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PATH Intl. Sponsors

If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, please contact Kaye Marks


Title Sponsor - $20,000+ 

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Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+  

English Riding Supply      


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 



PATH Intl. Community Connections Research Group Open

As research in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) continues to grow and rise in importance in the EAAT field, PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the creation of a Community Connections group as a new resource to foster interaction and communication among researchers and others interested in research. The PATH Intl. Community Connections Research group will be open and accessible to both PATH Intl. members and non-members. Click here to access the community connections research group; and click here to read the recently board of trustees approved PATH Intl. position statement on research.

PATH Intl. members can simply click the "join group" button to interact with others in the group. If you are not a PATH Intl. member, please email Karen Province with your request to be added to the research community.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Title Sponsor: Purina

  March 3, 2015  


PATH Intl. Hosts South Korean Delegation

PATH Intl. recently hosted a government delegation from South Korea to explore expanding therapeutic riding in South Korea and forming a closer relationship with PATH Intl. Six delegates visited Hearts and Horses, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Loveland, CO, and The Right Step, Inc., a PATH Intl. PAC in Littleton, CO, in addition to the PATH Intl. office.

PATH Intl. has more international members in South Korea than any other country, and it includes a Premier Accredited Center.

Our thanks to the staffs of Hearts and Horses and The Right Step for opening their facilities to these guests over the weekend.


Recruit New PATH Intl. Members

We at Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) know that our current members are the best possible source for new members who could benefit from all PATH Intl. has to offer.

With the annual Member-Get-A-Member drive, we've made referring colleagues to PATH Intl. easier than ever! Forward an application to them or direct them to the PATH Intl. store to join online. Ask your friend to enter your name as his/her "referred by." Then tell another friend... and another... and another to win prizes.

Last year, Susan Lutz from region 5 was the grand prize winner. Deana Hamel from region 6 was the 2nd prize winner. Jan Pollema from region 10 won the drawing.

This year the grand prize drawing is a $250 American Express Gift Card. Second prize is a $100 American Express Gift Card. Every member who makes a referral will be entered into a drawing for $75 PATHBucks.

Thank you for your efforts for all members recruited by
June 30, 2015


Region Conferences Update

Check the Region Conferences Calendar for dates, locations and registration information.    



PATH Intl. is offering exhibitor opportunities at several of the regional conferences. Exhibitors may purchase this regional package, which includes one table, two chairs and listing in region-specific conference eblasts, for $100.   

Click below to download the exhibitor flyer and form for regions currently accepting exhibitors. If you know of anyone interested in exhibiting, please share the information with them. If you have  questions please contact Jaime Covington, ext. 125. 


Region 3 Conference

Region 6 Conference

Region 7 Conference


Presenting at PATH Intl. Region Conferences

At this time PATH Intl. is conducting a call for papers for the following regions. Presentations vary and may include, but are not limited to, riding instruction, hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, vaulting and administration. Conference abstracts can be of a practical nature and do not need to be based on research. Click on the conference title to begin the abstract process.


2015 PATH Intl. Region 1 Conference,
April 17-19, Middletown, CT
2015 PATH Intl. Region 5 Conference,
July 31-August 2, Jasper, AL
2015 PATH Intl. Region 8 Conference,
July 31-August 2, College Station, TX (accepting presenters from Region 8, along with CO, KS, MO, MS, NM and TN)  

2015 PATH Intl. Region 10 Conference,
April 10-12, Phoenix, AZ   


Silent Auction

If you have items to donate for the region conference silent auctions please bring them with you to the conference. Any revenue generated helps offset region conference expenses, which helps to keep registration fees down. If you have questions contact Amanda Walters, ext. 105. 


Deadline Approaching for Conference Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting must be submitted to PATH Intl. by March 14, 2015. No submissions will be accepted after March 14. Abstract submission will be handled electronically only.   


The 2015 PATH Intl. Conference is November 4-7, 2015, in Cleveland, OH. You are invited to submit an abstract highlighting your organization's innovations or personal research and how they may benefit the equine-assisted activities and therapies field. 


Click here to download abstract information.


