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If you have any questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2012 PATH International Conference & Annual Meeting, please contact

Megan Ream. 


Title Sponsor



Platinum Sponsor
Tekna Saddles 


Gold Sponsors


Equine Network/AIM



Platinum Performance



 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) 


Equus Foundation 



AQHA Foundation



Triple Crown Nutrition 




Racing Unified Network

Region 4  

Show-Me Animal Products
The Foal Project    


Corporate Membership

Did you hear? PATH Intl. has its Corporate Membership program up and running for 2012.  Check it out here or contact Megan Ream for details. 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International  

February 21, 2012   


2012 PATH Intl. Conference Call for Papers

2012conflogoEach year the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting provides the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry valuable and comprehensive educational opportunities. A broad spectrum of session content is needed each year to offer a rich and rewarding experience for all attendees.  

The 2012 PATH Intl. Conference is October 31-November 3 in Bellevue, WA, just outside Seattle. At this time PATH Intl. is conducting a call for papers. You are invited to submit an abstract highlighting your organization's innovations, your insights or research and how they may benefit the equine-assisted activities and therapies field.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically.

Click here to download abstract information.

Click here to begin the abstract submission process.

These links are also available on the PATH Intl. conference webpage, along with an article on writing abstracts.

Abstracts must be submitted to PATH Intl. by April 6, 2012.

No submissions will be accepted after April 6.  


Recruit New Members to PATH Intl. and Win 

We at Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) know that our current members are the best possible source for new members who could benefit from all PATH Intl. has to offer.

With our special Member-Get-A-Member drive, we've made referring colleagues to PATH Intl. easier than ever! Forward an application to them or direct them to Join Now to download an application. Or direct them to the PATH Intl. store to join online. Ask your friend to enter your name as his/her "referred by." Then tell another friend... and another... and another to win prizes.

Last year, Lorrie Miller was the 1st prize winner and won the spa weekend. Anthony Busacca won a $100 restaurant gift card, and Joyce Scott won a conference scholarship.

This year, the grand prize is a two-night stay at one of four exciting locations! Click here for full details and prizes.

Thank you for your efforts for all members recruited by June 29, 2012!  


PATH Intl. PACs Receive Donation of Dewormer From Bimeda 

Thank you Bimeda for your recent donation of EQUIMAX dewormer to 73 PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers! Premier Accredited Centers with veterans' programs (according to the information in the center's renewal paperwork, criteria set by the donor) will receive 24 doses each of EQUIMAX  dewormer by March 1, 2012, in time for spring de-worming. Generally, horses should be dewormed twice a year, usually in the spring and fall. By sending EQUIMAX dewormer free to these centers, Bimeda is helping PATH Intl. PACs save hundreds of dollars this spring.

If you have any questions about this donation or would like to make a similar donation to PATH Intl. centers, please contact Megan Ream or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 107. If your center is interested in becoming a PAC, please contact Abby Hendren or call her at ext. 104.


AQHA Gives PATH Intl. Centers CE Scholarship Opportunity for Individuals 

AQHA logoThe American Quarter Horse Foundation, a PATH Intl. alliance partner, is happy to announce that beginning in 2012, an important addition will be made to criteria for the America's Horse Cares grant program.

In addition to requests for scholarship and equipment funding, the AHC program will offer funding to benefit the continuing education of a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, therapist, employee or volunteer of PATH Intl. Centers. Requests must be made by the organization and will be subject to requirements.

The updated AHC application and guidelines are currently available on the AQHA website. The deadline to submit an application is March 1, 2012.



 Equine Tips From the Equine Welfare Committee

Breathe Deep: Maintaining Respiratory Health in the EAAT Horse

By Marcie Ehrman, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 


Horses living outdoors year round and grazing on quality pasture seldom suffer from chronic respiratory problems. By stalling our horses, feeding baled, stored forage and processed feeds, and working them on prepared footing, we create challenges to maintaining their optimum respiratory health. Good husbandry practices include ensuring adequate ventilation and air exchange in barns and indoor arenas, minimizing exposure to dust, mold and ammonia, and consistent monitoring of their forage, processed feeds, arena footing and bedding in stalled areas.

What You Can Do to Maintain the Respiratory Health of Your EAAT Horses
Read more ... 

The Equine Welfare Committee encourages positive and engaging educational exploration from our readers - we'd love to hear your feedback! Please let us know if you have any questions about our tip or have a suggestion about specific topics you would be interested in learning more about in the future. Email Kristin Mason, EWC chair. Thank you!


A Good Reason to Renew Your PATH Intl. Center Membership Today!

