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PATH Intl. Sponsors

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



Pewter - $2,500+   






Triple Crown Nutrition 



Click, Like and Feel Great: Bimeda/Equimax on Facebook

From now until Labor Day, September 1, 2014, for every like received on the PATH Intl. Sponsor Bimeda/Equimax Facebook page, Bimeda will donate $1 to PATH Intl., up to $1,000. We are at nearly 200 likes from when we started!

It couldn't be easier! Click the link, like their page, and feel great for helping PATH Intl. Thank you!


DAV Charitable Trust Grant

Does your nonprofit center serve veterans? If so, you may be eligible to apply to the DAV Charitable Trust for a grant to fund veterans services. Their next grant cycle starts October 1. For information, visit their website.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications  

   August 5, 2014  


Message From the CEO

Kathy-AlmMy first couple of days as CEO of PATH Intl. are nearing the end. As tired as I might be by the move from Seattle to Denver, I have been energized by these two days full of information and possibilities. Although I know PATH Intl. well from my earlier time as a center executive director and as a PATH Intl. Board Member and Past President, having this opportunity to learn yet another perspective and ultimately take all of that knowledge to lead the association forward is exhilarating. Thanks to the strong work of the board, staff leadership and community input, we have a bold strategic plan to execute that will benefit the membership and the clients we serve. I look forward to working with all of you to strengthen and build this industry in the days ahead.

All the best,


Kathy Alm


Register for the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting

Renewing Sponsor and Special Conference Auction Item! 

We are pleased to announce that Equicizer has renewed their pewter-level sponsorship of the PATH Intl. Conference and will once again donate a Classic Equicizer to be auctioned prior to the annual banquet. This is an excellent opportunity to get one for your center, so come prepared to bid. Thank you, Equicizer! 


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Registration for the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting is now open. Click here to register and pick your sessions. If you registered through the special promotion, you may now go in and select your sessions.

The hard copy registration booklet and form was polybagged with the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides, so check your mail, or you can click the cover of the registration book (left) to open in your browser.


Two Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans

PATH Intl. is proud to offer two scholarship opportunities for veterans of U.S. military service in order to promote their continued growth and to give back to them for their service. The PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Conference Scholarship for Veterans will award one conference registration to the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego to a veteran. The PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification Scholarship for Veterans will reimburse to a veteran the cost of pursuing PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification. Visit the website for information and applications.


PATH Intl. Exhibits at American Psychological Association Convention in DC

The PATH Intl. Medical Advisory helped identify the 2014 medical tradeshow at which PATH Intl. will exhibit. The American Psychological Association Convention, August 7-10 in Washington DC, is a perfect fit to help broaden outreach for the association and EAAT. The last time the event was held in DC, 2011, there were 13,633 psychologist attendees! We have heard from many  PATH Intl. Certified Professionals who are attending the event as they currently play an active role in this vibrant association.


Medical advisory member Dr. Robin Gabriels will be presenting at the convention on her recent research: "Expanding rural intervention options for children on the autism spectrum: Results from a four-year randomized control trial of therapeutic horseback riding." Joahn Hall, MD, also a medical advisory and PATH Intl. Board of Trustees member, has graciously offered to attend to help with the outreach. The goal is to educate the attendees about the essential role PATH Intl. plays in EAAT, including equine-facilitated psychotherapy and why it is vital that they seek PATH Intl. Professionals and Centers for their clients and professional needs.


BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center Offers PATH Intl. Member Discount for Veterans Conference

veteran with horseThe education event Providing with Purpose: Serving Veterans to the Best of our Abilities will focus on strategies for individuals serving veterans with an emphasis on those working with horses. Clinician Monty Roberts will be the keynote speaker! The event is August 22-24, 2014, at BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre, 4950 Route 173, Poplar Grove, IL 61065.


PATH Intl. MEMBERS ONLY may register one free guest with the purchase of one full registration. The deadline is Friday, August 8th at 5 p.m. CST.


Click here for the tentative schedule or for more information. Have a question? Email: To redeem this discount offer call: (815) 943-8226.


James Brady, 1940-2014

James BradyIt was with sadness that PATH Intl. heard the news yesterday of the death of James Brady, the press secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. The failed attempt left Brady paralyzed.

