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PATH Intl. Sponsors

If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference & Annual Meeting, please contact

Megan Ream Ferry


Title Sponsor - $20,000+ 



Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+  

English Riding Supply
Equine Network/AIM   


Gold Sponsors - $10,000+ 

Bayer HealthCare Animal Health

Kentucky Performance Products



Silver - $7,500+   




Bronze - $5,000+   


Equus Foundation 

Platinum Performance  



Pewter - $2,500+ 






Triple Crown Nutrition 



Capital One Discontinues PATH Intl. Credit Card Program

Capital OneŽ has decided to discontinue the Card Lab Connect Program, effective June 17, 2014. As a result, they will no longer issue new cards under the program. Capital One will convert the existing accounts in the program to Capital One branded rewards cards by the end of this year. Click here for more information.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications  

    June 3, 2014  


PATH Intl. Proudly Announces New CEO

Kathy AlmWith a firm focus on the organization's future and the mission of promoting safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is pleased to announce Kathy Alm as its next Chief Executive Officer.  


Alm brings to PATH Intl. proven strategic leadership, having spent the last 25 years transforming organizations, guiding their respective boards, staff, donors and volunteers to the realization of their visions. For the last 15 years she served as Executive Director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Woodinville, WA, one of the largest organizations in the industry. Read the full press release here.


Two World-Class Featured Presenters Make the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting a Not-to-Miss Event

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce that we are offering not just one, but two world-class featured presenters at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, sponsored by Purina, October 29 to November 1, in San Diego, CA.

At Thursday's luncheon, you will be re-energized by listening to the captivating and uplifting stories of Aubrey H. Fine, educator, lecturer and animal lover. Dr. Fine will share insights into treating children with ADHD and how to help them build resilience and confidence. He will highlight how equine-assisted activities and therapies can effectively work with this population and make their interactions more meaningful and valuable.

Dr. Fine is a licensed psychologist, specializing in treating children with ADHD, learning disabilities and developmental disorders.

On Friday during the General Session, world-renowned clinician, trainer and equestrian coach Chris Irwin will share with attendees how to develop a deep bond between themselves and their horses through his evolutionary methodology-learning  to think horse, speak horse, and play horse games by horse rules to be the better horse. The General Session concepts and principles will be applied in the arena during a General Session at the Horse Expo the following day.   

Chris is the author of Horses Don't Lie and Dancing With Your Dark Horse, revealing how the characteristics necessary to building good relationships with horses can in turn be used to discover and heal our deepest wounds and help us reach our greatest potential.

Watch your email, PATH Intl. conference page and Facebook for more information on this exceptional conference in the southern California sunshine. Registration information will be coming in July.


Exhibit at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting

Do you have a product equine professionals would be interested in purchasing? Educational materials, books, videos and jewelry are all great possibilities for selling to the 700+ therapeutic horsemanship professionals we expect to see at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference, October 29-November 1 in San Diego. 96% of 2013 conference survey respondents said they will contact one or more exhibitors. Exhibiting pays off!

For more information, email Megan Ferry or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 107. 


Center Breaks Ground Thanks to PATH Intl. Disaster Relief

groundbreaking ceremony 

Staten Island Recreation Association, a PATH Intl. Center in New York, saw some of the worst of Hurricane Sandy's damage Fall 2012. We are proud to announce that through the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund--which is funded by donors like you--the center had its groundbreaking on Thursday, May 29 (see full article here).  


Click here if you'd like to donate to help centers impacted by disaster in the future. Thank you for your support of centers during their times of need, and congrats to Staten Island Recreation Association!  


Results Are In on ASD and Hippotherapy Study Funded by HHRF

The research results are in from a study funded by Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) on using hippotherapy for children with autism spectrum disorder. Data showed that several "life outcomes" were found to be significant. Read the article here.


Call for Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Videos

PATH Intl. is seeking videos of equine-facilitated psychotherapy to use in marketing and on its YouTube channel. If you have any videos, please send them (or the YouTube link) to Cher Smith, Communications Coordinator/Webmaster. Videos must comply with PATH Intl. Standards and must have all necessary releases. Thank you!


SmarkPak Announces First PATH Intl. Horse of the Month

PATH Intl. and SmarkPak are excited to announce their first Horse of the Month: Rascal from Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Chagrin Falls, OH. "It was not easy to select the first horse," said Courtney Bruso, marketing assistant for SmartPak. "All of the entries were very touching." Rascal received his SmartPak supplements last week.

Learn more about Rascal, SmartPak's Horse of the Month. Nominate your horse in June for a chance to win! The Horse of the Month receives $100 of SmartPak products for a month. Photos are highly encouraged!


PATH Intl. Supports the PAST Act

PATH Intl. has added its name to the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, joining a long list of equine organizations and veterinary and animal health organizations and professionals who are petitioning Congress to ban soring devices and increase penalties for violations. Click here for the full article.


Bayer Introduces Educational Program for Horse Enthusiasts

PATH Intl. sponsor Bayer HealthCare Animal Health is introducing the "Your Ride With a Legend" educational program. This program gives equine enthusiasts access to useful horse health information from Bayer and performance tips from a pair of world-class competitors, the "Legend Riders." Upon sign-up for the no-cost program, members have the opportunity to win a trip to one of two premiere equine events: the 2014 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity in Fort Worth, TX; or the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover in Lexington, KY. These two VIP trips include meet-and-greets with the "Legend Riders" for the winners and their respective guests.

Click here for information about "Your Ride With a Legend," including complete sweepstakes rules. 


Scholarship for Prospective Instructors

Champions logoDon't wait to begin logging your volunteer hours for the 2015 PATH Intl. Champion of Equine Service Certification Scholarship, sponsored by the EQUUS Foundation. The scholarship financially assists prospective instructors who achieve champion status to obtain a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification. The EQUUS Foundation will award one scholarship to cover the registration fee up to $1,000 for the recipient to attend a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Workshop. 


For more information about the champions program, the PATH Intl. Scholarship and how PATH Intl. members can achieve champion status by volunteering, visit the EQUUS Foundation website.


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  

June 26-29, 2014

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, Bend, OR

August 7-10, 2014
SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, Hockley, TX

August 13-16, 2014
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

August 14-17, 2014
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, Harvard, IL

August 28-31, 2014
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR), Lenoir City, TN

September 11-14, 2014
Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program, Hampton, GA

October 22-25, 2014
Hearts and Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

November 20-23, 2014
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm, Temple, NH


PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Only 

July 19-20, 2014
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND  


PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification  

August 22-24, 2014
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Brewster, NY

September 24-27, 2014
Hearts and Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification
August 8-10, 2014 - Demonstration Only
Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Aubrey, TX

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification
August 20-22, 2014
ManeGait, McKinney, TX

PATH Intl. Mentor Training

June 20-21, 2014
SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, Hockley, TX

July 19-20, 2014
Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Crownsville, MD

August 7-8, 2014
PATH Intl. Region 5 Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 


PATH Intl. Approved Training Course

August 27-November (contact the host site for ending date)

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

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



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