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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 



Equine Welfare Webinar

A presentation of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee webinar on equine welfare best practices will be September 23, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar is free. Click here to sign up.

The presenter is Cathy Languerand. Cathy is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, a CHA Master Level Instructor, and is the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair.   

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications  

  September 16, 2014  


Early Bird Discount Deadline Approaching

conference logoEarly bird registration is open through tomorrow, September 17. Register now to save $135 off the onsite price! From September 18 through October 6, registration is $650. After October 6, you will only be able to register onsite.


You will not want to miss this conference filled with Good Vibrations!

If you would prefer to register by fax, click here to download the registration book. Complete the form and fax it to Amanda Walters at (303) 252-4610.  


2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Highlights

Fun Things to Do in San Diego!  

You don't have to spend a lot of money to have fun in San Diego. lists 25 free (or relatively inexpensive) things to do. Here are a few highlights:

La Jolla - The La Jolla coastline varies dramatically - from 300 foot sea cliffs, to rocky reefs, to golden sand coves, all for you to explore, including miles of protected underwater preserves. La Jolla Cove is also perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving, if you are so inclined.

Do you prefer desert vistas? Visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and experience the natural beauty of the desert. The 600,000-acre park is one of the largest state parks in the United States.

Enjoy free organ concerts at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park. The Organ Pavillion features one of world's largest outdoor pipe organs, a San Diego landmark since 1914, where organists play traditional favorites, waltzes and show tunes on enormous 32-foot pipes.

You will not want to miss this conference filled with Good Vibrations! Register for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting by Wednesday, September 17, to take advantage of the early bird discount.

Conference Highlights 

Garnering funds is always a priority for our nonprofit PATH Intl. Member Centers. Nancy Paschall will help you understand the messaging differences among the various types of fundraising in The Essentials of Grant Writing for EAAT Programs and how to increase the likelihood of winning grants. Dana Butler-Moburg will help you assess your organizations readiness for a capital campaign in When to Build? An Interactive Conversation About Capital Campaigns and Building Fundraising Capacity to Sustain Beyond the Build.


Exhibit at the Conference 

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.


Roommates for the Conference

If you are interested in sharing a room with someone at the conference, PATH Intl. maintains a roommate/share list on the My PATH Intl. Membership Page. While we will not match people up, we do provide contact info of people who are looking to share expenses. Contact Cher Smith to be added to this list.


"Riding My Way Back" Documentary Available to PATH Intl. Member Centers; Also to Screen at Conference

movie poster of Riding My Way BackWe at PATH Intl. know that therapeutic horsemanship has helped thousands of our military personnel heal from the visible and invisible wounds of war. The documentary "Riding My way Back" tells the story of one USAF vet, Staff Sgt. Aaron Heliker, and Fred, the horse who helped him heal.

Filmmaker Robin Fryday and Purposeful Productions, Inc., a new PATH Intl. Corporate Member, are making the film available free of charge to PATH Intl. Member Centers, who can then screen it in their communities for free or as a fundraiser. The short documentary will also be screened at the PATH Intl. Conference with time for discussion with Aaron and with Mindy Fisher and Debbi Fisher, two PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructors with Rainier Therapeutic Riding, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Yelm, WA, where the documentary was filmed. For information, contact Robin Fryday, the director/producer, or Peter Rosenbaum, co-director/co-producer.


Certified Instructors: Help Us Validate an Industry Orientation Pre-Test Through CourseWebs

The PATH Intl. Certification Review and Development Task Force has created an instrument to assist those interested in entering the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) field and who may be interested in pursuing PATH Intl. certifications. The task force has created an Industry Orientation comprised of three pre-tests and one survey. Its purpose is to assist the instructor candidate in determining if pursuing a PATH Intl. instructor certification is right for them and to decrease the dropout rate of those who enter the certification process.

There are four sections with questions covering equine, human and business knowledge, and a motivational role fit survey of characteristics common to those successful in the EAAT field. The value is that both the candidate and PATH Intl. will know from the beginning of the certification process where the strengths and areas needing development reside.