To make his physical therapy more enjoyable, Brady began therapeutic riding with his horse. It was so beneficial that he improved rapidly and eventually was able to walk without a cane. He said that the riding helped him improve his balance and muscle control more than traditional physical therapy.

PATH Intl. named its professional achievement award after James Brady. The PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award Winners are listed on the website.

The winner of the 2014 James Brady Professional Achievement Award, which is sponsored by The Equus Foundation, will be announced at the PATH Intl. Conference Awards Banquet, October 31, 2014, in San Diego.

Our thoughts are with Mr. Brady's family.


Bayer Offers Free Webinar on Equine Health

Mark August 19 on your calendar for a free Bayer HealthCare Animal Health webinar on Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis. Dr. James Little will present "EPM: The Cause, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment" at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Watch your email inbox for more information coming soon.


Join Us in Welcoming These New PATH Intl. Centers!


Welcome to these two centers who have joined the PATH Intl. family! If you would like information on starting a center, visit the Centers page or contact Stefani Viktora-Anderson.

Kiddy Up Ranch Therapy and Learning Academy, New Port Richie, FL

Stable Place, Davie, FL
Silver Lining Riding Program, Waddell, AZ


Colorado Center Named Best of Business by Business Journal

Congratulations to Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Elbert, CO. The Colorado Springs Business Journal in its 2014 Best of Business honors named Pikes Peak TRC Best Physical Rehab Center.

"Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center isn't full of complicated gym equipment and stern, demanding physical therapists. Their therapy is of the furrier sort - horses," states the CSBJ website. "The center started out solely as a place for people with disabilities to ride horses, and has grown to include hippotherapy, thanks to a partnership with Memorial Hospital. They now provide equine therapy to people with speech, occupational or physical disabilities. And they've grown more - in recent years, they started the Horses for Heroes program to provide equine therapy to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. They've just started a psychotherapy equine program to assist with cognitive and emotional well being. Started as a small nonprofit, PPTRC was incorporated in 1982 and now treats a range of cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities."

PPTRC stated on its Facebook page, "We are here to serve the community and thank you for allowing us to serve you."

We at PATH Intl. are proud of the work our centers and our certified professionals do every day, and we are grateful that others outside our industry recognize them too.


Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Keeping It Simple: Managing Manure in Your Paddocks
By Marcie Ehrman, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Ahhhh......turnout! Hopefully, most PATH Intl. Centers are able to provide their EAAT horses with turnout, whether in a large herd over massive acreage, in small, individual dirt paddocks or somewhere in between. Keeping really small "playpen" paddocks clean is not much more difficult than cleaning a stall. In huge open fields, however, the prospect of wandering around, manure fork in hand, in search of manure piles, is impractical at best. There are those very fortunate centers (I taught at one of them) who are the proud owners of a "poop-vac" (this is my term), which can operate off the back of a Gator or farm vehicle and magically vacuums up the manure into a receptacle to be emptied when full.

For those of us without a poop-vac, one very simple, very low cost option for medium-small to medium-large paddocks is the tire drag. Read more.


Needed: Volunteer Management Software Recommendations

We recently posted on Facebook a question some members have asked about recommendations for a good volunteer management software program. Gregg Goodman, executive director of Horses Help, a Premier Accredited Center in Phoenix, AZ, and Arizona State Chair, states that they are looking at a new program with Nonprofit Easy, a one-stop shop for managing volunteers, fundraising and other organizational data. Thank you for your input, Gregg!

When it comes to running our organizations, other members are often our best resource. Do you have a volunteer management software program you'd like to recommend? Send an email to Cher Smith.


SmartPak Horse of the Month

Meet Daisy, the SmartPak PATH Intl. Horse of the Month for July. Daisy is an EAAT horse at Hearts & Hooves, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Sherwood, AR. Congratulations, Daisy! Hearts & Hooves will receive one month of SmartSupplements.


SmartPak is looking now to choose the next Horse of the Month, which will receive $100 of SmartPak products for a month. Nominate your horse in August for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!


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 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  

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 9-12, 2014
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

October 16-19, 2014
National Ability Center, Park City, UT

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

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


PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification  

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

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


PATH Intl. Approved Training Course

August 27 to 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 2014-15 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 



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