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PATH Intl. Sponsors

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    


New Platinum Sponsor

PATH Intl. welcomes Bimeda, makers of Equimax, as its newest Platinum Sponsor! As a part of this sponsorship, Equimax will sponsor the full-day Horse Expo November 3, 2012, at Little Bit TRC in Woodinville, WA, during the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. Welcome, Equimax! 


Buying Horse Supplies?

Want to buy supplies for your horse while supporting PATH Intl.? Check out Amicus Equine, where 8 percent of your purchase can be donated to PATH Intl. Thank you for your support!  

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International  

March 6, 2012   


Thank You for Your Gifts to PATH Intl.

Thanks to our 2011 Year End Campaign donors, we not only met our goal but exceeded it! We appreciate all our veteran donors as well as the numerous new donor names and faces this year.

Many of you give to PATH Intl. each year so that YOUR professional association can provide the expertise, education and standards required to guide instructors, other professionals and centers in the provision of safe and meaningful equine-assisted activities and therapies. Your donations have given us the support to initiate a webinar training program so that we can provide the most up-to-date training in the most efficient and effective manner possible.  

In addition, donations to the Pat and Jackie Mullins Scholarship Fund provide scholarships to the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. As one 2011 conference attendee shared, "Horses and therapeutic riding have made such a difference in my life and taught me so much about patience and problem solving. Horses helped me so much during my adolescence and I hope to be able to use this opportunity to increase my knowledge and share it with my students."

Thank you for giving to PATH Intl.

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Apply Now for 2012 PATH Intl. Conference Scholarships  

2012conflogoPATH Intl. continues to work diligently to obtain funding sources to ensure the maximum opportunity to underwrite scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. As leaders in the industry, we are committed to providing our members with opportunities for continuing education and professional development. We are excited to offer these opportunities to experience the PATH Intl. Conference to those new as well as experienced in the field.

The 2012 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Scholarship application and the 2012 Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship application are due by email, fax or mail postmarked no later than June 11, 2012.

Click here to download applications.

We wish you the best of luck with your application.


2012 PATH Intl. Conference Call for Papers

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.

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. Logo Wear Now Available Online!  

PATH Intl. has launched a new Pro Shop for logo merchandise!


Choose from thousands of clothing and merchandise items. Then select the association-approved logo that's right for you, and it will be embroidered or silkscreened on your chosen items. There are logos for Certified Instructors, Premier Accredited Centers and many more that you can add to any of the items. Shop a full-range of hip styles of t-shirts, jackets, anything you can imagine!  


Many clothing items allow further customization such as adding your name or your center name to the embroidery.


Show your pride in accomplishment. Click here to start shopping today!



 Join the Society of Visionaries 

Jockey Chris McCarronHave you heard about the Society of Visionaries and all the fun they are having? This past fall, Society of Visionaries members met famed jockey Chris McCarron, toured Keeneland Racetrack and received a one-of-a-kind tour of Darley Thoroughbred Farm.

Click here for more information on how you can join the Society of Visionaries this November in Seattle. Or contact Megan Ream for information.    


Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) Name Change Official  

It's official. The Federation of Riding for the Disabled International (FRDI) is now the Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI). "With this name we give credit to where it is due: the horse," said Executive Director Gisela Heimsath-Rhodes. "Equines deliver those special ingredients, the movement, the special emotional connection, and the non-judgmental disposition that make our work so effective." Heimsath-Rhodes is also a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, a PATH Intl. Certified Vaulting Instructor, has served on the PATH Intl. Vaulting Committee, and has given much of her time, talents and passion to PATH Intl.

therapeutic riding logoThose at HETI are hard at work on presenting the XIV International Congress for Therapeutic Horse Riding April 24-27, 2012, in Athens, Greece. The keynote lecture of the Opening Ceremony, "The Horse in Ancient Greece: Riding on Old Paths," will be given by Irini Papageorgiou, archaeologist and curator in the Department of Prehistoric, Ancient Greek and Roman Collections, Benaki Museum.

Click here for information on the Congress, including the upcoming program and registration information.    


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.  and PATH Intl. Centers Featured in the News

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Chagrin Falls, OH, and Gaitway High School were featured on the Channel 3 News February 7. Click here to watch the clip.


The American Quarter Horse Foundation Quarterly featured PATH Intl. on the front page of its first quarter issue in the article "American Quarter Horses Honored by PATH International." Five out of the 11 regional winners for 2011 PATH Intl. Equine of the Year were American Quarter Horses. According to the article, "American Quarter Horses in PATH programs have touched the hearts and minds of not just the disabled, but the trainers, family members and volunteers as well." We thank AQHA for its continued support and sponsorship of PATH Intl.


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, April 16 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
   Note: Region 4's registration is still open but closing soon! Click here for a brochure.
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.


A Few Do's and Don'ts of Social Networking Etiquette

There are a lot of articles on the web about social networking etiquette. (By the way, we've posted a few guidelines about PATH Intl. Community Connections on the website.) It can be tricky knowing what is okay to post and what might be better left off your page or someone else's.

facebook logoHere are just a few Dos and Don'ts for those who use Facebook.


  • Send a personal message about private matters rather than posting it on someone's wall. Common courtesy also dictates that some information be given through a phone call.
  • Be mindful about what you post. Remember, the status update denigrating a business today might be a future employer or reference tomorrow.
  • Be careful of your tone. Remember that on social networks, body language (which accounts for a good deal of communication) is lost.


  • Vent about your work. Even with stringent privacy settings, there is always a risk that someone will see your post that you didn't intend. Just remember that what you post can be seen by many different people, organizations and businesses as well as friends. 
  • Overshare. Your friends don't really want to know what you are doing every 10 minutes.  


One more Do: 

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

May 23-26, 2012
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ

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

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. 



Please direct correspondence about this newsletter to PATH Intl. eNews coordinator. PATH Intl. eNews is a benefit of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International membership. No portion of this publication may be reproduced by any mechanical, photographic, scanned or electronic process without written permission from PATH Intl. PATH Intl. reserves the right to reject, accept and edit submitted material. PATH Intl. eNews is intended as an information exchange and an opportunity for communication for members in the field of equine assisted activities. The opinions, practices or products presented in PATH Intl. eNews do not necessarily reflect PATH Intl. policy, imply PATH Intl. endorsement or comply with PATH Intl. standards.