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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 


PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Helps Center 

Megan Delmar, the executive director of Staten Island Recreational Association, Inc., in Staten Island, NY, sent a letter to PATH Intl. thanking members for the assistance provided through the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund. Read the full letter here.  


"I don't think I was mentally ready to handle what was ahead for us and I was a little broken," Megan writes. Then two boys, both on the autism spectrum and one a former participant, came to help in any way they could. "Watching these two boys work so hard trying to make a difference with their own limited abilities brought me right back to where I needed to be. ... I was ready to rebuild what I lost. I thought of all the kids we have helped over the years. How we had given them a place where they were accepted and belonged. A place where they could go and their disability didn't matter. It was in that moment that I asked our instructor to contact PATH Intl. for help." 


Click here for information on the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund. Click here to donate to the fund or contact Megan Ferry, (800) 369-7433, ext. 107.  

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications  

    August 20, 2013 


2013 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting

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Questions about registration? Contact Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 111.

Session Highlights

Everyone is looking for ways to diversify programming and increase revenue. Create an inclusive trail riding team! Presenters Teri Carroll and Doria Fleisher will show attendees how to add team trail riding to a program while attracting new participants and providing individuals of varying abilities the opportunity to ride together. 


More and more, research is being sought for the efficacy of equine-assisted activities and therapies. Prepare your EAAT center for research with this session, which highlights issues to consider for developing quality research, including infrastructure and collaboration. This session, based in part on a collaboration between a center and a university research team, is presented by Robin Gabriels and Amy Shoffner.


Join us for Destination: Success! 


You Need a Vacation!

Disney TicketYou work hard throughout the year. You need a vacation! PATH Intl. has just the thing you need to turn your 2013 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting into a great vacation. Click here for ways to extend your time in Orlando by buying discount tickets for Orlando attractions, such as Disney theme parks, by making reservations through an exclusive PATH Intl. partnership, or by participating in the PATH Intl. Destination Vacation Online Auction. Have fun! 


PATH Intl. Conference Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following, who are the recipients of the PATH Intl. Conference Scholarships! Thank you to all of those who took a good deal of time to apply and weren't selected. Please apply again next year for the 2014 conference. 


Thank you also to our donors and sponsors who make these scholarships possible. (If you would like information about donating to scholarships, contact Megan Ferry.) 


General Scholarship

Kim Bennett, Winter Park, CO
Charmaine Bouford, Smithfield, ME

Jessie Butler, Ft. Collins, CO   

Allison Crook, Loveland, CO 

Rachaell Dockery, East Stroudsburg, PA 

Sharla Kershen, Argyle, TX

Katja Mehlhorn, Pittsburgh, PA

Sarah Newton-Cromwell, Murfreesboro, TN

Denise Quirk, Warrington, PA

Susan Stapel, Magdalena, NM

Rohana Swihart, West Richland, WA 

Alexa Talkington, Alvy, WV  


Marjorie Kittredge Scholarship in Mental Health and Learning Hallie Sheade, Denton, TX 


PAC Featured in Newspaper Story

Strides to Success, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Plainfield, IN, was featured in an article in The Indianapolis Star June 23 titled "The Horse Is the Whisperer" by Phil Richards. The story focused on the veterans program at the center. One veteran, Doug McLaughlin, is using sessions to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sessions have been healing. "What's the magic? That's a good question," he told Richards. "The horse senses there's a leader in everyone. You've just got to find it."   


Congratulations to Strides to Success for furthering the attention of the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies to those who face challenges. 


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. Equine-Facilitated Learning Survey

EFL is a rapidly growing part of the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry that is large and sometimes ambiguous as far as definitions, practices and professional pathways. A survey has been created that will help PATH Intl. as an association better understand the needs of its members, and the information gathered will help guide us as this industry evolves. For taking part in the survey, one member will receive an EFL package, which includes the PATH Intl. Equine-Facilitated Learning Manual, a PATH Intl. ESMHL Certified Professional shirt and Marvelous Minis curriculum donated by Strides to Success, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Plainfield, IN. Winner to be drawn randomly.

Click here to take the survey. 


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 21, 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.  



Welcome New PATH Intl. Centers


Please join PATH Intl. in welcoming these new centers. These centers joined PATH Intl. in July.

HorseBuds Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Greeley, CO

Intermountain Equestrian Center, Billings, MT

Therapeutic Riding Center South Jersey, Logan Township, NJ


PATH Intl. Strides "Great Idea" Offers Great Discount

Be sure to check out the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides magazine's "Great Idea" on page 50. Lynn Petr discusses the profitability of composting. The system she uses, O2 Compost, was a PATH Intl. 2012 Conference exhibitor. O2 Compost is offering discounts to PATH Intl. members who purchase its systems through August 31, 2013.  


Compost System

Regular Price  

(plus shipping)


Micro-Bin (1-4 horses)



Benchmark (4-8 horses)



Cornerstone (8-20 horses)



Questions? Contact  Peter Moon or call him at (360) 568-8085.


Educational Materials Grant for Therapeutic Horsemanship Centers

The Parelli Education Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the teaching of natural horsemanship, is giving away $1,000,000 in educational materials to therapeutic horsemanship centers, horse welfare organizations, youth programs and individual youth under age 19. Click here for information and to apply for the grant, which is made possible by Parelli Natural Horsemanship. The giveaway ends November 15, 2013.


Last Day for 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 to help us align with those organizations.


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.


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 17-20, 2013
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center in Bend, OR

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

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

December 13-15, 2013
Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, OH

PATH Intl. Mentor Training

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

Evaluator Training  
August 24-25, 2013
Equest in Wylie, TX 

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2013 and 2014 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 



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