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PATH Intl. Sponsors

If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2013 PATH Intl. Conference & Annual Meeting, please contact

Megan Ream Ferry


Title Sponsor - $20,000+ 



Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+
Equine Network/AIM 


Gold Sponsors - $10,000+ 

Bayer Healthcare Animal Health



Silver - $7,500+   




Bronze - $5,000+   




Pewter - $2,500+ 


Triple Crown Nutrition 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications  

    August 6, 2013 


2013 PATH Intl. Conference Registration Book

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You should now have the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides magazine with the 2013 PATH Intl. Conference Registration Book. In it, you will find the sessions schedule, hotel information, some fun things to do in Orlando, the Horse Expo line-up with the closing event at Arabian Nights and of course the registration form. Online registration is now open.


If you have questions about registration, contact Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 111.

Session Highlights

If you feel baffled at times by the names, types, functions and usefulness of social media, "Has Social Media Changed Everything ... or Nothing in Center Fund Development?"

is the session for you. Arlene Alen, vice president/director of marketing and development for Horses with H.E.A.R.T., Inc., in Chino Valley, AZ, and PATH Intl. Board of Trustees member, discusses social media campaigns for fund development and why a plan is necessary.

Equine-facilitated learning is growing by lengths and strides. In the interactive session "Saddle Up for Success With Equine-Facilitated Learning," presenters Debbie Anderson and Blair McKissock explore what defines EFL, the training required and will give an overview of facilitation techniques for centers to create diverse, sustainable EFL programming.

Join us for Destination: Success! 


Rein Them In Member-Get-A-Member Drive Winners

Our third annual Rein Them In Member-Get-A-Member drive ended on June 30th, and resulted in numerous new member referrals. Congratulations to Cindy Joyce from Region 1 who won the pick-a-trip weekend and to Healing Strides of VA from Region 3 who won the second prize of a $100 gift card. All members who recruited new members were entered in to a drawing for a free conference registration, and Helen Jennings from Dubai was the lucky winner.


Thank you for helping to keep our association strong! 


Individual and Instructor Membership Renewal

Starting September 1, 2013, membership renewal notices will be sent electronically. Individual and instructor members will be able to renew online or by downloading a membership renewal form and the instructor compliance form from the PATH Intl. website on the My PATH Intl. Membership page. To ensure that membership renewal notices are received, members will need to be proactive in keeping their email address current in their member records. If you have questions regarding updating your email address, please contact Jorian Stuckey, (800) 369-7433, ext. 119.


PATH Intl. Webinar on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

PATH Intl. will hold the webinar "Riding in the Moment: A Program for Persons With Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia" on August 24, 2013, at 5 p.m. Mountain time. It will be presented by Stef Vikora, Program Director at Hearts and Horses, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Loveland, CO. If you would like to attend this pertinent and informative topic, contact Denise Fager or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114.  



Equine Welfare Tips

Equine Nutrition 101 - Part I
By Donald R. Kapper, PAS, and Marcie Ehrman, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

All of us who own/manage horses are interested in optimizing their health and improving their performance. Understanding how the quality of forage they eat can affect their digestive function and their health is a great place to start when reviewing best management practices.

This article is divided into two parts:

  1. Part I will highlight the importance of knowing the forage 'type' and 'quality' you are feeding at your center. Putting this knowledge to use will greatly benefit your horses' over-all health and performance.
  2. Part II will feature how the horse's digestive system functions and why they are selective 'continuous' grazers of forage. See why feeding more forage and less grain mixture is better for your horses' health and your pocketbook.

The mainstay of all horse diets is the forage they consume. It is essential that every horse owner/manager understand how the equine digestive tract functions optimally and how forage quality and quantity will help maintain the health of your horses, reduce the incidence of colic and keep your horses performing up to their potential. Read more


Bimeda Volunteer Award Winner for July

The July winner of the Bimeda Volunteer Award was Michele Sandefur of Therapeutic Animal Partners in Columbia, TN. "Michele has been a gracious volunteer for 13+ years. She is a PATH Intl. Instructor, weekly feeder for our equine partners, supporter at numerous special events and the veterinarian to our barncats and bunnies."

