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PATH Intl. Sponsors

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

Megan Ream Ferry


Title Sponsor



Platinum Sponsor
Tekna Saddles 


Gold Sponsors


Bayer Healthcare Animal Health

Equine Network/AIM







American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)  







The Foal Project    

Triple Crown Nutrition 


PATH Intl. Sponsor Honors Volunteers

BimedaEquineUS, a PATH Intl. sponsor, wants to recognize and thank a volunteer. Nominate a volunteer from a PATH Intl. Center, and he or she will have a chance to receive a "Thanks for Your Time" Bimeda $50 American Express Gift Card. Because we know those special folks care about your center and its horses, Bimeda will donate a 50 dose pack of Bimectin® (ivermectin), Exodus® (pyrantel pamoate) and Equimax® (ivermectin/praziquantel) dewormers to the volunteer's center. Nominate your volunteer today!


Welcome New Sponsor

Populous logoThank you to Populous  for joining PATH Intl. as its newest pewter-level sponsor. Todd Gralla of Populous, the official architecture and overlay designers for the London 2012 Olympic Equestrian Games, will be presenting on EAAT facility design at the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference in Bellevue, WA, October 31 - November 3. Welcome, Populous!

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

June 19, 2012   


PATH Intl. Is Working for You!

The PATH Intl. mission is to be a global authority, resource and advocate for EAAT. To that end a task force has been formed that is working for you to review the certification system and processes. A diverse and inclusive group of volunteers comprise the task force, led by long-time member and past board of trustees president Teresa Morris.

Other volunteers represent all current PATH Intl. certifications, including riding (Sandy Webster and Patti Coyle), driving (Tina Bennett), vaulting (Alison Plaza) and equine specialist (Memree Stuart). Other groups represented include AHA (Janet Weisberg) and EFP/EFL (Leif Hallberg). Oversight Committee representatives include Certification Oversight (Marsha Anderson) and Education Oversight (Lynn Petr).

Watch PATH Intl. eNews and PATH Intl. Strides for more information in the upcoming months about exciting developments.


PATH Intl. Instructor's Novel Garners Awards

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(L to R) Lisa Wysocky, PATH Intl. Director of Marketing & Communications Kaye Marks, Cindy Johnson, Cool Titles Publishing at the American Horse Publications Seminar, Williamsburg, VA

Congratulations to PATH Intl. Certified Instructor and 2011 PATH Intl. Conference Horse Expo Co-Chair Lisa Wysocky. Lisa's mystery work of fiction, The Opium Equation, has to date garnered the following awards:

Silver medal for fiction: Mom's Choice Awards
Silver award: American Horse Publications (Best Horse Book)
Silver award: Independent Book Publications (Best Mystery)
Finalist: National Indie Excellence Awards


ELCR Awarded Equine Industry Vision Award


Founders Melanie Heacock, Georgiana Hubbard McCabe, Rick Jorgensen; former PATH Intl. Board member Susan Harding, ELCR CEO Deb Balliet

Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications named the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) the recipient of the eleventh annual Equine Industry Vision Award, the first of its kind to showcase innovation across the entire equine market, as well as recognize ingenuity and service.

ELCR is an educational and networking resource for horsemen and communities, providing the information horsemen need to protect horse lands and trails in their home town. ELCR is concerned about the broad range of horse land issues asking the question, "Where will you ride, drive, compete, race, raise foals, and grow hay in the future?"


Fun Facts About Our Innovative Conference Location

2012conflogoEveryone knows that Starbucks was born in Seattle. But did you know that the world's first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in a Washington Dairy Queen?

In 2008 Bellevue was ranked #1 in CNNMoney's list of best places to live and launch a business.

Washington is home to many innovative Internet companies, including,,, and Marchex. Other businesses in Bellevue include Eddie Bauer, Microsoft, T-Mobile and Verizon.
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Like to play games? Pictionary and Cranium were both invented in Washington.

You won't want to miss a minute of the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. Look for the registration booklet included with the Summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides, coming in July and register early!


Riders Assistance Fund Awards Seven Scholarships in 2012

PATH Intl., with funding from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation, recently provided seven scholarships for a total of $1,800 to allow children in need to participate in a therapeutic horsemanship program. The Riders Assistance Fund provided funds for participants at seven PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers. Originally, the fund was set up to give one $300 gold-level need-based scholarship. However, thanks to the generosity of the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation, PATH Intl. was able to give out six additional $250 silver-level scholarships in 2012 to PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers.

If you have any questions or would like to donate to this fund, please contact Megan Ream Ferry at (303) 452-1212, ext. 107.

Premier Accredited Centers, please look for information on the 2013 Riders Assistance Fund scholarship in January!


Form Region-Wide Relationships With Your EAAT Peers - PATH Intl. Seeks Region Representative Nominations

PATH Intl. is seeking Membership Oversight Committee Region Representative nominations. The PATH Intl. annual nomination process for region representatives is underway. This year nominations are being accepted for even-numbered regions: 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Click here for requirements and to download the fillable nomination form. Nominations are due to your current region representative no later than July 15. If you prefer, you may print the nomination form, fill it in by hand and mail it to the PATH Intl. office. All handwritten nomination forms must be received by the office by July 15 in order for the nomination to be considered.

