In This Issue
Society of Visionaries
Conference Highlights
Community Building Initiative
New State Chairs
Access Member Benefits
New Administrative Assistant
Resources Page
Video Re-submission Process
ESMHL Certification Update
Workshops and Certifications
Quick Links


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Gold Sponsors


Equine Network/AIM



Platinum Performance



American Association of Equine
   Practitioners (AAEP) 


Equus Foundation 





Triple Crown Nutrition



Racing Unified Network

Show Me Animal Products 

Conference Exhibitors

3B Enterprises, LLC

American Hippotherapy

Blazing Prairie Stars  

Certified Horsemanship

DonorPro by TowerCare

The Educated Equine


Freedom Riders


Horses and Humans Research

Jane Heart Jewelry

Natural Lifemanship 

Ohio University Southern

Region 4 

Stop Equine Colic   

Strides to Success 

SureHands Lift & Care Systems  

US Pony Clubs   


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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International  

September 20, 2011

Place Your Bets on the Society of Visionaries!
Chris McCarronHave you heard the rumors? The Society of Visionaries, which began at the 2010  National Conference and Annual Meeting in Denver, will host its first Visionaries-only gathering at Keeneland Racetrack and Darley Thoroughbred Farm in Lexington, KY, on November 12, 2011. By joining the Society of Visionaries, you can meet legendary jockey Chris McCarron and see stallion Holy Bull, as well as other famous stallions. Click here for more information on how you can join us at this exclusive gathering in Lexington or to learn more about the Society of Visionaries. 
There Is Still Time to Register Online for Conference
conference logoWe're counting down: 50 days to the PATH International Conference kick-off!    


Registration numbers are adding up daily, and we are excited that this year's conference, sponsored by Purina, will be the best attended conference in PATH Intl. history! Be sure to sign up now for your sessions if you've already registered. Click here for the digital registration book or here for information on the conference. For information on hotels, airline discounts or the roommate list, visit the conference web page.  


If you haven't registered yet, don't wait! You have until October 21 to register online, and then registration goes to onsite only. Click here to register. If you have any further questions about registering for the conference, please contact Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 111.  

PATH Intl. Community Building Initiative:
The "Experience" Economy
community clipartImagine a world where you are offering a service or product and it is no longer limited by time, space or matter. Businesses develop digital and virtual realms that do not require the physical universe as we know it. Interestingly, however, even in the virtual universe, community remains intact. In this "experience" economy, the experience supersedes the physical nature of any customer transaction.

In other words, the human desire for community over-rides our need for physical reality. For example in the virtual world of gaming, people still can compete, collaborate and connect. The explosion of social media tools, such as Facebook, Linked-in and Twitter, provide evidence that people will find ways to connect and create community.
PATH Intl. is planning to provide their communities with the organizational tools and resources to support virtual connections, via an electronic platform, as well as more traditional methods of people coming together. Part of the responsibility of the PATH Intl. communities work group is to identify the priorities and needs of the membership. We could use your help in determining the best ways to construct the framework for communities. Please share your ideas and feelings about what would serve you best as a community member by contacting one of the following work group members or a PATH Intl. staff member: Chair Tracy Weber, Jen Donahue, Karen Kersting, Shannon Knapp, Kali Welch or Tanya Welsch.

Read more to learn about this exciting initiative and those individuals paving the way.
New State Chairs for PATH Intl.

Jenny Nell was recently elected as the Wyoming State Chair. Jenny will serve a term of two years, from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013. She has served as a Region Representative and on several PATH Intl. Committees and was the program director for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding.    


Region 3 recently named several state chairs as well. Denise Bishop is the South Carolina State Chair, Melissa Conner is the Virginia State Chair and Beth Rine is the West Virginia State Chair.  


To contact any of the state chairs or region representatives, visit the My Region page on the PATH Intl. website and click on your region.      

How to Access Your Membership Area and Benefits

There are many valuable resources available to you as a PATH Intl. Member on the PATH Intl. website. The My PATH Intl. Membership page contains links to the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation, Member Directory and renewal information plus other valuable information. As a center member you can access the Foundation Directory Online, download the PATH Intl. logo and link to the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation from the My Center Membership page.

To access the membership area and your full benefits, you must first log in to the website. For centers to access the My Center Membership page, log in under the center's primary contact or executive director's individual accounts.

Thank you for your membership and support!

PATH Intl. Welcomes New Administrative Assistant

Madelin Schlenz We at the PATH Intl. office are pleased to introduce you to Madelin Schlenz, CEO Kay Green's administrative assistant.   


Madelin worked as an administrative assistant for 14 years at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She is excited to be working in a small, nonprofit environment devoted to the love of animals and the use of alternative therapeutic activities. Madelin does not ride horses, but she enjoys her kitty Spooky, who provides purr therapy. She hopes to learn more about horses and therapeutic horsemanship in this new adventure.  


Welcome, Madelin!

Finding the Information You Need
We received this email last week and wanted to share it with you.

I've been using your resources page and just wanted to send some feedback and let you know I found it very helpful. As of last June I am now retired from teaching. I was used to having the summers off, but now I'm growing a little restless and wanted to volunteer my time to a good cause. Anyway, I found out about equine therapy for the disabled through your site, and being a horse-lover I was immediately interested in learning more. I'm excited to say I'll be helping out at a local stable 2-3 nights a week!




Beth Martel 

If you have never taken the time, visit the PATH Intl. resources page. There you will find information on workshops, certification, education, publications and links to other organizations in the EAAT industry.

Exciting Changes to PATH Intl.'s Video Re-submission Process

PATH Intl. is proud to announce a very exciting change to its video resubmission process. PATH Intl. now has the ability to accept video submissions online through a file sharing system. We are still accepting DVDs and VHS tapes, but we strongly encourage all potential instructors who need to re-submit a video to complete their certification process to utilize the new system. International candidates can also use this system to submit videos to PATH Intl. Read more ...        

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification Reminder

If you are a current PATH Intl. certified instructor and have been participating or plan to participate in an EFP or EFL program, please review our PATH Intl. certified instructor option located on page 20 of the certification booklet. This option, previously known as the Fast Track, allows any current PATH Intl. certified instructor to submit his or her portfolio to the PATH Intl. office and begin taking the online exams for the PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification. Read more    

Workshops and Certifications  
Contact Abby Hendren at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104, with questions. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can locate its contact information under the Find a Center link on the PATH Intl. home page or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
October 19-22

Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO  


October 27-30

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center in Old Lyme, CT 

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification combination event
This workshop and certification are offered just before and up the road from the PATH International Conference November 9-12 in Lexington, KY.
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 

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days, and certification is held on the last day
September 23-26
Falconwood Farms in Conyers, GA

Mentor Training Workshop
November 9-10
PATH International Conference in Lexington, KY

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


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