Congratulations, Michele!

Your center can 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. In addition, Bimeda will donate a 25 dose pack of Bimectin, Exodus and Equimax dewormers to the volunteer's center. Visit Bimeda Equine for details.


PATH Intl. Announces 2013 Region Award Winners

A big congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Every year, PATH Intl. centers and members nominate the very best equestrians, certified professionals, veterinarians, volunteers and equines serving at PATH Intl. Centers, and we are pleased to announce the regional and equestrian award winners. Each year becomes more difficult to choose from among the outstanding nominations. This year, PATH Intl. received an astounding 227 nominations, demonstrating once again the high quality of service our centers offer. It takes a lot of time and thought to nominate someone, and we thank everyone who nominated someone. (Remember that  nominations are now accepted year round.) A special thank you also to our judges for making the difficult decisions.

Click here to see a list of the 2013 PATH Intl. Region Award Winners.


PATH Intl. Membership Purchasing Survey

Help PATH Intl. and possibly win a prize by taking 10 minutes or less to tell us about your purchasing habits! In order to serve our members best, we seek to partner with appropriate industry organizations and companies. So every couple years PATH Intl. gathers purchasing data on its membership.


Click here to complete the survey by August 20, 2013. This survey should take less than 10 minutes. Respondents who would like to be entered in a drawing can win 16 prizes, including feed coupons, bags of horse treats, dewormers, books and even a $25 American Express gift card! (Thank you to Bimeda/Equimax, Triple Crown Nutrition and Horse Sense of the Carolinas for these prizes.)


If you have any questions, please contact Megan Ferry at PATH Intl. Thank you in advance for your participation.


Photographer's Show Benefits Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

The Niche Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY, announced the opening of its new show, "The Foal Project," a series of images taken by photographer Lisa Miller, who has been responsible for a couple of covers of PATH Intl. Strides magazine. These 40" x 60"signed and numbered limited edition pieces are printed on metal and depict the moment of connection between a mare and her foal at birth.


The "Foal Project," which will be at The Niche through the end of August, is a not for profit traveling gallery show to raise awareness and funding for equine-assisted activities and therapies. Proceeds go to the Foal Project Donor Advised Fund established at the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund in Saratoga Springs, NY. From there, the funds are used to fill grant requests made by equine-assisted activities and therapies centers. Some of the centers that have received funding from the Foal Project Donor Advised Fund include Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in West Bridgewater, MA; Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Teton Village, WY; and STAR Riding and Driving, Inc., in Aiken, SC.

The Foal Project has gained national attention with media coverage on and many other news sources. For information on the Foal Project or to request a grant form please
contact Lisa Miller at or (315) 525-8184.


Reward Your PATH Intl. Participants With Donated Ribbons

Would your program like to reward your riders and volunteers with donated ribbons? Perhaps your center would like to create a ribbon tree or ribbon wreath out of donated ribbons for your next fundraiser.

Ribbon Recycling collects donated ribbons for distribution to therapeutic riding centers and directs donors to "donate locally," as well.  


Please let Ribbon Recycling know if your center would be interested in receiving donated ribbons. Simply fill out the form on its site. Include in the comments that you would like to be contacted by ribbon donors. Ribbon Recycling will then list your center on its site so that local donors may contact you directly. If you have questions, contact Julie Beaulieu at Ribbon Recycling.


PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Denise Fager at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, 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. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
September 11-15, 2013
Special People United to Ride (SPUR) in Lincroft, NJ

September 26-29
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center in Burnsville, NC

September 27-30, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH

October 23-26, 2013
Hearts and 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.
October 15-19, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification combination event
Specific schedule sent by host site.

August 6-9, 2013
Equest in Wylie, TX

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
September 7-8, 2013
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA

October 18-20, 2013
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ

PATH Intl. Mentor Training

August 9-10, 2013
SIRE in Hockley, TX

August 13-14, 2013
Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, OH

December 7-8, 2013
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Brewster, NY

Evaluator Training  
August 16-17, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT

August 24-25, 2013
Equest in Wylie, TX 

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2013 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 



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