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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.



Gold Sponsor - $10,000+  



Silver - $7,500+   




Bronze - $5,000+   


Equus Foundation 



Pewter - $2,500+   





In Kind and Media Sponsors

Kentucky Performance Products


Equine Network    


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. 


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!  


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!  

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

June 16, 2015  


A Historic Moment

Red Fox InnPATH Intl. Past President Pat Mullins, PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm, CHA CEO Christy Landwehr and PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor Joanne Hart had dinner at the Red Fox Inn and Tavern in Middleburg, VA, last week during the American Horse Council Meeting. The Red Fox Inn is where the founding meeting for NARHA took place. We are proud of where the founders' dreams have taken us over the last 46 years!  


Click here to read more PATH Intl. history.   


Nominate PATH Intl. Membership Oversight Committee Reps

PATH Intl. is seeking Membership Oversight Committee Region Representative nominations. This year nominations are being accepted for odd-numbered regions: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
PATH Intl. Region Representatives serve as ambassadors for the association and as a voice of their region's members. Responsibilities may include recruiting, retaining and recognizing members; collaborating with groups within and outside of PATH Intl. that can positively impact the success of PATH Intl. members; leading PATH Intl. recognition of center and individual members and participants; and helping coordinate states, regions and PATH Intl. communities into effective networking systems.
Click here for requirements and to download the nomination form or download the form from the PATH Intl. corporate documents page. Nominations must be received by the PATH Intl. office by July 15 in order for the nomination to be considered. If you prefer, you may print the nomination form, complete it by hand and mail it to the PATH Intl. office.
Questions? Please contact Karen Province, PATH Intl. Membership Coordinator. Thank you to those nominees who are willing to contribute their time in representing PATH Intl. to the members in their regions.   


Webinars Scheduled This Week and Currently Available in the Online Store for Purchase

Friday, June 19th @ 2 p.m. MDT, Therapeutic Driving for Veterans
This webinar will address therapeutic driving lessons for veterans to include methods, topics, lessons and techniques, plus a short history of the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® program. This webinar may be counted as disability education for instructor compliance CEU requirements. Join the Therapeutic Driving for Veterans webinar


Sunday, June 21st @ 4:30 p.m. MDT, Mounted Games
Join us for a webinar on Mounted Games presented by Sandy Webster, PATH Intl. Master Level Instructor. Mounted games are an exciting way to progress and motivate your students as well as provide social interaction opportunities and incorporate life skills. The webinar will cover how to include mounted games that will give meaning and purpose to the riding skill being taught, why we should incorporate mounted games, and how to determine if the game chosen is appropriate for students and horses being taught. This webinar may be counted as disability education for instructor compliance CEU requirements. Join the Mounted Games webinar


Each webinar is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. 


To join these webinars, view a list of upcoming webinars and view pricing, visit the website


Fun Center Videos Needed for Conference Contest

logoIn just a few weeks, we will open registration for the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, sponsored by Purina, in Cleveland, OH, November 4-7. A hard copy registration booklet and form will be in the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides, so watch your mail.  


We're holding a contest for the most original and fun videos our centers can offer. Show conference attendees the great time had by all at your center. The conference host committee will judge and select the top two or three to show at the awards banquet on Friday, November 6. We aren't looking for promotional videos at this time, but rather the videos that highlight your center's staff, instructors, participants and equines having a great time. Click here for an example from The Pegasus Project Therapeutic Riding Center in Yakima, WA. There's still a lot of time to record something for this center video contest.  


Email your videos to Cher Smith or email her for Dropbox instructions. For larger video files, mail a CD or flashdrive. Note: We need the actual video, not a YouTube or Vimeo link. Submissions must be sent by September 1 to allow time for judging. Please include a photo/video release form with submission.   



If you or someone you know needs a registration scholarship to attend the conference, remember that the deadline to submit a scholarship application is this Friday, June 20. Click here for information.  


Silent Auction 

The PATH Intl. Silent Auction has already received items that will ensure exciting and competitive bidding. If you have an item you would like to donate to the auction or to the always-popular region baskets, contact Tammi Gainer, the Silent Auction Chair, or download a silent auction donation form.  


Exhibiting at the Conference 

Do you have a product equine professionals would be interested in purchasing? Educational materials, books, videos and jewelry are all great possibilities for selling to the 800+ therapeutic horsemanship professionals we expect to see at the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference, November 4-7, in the rock and roll capitol of the world, Cleveland, OH. 96% of conference survey respondents said they will contact one or more exhibitors. Exhibiting pays off!
For more information, email Cher Smith or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 123.  


Hotel Name Change

The conference host hotel is changing its name from Renaissance Cleveland Hotel to Hotel Cleveland, effective July 1. In a few days, the old reservation system and 800 reservation phone number will no longer work. Reservations will be down for a few days as the hotel makes the transition. When they are operational again, we will receive a new hotel reservation link and reservation phone number. Reservations that have already been made will be transferred to the new system.  


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Keep Learning
Jayna Wekenman, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

Have you ever talked with someone that describes their horses as "happy" or "good"? Then in conversation you learn that one horse bites his leaders, another excessively "rests," another digs trenches in the paddock from pacing, and the vet frequently visits for a range of stress-related conditions. Overall, the herd may seem "happy" or "good," yet holistic well-being for individual equines falls short.  

One of the greatest gifts we can give our equines toward emotional and physical welfare is our ability to keep learning. 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. Award Winner Qualifies to Compete for a Paralympic Spot

Lara Oles on Bella, photo credit Stacy Hornsby

Lara Oles, the 2011 PATH Intl. Independent Adult Equestrian. Lara, along with her mare Bella, earned qualifying scores while showing at the Golden State Dressage Classic in Rancho Murieta, California earlier this month. The pair took two firsts and a second with scores of 69% in the Grade III Team Test, 67% in the Grade III Individual Test and 69% in the Freestyle. They are now eligible to compete for a slot on the 2016 United States Paralympic Equestrian Team.

Para-Dressage riders from all over the United States will be vying for four slots on the Paralympic Team. "This was our first International show, and I am very happy with our results. Over the next year as Bella and I develop our partnership and skills, I think we will be even more competitive. I am excited for our future!"

Follow Lara on Facebook. Way to go, Lara, and good luck!  


PATH Intl. PAC Highlighted in Magazine Article

Congratulations to High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Old Lyme, CT. Sergeant Fran Kirkson, a High Hopes participant, was mentioned in an article by Tim Hayes in the July issue of EQUUS, as was the partnership between PATH Intl. and Wounded Warrior Project. Tim is a natural horsemanship clinician and the author of Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal. The magazine will be available in July.  


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.


Veterans Needed to Participate in Research Study

Three students from the Occupational Therapy Program at Saginaw Valley State University would like to hear from centers with veterans' programs to participate in a research study to educate veterans on how equine-assisted therapies can assist with communication within the family.

If you would like to participate in this research study, please contact the personal investigator of the study, Missy Delano.  


Deadline Approaching to Recruit New PATH Intl. Members

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


HHRF-Funded Study Published In The Journal of Occupational Therapy

The Journal of Occupational Therapy recently published the findings of Dr. Andrea Beetz and her research team, which studied the effectiveness of equine-assisted early intervention aimed at improving maternal caregiving and security in the mother-child relationship. The study was funded by Horses and Humans Research Foundation. Click here for more information.  


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, 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  

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Elbert, CO
October 11-14, 2015   

Chastain Horse Park
Hampton, GA
October 22-24, 2015   

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc.
Coconut Creek, FL
January 8-11, 2016 



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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