The Industry Orientation pre-tests and self-assessment are now at the stage of development where the library of test questions needs to be validated by a control group. You as a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor are our control group. We will statistically validate that the assessment is asking the right questions in the right way. As you have competently demonstrated the knowledge, skills and motivations of a proficient certified instructor, you are requested to validate the exam and survey questions. There are 168 knowledge and survey questions in this test question library. When complete, the exam will be created by a rotating selection of the validated questions from the test question library.   

If you haven't already, you will receive an email from CourseWebs with the subject line: Registration for your PATH Intl. online course(s) Industry Orientation. The email from CourseWebs will contain instructions for taking the online course Industry Orientation.

Please take the time to help PATH Intl. build this new Industry Orientation and survey for potential instructor candidates by completing the Industry Orientation exams and survey for potential instructor candidates. The more certified instructors we have participating at this stage will help in ensuring a quality and useful tool for future PATH Intl. Certified Professionals. The validation test will be open through October 10.

You will receive two CEUs for completing this survey. Additionally, to thank you for your time, two names will be drawn from those who have completed the test to receive $50 PATHBucks. (PATHBucks are like receiving a gift certificate that can be applied to your association purchases, memberships or applications.)
Thank you in advance for your participation in our validation effort. Through your input we can ensure the standards you work so diligently to uphold in every future PATH Intl. certified instructor.

If you have any questions, please contact Stefani Viktora-Anderson, (800) 369-7433, ext. 104.


Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Partnering With Your Horse
By Cathy Languerand, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair

As PATH Intl. Members, we agree and understand that our work with our EAAT horses is a partnership. We do not USE horses in our programs. We acknowledge that horses have feelings and are able to communicate how they feel in their own language. Our challenge is to learn to read this unique language. As we learn to recognize their language, a two-way "conversation" becomes possible.

Two-way, trust-based communication is one method of creating a horse-human partnership. Let's look at what two-way, trust-based communication looks like. Read more.

For more equine tips, and for an insightful and engaging look at the horse-human partnership, come to the PATH Intl. Conference and horse expo, featuring world-renowned horse clinician and trainer Chris Irwin. Early bird registration ends September 17.


SmartPak Horse of the Month

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


Take a Minute to ROAR for Horses

Help the EQUUS Foundation, a PATH Intl. Sponsor, show the world how horses "roar." Through October 7, eight non-profit animal and wildlife organizations are competing to raise the most donations. Animal Planet is matching these donations dollar for dollar during this time up to the first $100,000 raised.

But you don't have to donate to help! You can help by voting who you feel deserves the Fan Favorite Bonus of $10,000 to be donated by Animal Planet!

Visit the EQUUS Foundation page to find out how to vote, like, share and donate.


In Celebration of National Philanthropy Day

Who is your philanthropic idol? Why do you give to PATH Intl. or your center? In celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is asking for a video answer. Submit a one-minute video to help spread the word on therapeutic horsemanship!

Submissions are already underway, and the deadline is October 7. On October 10, AFP will display all the videos they've received and open up the voting. On National Philanthropy Day®, November 15, they will announce the top five videos!

It's easy to get involved:

* Submit a video of yourself
* Ask your donors, volunteers and staff to submit videos of themselves
* Talk about National Philanthropy Day on Facebook and tweet using #npdidol (about your videos) and #npdlove (for National Philanthropy Day in general).

You can even use the contest to help promote your own organization as well, creating a series of videos from supporters about what inspires them to give.

Visit the NPD website for more information.


Donations Needed to Rename Award After Paul Spiers

Paul SpiersDr. Paul Spiers, who served as PATH Intl. Board of Trustees President from 2006 to 2008, was an accomplished rider and a polo enthusiast. After an injury in 1994 while on a hunt, Paul used a wheelchair and rehabilitated in part at Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in North Andover, MA.  


Paul, who passed away September 2013, had a great passion for PATH Intl. and championed its programs and initiatives in helping individuals to overcome challenges and gain independence. To honor Paul Spier's passion for therapeutic horsemanship, his friends are working to name the PATH Intl. Independent Adult Equestrian of the Year Award in his name in perpetuity. To date, $4,945 has been raised, and we need $5,000 by today, September 16, to name the award (only $55 to go!). Please join us and donate today


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  

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

February 20-22, 2015
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc., Boca Raton, FL

March 12-15, 2015
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center, Williamsburg, VA

April 16-19, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT


PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification  

September 24-27, 2014

Hearts and Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification
May 27-29, 2015
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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