New this year, the conference will include a poster session. Presenters may submit an abstract for the poster session by following the same directions as for the traditional classroom presentation. Click here to download additional information on poster sessions

Click here to begin the abstract submission process.


2014 Conference Session Videos Available

Couldn't attend the PATH Intl. Conference in San Diego but would still love to learn from the assembled industry experts? Approximately 30 conference education sessions and Community Connections Day presentations were recorded in order to make these wonderful presentations available to all members. A selection of these session videos is now available for purchase. Browse the videos here. Each video purchased may be used as one hour of continuing education for PATH Intl. Certified Professionals on their instructor compliance report. 


Equine Tips

Simple Solution for Maximizing Hay Usage
By Marcie Ehrman, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee member

Most of us in the horse business don't have the luxury of year round pastures, so we feed our horses hay in one form or another. Whether stalled or in paddocks, horses should have a steady supply of hay available in order to maintain optimum digestive health, body condition and warmth in cold weather. 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. Join us on this journey. Please add your thoughts on PATH Intl. Community Connections page. It is our desire that these tips start a further discussion on Community Connections. Any thoughts? We appreciate hearing from you!  


Center Renewal Past Due

The deadline to renew your center membership was December 31, 2014. Renew as soon as possible in order to avoid a lapse in your membership. You must include a $50 late fee with your renewal.     


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.


Equine Welfare Webinar Online

PATH Intl. now has a recorded version of the Equine Welfare Best Practices webinar, presented by Cathy Languerand, Chair of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee. Click here for the PATH Intl. members only page. You must be logged in as a PATH Intl. member to access the webinar.


PATH Intl. PACs in the News  

Congratulations to these PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers for recent mentions in the media.

Rainier Therapeutic Riding in Yelm, WA, was featured in the March issue of Western Horseman.

VFW Magazine features BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center in Harvard, IL, in its March issue.  

Patti Lessard, the director of operations and programming at Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., in Tewksbury, MA, was featured in an article in the lowellsun about her recent trip to Azerbaijan to develop sports awareness for the disabled. The center was also featured in ACTHA Monthly magazine.

Hope Reins at Marcody Ranch in New Smyrna Beach, FL, was featured in a Woman's World story on the healing that is possible through partnering with equines. The magazine is on newsstands now.


PATH Intl. Equine of the Year Celebrates Fame

Pete and four fansPete, the 2014 PATH Intl. Equine of the Year from DreamPower Horsemanship, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Gilroy, CA, has been living the life of fame. He was inducted into the United States Equestrian Federation/EQUUS Foundation Horse Stars Hall of Fame on February 20.

DreamPower also hosted a Hall of Fame Party for Pete. About 115 people from DreamPower gathered in a barn belonging to a volunteer, where those gathered celebrated Pete and danced the night away. Click here to see pictures from this fun celebration.


SmartPak Horse of the Month

Congratulations to Sir Rocco (Bud) for being named the SmartPak Horse of the Month for February. Bud makes his home at Hearts and Horses, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Loveland, CO. Bud will receive one month of SmartSupplements in SmartPaks for being an awesome equine. Click here to read Bud's story.

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.

For a full list of events, including onsite workshops and certifications, visit the PATH Intl. events calendar. 


Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning 

Dream Catchers at Cori Sikich Riding Center  

Toano, VA  

March 12-15, 2015

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

Old Lyme, CT  

April 11-14, 2015

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Milford, PA
April 16-19, 2015 

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
Lexington, KY
April 27-30, 2015 

Click here for flyer  

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Milford, PA
June 11-15, 2015 

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources
Cicero, IN
August 10-13, 2015 

Maryland Therapeutic Riding
Crownsville, MD
September 10-13, 2015 

Hearts and Horses, Inc.
Loveland, CO
October 21-24, 2015 



University of New Hampshire Therapeutic Riding Program
Durham, NH
April 17-18, 2015 

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

Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Stilwell, KS
July 13-15, 2015 

Healing Strides of VA
Boones Mill, VA
August 2-4, 2015 

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Redmond, WA
August 29-31, 2015 




Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Aubrey, TX 76227
Dates: March 22-26, 2015  

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm

Temple, NH 03084

Dates: April 8-12, 2015

*Start time 5 p.m. on the 8th*




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