PATH Intl. center members who renew before the membership grace period ends on March 31st will receive a very functional gift from PATH Intl. As you have been reading in the eNews, the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation (fondly known as the Standards Manual) is in the process of being completely reorganized for user-friendliness and to reflect the changes, growth and progress made in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies.

Want to get your center's policies and procedures reorganized in keeping with the updated Standards Manual to be published in July? For all centers renewing before March 31, a new tabbed file folder system will be part of the center's renewal package. In July, the 2012 edition of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation CD will be mailed and available online. Standards will be available electronically in a one-standard-per-page format to make it easier to reorganize with the change.  

PATH Intl. Center Member renewals are past due. Centers that have not yet renewed have until March 31st to renew before membership expires. See below for information on how to renew. 


PATH Intl. Center Renewals

As a reminder, center renewals were due December 31. Centers renewing between now and March 31, 2012 must include a $50 late fee with their center renewal. The 90-day membership renewal grace period began on January 1, 2012. If you have already renewed your center membership, thank you.

Premier Accredited Centers: please note the new Accreditation Reinstatement Policy for PACs
who do not renew prior to March 31, 2012.

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to their personal account in order to renew online.

A hard copy renewal is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice from the PATH Intl. website, and mail it in.

Click here to download the center renewal booklet.

Centers that prefer to pay by check may now complete the center renewal booklet online and mail a check for center membership dues.

Click here for instructions on renewing your center membership online.

Reminder: Send in Your Instructor Report 

If you are renewing your center membership online, be sure to send in your instructor report. The membership department has received many online renewals but only a handful of instructor reports. Your center will be considered non-compliant if the instructor report is not received.


PATH Intl. Equine Specialist Certification Subcommittee Seeks Members

The PATH Intl. Equine Specialist Certification Subcommittee seeks one or two enthusiastic new members to join the committee. Applicants should have a strong interest in therapeutic riding, EFL and EFP, desire to continue the development of and improve the equine specialist certification. Click here to read the subcommittee description and requirements.

To express your interest in this opportunity to serve PATH Intl. and the field of therapeutic riding and mental health, submit a letter or email of interest and a resume to PATH Intl., Attn: Tara McChesney. The submission deadline is March 14, 2012.


Announcing PATH Intl. Webinars

The next webinar is "Steps to Successful Accreditation" on Monday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). To register, log in to the PATH Intl. online store. Space is limited to the first 15 registrants.


Standards Reorganization

In August 2011 a task force was formed to review the current organization of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual. In the course of the review, it is evident that due to increased activities and certifications and yearly additions to the Standards Manual the time has come for a reorganization of the content. While the content remains the same, the intent is to eliminate duplications and create a much more user friendly manual with the publication of the 2012 edition. Click here for more details. 


Upcoming Region Conferences: Save the Date

Region 6  March 9-11  Fargo, ND Contact: Bette Shipley, Kristi Schaefer or Erika Berg
Region 2  March 23-25  Middletown, MD  Contact: Ginny Gaylor
Region 3  March 23-25  Williamsburg, VA  Contact: Nancy Paschall
Region 4: March 30-31  Gilbertsville, KY  Contact: Joy Winebarger
Region 1  April 20-22  Putney, VT  Contact: Kate Davis-McKelvy 

Other dates will be coming soon. Check the region conference calendar or your region's webpage for the latest details.


PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, 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 Find a Center 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
February 24-27, 2012
MTRA in Ocala, FL

March 17-20, 2012
Happy Trails in Visalia, CA

September 14-16, 2012
Sunnyside Equestrian Center in Lincroft, NJ

October 24-27, 2012
Hearts & Horses, Inc. in Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the first 2-1/2 days, certification held the last 2-1/2 days. Specific schedule sent by host site.

August 7-11, 2012
BraveHearts at the Bergmann Center in Poplar Grove, IL

September 25-29, 2012
Horse Power @ Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
March 11-12, 2012
EQUEST in Wylie, TX

April 15-17, 2012
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ

May 29-31, 2012
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT

September 10-12, 2012
BraveHearts in Harvard, IL

November 16-18, 2012
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Annapolis, MD

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
August 24-27, 2012
Riding to the Top in Windham, ME 


PATH Intl. Mentor Training

February 28-29, 2012

Therapeutic Horsemanship in Wentzville, MO


May 20-21, 2012

Saddle Up! in Franklin, TN

PATH Intl. Evaluator Training
June 2-3, 2012
BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre in Polar Grove, IL

  • Interested in becoming an evaluator for the onsite certification events? This is the event to attend.
  • This will be the only training offered in 2012.
  • Advanced Instructors only.
  • Prior completion of PATH Intl. Mentor Training required.
  • Contact: Meggan Hill-McQueeney, (815) 765-2113.

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2012 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 



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