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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 


Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Title Sponsor: Purina

  March 17, 2015  


Apply Now for Conference Scholarships

PATH Intl. continues to work diligently to obtain funding sources to ensure the maximum opportunity to underwrite registration scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting.

The 2015 conference scholarship application and the 2015 Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship application are due by email to Karen Province no later than June 20, 2015.
Everyone is encouraged to apply! Click below to download applications or find them on the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference page.


2015 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Scholarship
2015 Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship 


New James Brady Nomination Forms Available Now

The James Brady Professional Achievement Award recognizes the contributions made to the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies and is the most prestigious (and anticipated) award bestowed by PATH Intl. The award is presented in the name of James Brady to recognize a professional who has made contributions in the creation or development of industry-advancing ideas, initiatives, programs or events, and the winner will demonstrate a sustained and lasting contribution to the EAAT industry.  


The James Brady nomination forms and award criteria have been updated for 2015. Click here for information about the new criteria and for the nomination forms.   


Click here for all the PATH Intl. award nomination forms.


Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended 

Due to some final moment requests, as well as some confusion about the time change and time zones, we are extending the deadline for abstract submissions to Sunday, March 21, 2015.   


Abstract submission will be handled electronically only:

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.


Center Membership Packets

Centers who have paid dues and are compliant should have received their PATH Intl. Center Membership packets. Please contact Kimberly Price if you have not already received your packet. March 31st  is the last day to renew center membership or your center membership will expire.  


Thank you for renewing your membership and helping to keep your association strong! 


Field Test Standards Webinar Recording Available

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce that beginning this year voting on the field test standards will be handled electronically rather than at the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. The first electronic vote, which has been approved by the Programs and Standards Oversight Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Review Committee, will take place in July.

As PATH Intl. continues to grow, we want to take advantage of every opportunity, including social media and electronic means, to listen to and keep in touch with our members. An electronic vote gives every member a chance to participate and will provide a greater level of transparency by the association to its members.

In preparation of the first electronic vote, PATH Intl. has recorded a free, 30 minute informational webinar presented by the Standards Task Force on the three standards currently in field test.


Until the vote in July, members can give input on the field test standards by using this form.


Community Connections Corner

community connections bannerIf you are interested in meeting other PATH Intl. members, discussing topics of interest, sharing resources, posting events, emailing members directly from the site and supporting each other in the work you do, join Community Connections, the PATH Intl. social media platform and discussion forum!

Community Connections will showcase in future issues of PATH Intl. eNews a topic that is new or is generating a lot of discussion. Join in the conversation or create your own!

In the Spotlight

This post by Hearts and Horses, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Loveland, CO, is generating good discussion.

Hearts and Horses is looking to formalize a progress report for their clients in therapeutic riding classes.

Specifically, we are searching for other programs with a standard outcome measurement form in hopes that we may learn from it, and create our own unique measurement tool.

We would be interested in collaborating with other organizations in order to create a practical and effective tool to measure client improvements (as a result of therapeutic horseback riding).

Please respond if your organization could assist in this endeavor.

Read the responses here and add your feedback.


Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Feeling Safe
By Cathy Languerand, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair

What does "feeling safe" mean to you? What does "feeling safe" mean to your horse?

I recently listened to a conversation about safety and partnership with our equines during a Natural Horsemanship webinar. The need to use force or dominance in order to work safely with our equine partners was discussed. Since this is a topic that is of great importance to all horsemen and the core to all of our PATH Intl. standards, I wanted to bring the conversation to all PATH Intl. readers. 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!  


Upcoming Educational Webinars

PATH Intl. strives to provide additional quality education to its members. Mark your calendars for these educational webinars (links to come):


April 28, 2015

6:30 p.m. MT

The Balanced Seat

May 26, 2015

4 p.m. MT

Adaptive Tack and Equipment

June 3, 2015

5 p.m. MT

Mounted Games

June 19, 2015

2 p.m. MT

Therapeutic Driving for Veterans

September 8, 2015

12 p.m. MT

EAL Programs: Measureable Objectives, Activities and Lessons


What types of education would you like to see PATH Intl. offer? Let us know here!  


Recruit New PATH Intl. Members

PATH Intl. recognizes 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.

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 7 Conference

Region 9 Conference

Region 10 Conference 


Presenting at PATH Intl. Region Conferences - Influence Your Industry

At this time PATH Intl. is conducting a call for papers for the following regions. Presentation topics 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. 


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.  


New Videos Now Available:

  • Community Connections Day Keynote Address: Applying Therapeutic Principles to EAAT in Military Veterans With PTSD
  • The Effects of Equine Handling on the Biomechanics of Mounted Human Subjects
  • The Right Team, Right Now

Questions? Contact Stefani Viktora-Anderson, ext. 104.


PATH Intl. Member Centers in the News

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

Hearts and Horses, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Loveland, CO, was recently featured in an article in the Reporter Herald on its participation with Children's Hospital Colorado research study to look at the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on children on the autism spectrum.

GallopNYC in Brooklyn, NY, was recently featured in a news spot on volunteering on WNYW-NY, the local FOX channel.


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 


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*


Mentor Training

Mentor, OH
Dates: March 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is NO COST, but attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. Email Stefani Viktora-Anderson. For general information, contact Teresa Morris, (440) 655-7940.   



Please direct correspondence about this newsletter to PATH Intl. eNews coordinator. PATH Intl. eNews is a benefit of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International membership. No portion of this publication may be reproduced by any mechanical, photographic, scanned or electronic process without written permission from PATH Intl. PATH Intl. reserves the right to reject, accept and edit submitted material. PATH Intl. eNews is intended as an information exchange and an opportunity for communication for members in the field of equine assisted activities. The opinions, practices or products presented in PATH Intl. eNews do not necessarily reflect PATH Intl. policy, imply PATH Intl. endorsement, or comply with PATH Intl. standards.