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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 October 14, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar is free and can be counted for 1 hour CEU for PATH Intl. Certifications. Click here to sign up.


The presenter is Emily Wygod, a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Special Olympics Coach and member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee. 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications  

  October 7, 2014  


PATH Intl. Receives Veteran's Affairs Grant for Disabled Vets

PATH Intl. is honored to announce its status as one of 69 grant awardees from the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs to support disabled veterans in adaptive sports. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of approximately $8 million in grants to provide adaptive sports opportunities for an estimated 10,000 wounded veterans and service personnel of the Armed Forces. Over 170 applications requesting $42,000,000 were submitted.


PATH Intl. was awarded $100,000 for the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. Funds will benefit an estimated 1,500 deserving veterans as a result of their direct participation in equine-assisted activities and therapies at PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers. An application and guidelines for PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers will be available at the end of October.

Click here to read the full release.


Congratulations to New Region Reps!

The PATH Intl. Membership Oversight Committee is the voice of the PATH Intl. members, advocating for their interests to the association and the industry. The committee, through its members, actively supports the organization in identifying and implementing membership features that will enhance the value of association membership and convey the importance to the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry. Elections for region reps recently were held in the even-numbered regions. We are pleased to announce the newly elected (or re-elected) region reps.We thank them for their willingness, enthusiasm and dedication to PATH Intl. Their term will start January 1, 2015. Congratulations!

Region 2: Elizabeth Carlson 

Region 4: Amanda Bubb 

Region 6: Bette Shipley 

Region 8: Malinda Smith 

Region 10: Jenny Nell 


2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Highlights

Fun Things to Do in San Diego!  

Are you looking for something out of the ordinary for your time in San Diego? Frolic in the waves while scouting for nearby dolphins. San Diego Beach Rides (formerly Happy Trails) rents horses so you can enjoy the best of surf and turf on horseback. Ride along the U.S./Mexico border to the only place in San Diego County where you can ride a horse on the beach! Check out their website for more information. They are open 7 days a week for a perfect addition to your time at the PATH Intl. Conference.

Conference Highlights 

conference logoThe Mental Health and Learning track continues to offer exceptional education opportunities for licensed counselors and social workers to earn CEUs. There is a fee of $25 per person per organization (NBCC and NASW). Sign up onsite at registration. PATH Intl. will provide a certificate at the end of the session as your proof of attendance to submit to NBCC and/or NASW for CEUs.

Here are just two of the many Mental Health and Learning sessions. Learn how to incorporate eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) into an EAAT program in Mounted EMDR: New Hope for Trauma Survivors, taught by Martha McNiel. Learn more about important psychotherapy skills and ethical considerations in Psychotherapy 101: Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Ethics and Skills for Equine Specialists with Hallie Sheade, Lindsay Box and Hannah Yterdal.


Exhibit at the Conference  - LAST CHANCE 

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 EAAT professionals we will 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. Purchase a booth by October 15 to reserve your space!  

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. Contact Cher Smith to be added to this list.


Visit these exhibitors at the conference. 

American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) * Carlisle Academy * Chris Irwin * * Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) * Equi-Force * Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) * Freedom Rider * Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) * Inspired by Horses * Lodgepole Software * Prescott College * Riding My Way Back * Strides to Success * SureHands Lift & Care Systems * Theraplate * Windridge Therapeutic Riding Center *
Wounded Warrior Project 


Value Survey for PATH Intl. Member Centers and Premier Accredited Centers

PATH Intl. strives to provide its member centers with both tangible and intangible benefits. Last week, the primary center contacts were sent links for a value survey. This value survey asks member centers about their satisfaction in the organization and addresses the benefits of membership. Just a reminder, if you haven't yet, please complete the survey. Completion of the survey will make you eligible for $50 in PATHBucks.

Thank you for your time!


Award Renamed in Honor of Paul Spiers

Paul SpiersThank you for your generosity! The PATH Intl. Independent Adult Equestrian of the Year Award will be renamed the PATH Intl. Paul Spiers, PhD, Independent Equestrian of the Year Award thanks to the donations of 23 individuals totaling $5,120 (we exceeded our goal of $5,000).  


Dr. Paul Spiers served as PATH Intl. Board of Trustees President from 2006 to 2008. 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. We are pleased to grant this award in his name.    


Paul's sister, Blue Schindler, will be in San Diego at the PATH Intl. Conference to help present the award in his name. Thank you all!  


Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

They're Back! Some Tips on Recognizing and Preventing Bot Fly Problems
By Marcie Ehrman, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Most of us have heard of the notorious bot fly and have learned to recognize the tiny whitish or yellowish eggs that the female fly deposits on a single hair on our equine's forelegs, neck, shoulder, flank, throat and/or muzzle. But how much do we really know about the life cycle of this equine pest, and what we can do to recognize and prevent problems in our equine partners? 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, October 29 - November 1, featuring world-renowned horse clinician and trainer Chris Irwin.


SmartPak Horse of the Month

GemGem is SmartPak's Horse of the Month for September. Gem makes her home at Wings and Hooves Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in East Kingston, NH. Congratulations, Gem! Read Gem's story and discover what's in Gem's SmartPak.

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 October for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!


Certified Instructors: Have You Taken the Industry Orientation Pre-test Yet?

Please take the time to help PATH Intl. build the new Industry Orientation and survey for potential instructor candidates by completing the Industry Orientation exams and survey for potential instructor candidates. Your feedback is greatly needed. The more certified instructors we have participating at this testing 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.

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.

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 in 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 testing 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.


Last Day 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.


Last Day to Submit Videos for 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!

* 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).

Visit the NPD website for more information.


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 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 19-22, 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. Advanced Certification
May 27-29, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

PATH Intl. Mentor Training 

October 28-29, 2014 

International Conference, San Diego, CA 


Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2014-15 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 



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