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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+   



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Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+  

English Riding Supply      


Gold Sponsors - $10,000+ 

Bayer HealthCare Animal Health

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Silver - $7,500+   




Bronze - $5,000+   


Equus Foundation 



Pewter - $2,500+   





Triple Crown Nutrition 


Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

June 2, 2015  


Updated Instructor Compliance CEU Requirements

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the revision of our annual instructor compliance and continuing education requirements. On April 1st, a new compliance form with revised continuing education requirements was debuted for a beta test period continuing through June. Based on feedback received from the membership regarding the relevancy and practicality of the new requirements, PATH Intl. will be reviewing the form and requirements for a second time before launching the finalized form on July 1st. In order to allow members ample time to familiarize themselves with the new requirements, the new form will not be required for annual instructor compliance until January 1, 2016.

Until that time, PATH Intl. Certified Instructors will have a choice of which compliance requirements to follow, by submitting either the 2014 compliance form OR the 2015 compliance form. Please note that you will be required to meet the compliance requirements stated on the compliance form you submit. PATH Intl. will accept both forms through 2015 to accommodate those who have been earning continuing education hours this past membership year.
PATH Intl. Certified Instructors who hold specialty certifications (Driving, Interactive Vaulting, ESMHL) should follow the continuing education requirements listed on the compliance form submitted.

To learn more about the new requirements, please visit our CEU Guidelines page and view the FAQs by logging into your "My Instructor Membership" account. 


Participant Definition Survey

Who is considered a participant at your center?  Please take a moment to complete this survey to assist the PATH Intl. Standards Task Force ensure that the PATH Intl. Standards accurately reflect the needs of our membership.  


Thank you for your time!  


Center Updates

Attention Centers: The PATH Intl. Parents and Professional Guides are currently on back order and will be coming to you in July.  


We understand that your center may have undergone many exciting changes throughout the year; make sure your center information stays current. Any changes to things such as your primary contact or center email can be changed by filing a PATH Intl. Change of Notification form. Click here for the PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Change of Notification form. Click here for the PATH Intl. Center Change of Notification 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 a topic that is new or is generating a lot of discussion. Join in the conversation or create your own!

In the Spotlight
This month's featured post comes from the EAL Community and includes a new resource that can be downloaded.

I just got asked to share something I had posted last year about the activities I used in a summer EAL program that had a focus on social skills and of course fun for children 9 and under. So I'm re-posting it with samples of 2 very different types of learning assessments that I used.

I would love to learn about what others in this group use for their lesson plans, activities, and assessments for capturing whether participants grasped they skills and concepts. I know we work with a wide variety of populations and skills, but am betting that we can all learn something from each other.

Read the responses and join in the discussion


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Building Resilience in Our Equines
Christina Russell, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

The last weekend in April marked a notable event in the field of animal-assisted therapy, the 2015 Human Animal Interaction Conference. This conference is dually hosted every other year by The Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys School and the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work. Approximately 250 participants from all over the world come together to share with one another best practices for incorporating animals and people in therapeutic environments. Each conference has a theme, and this year the focus was enhancing and supporting the development of resilience in children who have experienced trauma. 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!  


PATH Intl. Position on Backriding

After extensive research and member input, in continued pursuit of excellence for best practices and safety of both riders and equines, PATH Intl. has released the following statement regarding the practice of Backriding. Backriding does NOT include tandem hippotherapy, led by a licensed therapist.


Due to the increased risk of injury to the equine, the backrider, sidewalkers and the participant, backriding is not recommended to be used in therapeutic horsemanship programs.

 Click here to view the full statement, background information and learn how this position might affect your center. As of 2016, Backriding Guidelines will no longer be included in the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation.


Webinar: Voting on Field Test Standards

Reminder: 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.


LAST MONTH to 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


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.

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


Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning 

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  




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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