area versus the place that he is worried about.

Clicker train your horse. "Click and treat" while he is demonstrating a good expression and attitude. If he pins his ears, swishes his tail or offers any negative behavior, stop the process right where you are. Do not release the pressure or position of your hand, brush, girth/cinch or whatever was causing the behavior. Just hold that "pose" and wait for the behavior to stop, his expression to soften, ears to prick forward, etc., and then click and reward him.*

We want him to associate the grooming/tacking up process with something positive. This way we have a chance of replacing his negative reaction with the anticipation of something good. The horse who used to swing his head around to bite often becomes the horse who looks around with ears pricked, anticipating a reward. Treats are a great motivator! There has to be something good in it for the horse in order for him to want to change his behavior. Although we cannot delete the memory, we stand a good chance of replacing his behavior. As you work through this process be sure to follow the procedures listed in the last NARHA News, "The 'Girthy' or 'Cinchy' Horse and How Not to Create One."
* Correct timing of the cue (click) and the reward during this training phase is imperative. If you are unskilled at this type of training, please enlist the help of a knowledgeable trainer to help get you both on the right track.


NARHA Horses for Heroes Committee Membership Applications

NARHA is now accepting membership applications for the newly established NARHA Horses for Heroes (NH4H) Committee. The development and sustainment of NH4H as a premier program leading equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) on behalf of America's wounded military and  veterans is greatly influenced by the quality of its committee membership. NARHA seeks members having a diversity of backgrounds and experiences and a strong dedication to the mission of the EAAT industry. Willingness and ability to volunteer individual time to NH4H matters over the period of committee membership is essential. Expertise in the areas of strategic planning and execution, development, veteran's affairs and/or experience with an existing NH4H Center program is very helpful but not mandatory. The key is to identify the right individuals to help lead NARHA Horses for Heroes to future successes.

Historically, NARHA membership has been a great resource for helping to identify future NARHA leaders, either by pulling from our own ranks or from our broad network of professional acquaintances. Committee commitment is for two years, and attendance at monthly conference calls is essential. Motivated applicants may apply by May 3rd. Please send  your resume to Nicole Pepper.


NARHA Horses for Heroes Invited to Participate in NSBA Heroes on Horses Event  


heroes on horses flyerRiders in NARHA Horses for Heroes programs are invited to participate in the 2011 NSBA World Championship Show Very Special Event "Heroes On Horses" competition. Riders must be disabled veterans or active duty "wounded warriors" who are participating in NARHA Horses For Heroes programs.  


Click here for information.    

HETRA Receives Grant Funding Through AIM Institute 


Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA), a NARHA Premier Accredited Center, has received a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the AIM Institute. The grant is a capacity/technology grant that will allow HETRA to work with a developer to develop a volunteer/student scheduling program that is compatible with Salesforce (HETRA's data management) system. Some of the exciting things this program will eventually do is allow volunteers to log in and sign up for shifts, mark absences and update their information. The staff at HETRA will also be able to automatically populate daily schedules, send out weekly reminders, match up volunteer qualifications with volunteer scheduling needs and automatically calculate volunteer hours. These are all things that will save many hours each week for the volunteer coordinator and allow this person to focus on other volunteer areas. 


"We are very excited about this grant and not only the impact it will have on our program but the ability to offer it to other programs such as ours that are using Salesforce," said Jodi Teal, Development Director. "We believe this is an area that is lacking in the TR world and will help a lot of programs."  

Workshops and Certifications  
Unless otherwise noted, contact Tara McChesney at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114 for further information. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event, please contact the host site directly.

NARHA Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
April 29-May 2
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association in Ocala, FL
There is still room available. If you are interested in attending, please call the center immediately!

May 12-15
North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center in Mebane, NC
If you are interested in attending, please call the center immediately as they need more people to sign up in order to hold this event.

May 26-29
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX

June 18-21
Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., in Boxford, MA

October 19-22
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO

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, CT

July 15-16
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, Texas
NARHA Driving Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the first 3 days; certification is held the last 2 days
November 5-9
Gayla Driving Center/U.S. Driving for the Disabled, Inc., in Lexington, KY

This certification is almost full. If you wish to attend, please call the center and get your spot paid for!

NARHA Driving Workshop only June 2-4      

Horse Power in Temple, NH
If you are interested in attending, please call the center immediately as they need more people to sign up in order to hold this event.

June 20-22
Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in Harvard, ILIf you are interested in attending, please call the center immediately as they need more people to sign up in order to hold this event.

NARHA Vaulting Workshop and Certification

Workshop is held first 3 days, and certification is held on the last day
August 25-28
Riding to the Top in Windham, ME

Mentor Training Workshop
May 19-20
Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped in Hailey, ID

We have a FREE registered on-site workshop and certification approaching quickly in CO on May 12 in Fort Collins (see the events calendar for details). Please call the center immediately if you wish to attend, as they are in need of more candidates.

Please visit the NARHA calendar for a list of 2011 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications.

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