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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+   



the official feed of PATH Intl.


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 



What's New for Instructors and Mentors

Spring is upon us, and in tandem with the season of renewal, PATH Intl. has made many updates to our forms, policies and procedures. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the revamped, user-friendly PATH Intl. Certifications webpage which includes the following: 

  • Reasonable Accommodation Policy
  • New compliance form
  • New CEU policy and guidelines
  • New CPR & First Aid procedures
  • Separate booklets for Registered Instructor Application, Certification, Criteria, Glossary, and Policies and Procedures 

If you have questions, contact Bret Maceyak, PATH Intl. Certification Coordinator. 


Attention PATH Intl. Evaluators

Don't forget to submit your annual Evaluator Compliance forms to Bret Maceyak at the PATH Intl. office by April 31st. (Deadline has been extended from April 1st.) The form can be found on your 2014 Evaluator Update flash drive or in the Riding Evaluators Hightail dropbox.

Please be sure to regularly visit the PATH Intl. Community Connections Riding Certification Evaluators group to stay abreast of updates and changes throughout the year. 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Title Sponsor: Purina, the official feed of PATH Intl.

 April 21, 2015  


PATH Intl. Volunteers Are Champions

patty-shaw-with-horse-and-participantAnnika Yappert with Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Longmont, CO; Patty Shaw with Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. PAC in Windham, ME; Timothy Potts with Free Rein Therapeutic Riding, a PATH Intl. PAC in Spokane, WA; and Katelyn Boisvert with Stable Influence Charity Programs, a PATH Intl. Member Center in Phoenix, AZ, all won Ariat boots for their volunteer hours on behalf of horses through the EQUUS Foundation Champions program. Click here to read their stories.

CHAMPIONS is the EQUUS Foundation's incentive-based equine service volunteer program sponsored by Ariat International to recognize and reward individuals and organizations on the Equine Welfare Network.

It's easy to become a CHAMPION; an individual must log a minimum of 24 volunteer hours from January 1st to December 31st. Visit their page for information.  


PATH Intl. Board of Trustees Welcomes Sue Becklenberg

Sue BecklenbergPATH Intl. is proud to announce the appointment of Sue Becklenberg as the newest member of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees. She will fill a recent vacancy on the board.

Sue is from Centralia, MO, and works at the University of Missouri, in the College of Arts & Science, as the Director of Business Administration. Sue is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and volunteers at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Columbia, MO. She also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid Missouri, among many other volunteer positions. In addition, Sue has served on the PATH Intl. Finance Committee prior to being appointed to the board.

Jim Harlan, PATH Intl. Board President, praised Sue's professional finance management experience and her PATH Intl. program experience when he stated, "Sue is an excellent addition to the PATH Intl. Board, and her extensive experience with finance and EAAT will serve our members well."   


PATH Intl. Board of Trustees Looks to Recruit Members

We know that more than anyone else, our members recognize and support the mission and needs of PATH Intl. We are in the process of recruiting members for the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and are focused on recruiting from our membership. If you have a desire to help advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of our association, then consider applying for a board of trustees position.

We are looking for members who are leaders with nonprofit board experience; those who may be lawyers or veterinarians; those who may have experience in the legal or medical fields; or those with marketing and management experience. In the coming years we have several board members who will reach term limits and are looking forward to mentoring new board members who are willing to make a difference in our industry prior to stepping down.

If you are interested, download the board of trustees application and job description and expectations and return them to Cher Smith.  


PATH Intl. Webinars and Videos

Live webinar: April 28th, 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time, The Balanced Seat 

What does it mean to ride in a balanced seat position? Is there a difference in seat position between riding in English tack or Western tack? How do therapeutic riding instructors adapt their expectations considering the limitations of students while still teaching a balanced seat position? This webinar will address these and other issues common to therapeutic riding instructors. Click here for information and to join.    


Conference Session Videos 

At the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual meeting, approximately 30 sessions and Community Connections day presentations were recorded in order to make these presentations available to those unable to attend the conference. There are currently 12 conference session recordings available for purchase and CEUs (1 CEU each). If you missed the 2014 conference or missed a session, you can still take advantage of this educational opportunity. Videos are $20 for members.   

NEW conference session videos available: 

  • 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

Military & Family Culture Webinar

If you missed last month's live webinar, Military and Family Culture, the recording is available here. This webinar is $20 for members. 

Voting on Field Test Standards 

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 Programs and Standards Oversight Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Review Committee, will take place July 1st through 14th.

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.

A FREE 30-minute informational webinar presented by the Standards Task Force on three standards currently in field test is available now.

Don't forget to add the dates to your calendar and vote!


Apply Now for Conference Scholarships

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 


Nominations Open for PATH Intl. Recognition Awards

Nominations of those certified professionals, equines, volunteers, veterinarians and equestrians to be recognized at the PATH Intl. Awards Banquet, November 6, 2015, are due by May 20.  


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.


Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Spring Cleaning ... For Your Equine Partners
By Emily Wygod, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

You've made it. Winter is behind you. Now it's time for some spring-cleaning. It's amazing how much clutter our barns can collect. Make a point to take a few days and go over every horse and go through every nook and cranny in the barn. This is a great way to keep everything in safe and working order. Also, it will get you looking through all your horse files to make sure everything is up to date. 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 the 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! 


SmartPak Horse of the Month

Congratulations to Carmella with Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Longmont, CO! Carmella is the SmartPak Horse of the Month for April. Click to read her story and to find out how to nominate your horse. Carmella and CTRC will receive one month of SmartSupplements in SmartPaks.

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!  


Horse of the Month Featured in Morgan Horse Journal

In January, Harvey with the PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Cheff Therapeutic Center in Augusta, MI, was named the SmartPak Horse of the Month. Morgan Horse Journal has picked up his story and will run it in its next issue. You can read the story here. Congratulations, Harvey! 


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


TV Series on EAAT and Veterans Seeks Centers for Filming

HorseFlicksTV and HRTV- the Horse Sports Channel are pleased to announce they are getting closer to producing a 13 Episode TV Series titled "MY HORSE MY WINGMAN," featuring stories of courage and hope about how horses are helping our wounded service personnel and veterans recover from the physical and emotional challenges they now face, as a result of their service to our country.

The HorseFlicksTV goal is to create awareness of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). They created a pilot episode filmed at the Ride On Center For Kids (ROCK), a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Georgetown, Texas, and have secured a three-year broadcast commitment for the TV Series from HRTV, which will air the 13 episodes a total of 702 times over 36 months. There is a possibility they could receive more broadcast slots for additional episodes, but for now they would like to identify the 13 centers to be featured in the first series.

HorseFlicksTV hopes to start filming the second half of this year. They are asking for your help as they search the country for centers that have a PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes program and compelling story they would be interested in having filmed for inclusion in the series.

If you would like to submit your center for consideration please contact HorseFlicksTV to share information about your program, and what might be different or special about it. Contact Jon May or Jo Ann Marble or (940) 594-0000.


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 9 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 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)   


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. 


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 

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

Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program
Hampton, GA
May 6-10, 2015

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

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Old Lyme, CT 06371
July 31 - August 3, 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  




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  



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