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  December 16, 2014  


A Message From PATH Intl. CEO

Kathy Alm

As 2014 nears an end, I find myself reflecting on all that has been accomplished by and for the more than 58,000 participants served by PATH Intl. Members and all that has been accomplished within the EAAT field. Participants have taken their first step, spoken their first word, healed old wounds, re-directed their lives on a more positive path, trotted for the first time, gained leadership skills -- the list goes on and on.  


Within the field, recognition of the value of this work has increased, research is happening, progress in credentialing and quality assurance has been made and a movement to bring together the various parts of our industry for the greater good has begun. If you are reading this message, you had some part in making that happen. Thank you.  


As I look to 2015, I know there is much more work to be done: more participant progress to facilitate, more research, more alignment, more credentialing and quality assurance work, to name a few. I look forward to working together to make 2015 the year of progress.


Happy Holidays, everyone.


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New PATH Intl. Grievance Filing Process

The PATH Intl. Quality Assurance Task Force was assembled to address professional ethics, professional discipline, conflicts of interest, grievances and appeals to determine and implement best practices in testing and training in association governance and in the stewardship of our members. The task force announces a new grievance filing process.


The policy states PATH Intl. Members will be subject to a fair and reasonable disciplinary and expulsion procedure to be carried out in good faith, effective January 1, 2015.


To learn about the PATH Intl. Grievance Review Panel, who may file a grievance, how to file a grievance and how the process will work, click here for more information. Questions should be directed to Sam Albrecht, PATH Intl. Director of Programs and membership.


PATH Intl. Strategic Plan Updates

When the current PATH Intl. strategic plan was rolled out in the fall of 2014, the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and Staff became energized to begin implementing the plan that was created from association member, stakeholder, board and staff feedback. As a result, the staff and volunteers rolled up their sleeves and dived right in to accomplish the goals set forth. A year into the three-to-five-year plan, the association is pleased to communicate that many tasks have been completed, and even more are well in the works.


One important update we'd like to highlight is the language used for the goals and objectives was revisited by the board and staff and modified slightly to include clearer, measurable purpose for each. There was no change to any of the original intent; however, the improved content is more concise and better defined. To view the new language, download the updated PATH Intl. Strategic Plan.


Click here for a report on some of the higher priority initiatives.


Center Membership Renewals

Thank you for your commitment to safety, ethical practices and professionalism in equine-assisted activities and therapies. To ensure that PATH Intl. continues to provide your center with premium education and to maintain uninterrupted access to the wealth of benefits available to PATH Intl. centers, please renew your center membership by December 31.

Online center renewal for 2015 is now available. Online registration makes it especially easy to renew your registration before it expires. With the elimination of paper, you'll end any worry about losing your form on the desk or in the mail.

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to their personal account in order to renew online.

If you need to update the primary contact for your center, please send in a center change notification form or a premier accredited center change notification form.

Of course, if you prefer to send in a hard copy renewal, that is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice, and mail it in.

Click here to download the center renewal booklet.

Centers that prefer to pay by check may now complete the center renewal booklet online and mail a check for center membership dues.

For more information about renewing your center membership, please visit our FAQ page or the Center Renewal page


PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Best Practices Webinar

The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee webinar on equine welfare best practices will be Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar is free. 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.  


Equine Tips

Engaging in Play
By Cathy Languerand, Chairperson, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
As winter closes in here in New England, without an indoor arena, mounted therapeutic lessons come to a halt. As boredom sets in, some EAAT center horses may show changes in their behavior. Days are short, wind chills are bitter and frozen ground slippery. Daily turnout and grooming may not meet all of your horses' needs. Horses become spooky, explosive and reactive. They may guard the gate, turn their hind end toward you, or pin their ears and threaten to bite. Our goal is to engage the horse's mind in play before the behaviors escalate. Let's look at what your horse might consider "play." Read more ...


The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee is making a commitment to refine and deepen our perspective of equine well-being to include the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our wonderful four-legged partners. I invite you to join us on this journey. Please add your thoughts on PATH Intl. Community Connections page. It is my desire that these tips start a further discussion on Community Connections. Any thoughts? We appreciate hearing from you!


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 for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!


PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Bret Maceyak 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.

Special Note: The PATH Intl. Events Calendar has been experiencing difficulties, and we have not been able to add (or delete) ANY events. Following are the upcoming events between January-April 2015. We hope to have the Events Calendar updated soon.

PATH Intl. Onsite Workshops and Certifications
January 14-17, 2015
Front Range Exceptional Equestrians and CSU Equine Sciences
735 S Overland Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80523
Contact: Sherry Butler Phone: (970) 491-8173

February 4-7, 2015
Horses Help
2601 E. Rose Garden Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Contact: Saebra Pipoly Phone: (602) 569-6056

February 19-22, 2015
EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program
2626 Heritage Park Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Contact: Kate Robbins Phone: (757) 721-7350

February 26 - March 1, 2015 

Good Hope Equestrian Training Center
22155 SW 147th Avenue, Miami, FL 33170 
Contact: Peggy Bass Phone: (305) 258-2838

March 5-8, 2015
Ride On LA
10860 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311
Contact: Brie Doherty  Phone: (805) 375-9078

March 25-28, 2015
Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding
1319 Cemetery Street, Salmon, ID 83467
Contact: Joyce Scott Phone: (208) 469-0617

April 1-4, 2015
Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida
3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Contact: Marla Bowman Phone: (954) 974-2007

April 8-11, 2015
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
8450 N. 43rd St, Augusta, MI 49012
Contact: Jane Kalin  Phone: (269) 731-4471

April 23-26, 2015
Eagle Mount Bozeman
6901 Goldenstein Ln, Bozeman, MT 59715
Contact: Maggee Harrison Phone: (406) 586-1781

April 25-28, 2015
Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship
671 Fort Plains Rd, Howell, NJ 07731
Contact: Christine Landuyt  Phone: (732) 987-5333

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing

January 15-18, 2015 *CANCELED*
EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

January 22-25, 2015
Horses Help
2601 E. Rose Garden Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Contact: Saebra Pipoly Phone: (602) 569-6056

February 19-22, 2015

Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida
3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Contact: Marla Bowman Phone: (954) 974-2007

March 12-15, 2015 

Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, VA 23168
Contact: Nancy Paschall Phone: (757) 566-1775

April 11-14, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
36 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Contact: Patti Coyle Phone: (860) 434-1974, ext. 124

April 16-19, 2015
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
314 Foster Hill Rd, Milford, PA 18337
Contact: Gigi Kratzke Phone: (570) 409-1140

PATH Intl. Driving Certification

March 22-26, 2015 *Start time 5pm on the 22nd*

Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
3575 Sauls Rd, Aubrey, TX 76227
Contact: Mary Gwinner Phone: (940) 595-8200

April 8-12, 2015 *Start time 5pm on the 8th*
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm
13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple, NH 03084
Contact: Boo Martin Phone: (603) 654-6308  


PATH Intl. Vaulting Certification

March 25-28, 2015 

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm
13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple, NH 03084
Contact: Pam Falkins Phone: (603) 654-6308

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification 

May 27-29, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

PATH Intl. Mentor Training

February 19-20, 2015
4950 Route 173, Poplar Grove, IL 61065
Contact: Sarah Newland Phone: (815) 765-2113 



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