If you have any questions please contact Jama Rice at the PATH Intl. office.


HHRF Research Initiative to Investigate PTSD in Veterans

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) recently announced a unique initiative to investigate the therapeutic effects of equine-assisted activities for military veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It is the first of a series of specially focused research initiatives planned by HHRF for the coming years.

$50,000 in research funding will be offered through a competitive and rigorous application and review process. Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance.

Information for applicants, including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more, are available at HHRF's website or by contacting KC Henry, HHRF Executive Director and PATH Intl. life member.



PATH Intl. Welcomes New Certification Coordinator

denise fagerWelcome to Denise Fager, the new PATH Intl. Certification Coordinator. Denise will be working in the programs and education department, working with committees and OSWC events.

Denise began volunteering at the J.F. Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding in San Juan Capistrano, CA, in 2002 and became a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor in 2008. Denise is passionate about her work at PATH Intl. "To work with the members who witness the profound healing that takes place daily...that is one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of all!" 


PATH Intl. Welcomes New Centers


Congratulations to the following new centers that have recently joined PATH Intl. We're excited to have you with us. 

  • Halona Stables LLC, Deerfield, NH
  • Stars & Strides Stables, Inc, Weatherford, TX
  • Healing Horses Therapeutic Riding Program, Linn, MO
  • Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Pilot Point, TX
  • ARISE At The Farm, Chittenango, NY
  • Reining Hope AEAAT, LLC, Morgan, VT
  • Divine Equine Therapeutic Riding Center, Sherman, TX


Ann Romney Helps to Promote Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, recently visited Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Ocala, FL. Romney, who has multiple sclerosis, credits her progress to therapeutic riding. "A horse got me out of bed ... and living life," she said. Click here to read the full article


Nominate a Hoof-Care Professional for 2013 Summit Achievement Award

Do you know a farrier or equine veterinarian who provides much-needed hoof-care work for a therapeutic riding center without charge? Or maybe someone who provides footcare to an equine group in need of help? To recognize the dedication and volunteer efforts among hoof-care professionals, American Farriers Journal is again sponsoring the "Summit Achievement Award." The 2013 award winner will receive $2,000 as well as free registration and paid travel expenses to next winter's International Hoof-Care Summit, January 29 to February 1, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Anyone can submit a nomination for the 2013 Summit Achievement Award before August 31, 2012. Visit the American Farriers Journal website for details and to obtain the entry form for this recognition program. Nominations are due before August 31, 2012.


Para-equestrians at the Olympic Games in London

The Para-Equestrian Selection Trials for the 2012 team were held at Fern Meadow at USEF Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, June 10-13, 2012. The team selected Rebecca Hart, Jonathan Wentz, Donna Ponessa and Dale Dedrick. Go USA with Chef d' equipe Missy Ranshausen!

PATH Intl. member Sandy Rafferty will be a part of the para-equestrians as a previous coach and now an FEI steward at the competitions! Looking forward to a very successful competition in London for the USA. Click here for more information about para-equestrian events or riders!


PATH Intl. Task Force Seeks New Member

The Path Intl. Faculty Development Task Force is looking for a new member. The mission of the task force is to develop criteria for new and continuing faculty trainers, to review processes and procedures and to recruit and train faculty for PATH Intl. credentialing and educational programs. Background in education or training is helpful, along with the ability to attend a morning conference call once a month.

To apply please fill out the volunteer application and submit it with a resume to Jeff Kelling.


Changes to Horse Protection Act

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has amended the horse protection regulations to require horse industry organizations or associations that license "designated qualified persons" to assess and enforce minimum penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act, to become effective July 2012. According to the USDA, this will strengthen the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. Click here to read more about this amendment and the history of the Horse Protection Act.


Upcoming Region Conferences: Save the Date

Region 11 June 22-24 Minden, NV; Contact: Alexis Hill 
Region 10 July 6-8  Fort Collins, CO; Contact: Jan Pollema
Region 5 August 3-5  Tampa, FL; Contact: Susan Lutz
Region 8 August 3-5  Stephenville, TX; Contact: Joan Cutler
Region 7 August 10-12  St. Louis, MO; Contact: Monica Marsh 

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
August 9-12, 2012
Healing Reins in Bend, OR

August 27-30, 2012
National Ability Center in Park City, UT

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

October 17-20, 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 Centre in Poplar Grove, IL

September 25-29, 2012
Horse Power @ Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH
The event will start the evening of the 25th and end the evening of the 29th; contact host site for detailed schedule.

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
September 10-12, 2012
BraveHearts in Harvard, IL

October 14-15, 2012
EQUEST in Wylie, TX

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

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
October 21-24, 2012
Hearts & Horses in Loveland, CO    


PATH Intl. Mentor Training

June 22-23, 2012

Region 11 Conference in Minden, NV

July 27-28, 2012
Dream Catchers in Williamsburg, VA

August 25-26, 2012
Equul Access, Inc., in Hutchinson, MN

October 15-16, 2012
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ 

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.